Hi guys. I've had lots of many other bag threads, so I promise this will be the last.
Anyway, I'm going to sell my Lowepro Primus AW later, and have potential buyers for my Lowepro Stealth Reporter D200 AW in the near future. That allows me to get a bag with greater volume. I can afford a bit of a top up from those sales.
For normal photo shoots, I'd like to place the following:
50 1.4 and/or 85 1.8
70-200 2.8IS (must allow lens to be mounted on camera hood in-place)
Macbook 13" Unibody
Macbook charger and long wire adapter (will fill 1 lens slot)
Jacket (could open a few lens slots and stuff the jacket in, or even have it in an L position covering the bottom and side. Perhaps I could just lay it flat above the gear?) Note: Jacket can fit into lowepro 60aw pouch (volume similar)
For special want-lots-of-gear situations, add:
another gripped camera
tokina 11-16 2.8
another 580EXII (or 430EXII)
Firstly, what I *dont* like.
Vertex 100 - read from reviews, many have problems with even small notebooks. Normal gear will fit, big-events gear won't.
Fastpack 350 - Anyone thinks it looks so cushiony weird? Don't need that big a daypack.
Compurover aw - Cannot mount 70-200 on camera with hood in position. Don't need big daypack space.
Compuprimus - Had problems with the Primus AW not fitting what I need to bring along. Expensive for what it's worth.
Computrekker aw - Larger than the following two bags, and apparently has problems taking out the camera gear without taking off the tripod.
I filtered my search down to two. The Lowepro Vertex 200, or the Streetwalker Harddrive.
So, which do you prefer out of the two, and why?
Pricing- Vertex 200: SGD270, Streetwalker HDD: SGD240, both from John3:16. Cathay quoted me SGD323 for the vertex 200!
Similarly priced, similar specs. I have a lowepro waterbottle pouch and 60aw pouch for use with my lowepro toploader 75 (when I don't want to bring my macbook along). Not sure if that counts.
What say you? If there are other bags, please suggest. I'd like it to be from Lowepro or Thinktank, though. My self-vote goes to the streetwalker, just because reviewers say the bag isn't that heavy. I carried my friend's Vertex 200 and it was slightly too heavy for me to bear at the time. I could get used to it, though, especially after reading reviews that the vertex has better padded straps.