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Backpack Suggestion
« on: February 28, 2013, 12:32:38 PM »
Want a backpack style bag to hold my 5d II with grip, 35L, 85, 135L and a 580 flash.  I really like the Incase DSLR backpack but with the battery grip it doesn't work very well so I'm looking for suggestions.

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Backpack Suggestion
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Re: Backpack Suggestion
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2013, 01:10:27 PM »
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Re: Backpack Suggestion
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2013, 02:01:20 PM »
Whatever you choose be sure to always zip it up before you pick it up.

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Re: Backpack Suggestion
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2013, 02:35:15 PM »
I recently sold my Tamrac Expedition 4x for nearly what I paid for it new.  I liked it a lot, but I didn't use it enough.  I really need something more like a bag I could carry like a suitcase, or else both that and a "slingpack".

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Re: Backpack Suggestion
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2013, 02:45:09 PM »
I recently purchased an F-Stop Tilopa BC for similar gear. The Loka would also work for you.  I am very happy with the pack.

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Re: Backpack Suggestion
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013, 03:08:16 PM »
another vote for kata backpacks.

have a few in different sizes, they are just great.
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Re: Backpack Suggestion
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2013, 03:09:11 PM »
+1 on the F-stop Loka. 

Lot's of versatility because of the different sized ICU's (inserts) that can be placed within.  And, FWIW, I've carried this in some pretty harsh terrain / environments and can attest to the comfort with a load.

I also have a Kata 3-n-1.  It works well but cannot carry as much nor is it as comfortable if you are carrying all day.
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2013, 03:17:04 PM »
+1 on the F-stop Loka. 

Lot's of versatility because of the different sized ICU's (inserts) that can be placed within.  And, FWIW, I've carried this in some pretty harsh terrain / environments and can attest to the comfort with a load.

I also have a Kata 3-n-1.  It works well but cannot carry as much nor is it as comfortable if you are carrying all day.

x2 on the Loka, that's what I use.  Awesome bag.

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Re: Backpack Suggestion
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2013, 03:19:08 PM »
I couldn't find a photography backpack to suit my needs, so I used TrekPak (trekpak.com) to add rigid and padded dividers to a military style backpack I already had.

It's a little bit costly, although in comparison to some dedicated photography backpacks, it's pretty reasonable. What won me over was the fact that I could find a backpack on my own in the style and size I wanted plus I can rearrange the dividers. Not taking my 70-200 2.8 on a trip? A quick rearrange and I can make room for some other gear.
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Re: Backpack Suggestion
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2013, 03:53:05 PM »
Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L.

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Re: Backpack Suggestion
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2013, 03:55:07 PM »
Think Tank Streetwalker Pro. It's pretty and rugged...
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Re: Backpack Suggestion
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2013, 04:31:39 PM »
I recently sold my Tamrac Expedition 4x for nearly what I paid for it new.  I liked it a lot, but I didn't use it enough.  I really need something more like a bag I could carry like a suitcase, or else both that and a "slingpack".

I have one of these which I don't use much, but is great when I do need it.  It would certainly hold what you've got, I use it with a 5D III, 70-200 f/2.8 plus a couple of short zooms, a 430EX II and a few other odds and ends.  Straps on the front for a tripod are also invaluable.  In fact, the reason I usually use it is when I need to carry a tripod round.  Otherwise I just use an ordinary rucksack.

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Re: Backpack Suggestion
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2013, 04:48:17 PM »
l0pht: I literally have your exact same camera and lens setup, plus a 7d w/grip, 17-40, and an additional 580. It all fits perfectly into the Ape Case below. It's huge, built well and affordable.

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Re: Backpack Suggestion
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2013, 05:14:50 PM »
I like Gura Gear and Think Tank gear.  The new Gura Gear back pack comes in 3 sizes,  The smallest may work for you - though may be too large.


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Re: Backpack Suggestion
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2013, 05:51:50 PM »
There's a lot to be said for going with all your gear to wherever the local college kids buy their backpacks and seeing which one most comfortably holds all your stuff. Get some Domke wraps to keep things from getting scratched, maybe get or make some individually-padded cases if you're the paranoid type (though the Domke wraps really are all you need), and call it a day.

Nothing screams, "Rob me! I'm carrying lots of expensive stuff that's easy to fence!" like an expensive camera case -- especially if it looks like it's loaded with heavy gear. But an el-cheapo backpack? Just a bunch of textbooks and maybe a baloney sandwich, and last year's entry-level laptop if you're lucky.

Bonus points if you toss the (empty!) backpack in a mud puddle, drive over it, leave it in the sun a day or two to dry out, and then toss it in the washing machine with a bit too much bleach.

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Re: Backpack Suggestion
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2013, 05:51:50 PM »