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mfz
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Best Photo-backpack?

Thu Feb 02, 2006 12:53 am

Hi!

Currently I am looking to expand my collection of photo-bags. I have a Lowepro Nova 5 which I am very happy with for photography whenever the car is near. But hauling this heavy beast around when hiking is everything else but fun. So I've decided that I will need a photo-backpack as an addition so that I can use either bag depending on the day's plans.

The equipment which has to fit in the backpack is the following:

Canon EOS 20D
Canon EOS 33

Canon EF 17-40L f/4
Canon EF 50 f/1.8
Tamron XR Di 28-75 f/2.8
Canon EF 100-400L IS f/4.5-5.6
2x Extender
flash

all necessary battery-chargers
X-Drive portable harddrive
Magellan Explorist 600 handheld GPS
and small stuff like CF-cards, filters, etc...

Which photo-backpack can you recommend from your experience? Right now I am most tempted by the Lowepro CompuTrekker AW. Anyone having personal experiences with this bag?

Thank you very much for your help and information - it is highly apprectiated!

Cheers,
Mike
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RE: Best Photo-backpack?

Thu Feb 02, 2006 12:55 am

Quoting Mfz (Thread starter):
Canon EOS 20D
Canon EOS 33

Canon EF 17-40L f/4
Canon EF 50 f/1.8
Tamron XR Di 28-75 f/2.8
Canon EF 100-400L IS f/4.5-5.6
2x Extender
flash

all necessary battery-chargers
X-Drive portable harddrive
Magellan Explorist 600 handheld GPS
and small stuff like CF-cards, filters, etc...

Lots of equipment, so the...

Quoting Mfz (Thread starter):
CompuTrekker AW. Anyone having personal experiences with this bag?

...was the one I just wanted to suggest.  Smile
I have one, it's lovely to carry with lots of space to fill.

cheers,
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RE: Best Photo-backpack?

Thu Feb 02, 2006 1:40 am

Well,
I use the Tamrac 5278 Expedition 8. http://www.digitalfotoclub.com/sc/fr...=862584375&rf=pg&dfdate=01_31_2006

It fits all my gear and accessories EXCEPT, the 500mm.

Canon 20D
Canon 300D
Tokina 12-24mm
Canon 18-55mm
Canon 28-105mm
Canon 70-200mm F/4 L
Canon 100-400mm
Canon 1.4x Extender
40gb Portable HD
Filters
Scanner (in side attachment)
Case for accessories (Cards etc)

I could squeeze in another body as well.


 
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RE: Best Photo-backpack?

Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:59 am

Quoting Mfz (Thread starter):
Which photo-backpack can you recommend from your experience? Right now I am most tempted by the Lowepro CompuTrekker AW. Anyone having personal experiences with this bag?

Hi Mike,

I am using the Lowepro Minitrekker AW which is quite similar to the Computrekker AW. Dimensions should be the same except for the notebook compartment.

Here's a small picture taken with my third Canon camera ...  biggrin 



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RE: Best Photo-backpack?

Thu Feb 02, 2006 4:16 am

Lowepro has a whole range of good photobags. Check there website !

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RE: Best Photo-backpack?

Thu Feb 02, 2006 4:51 am

Quoting EDDL (Reply 3):
I am using the Lowepro Minitrekker AW

Me too.

Space for all my kit:
2 x Nikon D70 bodies
10.5mm
12-24mm
24-120mm
70-200mm
80-400mm

Plus all the usual odds and sods - spare batteries, CF cards, cables, charger, etc. The only thing I can't get in the bag is my SB800 flash, but it can easily be attached to one of the straps.
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RE: Best Photo-backpack?

Thu Feb 02, 2006 5:29 am

I use a Computrekker AW and took it with me all round UK and Europe tour last year. Plenty of space in it and I did find that I could not put too much in the front pocket as it would not fit well in an overhead locker(aircraft) or fit between the tour bus seats. It does get quite heavy with my Powerbook in the back but quite manageable and easy to carry on my back. It does tend to exceed the airline max weight for overhead lockers but with the amount of gear you have that is impossible to keep too.

Quoting EDDL (Reply 3):
Lowepro Minitrekker AW

I thought this was slightly smaller than the Computrekker and was thinking of getting one when I don't need to take the laptop.

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mfz
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RE: Best Photo-backpack?

Thu Feb 02, 2006 6:02 am

Thank you so much for your answers and the photos, guys! I guess I will go for the CompuTrekker as the extra-space for the laptop or for some magazines/books sounds quite useful to me.

Quoting EDDL (Reply 3):
Here's a small picture taken with my third Canon camera ...

Thank you for posting the photo. Now it is a lot easier to imagine how my gear will fit in the bag than by looking at the photos on Lowepro's website.

Quoting Kereru (Reply 6):
It does tend to exceed the airline max weight for overhead lockers but with the amount of gear you have that is impossible to keep too.

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RE: Best Photo-backpack?

Thu Feb 02, 2006 6:07 am

There is also a computrekker PLUS, which is the one I have. It's slightly bigger than the normal computrekker, but seeing your gear I don't think you need all the space, unless you plan to add a lot in the future Wink

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RE: Best Photo-backpack?

Thu Feb 02, 2006 6:33 am

I have a Classic trecker in brand new condition up for sale and its double the size of the mini trecker pictured above .
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RE: Best Photo-backpack?

Thu Feb 02, 2006 7:09 am

I can vouch for the Computrekker AW... great bag, loads of compartments for the odds and ends and very well made!

Cheers!

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RE: Best Photo-backpack?

Thu Feb 02, 2006 7:30 am

My Computrekker AW goes with me on several trips a month (I'm an FA) and it is perfect for my 5D, several lenses, hard drive, card reader, powerbook and other stuff. I highly recommend it. When the powerbook is not along, the compartment in back is perfect for books, magazines, even a spare set of clothes if I have no other bag with me.
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