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Old 01-30-2005, 10:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am needing adivice before purchasing an equipment/camera bag. I am leaning toward a Tamrac Messenger series bag but am asking for opinions on those and others. I will be carrying 2 slrs w lenses attched if possible and my notebook. I liked one that opened up from the top if needed in a moments notice or from the side. I will be attending a conference in which I'd like to carry my cameras with me without having to have the body and lens hanging from my shoulding or neck and in the way when not needed. Should I get a backback? Opinions, suggestions greatly appreciated.

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I think camera backpacks are great, especially if they also hold a laptop/ That said, another photographer I know said he packed his camera in a backpack for a trip to Europe and someone grabbed his camera right off his back. He now prefer a traditional over-the-shoulder bag so he can wrap his arms around it.

I have a 20 year old beat up over-the-shoulder red bag because it looks very unprofessional ... and thieves never guess what I have inside. When that finally goes to bag heaven ... my next bag will definitely be a backpack ... I'll just avoid reaveling to Europe!
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A hardcase with foam insides is much more protective of your expensive equipment.

The reason I say this is, I used a large tamrac bag, held two SLR bodies one medium format body and 3 to 6 lenses. ( long story short) had to replace an slr, a medium format body, an all of lenses.

So far ( knock on wood) hard case with formfitting foam, had zero problems such as i had with a bag.



Good luck in your choice and remember, if your camera equipment is important to you, its safe storage should be equally as important to you also.

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With that kind of load get one of the ones that has wheels and an extenible handle. That's what I have. The laptop goes in the bottom and there is room for two slrs with lens plus other stuff. I bought it at Fries for $49.95. It isn't billed as a camera bag, so you have to do your own foam inserts for the area where you want the cameras.
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I have a Tamrac backpack...I love it.

This model appears to be the same thing that I have, but with an updated model name. I carry just about as much junk in it as the illustration, though different junk LOL. It's a heavy bugger, but it's also very comfortable to wear at the track with a full load, and it conforms to airline carry on specs (though I have to pull my Powerbook out of its pocket for it to fit under the seat).



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I think Tamrac is not a bag option -- particularly if you're carrying cameras AND a laptop. You might look at Lightware. They have a variety of bags that are soft / hard cases. It's a ripstop nylon outside with a hard shell. Check B&H -- they carry the entire line.

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