04-10-2012, 02:54 PM
Originally Posted by McYukon
Not to hijack the thread, but what bags/backpacks do you use Doug? I'm having the hardest time finding something functional.
Ah, the never ending quest for the perfect camera bag! I think that every photographer in the world, is in the same boat. I've never been perfectly satisfied with any of the sling packs, backpacks that I've owned. I think that the trick is to carry as little as possible at all times. This would entail knowing exactly what you'll need for the shoot in the first place.
I don't carry extra lenses if I don't have to, nor my speedlights for that matter. It also depends on my mood. If I'm doing street shooting, I know that I need a 35mm equivalent as well as a portrait lens and I'll go back and forth between them. I generally love using my 105mm and my 35. They'd be better suited for full frame, but whatcha gonna do?
I currently own an Thinktank Streetwalker HD which I use when going on trips and such and it's fine since I can also put my MacBook Pro in it as well. It's actually pretty comfy, but I wouldn't want to take all my stuff all the time. My back stinks!
Recently, I bought a new bag from.... Ikea of all places! It's a really cool bag that has two separate pieces which zip into one another, and both pieces have backpack straps. The bigger piece has wheels and an arm handle for pulling. It can be used as a carry on piece for airplanes, so is absolutely perfect to carry all ones camera gear. I took the liberty of gutting the bigger piece, and then taking the divider insert from my ThinkTank bag and putting it in the Ikea one. It's not done yet, but should work really well when I'm finished. All I had to do was get professional grade velcro with adhesive and all is good.
What also helps a GREAT deal, is that piece you see on the right shoulder strap which locks my D300 into place. It can be fastened on pretty much anything, including a belt, so you can have two of these in case you want to switch it from your shoulder to your waste. It is called the Capture Clip by Peak Design. Capture Camera Clip System by Peak Design - Wear your DSLR camera on any backpack strap or belt.
I got it when Peter was still trying to get things started on Kickstarter.com for about $50 which was an amazing deal. It's one of the first camera accessories I've bought that I have had zero regrets about.
That Ikea bag has no problems holding these lenses and my speedlights.
I used to like Steve's reviews. But he doesn't put much into them in the way of real world uses. It's always the same old subject matter, same drab old everything. I much prefer hanging out at Steve Huff's website. He loves going out and shooting, and only ever shows real world situations with every lens and camera he reviews. No bias either, since he just loves to shoot. My kind of guy. Steve Huff Photos - Real World Digital Camera And Lens Reviews