Comfort while carrying it
Ease of use
Sturdiness of built
Flexibilty of changing internal configuration
The non resemblence of a camera bag
Its really based on ones personal preference, thats all i can say
I think most of the backpacks by lowepro, thinktank, and many other brands are comfortable. But imho almost all of them are black or dark coloured and pretty much look the same. In fact black is so common that even a blind man can see that it's a camera bag.
But I must also admit that some black bags really look nice for eg Billingham. Maybe bcos of the canvas material rather than the usual nylon.
Which is why I would vote for looks as first priority when selecting a bag.
Just my opinion.
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Think tank Urban Disguise 60 works for me.. carry it like a laptop bag to work.. and use it for business travel & weekend outdoor shoots as well
I have bought and also sold off quite a number of backpacks. Currently using Lowepro Primus AW.
The padding is very good and comfortable, better than my thinktank streetwalker pro which I find the straps kept slipping off my shoulders.
It has quick side assess to my camera and ample of space to store personal stuff.
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I've never been into bags but after picking up photography, I quickly ended up with 4 photo bags in no time. 2 shoulder (5MDH and 7MDH) and 2 backpacks (Nat Geo & Lowepro Fastpak 200).
Like others, I find myself going after the looks, comfort and capacity. On hindsight, 2 things I found I easily overlook are the following:
- Raincoat or All Weather Cover. Some bags come with a cover that will provide you with a higher level of protection against gear unfriendly elements (rain, dust etc).
- Tripod/Monopod slot or holder.
I hope you factor in the above while choosing yours.
I have many freebie bags from back in the day where they really suck eggs. I accumulated several bags since then and I am sure a lot of us have different bags for different occasions
- Tenba D-10 - Small fast and light with AW cover.
- Winer Robot No.2 - Bought in China in a pinch. Very cheap good sized shoulder bag but amazingly good. Cost less than a no-name tripod bag in SG.
- Lowepro Fastpack 250 - Good for moderate gear, fast access, and comfortable, and quite stealth.
- Lowepro Compu Primus AW - Huge, I use this when I fly and have tons of stuff to carry with my gear and laptop. can hold tripod.
- 2x no-name padded tripod bags
BTW, do not let rain cover be the limiting factor in your choice of backpacks. Rain covers can be bought cheap at hiking supplies store. I got a rain cover for the Fastpack 250 for $10.
Last edited by daredevil123; 11th October 2009 at 12:16 PM.
Capacity - The more the better
Comfort - Essential for a long period in the field
Durability - enough said.
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For your compu primus, have you encountered any problems using it as a carry on luggage when you fly? I just bought the bag but realised that it exceeds the maximum carry-on luggage size for SIA. Not sure which airlines you fly with but have you faced any such problems before?
It must be able to take maximum abuse. Nothing is worse than a camera bag torn and unuseable in the field. Not just it gets into the way, it totally inhibits further movement and cause you to swear. Sometimes an improvised military grade bag is better than a branded bag pack.
what all the makers r not putting in, wider shoulder straps & water bag (which is kind of risky but i am willing to take it.)
what most makers did not include in the design, removable waist strap.
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