What's your criteria selecting a photo backpack

Whats the 3 most important features when you select your camera bag


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I believe many of us at CS have gone through the dilemma while trying to decide which camera bag to purchase.Be they shoulder bag, sling/hybrid bag, backpack or briefcase.
So what's your criteria in selecting and make you decides on your choice.
Hope to hear from fellow members on this issue
 

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I believe many of us at CS have gone through the dilemma while trying to decide which camera bag to purchase.Be they shoulder bag, sling/hybrid bag, backpack or briefcase.
So what's your criteria in selecting and make you decides on your choice.
Hope to hear from fellow members on this issue
Personal comfort.

Equipment quantity and safety.

Price.

and so i got this, http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454559

comfortable for whole day carrying with lots of padding and space for equipment and its freaking cheap.
 

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for me, the most important thing is really, not sticking out like a sore thumb

most photobackpacks tend to end up being identifiable in 2 seconds as a photobackpack, even if one is not a photographer.
 

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Can only vote for one but will note this according to priority:

1. Comfort of use
2. Equipment storage capacity
3. Must be able to carry a tripod and water bottle
4. Size - must not look like a Stupid Ninja Turtle (that's why i hate the crumpler backpacks.

So Tamrac Aero 80 for me. The bag that stays with me.

I got rid of the Crumpler 6 MDH & 7MDH. Those sling bags are totally un-ergonomic. (just my opinion)
 

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for me, the most important thing is really, not sticking out like a sore thumb

most photobackpacks tend to end up being identifiable in 2 seconds as a photobackpack, even if one is not a photographer.
i just bought Kata 466 on your advise haha...

the laptop compartment fits my 12" laptop nicely.

and the bag doesn't looks odd as well. :)

just wondering whats the elastic bands (not sure how to describe) with the rounded ring does? :dunno: to hold a tripod?
 

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I got rid of the Crumpler 6 MDH & 7MDH. Those sling bags are totally un-ergonomic. (just my opinion)
Have to agree on this. IMO, Crumpler bags looks great, but not so good as a cam bag...
 

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Have to agree on this. IMO, Crumpler bags looks great, but not so good as a cam bag...
crumplers are fine, but i think the backpacks are really blocky and stick out as being big and fat and overcushioned.

anyways, for looks department for sling bags, you can't do much better than a billingham.... of course there are also things like fogg.. :devil:
 

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One important criteria should have been added to the list:

- possibility to attach a tripod

By the way, I just bought a ThinkTank Streetwalker Pro and I just love the bag. Well made, comfortable, large enough for pro sized camera with attached lens (D700 + 70-200mm) and relatively easy to open with decent size tripod attached...
 

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One important criteria should have been added to the list:

- possibility to attach a tripod

By the way, I just bought a ThinkTank Streetwalker Pro and I just love the bag. Well made, comfortable, large enough for pro sized camera with attached lens (D700 + 70-200mm) and relatively easy to open with decent size tripod attached...
Yah, thought of that too after inputing the selection. Another that may be of significance is protection from wet weather.... to bad I can change the poll option now.

Your ThinkTank Streetwalker Pro is a fantastic purchase. Very big in capacity yet pretty light. Not to forget the lovely feature of being able to pack away the waist strap if one choose not to use it. I have tried it but didn't buy one as I already have another backpack.
 

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crumplers are fine, but i think the backpacks are really blocky and stick out as being big and fat and overcushioned.

anyways, for looks department for sling bags, you can't do much better than a billingham.... of course there are also things like fogg.. :devil:
Agree regarding the looks department...but good looks comes with a price....
 

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Can the Bag hold my small collection of lenses..... :thumbsup:
 

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Easy for me to access my gear:)

Difficult for thieves to access my gear :cry:

Doesn't happen in Singapore but I've seen and heard of many cases oversea - backpacks whether normal ones or photo backpacks can and do attract pickpockets. They're so good, they can undo clips, buckles and zips without the owner feeling anything! Personally I prefer a sling bag that I can carry by my side or in front where I can see it.
 

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Doesn't happen in Singapore but I've seen and heard of many cases oversea - backpacks whether normal ones or photo backpacks can and do attract pickpockets. They're so good, they can undo clips, buckles and zips without the owner feeling anything! Personally I prefer a sling bag that I can carry by my side or in front where I can see it.
Totally agree...It is also very hard to reach equipment without putting the bag down.My favs are shoulder/sling bags or beltpacks
 

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fastpack, slingshot and flipside all can access easily..
 

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the reason i choose Lowepro Vertex 100 AW are...


#1. has rain cover
#2. has tripod carrier
#3. can carry laptop
#4. smaller & better built quality than Computrekker AW
 

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Other than the usual criteria of capacity, comfort and ease of use, the other big consideration is does the the bag have a separate section for my non-camera stuff. I frequently pack my ipod, a book and my DS (maybe some snacks and water) with me for those long commutes from location to location and not having space for these is a big no no.
 

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The best camera backpack for me is NOT a camera backpack. I have tried them all and frankly, to me, they are kinda rubbish for my use. Firstly, specialist camera backpack only caters for cameras (of course) and quite useless for putting other stuff or if there are space, quite tiny!

So now, for backpack, I got those "normal" backpack and put my camera slingbag into this backpack and I have plenty of room left for other stuff. This is how I travel. I can have my whole complement of 3 lenses, a change of clothes, jacket and I can carry onto the plane.
 

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I've thought of using normal backpacks as camera bags. However, the former do not come with specialised paddings/compartments to stores lenses and flashes.

End up everything will collapse and lie on top of each other like a pile of mess of equipment inside the normal backpack. Any way to overcome this?
 

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