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Old October 31st, 2011, 07:41 AM   #1
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type of bags you use for DSLR equipment

Hello all,
I am currently looking for a new bag which i can use to carry around my gear whilst I shoot weddings.
I have been swaying up the possibility of another rucksac or the other option would be to get a bag which you would carry on the shoulder and be able to get quick access to change lenses etc. Or even one of those hybrid ones. The rucksac i like because it's easy to carry, however i think that maybe the off the shoulder number would be pain and i would end up leaving it around and going back to collect it.

I was wondering what types of bags other people use to store and carry around their lenses camera etc whilst shooting. Not including any lighting etc.

I have a 5dii, about 4 lenses, one being the 24-70 L and another the 70-200mm 2.8 IS L, the other are fairly small. It would also be great if the bag could fit my Merlin stedicam once collapsed. And of coarse an extra body which is the back up. Batteries, cards etc the normal stuff

any suggestions?
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Old October 31st, 2011, 08:14 AM   #2
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Re: type of bags you use for DSLR equipment

I use this bag:

http://www.amazon.com/Lowepro-Outback-100-Beltpack-Black/dp/B002IVAZ9U/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1316800691&sr=8-9
I removed one of the lens compartments, so I carry around one lens and have one attached to my body. The main compartment is designed to hold a camera with a lens attached but I use it to hold spare batteries, headphones, a cleaning cloth and the wireless lavaliers for the ceremony. Works great!
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Old October 31st, 2011, 08:15 AM   #3
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Think Tank Airport Security works a treat for me.
2 bodies, 6 lenses (inc. 70-200), 3 audio recorders, Steadicam Merlin, selection of Gorilla pods, lav mic, 2 on camera mics, LCDVF, 8 batteries and a charger and quite a few other bits and pieces.... and it's on wheels.

Basically everything I need for a shoot in one bag.

Did I mention that it's got wheels.
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Old October 31st, 2011, 08:18 AM   #4
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Re: type of bags you use for DSLR equipment

@ Andrew, just had a look at the think tank, is that specifically a camera bag? Wheels make sense!!

Have you had to put in your own dividers etc.

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Old October 31st, 2011, 08:39 AM   #5
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I use a Tenba bag. Very high quality. Has lots of features.

Tenba Shootout Backpack, Large(Black) 632-323 B&H Photo Video

They come with wheels or not wheels. You can laugh at the rain with these bags. They are not waterproof, but they are the closest thing to it. Padding is second to none. Lowepro make nice bags, of course, but I strongly prefer Tenba.

Wheeled version here:
Tenba Shootout Rolling Backpack, Large 632-331 B&H Photo Video
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Old October 31st, 2011, 09:48 AM   #6
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Just had a look at that, and it's really nice. Just what I am looking for. Not too sure weather to entertain getting the medium or go for the large. I would imagine that currently a medium would suffice but I'm sure in a years or so time I'll kick myself for getting the medium as my kit expands.

Expensive for the large though!
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Old October 31st, 2011, 10:44 AM   #7
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David.
The Think Tank is a camera specific bag and I think that all the dividers did come with it although I may have used a couple of smaller dividers from another bag to make some really small sections.

This bag is by far the best kit investment I made this year.

Did I mention the wheels?
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Old November 1st, 2011, 01:41 AM   #8
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Re: type of bags you use for DSLR equipment

As an operational storage chest a Pelican 1560 w/ Dividers and Lid Organizer. It has tons of room and carries all of our sensitive gear (cameras, lenses, audio gear, steadicam, lights, etc). The ability to take a shotgun blast is a plus too.
We use a Victorinox - CH-97 Explorer 36" Wheeled Duffel for tripods/monopods/sliders/anything else tough but bulky.

These two act as a base of operations that we work from. If we can't keep our eyes on them we use some heavy duty bicycle chains and luggage locks to secure them. This may seem like paranoia but just last month we were at a wedding where one of the other vendors (a wedding planner) had her wallet stolen from her purse in the vendor room.

To lighten the load my wife and I each have our own on person bags to keep a couple of lenses with us without having to keep going back to he large bags. I use a Tamrac belt system and my wife uses a Shootsac. Both of these solutions let you stay mobile and shooting without having to put anything down to do a lens swap.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 06:15 AM   #9
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It all squeezes in a bit like this -
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Old November 1st, 2011, 07:43 AM   #10
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Andrew, what does camera specific bag mean, made for a specific camera?
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 03:28 AM   #11
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Jeff, no he just means that its specific for carrying camera equipment.
I wasn't sure at first as when i looked online I could only find a link which had a picture of the outside which just looked like a flight wheelie bag.
I've actually had a look on their website and they do a range of camera bags...pretty good. !

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Old November 2nd, 2011, 04:00 AM   #12
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I see. Not sure anyone would want anything but a pro bag, for sure, unless for hobby.
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 06:03 AM   #13
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Re: type of bags you use for DSLR equipment

I like this backpack very much, although I only have the 502 predecessor backpack and use it for my XF-300. I don't have a DSLR because it is just too expensive. Kata is very good in quality and protection of your precious equipment, sturdy and easy to customize to your needs. But do add the insert trolley to this backpack. It makes moving from place to place a lot easier.

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Old November 2nd, 2011, 09:12 AM   #14
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Domke F-2 Ruggedwear Shooters Bag 700-02A B&H Photo Video

I've read that hockey bags are good to drag all your gear around, tripods, lights, etc., inexpensively.
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 11:28 AM   #15
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That is a nice bag, Harm. It not shaped for DSLR, but I suppose not a big deal. In my Tenba I can fit four GH2s, but with a couple of lenses it is a very tight fit. I always use two or three bags, unfortunately, as all of my gear, 3-4 GH2 plus a XA10 and microphones and lights is too much for one bag, or even the largest bag I can find. Pelican cases are too cumbersome for me, at least one that will hold everything.
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