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Old 10-27-2012, 11:30 PM   #21 (permalink)
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IŽd say get a bag big enough, and camera bag inserts from ebay. that way you get exactly what you want, without having to pay premium for it being a camera bag brand.

I have a medium size one that fiths almost all my gear but there are inserts big enough to fill a rolling suitcase.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:04 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Sounds like you need to simplify your equipment

I honestly carry my hiking backpack to carry my stuff. Why not look beyond just camera specific gear? There are 1000's of different backpacks and a lot of them will easily solve your issues CD. Put the lenses into lenses pouches (that they come with anyway), camera's into smaller carry bags, laptops into a laptop case and the books into whatever and throw them inside a big *** heavy duty backpack?
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:41 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Sounds like you need to simplify your equipment

I honestly carry my hiking backpack to carry my stuff. Why not look beyond just camera specific gear? There are 1000's of different backpacks and a lot of them will easily solve your issues CD. Put the lenses into lenses pouches (that they come with anyway), camera's into smaller carry bags, laptops into a laptop case and the books into whatever and throw them inside a big *** heavy duty backpack?
What's sad is, I have simplified it. It was a lot worse.

I've really been thinking about doing just that. I like baader's idea of getting an insert. The problem is finding a "camera" bag that will meet all the requirements but I think you guys are on to something. Using a non-Camera bag for everything. I have a really nice Swiss Gear Scan Smart bag that holds quite a bit of stuff.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:59 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I was talking to a guy from the school today that is contracted to photograph events. He has a massive bag and I was asking him about it.

He said it's just a rolling suitcase(a very nice, high dollar one) with inserts sewn into it. He said he had his wife sew everything into place.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:04 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I honestly highly recommend to NOT use a backpack for the amount you are carrying: 2 bodies, 3-4 lenses, text books and a laptop? You don't want this kind of weight on your shoulders. With all that equipment, I don't think you'll be able to find something large enough with sufficient protection and padding.

Maybe take a look at Think Tank's rolling camera bags?

If you really don't want to roll a camera bag around, maybe have two bags: Your standard one strap shoulder camera bag to hold just your camera gear and a school backpack for your books and laptop. Most backpacks have a laptop compartment built in these days.

I honestly think it's a really bad idea to carry that much stuff on your back, but that's just me. I'm a lot shorter at 5'6" so doing such a thing would be really bad for me in the long run.

Hope you find something that works.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:06 AM   #26 (permalink)
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CD, are you ever up in the WDC area? If you fly into or out of Dulles Airport, Ace Photo in Ashburn, VA has the largest selection of bags I've ever seen...literally thousands...from every maker you've heard of and a number no one has.

My main "expeditionary pack" is a Clik Elite from about three years ago that I found there for a song. I'd be glad to pick you up and run you over there--it's about ten minutes from the airport.
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CD, are you ever up in the WDC area? If you fly into or out of Dulles Airport, Ace Photo in Ashburn, VA has the largest selection of bags I've ever seen...literally thousands...from every maker you've heard of and a number no one has.

My main "expeditionary pack" is a Clik Elite from about three years ago that I found there for a song. I'd be glad to pick you up and run you over there--it's about ten minutes from the airport.
My kids live with their mom in VA Beach so I go up there from time to time. I'll shoot you a message next time I'm up that way. Thanks man!
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:26 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I was going to also mention something like the Lowepro Vertex 300AW, or a Tamrac Model 5589, Model 787, Model 698. They are all huge, and the text book depends upon it's size, as to whether it can fit where the laptop would fit. The nice thing about the 698 is that it has a handle and wheels, so you can just pull it along behind you, instead of having to wear it.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:45 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I have used this bag for quite a while and works well for my self

Veloce V Camera Backpack For DSLR (Black) MB SB390-5BB - Stile | Manfrotto

holds my gripped 7D and 70-200, 24-105, 50mm and lens baby 35mm
along with a speedlight
holds my ipad in the laptop section just fine.
if i need carry extra stuff I then use some para-cord on the front to attach a lowepro top loader
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:11 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I got to looking at everything I've been taking and it's my school stuff that takes up so much room. I've decided I'm going to go with a sling bag for that stuff and get a decent sized camera bag so I'm not always having to download that stuff.

Found the bag I'd like as well.

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