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Lowepro Mini Trekker AW Owners! Quick Question...

Sun Apr 10, 2005 3:38 pm

Hello all,

I was looking through my mail last Monday to find an in-store rebate from Ritz that was only 3 months late. It was for the amount of $150. Seeing as I had no real need for anything extra, I opted for a camera back pack. BART and such don't work too well with 3 different cases and the old backpack filled with my junk was getting old. So, after much thought, I got the Mini Trekker. This thing is great and fits everything I have and room for much more. I have;

  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel (300D)

  • Canon EF 100-400mm L IS

  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm

  • Canon EF 75-300mm III USM

  • 12 AA Batt's

  • Rather large radio shack scanner

  • Charger and all necessary cables for the camera

  • And a few note pads + pens. All together this stuff feels like nothing and running around in SF all day today with it was great (The city not SFO). Fit great and felt great. A lot more storage than expected. Well to make an already long story short; I have fit everything I could ever need with plenty of extra room for more but I am having the hardest time getting used to the tripod mount.

    Is there a weight limit? A certain way to load it? I feel as though I am going to die of whip lash from the thing bouncing around and that it's going to tear the backpack.

    Those that use this backpack, what do you do and how well does it work (for your tripod)?

    Thanks for any responses, sorry for the long post but in the past I have always seen users ask what can fit in a certain backpack so I'm trying to kill two birds with one stone.

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    RE: Lowepro Mini Trekker AW Owners! Quick Question...

    Sun Apr 10, 2005 6:30 pm

    Maybe a tip: Did you also buy the detachable side pockets? I noticed my radio shack scanner exactly fits in such a pocket. If I put it there I can use an earphone while walking around with the backpack and the scanner in the sidepocket of the backpack with only the antenna sticking out. Very handy.

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    RE: Lowepro Mini Trekker AW Owners! Quick Question...

    Sun Apr 10, 2005 9:18 pm

    Works for me. I normally use it when I travel as I can get just about all I need in it. Sits comfortably on my expanding waistline too.

    Fits under the seats of most A/C - unless you have a tripod nailed to it! And I haven't yet been asked to check it in after I have explained that it isn't a rucksak, but a camera bag. Mind you, seeing what some folks take on board as handluggage this surely must be nothing LOL! Big grin

    As for a tripod, I have a Manfrotto 718B which comes with it's own bag (and conveniently takes my monopod too!) so, if necessary, I can check that in as hold luggage.

    Andyway, I am well happy with the bag


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    RE: Lowepro Mini Trekker AW Owners! Quick Question...

    Mon Apr 11, 2005 2:14 am


    I use the Mini Trekker AW and have happily travelled around with it and no probs so far from airline staff etc for carrying it onboard.

    Mine holds my 20D, battery grip, 2 small lenses, 2 large lenses, portable storage unit and all my spare batteries comfortably.

    Having said all that, I have seen a friend get his photo trekker on board quite easily, and that is wayyyyyy larger than mine Big grin

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    RE: Lowepro Mini Trekker AW Owners! Quick Question...

    Mon Apr 11, 2005 2:53 am

    I have no probs carrying my manfrotto Carbon 444 on it, or even my huge benbo trekker mk1. It just takes a while to get used to and some hardcore attaching with bungee cords.

    In regards to weight limit i have managed to get the following in the main part and the associated front pocket.

    4 camera bodies - 1dmk2/10Dwith grip/1VHS and eos3.
    6 Lenses - 15mmFisheye/20mmF1.8EX/50mmF1.4/100mmF2.8Macro/17-40F4L and my 70-200F4L.
    2 flash guns - 2x 550ex
    Associated flash cords, stofen omnibounces and my XS-Drive. All in all it weighed a ton but was fine to carry and did no damage!

    5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
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    RE: Lowepro Mini Trekker AW Owners! Quick Question...

    Mon Apr 11, 2005 4:19 am

    Thank you all for your quick responses and thorough explanations.

    I always thought I needed a pack as big as a Nature Trekker AW or around the same size. When I got to the Ultra store I saw the Mini Trekker and thought it would be way too small. Well it has proved me wrong and if anyone is interested in a new pack for all their stuff I highly recommend this bag.

    Thanks again for the responses.

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