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Old May 20th, 2003, 11:24 PM   #1
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Camera Bag for GL2

I just ordered a Kata case online for my new GL2. I wish I had examined this thing in person first, it's a worthless piece of crap. There is absolutely no padding.

Does anyone have a good suggestion for a carrying case under $200? Even though it is probably best, I don't want to haul around a hard case.
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Old May 21st, 2003, 12:37 AM   #2
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Well, I don't know anything about this Kata bag---never even seen one. Depending on how much room you want in a bag, let me suggest the Lowepro Nova 4, 5, or 6. I have the Nova 5, and it's well padded. It even comes with a lifetime warranty. But I have so much stuff that I wished I would have went for 1 size larger, the Lowepro Nova 6. Mind you, I've got 3 cams plus lenses and stuff stuffed in there!

The Nova 5 cost me just under $80 Canadian. That would be around $60 US Dollars.

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Old May 21st, 2003, 12:50 AM   #3
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Thanks, I'll check it out.

The Kata brand was included on the GL2 accessories section of Canon's web site. I suggest that they not continue to endorse this product.
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Old May 21st, 2003, 01:04 AM   #4
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This thread and this thread may give you some guidance.

In my opinion, if you want a very good bag for your GL2, spend the extra for a Porta Brace. Most everything else will be "crap" by comparison.
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Old May 21st, 2003, 01:56 AM   #5
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Yes, the Porta Brace is nice also---it has about the same kind of padding as the Nova Series. The Porta Brace, from what I recall, is even larger than the Nova 6, and 3X the price.
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Old May 21st, 2003, 02:09 AM   #6
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Nope, they're not that expensive. You can get a Porta Brace CS-DV3 case (GL1/GL2/PD150) for less than $200.

Lowe makes good, reasonably-priced cases with still photography gear in mind. I own 2 myself and like them. But Porta Brace's detailing really targets video cameras and accessories.
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Old May 21st, 2003, 02:17 AM   #7
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A Nova 6 costs just under $90 Canadian; a Porta Brace costs at least $269 Canadian---last time I checked.
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Old May 21st, 2003, 02:23 AM   #8
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Ah, indeed, you're right Frank. But Alex has a budget of $200.
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Old May 21st, 2003, 05:36 PM   #9
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lowe pro

I use a Lowe Pro Commercial AW. It's overkill for -just- the camera. I inevetibly have my digital camera, chargers,cords, flash, tapes,microphone, etc with me so it works perfectly for me. I got mine on ebay for cheap. good camera bags wear well and are often not used heavily so I think ebay is a great place to look. There is another Lowe Pro model that is made more specifically for video cams but mine works great.
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Old May 21st, 2003, 05:40 PM   #10
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Re: "Ah, indeed, you're right Frank. But Alex has a budget of $200."

Hehe. My way of buying is always going for the best bang for the buck. I'd buy the almost as good Lowepro, and with what I had left over, I'd buy an extra battery or something, or put it back into the bank. :)
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Frank,
You and I would make a lovely couple. I'd be pillaging the central bank like Sadaam and you'd be beating me off with a baseball bat. (Actually, my wife is very much a kindred spirit to your philosophy.)
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Old May 21st, 2003, 06:59 PM   #12
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So, Frank and Ken - what do you recommend by light hiking? I'm looking for a bag to carry my GL2 and accesories on the trail.
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Old May 21st, 2003, 07:58 PM   #13
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Stephen, I don't work for Lowepro, really. I just wanted to mention this. Now go to Lowepro's site, and look at the great hiking type protective bags they have:

http://www.lowepro.com

Ken, my wife is like you, I think. I'm always beating her back from spending money. :)
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<<<-- Originally posted by Stephen Sobel : So, Frank and Ken - what do you recommend by light hiking? I'm looking for a bag to carry my GL2 and accesories on the trail. -->>>

http://www.lowepro.com/pages/series/dryzone/dzone.htm

I use this for my GL1, and every time we hike to a location my partner is whining about why they don't make on for the XL1s <;~)

I love this bag, it is very well made and worth the $$$ IMO.
You can also carry your sticks with this pack. See me if you buy one because I made some minor modifications on the strapping system for your sticks.

I do wish that they would make this a little larger though....
I'm the kind of person who would carry 100lbs of gear on a hike just so I have everything for every potential situation.
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I have no experience with hiking / backpack cases for gear. But here is Porta Braces version for the GL2-sized cameras. Here's their larger version.

Honest, I don't work for Porta-Brace, either! I'm just a big fan of their cases.
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