Jkw777
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Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:48 pm

Hi there guys!

I've been fortunate enough to purchase a 15.4" Apple Macbook Pro. I've bought a protective padded skin for it, I just need a larger bag to accompany it along with my camera gear.

I've currently got a Lowepro Mini Trekker AW which is by no means sufficient, IMO. So I'm looking to replace it. Anyone got any ideas/tips for this one?

Also, I'm looking for an everyday bag that I can use to transport it to and from work when I want to. I cycle to work so I need something reltavely stable for the Mac plus a few odd bits, like my lunchbox!  Wink

The measurements for the padded skin I have are 37.5cm x 24.3cm x 2.59 cm.

Many thanks, I look forward to some input.

Best Regards,
Justin Wood  Smile
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:59 pm

I have the Lowepro Computrekker Plus, which has a padded compartment for the laptop and is much larger than the minitrekker. Highly recommend it.

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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Tue Sep 12, 2006 10:36 pm

Hi Justin,

I've got the Computrekker AW. It's fine for the laptop, two bodies and 3 lenses plus other bits and bobs but I'm not sure if the old lunchbox would fit in. In fact I'm certain it won't!!

Regards

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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Wed Sep 13, 2006 1:26 am

I just bought a quiksilver rucksack from australia which i use to carry my 15.2" Powerbook, 1dii/70-200LIS/24-105F4LIS and 550ex as well as other stuff like ipod/psp/bose headphones. Works well, good capacity, compfy and it isnt a camera bag so no one tries to rob you! lol

I dont really bother with camera bags any more, more hassle than what they are worth.

I shot 9/11 ceremonies and events in NYC yesterday and worked out of a small laptop shoulder bag that had my powerbook, card reader, 1dii, 1vhs, 2 550's, 100-400, 24-105, 15mm and other stuff like battereis, cards, flash cords, stofen etc. Was so much easier to use a bag that wasnt a camera bag!

My collection of camera bags will get used a lot less now!

Chris

p.s I have a crumpler sleeve and an incase sleeve for my laptop and i found most lowepro/crumpler bags that say they will hold a 15" laptop, wont hold one with either of the sleeves i have! BEar that in mind while buying, you will want a bag designed for a 17" one if you are gonna use sleeve.
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:16 am

I use the Lowepro Computrekker plus AW as well. I've dragged that bag all over the planet and it's never let me down. I highly recommend it.
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Wed Sep 13, 2006 3:02 am

I did look at the Computrekker AW with interest... I'll consider it maybe.

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 3):
I just bought a quiksilver rucksack from australia which i use to carry my 15.2" Powerbook, 1dii/70-200LIS/24-105F4LIS and 550ex as well as other stuff like ipod/psp/bose headphones. Works well, good capacity, compfy and it isnt a camera bag so no one tries to rob you! lol

What Quicksilver bag was it you got in Oz? I'd be interested in looking at it.

Cheers for all your help so far, I'm sitting eagerly waiting for my Mac to arrive!  Sad

Justin  Wink
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Wed Sep 13, 2006 3:16 am

I have a Lowepro Computrekker AW, and my Acer 15.4" screen laptop just fit's into the laptop carry section with no room to spare at the top corners of the laptop when zipping the bag shut. I don't think I would be able to zip it shut with the laptop in one of the foam padded sleeves. There is a compartment on the front of the bag where I was able to store a small sandwich box - 4 slice of bread size, a 1.5ltr bottle of water and 3 cans of soft drink.
 
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Wed Sep 13, 2006 6:28 am

I use a Crumpler - "Brians Hot Tub". Its very spacious and allows up to a 17inch Laptop. Fits at least 3 bodies (D2hs, D2x,D2xs), lenses (70-200 2.8 VR 17-55 2.8 10.5 2.8) etc, flashes (4 SB800 with Commander) etc. Quite handy that you can change the config of the bag if needed. The zip is against your back to open the main part of the bag up, so no pick pocketing  Smile. You can fit a Monopod and Tripod in the side as long as it isn't huge, pretty secure aswell.

Ive not struggled with space so far  Smile. If you want to try it for size i got mine from Fixations in London.

Cheers

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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:27 pm

Quoting Jkw777 (Reply 5):

What Quicksilver bag was it you got in Oz? I'd be interested in looking at it.

Ummmm it's green camo, kinda large, kinda small, compfy, ummmm it has zips! lol

Ill find out.

Chris
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:38 pm

Computrekker AW works for me. It's best if you have a try wit the laptop in a shop with camera bags to see how it fits.

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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Thu Sep 14, 2006 6:12 am

Quoting Pavvyben (Reply 7):
I use a Crumpler - "Brians Hot Tub". Its very spacious and allows up to a 17inch Laptop. Fits at least 3 bodies (D2hs, D2x,D2xs), lenses (70-200 2.8 VR 17-55 2.8 10.5 2.8) etc, flashes (4 SB800 with Commander) etc. Quite handy that you can change the config of the bag if needed. The zip is against your back to open the main part of the bag up, so no pick pocketing . You can fit a Monopod and Tripod in the side as long as it isn't huge, pretty secure aswell.

Ive not struggled with space so far . If you want to try it for size i got mine from Fixations in London.

Cheers

Warehouse Express currently have this on sale (£88)! I may take a dive for it! Anyone found it cheaper? I have a Ben's Pizza XL which I use from time to time and I like it!  Smile

Cheers,
Justin Big grin
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Thu Sep 14, 2006 6:14 am

I have a Crumpler Karachi Outpost, which is very spacious. I am very happy with the build quality of this bag, and it's very premium. It is great for trips where you want to carry on the laptop and camera gear (it really doesn't fit under airline seats, though!). It is not all that convenient for everyday camera use, mainly because you have to open the back where the laptop goes to get to the gear. However, if you just want your camera with you just in case, it works alright. You can also remove the laptop sleeve altogether.
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Thu Sep 14, 2006 7:34 am

Quoting Jkw777 (Reply 10):
Warehouse Express currently have this on sale (£88)!

Your kidding!!. I paid near £150 at Fixation, i got ripped big time  Sad
 
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Thu Sep 14, 2006 7:40 am

Quoting Pavvyben (Reply 12):
Your kidding!!. I paid near £150 at Fixation, i got ripped big time

Nope! I went along and ordered one after an Hmm'ing and Ahh'ing conversation with myself, seemed like a steal! Big grin
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Thu Sep 14, 2006 8:58 am

Quoting Jkw777 (Reply 13):
Nope! I went along and ordered one after an Hmm'ing and Ahh'ing conversation with myself, seemed like a steal!

Nice  Smile. You won't be disappointed, its a great bag.
 
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Thu Sep 14, 2006 3:46 pm

Quoting Pavvyben (Reply 14):
Nice . You won't be disappointed, its a great bag.

Yup, can't wait to get it!  Smile

I figured it was the best match for me. I didn't want something that said "Camera and Laptop in here", I wanted it to look quite trendy, I wanted more than enough room for all of my stuff at the same time!!

Thanks for all the help everyone!

Regards,
Justin  Smile
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Thu Sep 14, 2006 9:18 pm

Should have bought the quiksilver bag!  Wink
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Thu Sep 14, 2006 11:10 pm

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 16):
Should have bought the quiksilver bag!

Its like many things in the world, your paying OTT for the name. Even quiksilver cars  Smile
 
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Thu Sep 14, 2006 11:19 pm

Me, I carry as little gear as possible when travelling.

Recently spent two weeks abroad with just a tiny point-and-shoot (Canon Ixus 800).

Got some great shots - and uploaded some of them successfully.

When I carry a DLSR, I just bring one lens, a 18-200mm. Have successfully uploaded dozens of shots taken with that combo.

I only use my 80-400mm when I am at the local airport, or one within driving distance.

Works fine for me!
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Fri Sep 15, 2006 1:43 am

Question for the Computrekker Plus AW owners: did you have any problems in taking this backpack as carry-on luggage?
 
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Fri Sep 15, 2006 5:15 am

Quoting Pavvyben (Reply 17):
Its like many things in the world, your paying OTT for the name. Even quiksilver cars

Bet it was cheaper than the Crumpler bag!  Wink

Quiksilver cars are pretty cheap, they are only like £1500 more when talking about the pug 206.

Chris
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Fri Sep 15, 2006 5:18 am

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 20):
Bet it was cheaper than the Crumpler bag!

How much did you pay for your bag?
 
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Fri Sep 15, 2006 5:40 am

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 16):
Should have bought the quiksilver bag!

Figured I didn't wanna have the same bag as you, and have you try to claim my Mac!  Wink

Justin Big grin
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Fri Sep 15, 2006 6:09 am

Quoting Pavvyben (Reply 21):
How much did you pay for your bag?

Quiksilver bag was $100 AU, so like £40.

Dont ask me how much i've spent on camera bags tho! It's mad, way too many nad i dont bloody use them any more! lol
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Fri Sep 15, 2006 5:56 pm

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 23):

Why don't you sell them then on eBay.

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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

Fri Sep 15, 2006 8:51 pm

Quoting AirbusA346 (Reply 24):
Why don't you sell them then on eBay.

Can't be arsed! lol

Why, do you wanna buy one?

Would get rid of my Nova 5 AW, Road Runner AW, Tamrac shoulder bag, Jessops Town and Country shoulder bags.

I've got a few backpacks and other shoulder bags i want to keep tho.

Chris
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RE: Advice On Bag For Camera & Notebook?

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