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08/01/2006 09:22:19 AM · #26
Lowepro Mini Trekker (backpack style)

Easily holds all my gear (I use it to organize and keep my small apartment tidy with my gear all together) including a handful of Cokin filters, two polarizers (one is for mucking about), remote control, 90 degree eyepeice as well as:

(currently borrowed and both taking up far more space than needed)
Kit lens
2x TC

(owned - permanent usage)
50mm f/1.8
80-200 f/2.8 (about the same size as the 70-200)
30D.

If I want to, I can shove the TC on under the 80-200 and leave that on the camera and I've still got a whole side empty.

I doubt it will have much difficulty dealing with an additional 16-50 to replace the kit lens...

That's a lot of space in a very slim backpack. The backpack easily handles a mid-size tripod and has add-on clips on the sides if necessary.
08/01/2006 10:00:10 AM · #27
We gon on GTGs all day - went to the zoo and just rented one of those wagons, we piled out bags in it and pulled it behind us.

When my daughter was younger had the stroller to put things in.

My solution was a walkaround lens...and that works, but I got a 70-200 and fell in love with it..so then i also need my 18-50 2.8. And now I shoot RAW so i need more memory cards...

For some outings i wear a lens on my belt (the 18-50) but when switching i have the big 70-200 to deal with.

I was using a home-converted backpack but as i add more gear it's not sturdy enough to retain it's shape unless it's stuffed full, and then it's too damned heavy to carry (2 bodies, 2 flashes, spare batts for everything, 5 lenses, etc).

Yesterday I got a lowepro mini trekker classic - i can get all my gear in there if i want or need to, but it's a lot nicer to use and even with all the weight it seems to sit on my back better. Next week I go on vacation and it will be my first chance to carry the whole thing any distance - that'll be the real test!

Some of my friends swear by belt systems. you certainly get attention wearing one!
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08/01/2006 10:01:39 AM · #28
Prof_Fate, if I wore that I would fall over.
08/01/2006 10:37:40 AM · #29
Originally posted by biteme:

Originally posted by Spazmo99:

This is the best way I have found to carry a lot of gear without having to stop and set the bag down to do something like switch lenses.


for switching lenses outside I always need 3 hands...


Then you need to practice.

I can do it quickly while walking backwards (seriously).
08/01/2006 11:29:44 AM · #30
If i am by myself and think I will need the big lens 70-200, I have a backpack with wheels, that my three low pro bags all fit into. I roll this around and when I need to switch lens, I do so, keeping one lens on the camera and the little green canon bag over the shoulder - it is the one that contains the extra batteries and chips, and a couple of small lens oh and the 1.4 converter. With the big backpack I can have all my lens handy, yet not worry about being distracted and someone wandering off with something I set down. Oh and the monopod straps to the outside of the backpack.

If I don't think I will need the 70-200, the rest of the gear fits into two bags, (over the head and across the body, rather then just resting on the shoulder). This gives me flash/extra flash batery case, batteries, chips, 3 lens, the flash softbox attachments. This is my inside shoots/family events section.

If I am traveling with the hubby, the backpack stays in the car and he gets the 70-200 with the old 10D attached.

Message edited by author 2006-08-01 11:35:19.
08/01/2006 12:11:27 PM · #31
Lugging gear around has always been an issue for me. I tried my first backpack back in the 80's when I was shooting film. It helped, but when you have bag full of gear it gets heavy no matter how you carry it! And a backpack without some sort of hip belt to help take some of the weight off your shoulders is no bargain.

So I gave up carrying big, fast lenses "just in case" a long time ago. And if I do carry a big lens, then it's on my camera when I get started because it means the photography I plan to do revolves around it.

At present I simply pack whatever gear I think I'll need in a small shoulder bag, grab my ultra lightweight backpacking tripod and go with that. If I later find that I "missed something" due to lack of equipment, oh well. I don't get hung up about it any more.

This is part of the reason I felt such a strong attraction to digicams--all in one cameras are awesome for hiking. Of course, you quickly realize that you do lose a lot in regards to image quality--or at least I did with a 3mp camera. I'm thinking some of these newer 8+ MP digi's would take care of 95 percent or more of my outdoor shooting needs--not to mention being just the ticket whenever lugging the DSLR is inconvenient or just not practical. I plan to get one soon.
08/01/2006 05:21:12 PM · #32
If I may humbly suggest to mcmurma that an Olympus SP-350 is a fairly lightweight camera which is fairly well featured and has 8.0 MP. I am discovering it's upper limits now and longing for a DSLR but if you want something lighter it's not too bad. Mine came with tele conversion and wide angle conversion lenses. Runs on a xD card and they have dropped in price and gained in capacity dramatically in recent years.
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