Last month i bought the new Manfrotto 190 with a ball head and, while not being the heaviest around, is still heavier than the 10 euros crap i used to lug around before, and now i'm needing a convenient solution to bring my new tripod along. I'm planning to start hiking, nothing hardcore, it's just to find new spots to take photographs. Right now i have the above said Manfrotto, a Canon 6D, a Sigma 35/1.4, a Canon 85/1.8. I might add a wide angle in the near future(Canon 16-35/4 IS, most likely), and a 70-200/4 IS. I don't plan having more than 4 lenses, and given the costs of gear and the little time i spend enjoying my favorite hobby, it's not going to change in the next 3 years at least. I just got a speedlight (YN560III), and if i get into it, i might add another 2 flash units and a remote transmitter, along with light modifiers, and tripods, but those are going in a separate bag, i guess, and i don't think i'm going to carry all that lighting gear on hikes anyway. Right now i have everything fitted inside an Amazon Basics camera backpack, which is very cheap and has plenty of room, but it's even too big for the gear i have (most of it is empty), and it only has two flimsy straps on one side to carry a tripod. Moreover, it's not waterproof; not that i'm planning to hike in hailstorms, but i would like to be sure nothing gets damaged if it starts raining while i'm out. So, to sum it up, i'm looking for a backpack with the following:
- Room for 6D, 2 small/medium lenses, 1 telephoto, 1 speedlight optional.
- Straps strong enough for a 2.5kg tripod, possibly centered, so i don't hunch on one side
- Some form of weather resistance
It would be great if this backpack costs less than 150 euros, and is easily found for sale in Europe.