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Went on a mini spending spree.....now I need a bag! Help!

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by odsagn, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. odsagn

    odsagn Mu-43 Rookie

    May 6, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Hi guys,

    Over the past 2 days I bought a few things for my E-PL2. Now I need a reasonably priced bag for a back country trip I will be taking soon. (Trinity Alps, CA)

    I got the following:

    1. Oly 40-150mm lens
    2. Hoya filter bundle
    3. 2 extra batteries
    4. WCon-p01 (Wide angle converter for the 14-42mm II)
    5. Step up ring

    All this in addition to my

    Tripod, gorilla pod, OM 50mm lens and other filters.

    I'd like to get a bag that ha good padding and can fit most of this gear.

    Any suggestions would be great!!

  2. artsifrtsy

    artsifrtsy Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2011
    I love my Domke - I have the waxed canvas courier size and it accepts padded inserts. It's perfect for carrying my E-P2, lenses, adapters, and flashes. It has a sleek pocket in the back where I can stash my iPad too.
  3. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Been using Domke bags over four decades now.
  4. Y-V-E-S

    Y-V-E-S Mu-43 Veteran

    May 20, 2011
    San Jose, CA
    Yves Gajardo
    Think Tank retrospective 5 or 10 are nice bags that would fit mu4/3 nicely.
  5. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I love my Domke (sounds like it should be illegal in some states).
  6. odsagn

    odsagn Mu-43 Rookie

    May 6, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Domke and Think Tank, got it.

    i was looking at a Click Elite Traveler (on sale from amazon for $40). Any opinons on this?

    Thanks for the suggestions!:bravo-009:
  7. scotth

    scotth Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 3, 2011
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  8. John M Flores

    John M Flores Super Moderator

    Jan 7, 2011
    How deep into the back country are you going? Will you be taking a hiking pack with you as well? An over-the-shoulder bag may not be comfy on a big hike.

    There are a handful of companies that make hiking packs with camera modules. Clik Elite does and so does Lowepro among others.

    IME nobody has made a camera pack as comfy as a real backpack maker like Osprey, Marmot, etc. So I've usually just put my camera gear in my hiking pack - well padded of course.

    my iPhone sent this
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  9. leonberdi

    leonberdi Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 15, 2011
  10. zettapixel

    zettapixel Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 12, 2010
    No! Help! Lowepro pitch is coming...
    Sorry, I couldn't hold it - here's why I like Lowepro Nova so much:

    1) well built, padded and protected (obviously)
    2) have large accessory compartment with pockets inside, and it has a zipper (Domke, take notice). I can fit a small book in there (I have Nova 2 AW)...
    3) have large accessory pocket in the flip (with a zipper too)
    4) have 2 pockets at the sides. Not great for photo accessories, but excellent for other stuff, like a bottle of water.
    5) have a pocket on the inside of the cover (I put soft cloth in there, but nice for extra flash cards too).
    6) the rear pocket has a zipper
    7) the main compartment can be locked by the lock, zipper or both, and the cover overlaps the walls, so even if not zipped, it's protected from rain.
    8) the lock can be opened silently, as opposed to velcro.
    9) has a handle (I didn't think I would miss it in Domke, but I did)
    10) relatively inexpensive

    Adventura is similar to Nova, but the front accessory compartments is more shallow, and there is no compartment in the flip, so it's less bulky.

    It's only my personal opinion, YMMV, for certain some of the points won't matter to some people. To be sure, Lowepro does not look nearly as cool as Crumpler or Domke, and a Domke bag can be a little slimmer, but, for a compact shoulder bag, I would recommend Lowepro Nova 160 AW or 140 AW.

    But whatever you choose, seeing and opening it in a store first makes all the difference.

    Shoot, I should've asked them for commission :smile:
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  11. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Richmond, VA
    Richard Elliott
    I have two 20+ year old Tenba bags (small and medium), a Canon backpack and I just added a nice medium Tamrac (to have room for the iPad).

    Think about where you are going to shoot and what you plan to add to your stable in the next few years. Get a bag that fits your style and approach. Backpacking and hiking may demand a different bag than street shooting. Some bags are designed to hold more stuff while others are designed for fast accessibility.

    I usually recommend two bags - one for traveling light. a camera plus 2-3 lenses and small accessories, and a bigger bag that can handle more lenses, a flash and more stuff. Get a smaller bag now and see if you like it and add a bigger one later.
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  12. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    do you use an ipad for yer cameraness? if so, i just recently saw a small-mediumish sized bag (comes in backpack or shoulder style) with a padded slot for an ipad in it

    i want!

    not sure of the brand... but i saw it at precision here in austin
    ill swing by and get a brand name and price if ur at all interested
  13. Offriver

    Offriver Mu-43 Regular

    May 17, 2011
    I bought and returned the "Traveler." Nice bag, but kind of a strange fit for my stuff. If you plan to use it for storage and can set it down to open it - you might like it. However, if you want to use it as a lens changing bag - it just doesn't work well in my opinion. It's a front loader bag. Nice size though and well padded. FYI....The gray color is more of a light olive green. It's not even close to a gray/beige as pictured in the photos online. Black would probably be a better choice.
  14. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Not if it is consenting and over 18.
  15. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    The age of consent varies state by state, sometimes as young as 16
  16. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I was talking Federal not State.
  17. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
  18. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Ooooooooh the domke is niiiiiiice looking!

    Sent from my iPad using Mu-43 App
  19. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    If you're hiking then I'd look at a proper hiking bag with one of the new crumpler camera inserts. They convert nearly any bag into a camera bag. I have a couple in each size and they're fantastic. And cheap.
    Haven (S)

    If you want a camera backpack then I really like the lol of the Tamrac Evolution 6 for a small kit plus a jacket and tripod. For a shoulder bag then Domke or if you have the money, Billingham (the best bags I've ever used).

  20. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
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