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Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2013, 06:28:31 PM »
check out gura gear - their bataflae 32L is huge and will easily swallow all you equipment.  Also rugged and very lightweight.
As you said: It's huge. Half of it will hold a 600 f/4 or 800 f/5.6 without camera or a 500 f/4 with camera.

OP mentioned 300 2.8. So a Bataflae 26L would be a better choice. It will hold the 300 2.8 with camera attached in one half and the other equipment in the other half with room to spare...

P.S I do have 26L and believe me it's BIG. You do not want even bigger than necessary...

I tend toward larger bags, so (1) I can keep equipment easily accessible and (2) take that extra items (water, sun screen, sandwich, ...) with me.

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Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2013, 06:28:31 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2013, 08:38:56 PM »
I'm still stuck on the very shoulderable Domke bags.   The F2 "bigger" bag is my staple and I've got several of 'em.

Dunno about the 300/2.8 in there.  My 300/4 sits standing up, but the 300/2.8 is bigger all around.   I can get - 5d2 with grip and 24-105 attached, 300/4, 16-35II, 100/2.8usm, 50/1.4 and 28/1.8 in there, plus.... Old minolta meter, cleaning stuff, YN568 and a pair of 622c's, and my small Chimera box, plus... garbage bag in case of rain, all sorts of extras, filters, spare batteries, pair of chargers.  I strap my flash frame to the outside.  Thats the main shooter for me.

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Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2013, 09:37:28 PM »
One thing to watch out for, whatever you decide on, is the internal design of the pack. Some manufacturers produce bags that are insanely over-padded, and/or very hard to customize. Their carrying capacity is surprisingly less than specs might imply.

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« Reply #18 on: September 17, 2013, 09:52:10 PM »
I also have an F-Stop backpack and I've been very happy with it.  Mine is a bit smaller than what you would want with that kit, but as some of the other posters mentioned they make several sizes and they can be customized and modified depending on the combination of ICUs.  You have choices as to where to carry the tripod (at least on the Loka but I'm pretty sure this is true of most F-Stop Mountaineer bags).  Even with a lot of weight, this backpack is quite comfortable to wear.

I wasn't as satisfied with the shoulder bag I got from F-Stop, but if I was looking for a bigger backpack F-Stop would be high on my list.

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Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2013, 06:55:42 AM »
check out gura gear - their bataflae 32L is huge and will easily swallow all you equipment.  Also rugged and very lightweight.
As you said: It's huge. Half of it will hold a 600 f/4 or 800 f/5.6 without camera or a 500 f/4 with camera.

OP mentioned 300 2.8. So a Bataflae 26L would be a better choice. It will hold the 300 2.8 with camera attached in one half and the other equipment in the other half with room to spare...

P.S I do have 26L and believe me it's BIG. You do not want even bigger than necessary...

I tend toward larger bags, so (1) I can keep equipment easily accessible and (2) take that extra items (water, sun screen, sandwich, ...) with me.
Well this thread is about OP's needs:

300mm f/2.8 IS II (with lens hood reversed - body attached is nice but not needed)
70-200 f/2.8 IS II
24-70 f/2.8 II
16-35 f/2.8 II
1.4x & 2x III TCs
Tripod on back/side
Misc filters, RRS pano slide, small first aid kit, snake bite kit, lens cleaning kit

The 26L holds all of them with room to spare.

In addition he didn't require water, sandwiches and sunscreen. Not that I would put them in a photo bag that carries so expensive equipment. Murphy's Law is always active ...

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Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2013, 09:03:26 AM »
Thank you all for your great suggestions - I'm going to order the Bataflae 26L and the Flipside 500 AW and send back one after trying them both out.  I'm still partial to LowePro because I have several of their pouches I use on my hip belt to keep my extenders and other close at hand.  I also love the Flipside design because I'm often in water, mud, or marsh and can't put my bag down on the ground when I need to get something out or change lenses.  Of course the Gura Gear seems to be amazing, so I have to try it out, too, especially given the huge number of recommendations you've all given me.  I'll follow up when I decide which one to keep.

And to answer tron - yes, I take sunscreen and such, but I keep them in the mesh side pockets or my short pockets.  This is particularly true of my 100% DEET - the stuff destroys everything.
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« Reply #21 on: September 20, 2013, 12:39:55 AM »
  This is particularly true of my 100% DEET - the stuff destroys everything.

Deet is nasty stuff - I have finger print on a lens hood thanks to deet.

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Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« Reply #22 on: September 20, 2013, 02:58:21 AM »
On the Flipside 500 AW commerical they sho that the bag can hold a Canon EF 500 f4 lens with a reversed lenshood. Then it should be able to take the EF 300 f2.8 II IS USM shouldn''t it.

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Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« Reply #23 on: September 20, 2013, 04:01:54 AM »
I have the Vertex 300AW and have packed a 400mm f/2.8 + 2 bodies + teleconverters + a flash + 24mm f/1.4 + 70-200mm f/2.8 in it.
If the 400mm has ir's hood reverse mounted it's a tight fit. I usually prefer keeping the hood out of the bag because of that (it's usually in my checked in baggage)....
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Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« Reply #24 on: September 20, 2013, 05:29:33 AM »
Hi,
not sure how long the 300mm 2.8 is and what body you're shooting on, but I use a Tamrac Expedition 7x bag and that fits a 70-200mm 2.8 on a 7D(with battery grip) and leaves room for another body to fit comfortably lengthwise (hood reversed), and plenty of room for other smaller lenses. My wife uses a Tamrac Expedition 5x, slightly shorts and comfotrably fits a 7D with battery grip + 100-400 (lens hood reversed) lengthwise and room for another body and lenses to the side of it.  At a squeeze and a bit of re-jigging the removable panels, she can fit the 7D + 70-200 and the 7D + 100-400 in the Expedition 5x in "ying/yang" layout (easier and less of a squeeze in the 7x bag).
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Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« Reply #25 on: September 20, 2013, 10:22:04 AM »
Deet is nasty stuff - I have finger print on a lens hood thanks to deet.
Definitely - I have a nice deep fingerprint in the shutter release of one of my old Rebel bodies thanks to the stuff.  I now use a towel to wipe off my palms after putting it on - seems to work :)

On the Flipside 500 AW commerical they sho that the bag can hold a Canon EF 500 f4 lens with a reversed lenshood. Then it should be able to take the EF 300 f2.8 II IS USM shouldn''t it
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I saw that, too, and it makes me thing it will work.  They also have a photo of an older Nikon 300mm f/2.8 lens with the hood attached (in the extended position, I think) and it looks like it just fits, thickness-wise.  Then again, length isn't the issue in the Flipside 400 AW, it's the depth of the bag, and the 500 AW is roughly 1.5" deeper.  It's supposed to arrive today, and I'm very hopeful it will work. 

alek35, the Vertex 300 AW looks like an awesome and huge bag, but like the Gura Gear bags, it has stuff I'll never use (and would rather not pay for) like the removable straps and stuff that are meant for air travel.  I usually stuff my pack in a cheap duffel bag (for stealth and to protect the straps) for air travel, or take my LowePro Pro Messenger 200 AW and a lighter kit (16-35. 24-70, and 70-200 with both extenders).

TrabimanUK, the Tamrac Expedition 7x also looks like a great bag, but it looks to be a little smaller that I need, closer to the Flipside 400 AW.

As I said before, it's times like these that make you sad the brick & mortar shops are gone.   I held off o the Gura Gear for now - I'll try out the Flipside 500 AW tonight and if it all fits, I'll take it out for a test drive tomorrow.
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Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« Reply #26 on: September 21, 2013, 04:20:16 PM »
The Flipside 500 AW was a strikeout.  The lens fits with room to spare, but I can only get it, my 70-200 f/2.8 IS II, and my 24-70 f/2.8 II in the bag.  It's too narrow and crushes the padding on the opposite side.  If the bag was just about 1.5-2" wider, it would work perfectly - but it's not >:(  I'm really irked with LowePro at this point.  Watching the video again, I noticed that the 70-200 doesn't have a hood.  They seem to be "rigging" their photos and videos to fit the gear, even if it means no hoods and such.  I really like their stuff (I have 5 of their bags), but this is ridiculous.

I guess I'll have to shell out for the Gura Gear...
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Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« Reply #27 on: September 21, 2013, 06:28:18 PM »
The Flipside 500 AW was a strikeout.  The lens fits with room to spare, but I can only get it, my 70-200 f/2.8 IS II, and my 24-70 f/2.8 II in the bag.  It's too narrow and crushes the padding on the opposite side.  If the bag was just about 1.5-2" wider, it would work perfectly - but it's not >:(  I'm really irked with LowePro at this point.  Watching the video again, I noticed that the 70-200 doesn't have a hood.  They seem to be "rigging" their photos and videos to fit the gear, even if it means no hoods and such.  I really like their stuff (I have 5 of their bags), but this is ridiculous.

I guess I'll have to shell out for the Gura Gear...

Gah. That's frustrating, I've run into that with a couple bags before where everyone (including the mfr) are saying you can fit XYZ lens in there, only to find out it is only  if you take the lens hood off. Hope the second works out better for your needs.

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Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« Reply #27 on: September 21, 2013, 06:28:18 PM »

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Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« Reply #28 on: September 23, 2013, 12:08:16 PM »
Update - after further research based on my measurements, it looks like there are (only) 3 soft, backpack-style bags that fit the gear I want to carry (with lens hoods):

1. Bataflae 32L (might be a little too big) - $450
2. Bataflae 26L (looks like a perfect fit, but could be just a bit too small) - $400
4. LowePro Pro Trekker 600 AW (huge, heavy, way taller than I need, don't need laptop pocket, hip pack) - $340

Still surprised there are so few bags available to fit one of the smallest super telephoto lenses and other pro gear.  I guess most people don't want to carry this much gear on their backs (or by themselves), but my style is to shoot landscapes before and during sunrise, then switch to wildlife and occasional landscapes. 
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Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« Reply #29 on: October 30, 2013, 09:18:59 PM »
I still haven't found my perfect bag, but I have found a good alternate case - the $40 Ape Case ACPROLC18 Professional Large Lens Case.  It fits the diameter perfectly and leaves enough room at the top for a 2x extender or maybe more.  It's well made and I have been able to strap it to my other bags as well and is infinitely cheaper than Liteware or other "Lens bags".  Here's a photo and link:



http://apecase.com/products/lens-cases/pro-lens-cases/acprolc18-professional-large-lens-case/#.UnGvKRCmatI
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Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« Reply #29 on: October 30, 2013, 09:18:59 PM »