Alright, last year my wife bought me a Nikon D90 set up for Christmas (she is the absolute best!). Since then, I have purchased a couple of lenses and accessories and loaded it all up in a Tenba Medium Messenger camera Bag, which I really like. Since I have several Nikkor lenses now I picked up a very gently used D100 for use for work, as I do a lot of surveillance and get a lot of overhead shots from the helicopter and didn't want to have to 'esplain to the wife how the D90 ended up in pieces, etc. Now what I would like is a camera bag for the D100, which has the battery grip, and a Nikkor 18-55 lens and a 70-300 zoom. I may grab another flash at some point but I am looking for small, and easy to access. What are you using, what do you like, what hasn't worked? I am leaning to a small Tenba Messenger at the moment but am open to alternatives.
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My wife is a semi-pro photogropher. We use a Thinktank Photo Carry On bag. Its really great for hauling everything around from shoot to shoot. The quality is pretty high and I highly recommend you take a look at their product line-up.

Do the hard thing.

 

I used Lowepro for my Nikon D3 (two bodies) and a number of lenses including the 70-200, 85 1.4, 50 1.4, 24-70 2.8 and 17-35 2.8 along with 2 flashes. Used the same before the switch to Nikon with the Canon 1Ds and 5d. The one I used was backpack sized, but they have smaller ones that aren't as bulky.

They're built well and keep everything nicely organized, including a CF card holder and an endless combination of dividers.
S.O Tech Mission Go Bag. Interestingly enough, I utilized the computer inserts to pad 2 cameras and a few other bits and bobs.

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I picked up a D90 the first week i was home great camera, been using it in a Lowepro, great pack, its held up on a couple exercises now.

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I've been shooting a Canon 40D since they were introduced in 2008ish, and for the times where I'd rather carry something smaller, fast (f2.0!), with manual/aperture/shudder speed settings, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3. This is a bad ass little full function point and shoot.

I use a Lowepro Nova 180 AW for the DSLR, spare lenses, Canon Speedlite, diffusers, filters, and spare batteries.

For the little Lumix, I use a Mountainsmith case.

It's pretty comparable to firearms and support equipment, you can spend a bloody fortune on photog gear.

For the money, Lowepro is hard to beat. My recommendation is to stop by a local photography shop to get an idea on the size you're looking for. It's easy to order online only to have them show up too small or too large.

Craig

My primary camera is a Nikon D200 with battery grip, and more often than not wearing a Nikon 18-200 VR/IS. I carry it in a Lowe Pro Slingshot

http://products.lowepro.com/pr...ot-202-AW,2192,4.htm

One recommendation, if you don't already use one or know about them...especially with the grip and a decent size lens...is the Black Rapid products. I use their RS-5 for the D200

http://www.blackrapid.com/products/cargo

and their SNAPR for my Canon G12

http://www.blackrapid.com/products/snapr-35

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I've got a Hazard4 Forward Observer

http://hazard4.com/products/ba...ses/forward-observer

with a Jelly Roll lens case attached

http://hazard4.com/products/ac...r-pouches/jelly-roll.


They protect my D40 with lenses, and have room for accessories, but they're bulky as fuck, and in my opinion, not well thought out. On the FO, its very easy to open the top accessory pocket when you're trying to go for your camera. And while I don't remember the specifics (its been a while), I remember being pissed off at the MOLLE spacing when mounting the Jelly Roll to the FO.

Also, with the Jelly Roll attached, the D rings built onto the FO don't really lend themselves to a shoulder strap; the whole thing ends up unbalanced. I remedied this by running 1" webbing with tri-glides through the PALS.

All in all, I don't really recommend them. I use mine for storage, or if I'm basing out of my truck. If I'm on the move, I just run the camera on an MS2 sling, no accessories/extra lenses.

 

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Take a look at the Eagle E&E for that purpose. Superior build quality, size efficient. Interior PALS makes organization easy. I have one set up for evidence widgets, not solely cameras but they are included.

Natchez had a steal on them awhile ago. May still.

http://www.eagleindustries.com...id=719&cat=62&page=1

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Here is a site devoted just to camera bags and reviewing them.

http://www.bagexposure.com/

Another one, but you need to be able to read german, or at least be willing to put up with wonky computer translations of german.

http://taschenfreak.de/blog/

And a company producing camera bags that might interest a few here. Couple of guys who after their stint in the IDF, started designing gear.
http://www.kata-bags.ca/?ref=1
Thanks guys for the input. One of the issues that I am finding with a lot of the options out there that aren't dedicated camera bags is the ability to accommodate the D90/D100 WITH the battery grip attached. A perusal of Ebay did find a bunch of companies making padded inserts in a wide variety of sizes. Right now I am still leaning towards the small Tenba Messenger Camera Bag.



I like that it has a flap cover and the ability to reach through the slit in the middle of the cover. It is still a little bigger than I was looking for, but short of having a bag sewn up custom it fits my needs the best.

For those LF Photogs downrange, who may go downrange, or just need something tough to hold a SLR inside a ruck or such, this might be a viable alternative, once available,



http://www.kickstarter.com/pro...camera-case?ref=live
In a fit of self reflection and review of this thread, I just pulled the trigger on the S.O. Tech Mission Go Bag with the camera insert and the flap options.

In the end it was what James Cragg does at S.O. Tech with veterans in the L.A. area, the fact that S.O. Tech is a local business (to me, anyway), and the recommendations here that tipped the scales. I'm looking forward to getting my bag and will do a review here once I get it kitted out.

Thanks all.

K
Sorry I am a little late to the party. It looks like you already pulled the trigger.

I like the backpack idea. I'm interested in seeing the S.O. Tech Mission bad with a camera in it.

I use a bunch of camera bags depending on what I'm doing and where I am. Often I just throw a lens in a small padded case and put that in a backpack.

I have an old Tamrac pro series bag that I've had since the 80's. It's a little floppy, but still carries stuff around - I just can't kill it and it is pretty sentimental at this point. I highly recommend the brand. Also, someone mentioned Kata. They make good stuff too.

If I'm traveling and need to carry around a lot of gear, I pack a Pelican case. The 1510 is max size for a carry on and has wheels. It takes a couple of bodies, chargers, extra crap and a big lens no problem.

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Originally posted by kmrtnsn:Right now I am still leaning towards the small Tenba Messenger Camera Bag.


Saw that you went with the Sotech, but...

That Tenba has some interesting potential outside of the photog role. Anyone have one? Post more pics?

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Originally posted by Skintop911:
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Originally posted by kmrtnsn:Right now I am still leaning towards the small Tenba Messenger Camera Bag.


Saw that you went with the Sotech, but...

That Tenba has some interesting potential outside of the photog role. Anyone have one? Post more pics?


Skin,

I have the larger, medium-sized, Tenba Messenger Camera bag, which is why I was leaning in that direction. As a dedicated "bag" it is tough to beat. it is well designed, user friendly, and well made. One of the issues that I have with "traditional" camera bags is the blockiness of the padded cube design. I am hoping that the multi-use aspect of the SO-Tech bag takes some of that blockiness away.

I'll post pics of the Tenba, once I get the SO-Tech all kitted out.

K
One bag not mentioned so far (if anyone else needs a tough bag) is Domke. More sizes & shapes than you can imagine. I've used the "original" F-2 for at least 20 years & dragged it everywhere. If the F-2 isn't the right size there are at least a dozen other models.



Domke website.

 


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Another Domke, this time a satchel instead of a camera bag. The strap allows hanging almost anywhere & mine usually hangs in front of the passenger seat:



Carries quite a bit of stuff that you might need, note pad, planner, sun glasses, etc.



And still has lots of room for a Glock 23 + two reloads:



Cotton canvas material is thick & heavy so none of the contents print through.

 


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I use the bigger LowePro stealth reporter, it holds 1-2 (I've had 3 pro-bodies in it as most) cameras, laptop, lenses and all other crap. It's large and heavy but I usually don't have to carry it very far. If I do have to carry the stuff longer, I use a smaller bag (no name nikon-branded bag, I got a couple for free) with just what I need for that occasion and stuff that smaller bag into the pack/bag/whatever I'm using for my other stuff such as sustainment gear.

I'll get some pics up if anyone is interested..

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Originally posted by SHAGGY:
I use the bigger LowePro stealth reporter, it holds 1-2 (I've had 3 pro-bodies in it as most) cameras, laptop, lenses and all other crap. It's large and heavy but I usually don't have to carry it very far. If I do have to carry the stuff longer, I use a smaller bag (no name nikon-branded bag, I got a couple for free) with just what I need for that occasion and stuff that smaller bag into the pack/bag/whatever I'm using for my other stuff such as sustainment gear.

I'll get some pics up if anyone is interested..


Pics are always good. We're LF'ers here, we're visually oriented, as the NSFW threads can attest.

As soon as I get the SO-Tech bag, I'll post pics of it and my medium Tenba Messenger.
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Domke, seconded

I have beat the hell out of mine all over the world for 20+ years and killed quite a few other bags but never broke the Domke

Location Texas.

 

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I have a D90 (and often other camera stuff) in a Tenba bag. Sorry, I am disorganized so cannot show mine right away, but somewhere I have photos.

It's smaller than the one you showed above. More like a messenger satchel. Reconfigurable inside, and I carry lots of other stuff as well, including up to 2 computers. It rides well, such that I have even worn it biking, and routinely wear it with my backpack/luggage for a long while. It comes in cool colors. I got the brown, which goes well with CB/FDE stuff, if a bit dark.

I air travel weekly, and generally pay very little attention to keeping my stuff intact. It has worked for that pretty well. I did upgrade to it because my D70 fell out of my halfassed stuff-things-in-a-3-day-pack solution and the shutter froze (to death. Ebay'ed it broken).

The Tenba has downsides:

  • Build quality is just okay. If you overstress it like field gear, it'll break. One of my clippy straps is pulling away, and it's a lot of work to get in there and re-sew it.
  • Heavier than it has to be. Not padding, just extra fabric. Meh.
  • Rides oddly in some modes. The handle on mine is on the lid, such that picking it up by the handle is a no-go almost always. Pick it up by the shoulder strap, or you stress the lid. Or maybe it just opens.
  • A few build stupids. The shoulder strap is held onto the bag by D rings. Which are not sufficiently tightly sewn, so rotate. Triangles would have been better. The front clasp SRs are both on strapping, so take two hands to assemble; one surface mount would have been better. Zippers are just okay.
  • Weird CG on mine. It will sit happily somewhere for 6 hours, then fling itself to it's death without warning. Odd.
  • No automatic closure. I mean, it has velcro, but do not trust it. It once did the suicide leap without warning out of a rental car trunk (In my car, this wouldn't have hit the ground, but this car had different geometry, and it was dark). And... there's a series of photos on my Flickr of me disassembling and fixing a lens.

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PICTURES YAAY!


As worn for scale. I'm a big dude at 6,36' 242#, if you work as a model for maxpedition this bag will look huge on you.


Accessing Gear from the zipper opening in the lid.


With laptop, one body, 2 lights and some glass.


With two bodies. This bag is designed to carry glass-down. This is how I like it as it is faster to draw and start shooting.


It comes with a nifty CF-holder which has it's own pouch complete with lanyard. For pro users a stack of CF-cards is the pay day, you don't want to lose them.


CF-wallet. This is a smart setup. orange=cards with content, grey=empty cards.

Like I said, for me, this isn't a bag to take on a trek across the continental united states. I used it for on location where it would hold the brunt of the actual photo gear (cameras) and laptop and then put in a strategic location. If I was doing something like sports where I would sit somewhere and snap photos it would stay between my legs. If I had access to a mains outlet I'd typically hook my main camera up to my laptop and shoot straight to hard drive via captureNX or whatever it was called. Typical setup for something Like that would be main body up on a tripod with tele on and secondary glass down in the bag with wide angle on.

One of the front compartments holds 2 lights with room to spare, the other would usually keep general accessories such as power supply, batteries and shit. It also came with a separate accessory pouch made to organize stuff like that, but I promptly misplaced it.

If anyone would like som detail shots just let me know and I'll hook you up!

Pics of my other setup to follow..

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I apologize for the shit pictures, but they do the job and I'm too lazy to reshoot.

Foot mobile setup


The bag itself, with "prosumer"-size body and two lights.


Goes inside whatever pack I'd like to use, in this case the original Eagle RAID. It also fits nicely inside a timbuk2 messenger etc.


Allows me to pack additional PSG (Photographer Support Gear).


Ta-da! Tidy. Also Blue Force Gear SPOTTED. Wink

The thing with photography backpacks is that 1) they generally SUCK comfort-wise and 2) Most dont really allow you to carry PSG in an efficient manner.

Also, for some people in some places it can be a pretty fucking big PERSEC issue to lug around a huge pack that screams "this bag contains gear worth 2 family-sized cars". Just like with staying low profile with your hate & discontent gear, the easies way to do it is to just get a straight up, 100% civilian bag and make it work for your specialized needs.

This setup works for me, would be even better with a better/slimmer camera "insert" like maybe one of those SLR-holsters or something.

Just my 0.2$/€. As always, If you would like to see something specific, just ask. Smile

ETA: I'm doing a write-up on the BFG pouches on there in a week or so, but short version: they are THE HEAT, are very well thought-out and the helium-system rocks.

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Awesome to see how each of you loads out your bag Smile

The stuff below will get though most any day that includes portrait shots, long tele work, and forum or website images. EOS Rebel with 100 2.8 macro on the body plus 17-85 IS & 100-300L. Everything shown fits in the main compartment & the dividers are heavy Velcro attached & reconfigurable as needs change. AFAIK Domke is one of the few bags still made in the USA.



The body is attached to a shop made camera plate that better balances the front heavy 100 macro & 100-300L. The hex shaped QD plate lets me pull the camera off the tripod & replace it with a 60x spotting scope.



The lens loop at the front of the plate really helps when shooting with the 100-300L & keeps everything pointed forward. The plate is also essential for the 100 macro as all my web & forum images are shot at f/16 ISO200 & that means indoor exposures around one second. Never use the plate with the 17-85 as that one has image stabilization & the plate just gets in the way of fast people shots.

 


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Shaggy,

Great stuff. The first bag is huge!. As I wait..........patiently for So-Tech to sew up my order I am looking for inerim solutions. One is possibility is to retrofit on of the dozen or so bags around the house with a padded insert. You pics have given me a few ideas.

Thanks,

Ken
Again I know youve made the decision, but has anyone ever used the F-Stop products? Im looking at the ICUs to organize and be able to travel with. I dont carry heavy, 60d body, 2 lens, batteries, small odds and ends, and they look like they be a nice approach for the travel end, as opposed to the actual carry side.
You guys all sound like you use your cameras and assorted gear for much more high speed stuff than I do. I recently bought a Nikon D3100 for personal use- the "kit" with the two lenses, bag, card, etc. I keep the camera with one lense in a LowePro TopLoader Zoom 45 case. It has a couple pockets for charger and extra batts/SD cards. I keep the second lense in an EMS insulated nalgene bottle holder that zips. When I take these anywhere, I put them in my Mountain Smith Day lumbar pack. Both items fit in the main section of the Day, which leaves bottle pockets and front pocket open for other items. This set up carries everything I need for day hikes, kid's sports, Disney, etc. and doesn't necessarily scream "camera" (until I take the camera out of the bag, anyway). YMMV, FWIW, Yada Yada...

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Resurrecting this as I have a note to add on the Tenba:

It is made of especially non-waterproof Cordura. I had never been in the rain for an extended period before, and it's not good. After 25 minutes some parts are soaked /through/. I am not happy now, but thankfully inside.

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Joined: 19NOV2004   Location: Mission, Kansas

Been looking for a rugged camera bag for my new rig. Colossus fits the bill perfectly. The bag seems designed for the outdoor photographer. Lid opens away from your body when wearing it. The main body is amply padded compared to other maxped bags.





Made an insert for my lens



Lots of organization.






I added a mini rollypoly to the side for a water bottle, should be a good sight seeing/day out bag for travel.

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Just came across a few new things to add to this. ITS tactical has made a padded insert for their messenger bag designed to hold camera/gear.
Second one I just found was Javran. You can google it to see what hes offering, but it looks interesting. Anyone here have any experience with him?

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