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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2012, 06:12:46 PM »
I have a snoop and it's great for what it is. But more than one extra lens and this and that and it becomes a bit too wide. I'd love a crumpler karachi outpost, now thats a stylish bag

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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2012, 06:18:49 PM »
My solution is to get a The North Face backpack and an insert. The insert has 3 compartments that allow you to bring your camera with a lens attached and 2 additional lenses. With other compartments available in the backpack, you can bring a whole lot more. Also, it looks stealthy. I had my bag for a few trips including a 3 weeks Asia trip last year and ran into stormy days. The bag was able to keep my camera dry at all times. I will be bringing the same bag setup to another 3 weeks trip to Asia in Oct.

Another benefit, a backpack allows you to throw in things you buy during the trip. With a real camera bag, most rooms are partitioned and you can hardly put anything else in there other than camera gears.
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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2012, 06:29:40 PM »
I ride the Yamanote line during rush hour all the time. I use a black Tenba small messenger. I want to blend in not stand out. Carries my 5dmkii and 3 lens with my MacBook pro. Looks like every other bag the avg Salary man has on the train.

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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2012, 06:42:42 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.

I like the look  and the price is good as well.  I will put it into my wish list.
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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2012, 06:46:42 PM »
I'd say your best bet is the Incase x Ari Marcopoulos which was already linked on the last side. I use that when I go to a city (I absolutely hate how the 'regular' stuff from LowePro, ThinkTank, etc. looks).

It fits my 1Ds III with the 35L attached + 85L + 24-70L + iPad

The stuff from Billingham is also great (had a Hadley Pro back in 5D II times) but you need one of the huge ass bags to fit a 1-series in it with the lens attached plus I prefer the sling way of carrying of the Incase.

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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2012, 06:57:12 PM »
myone,  this is exactly the direction I was thinking of going too.  What brand of insert do you use. I was thinking either the f-stop medium or the crumpler Haven Lg

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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #21 on: September 05, 2012, 07:02:42 PM »

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Here's what you do, sparky.

Take the $500 or so you might be willing to spend on your ultimate gear statement and donate it to Partners In Health:

http://www.pih.org/

They will use it to keep a few children from dying of tuberculosis or cholera, maybe provide some clean drinking water for a few people.

Then you go down to the local surplus store and get yourself a nice canvas backpack to throw you stuff in.

Your eyes may still hurt, but your spirit will fare better.

Finally, when (if?) you get to be 55, come see me and we'll talk about what's important in life.



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!
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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #21 on: September 05, 2012, 07:02:42 PM »

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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #22 on: September 05, 2012, 07:28:02 PM »

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Here's what you do, sparky.

Take the $500 or so you might be willing to spend on your ultimate gear statement and donate it to Partners In Health:

http://www.pih.org/

They will use it to keep a few children from dying of tuberculosis or cholera, maybe provide some clean drinking water for a few people.

Then you go down to the local surplus store and get yourself a nice canvas backpack to throw you stuff in.

Your eyes may still hurt, but your spirit will fare better.

Finally, when (if?) you get to be 55, come see me and we'll talk about what's important in life.



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!

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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #23 on: September 05, 2012, 07:45:03 PM »
I've had a Think Tank Retrospective 10 for a couple of years and LOVE it. I bought the 10 because I was shooting with a T2i at the time. When I bought my 5Dm3 I was worried it might be too small, but it wasn't--I can still carry the same amount of gear.

For a 1DX, you would probably need a 20 or 30, depending on how much extra space you want for stuff other than camera gear.

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/categories/shoulder-bags/retrospective.aspx
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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #24 on: September 05, 2012, 08:19:29 PM »
1 series bodies don't fit into good looking bags.  For some reason, bag manufacturers think you'll want to carry every lens you own everywhere you go.  If you find a small, good looking bag for a 1Dx and a couple of lenses, please tell me!

I've got a National Geographic medium shoulder bag, which looks ok and which will hold everything you want plus more, but its still a bit on the big side.  I'm currently eyeing the Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L as it has a cool looking tripod holder and looks reasonably compact for a backpack (I believe the 1Dx won't fit in the 10L).
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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #25 on: September 05, 2012, 08:22:11 PM »
If you want a camera bag that doesn't scream camera bag in the way that brands like petrol or lowepro do then check out Jack Wolfskins photo backpack.  Not any different really to anything discussed already, but maybe a little less obvious.

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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #26 on: September 05, 2012, 09:24:02 PM »
@distant.star   LOL  ;D

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I also find some of the Kata bags reasonably good looking but still obviously camera bags.

For a body and couple of primes the suggestion of a normal backpack with some kind of insert would work nicely.  Good idea.

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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #27 on: September 05, 2012, 09:45:30 PM »
I use a brown tenba messenger for the city but that might not your thing...
http://www.tenba.com/Products/Messenger-Removable-Photo-Insert.aspx
in that case you can just get an insert like the one above and use whatever bag you like.
Go down to your fav. leather store like this http://www.wilsonsleather.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=11530414&cp=2446816.2019559  and pick one.

or just go to ebay and pick one from the endless bags :)

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« Reply #28 on: September 05, 2012, 09:47:20 PM »
Check out http://www.onabags.com/. They are quite expensive, but the backpack holds alot of equipment. They also don't scream steal me.

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Re: Is there a good looking camera bag anywhere in the world??
« Reply #29 on: September 05, 2012, 10:00:48 PM »
I love my crumpler 5 million dollar home. It fits my 5DII with a 24-105L and a 70-300L in the side compartment. It is very functional, looks great and protects the gear well. It also doesn't look like a camera bag.

http://www.crumpler.com/us/Camera-Bags/Camera-Bags/5-Million-Dollar-Home.html?LanguageCode=EN&SKU=MD5002-X01P50

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