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Old 07-15-2006, 12:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm in the market for a new laptop computer backpack. It's main function will be to carry the above mentioned laptop and a few file folders and assorted office work. However it would be nice if I could also carry a small amount of camera gear also. Does anybody have any suggestions? Good or bad experiences with different brands?
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Old 07-15-2006, 10:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Though I've never used there computer bags, I have a great camera bag made by samsonite. I've had it over 2 years and I haven't had any problems with it. All the stiching and seams are intact, zippers still work perfectly. I can't imagine that their laptop bags would be made to a lesser standard.
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Old 07-15-2006, 11:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the imput. I've actually been looking at the Samsonite computer backpacks. They seem to be really well made. I wonder if they make a combination camera, computer pack?
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Old 07-16-2006, 12:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the imput. I've actually been looking at the Samsonite computer backpacks. They seem to be really well made. I wonder if they make a combination camera, computer pack?
I have sold Targus bags for years. They are pretty well built too. Might want to check them out.

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Old 07-16-2006, 06:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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A friend wanted to go to a discount store. While there I bought an off brand regular daypack that would hold my laptop plus some camera gear in an outer compartment. Looked great. Lasted about four days of use, as my airline carry on bag, before a seam started coming apart.


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Old 07-16-2006, 06:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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After years of lugging around a laptop case and a big camera bag, I broke down and bought a combination camera-laptop backpack - mine happens to be a Tenba. There are many pros and cons to buying one of these types of backpacks, so study up before making the investment --

PROS
• It will carry a lot of camera equipment (see below)
• It also holds my 15" laptop and some file folder, CDs, cords, etc.
• With it fully loaded I still have my hands free to grab things or hold airline tickets
• I can grab my camera, sling the pack on my back, shoot with both hands, and the bag never touches the ground (great when the ground is wet or muddy)
• The newer backpacks have wheels ... I'd like that.

CONS
• Don't buy the biggest backpack out there because many won't fit in an overhead compartment ... and they're really heavy!
• If you load it with too much camera equpiment, your back will hate you!
• If you travel internationally, access to your equipment is too easy for theft
• Some will easily hold a small tripod, others don't -- is that important to you?

Hope this helps you make a decision.

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Old 07-16-2006, 08:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have the same bag, Marty posted above. Looked for something like that for months. The side access zippers are very handy. You can just tell somebody to take a certain lense out without taking the whole bag off your back. It holds a lot of gear, but fully loaded it's very heavy. Took it to the botanical garden one day and after a 2-3 hour walk I had enough. Haven't loaded up with all my stuff since then. It was a good test rather than finding out it's way to heavy on a day long hike.
The build quality is about as good as you can get. Not sure if it'll qualify as a carry on, on an airplane, so I ended up buying a lot smaller shoulder bag for my camera and a couple of lenses and I'll just carry my laptop in my hand, or put it in the suitcase.
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I've had very good experiences with Crumpler bags. Always used separate laptop and camera bags for my own gear, but helped a friend buy one of their combo bags.

They make two kinds of combo bags - one is designed for the paranoid - you can't get to the contents without taking the bag off, so no one can steal your gear when they are standing behind you in a queue The other kind is for the less-paranoid - you can get to some of the stuff.

All their bags are nearly indestructible - I have seen five year old Crumpler bags that were used daily and still in very good shape.

I strongly recommend looking at their web site, but beware - it's been designed to be "fun", so it's not too easy to navigate! They are Australian (but sold in the US). The web site is http://www.crumpler.com.au
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