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Cannon Man

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Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« on: September 05, 2012, 03:24:34 PM »
What kind of people design camera bags? My guess is people who are 55 yrs old, who wear clothes from the early 90's With no eye in fashion. because 99.9% of all camera bags look really bad and they hurt my eyes when i look at them.

I use a lowepro classified 160, which is actually an ok looking bag but i need a smaller size backback or a really ergonomic shoulder bag/sling for my 3 month trip to Japan where i will walk up to 10 miles on some days.

I also want to be somewhat fashionable or at least have it be ok looking so i won't stick out as a stereotypical photog with a huge square looking thing on my back that could house a small person.

I want to fit one 1DX body, two primes and an ipad. (smaller size is also a good thing when i'm riding the metro in Tokyo at rush hour.

Maybe your suggestions and findings will be useful to many others too.

So have you found anything good? I've looked at many.. like lowepro, crumpler, kata etc... And they all look horrible.
Price is not an issue.

Thanks!
« Last Edit: September 05, 2012, 03:27:35 PM by Cannon Man »

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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2012, 03:41:42 PM »
Did you check Gura Gear?

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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2012, 03:57:49 PM »
Looks alright, i'm looking for something a little smaller.
Although i am also looking for a bag that fits much more gear so i'll keep that in mind.

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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2012, 03:59:19 PM »
Good looking is a undefined term.  It might look good to me and terrible to you or vice versa.  If you can't find one that looks good to you out of the hundreds or thousands on the internet, then you are not likely to find one.
Personally, I agree with you, that none of them appeal to me as good lookiing, I've given up and just use a Low Pro AW shoulder bag, or my Pelican roll around case.  I have about 20 or more bags that I've acquired over the years with used camera purchases, all ugly.
I've been looking longer than you, I just turned 69.
For my 1 series, I have a lowe pro TLZ pro which takes the camera with one 70-200 or 100-400mm lens, extra batteries and memory.  Its reasonably compact to carry.  If it was black leather, I'd like it better.

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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2012, 04:26:58 PM »
This is as close to a "normal" bag you can get in my opinion.  Pretty small, but might fit your needs depending on what primes you're gonna carry.  http://fstopgear.com/en/product/millar/smoky-mountain

Or look into Action Sport Companies who make photo bags.  Dakine, Burton, and a few others make decent photo bags that blend in a little better.

One other thing.  I'm like you and don't want to lug a big camera bag around with me everywhere to advertise I have equipment, so I bought a small ICU from F-stop and stick it in my normal Jansport backpack when I don't need to pack a lot of gear.
« Last Edit: September 05, 2012, 05:10:53 PM by DynaMike »

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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2012, 04:31:32 PM »
Most of the "messenger " style bag looks a lot better than the "regular" camera bag. However, they do not offer protection to the gears

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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2012, 04:41:48 PM »
I got the Lowepro Versapack for my 7D.  Depending on what lenses you want to pack, it should work. ( I packed a 70-200 f/4 and 17-50 2.8 plus "stuff")  Just used it to travel to Disney and Costa Rica.  Very happy with how it traveled.  One of the reasons I got it was because it is backpack style and I thought it looked less like a "camera" bag.  my .02.

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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2012, 04:46:37 PM »
Billingham?  A bit morgan sports car, but very durable resiliant bags.

Porta brace make low key industrial strength gear too.

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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2012, 04:49:59 PM »
I second the f-stop gear suggestion. I actually own a Loka, but it may too big for a city bag. But they do have some smaller bags available.

Also, look at this InCase bag:
http://goincase.com/products/detail/ari-marcopoulos-camera-bag-cl58033
It fits a 5D Mark II with grip and a few lenses plus has a pouch specifically for the iPad. Its pricey, but InCase fairly often has some promotions/coupons/deal for up to 50% off.

Good luck with your search (I know it took me several months and attempts to find something I'm happy with)!

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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2012, 04:58:03 PM »
There are companies like this that make good looking ones (mostly for women).  You just have to look around.

http://www.epiphaniebags.com/EPIPHANIE_CAMERA_BAGS_s/1825.htm


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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2012, 05:18:08 PM »
I don't know if you have checked these out but in my opinion the NatGeo bags are the coolest, fantastic quality. I'm speaking more preciselly about the backpacks. I have th NG 5162 (medium- not too big, not to small just perfect) and I can fit:

On the "photo compartment"
-5D III with 4 Primes (Zeiss ZE type, not the smallest ones) or 3 primes and my 70-200 f4 but the 70-200 doesnt fit with the camera attached, no biggie for me. The large model probably fits bigger teles and more stuff.

And:
-Macbook Air 13" (in the rear PC compartment, can even also fit some magazines there when travelling)
-filters, batteries, cards, remote shutter, cleaning stuff, WD Passport 1TB hard drive, Colorchecker passport etc etc

Just fantastic. With all this loaded still has some space to put a travellers bag with your personal items inside (toothpaste, shaving stuff etc), a couple of T-shirts, sunglasses, keys, wallet etc etc. And in case you don't bring your photo equipment you can transform it into a classical backpack by removing the "photo compartment" by unzipping internally and removing the lens separators.

Check them out, they also have more "street style" bags for wondering around cities:

http://www.geographicbags.us/earth-explorer-collection


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« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2012, 05:25:27 PM »
Jill-e makes a whole line of fashionable bags :)

http://www.adorama.com/JEEGSBP.html
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« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2012, 05:32:27 PM »
Kata Bumblebee Series are really nice bags and don't like like they were designed by my Great Grandfather. BTW, they won a Design Award as well.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/819134-REG/Kata_KT_UL_MB_111_MiniBee_111_UL_Backpack_Black.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/683161-REG/Kata_KT_UL_B_222_Ultra_Light_Bumblebee_222_Backpack.html

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« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2012, 05:42:58 PM »
I can seriously suggest the Domke F-831 bag. IT has that worn urban look about it. Doesn't look anything like a camera bag.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dennisguldbrandsen/5632255345/#
http://www.domkebags.co.uk/32-65-large/domke-f-831-small-photo-courier-bag.jpg

Add the Domke 1-Compartment Insert for F832, F831 or F833 bags and you're good to go.

Doesn't hold more than a camera and 1-2 lenses depending on size, but it's a joy to walk around with.

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« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2012, 06:01:57 PM »
Take a look at TIMBUK2 - Snoop Camera messenger bag.  If you don't like standard colors, just get the Snoop insert by itself.  It fits any standard TIMBUK2 messenger bag -- including all their "design it yourself" custom bags.  Great way to hide the fact it is a camera bag.  I have the medium size, well padded - easily fits gripped body, two 430EX-II  flashes, couple primes, wide zoom, medium zoom and 70-300 tele.  Charger, laptop and Gary Fong attachment for flash fits as well.
http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/snoop-camera-messenger-2012
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