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Old Jan 2, 2010, 7:02 AM   #1
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Beginner here. Anyone have any recommendations for a good camera bag? DH bought me a very big Lowepro as a gift but I just thought it was overkill and I didn't need the waistbelt extra support. The size was overwhelming to me to. I am a petite person. I would like to hold the camera + kit lens, maybe an additional lens or two + external flash and some accessories. I briefly looked at the Crumpler Million Dollar home series and some Kata bags. I've only been looking online as the nearest camera store is several miles away from me.
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Old Jan 2, 2010, 11:36 AM   #2
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I have the Crumpler 5 Million Dollar home and I really love it. It is big enough to carry my 50d with a lens attached and 2 more lenses (or lens/flash, lens/cellphone, etc) but keeps it in a small package that doesn't look like a camera bag (makes me feel more secure to not be obviously carrying a camera bag)

should be an excellent choice.
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Old Jan 7, 2010, 8:44 AM   #3
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It really depends on what type of bag you want. I have several, which I use for different things. I sort-of break them down by weight-carrying capacity.

I have a small Tamrac shoulder bag that can hold the camera with lens mounted, one or two other lenses (if the lenses are small I can also fit a flash in) and it has a pocket for batteries, cards, small pad of paper, pen etc. etc. It's great for a beginner bag - I originally bought it for a ultrazoom with a big lens - and I'll use it when I want to go light. Some people would find a messenger bag more comfortable, but since I'm a girl I thought it looked more normal to have a shoulder bag than a messenger bag. I outgrew this bag fairly quickly though. Another option I have for camera with a small lens mounted and possibly another small lens is a fanny pack (mine is a Lowepro).

When the weight got too much for the shoulder bag I decided to get a sling bag. At the same time I had acquired enough stuff that I was concerned about the smaller size of the Slingshot 100 so I got the 200 bag. If you don't have much stuff, the 100 works just as well and is smaller. I found I could carry quite a bit more weight comfortably and I love how accessible everything is (I re-arranged the dividers a bit so I could get everything easily from the side entry). The sling bags all are worn cross-shoulder and only have one shoulder strap. The Lowepro 300 has an additional hip strap that has no way to be hidden and I didn't like that at all, as well as thinking it looked absolutely silly on me.

But there is eventually a limit to how much you can carry in a sling bag. You can carry the most amount of weight in a backpack, however I do a fair amount of day-hiking and found out years ago that what's in the pack usually stays there. I hate having to stop and take off the pack to retrieve anything. Kata makes the 3N1 series bags - they can work either as a sling bag using one shoulder strap and storing the other in a pocket for it, or you can use both straps and wear it as a backpack. It has side access on both sides, so someone left-handed can set it up for access on the right instead of on the left like the other sling bags. Their 3N1-10 is about the same size as the Lowepro Slingshot 100 or the other smaller sized sling bags.

If you want to do-it-yourself, I've seen several people who have bought a thinsolate sleeping pad (closed cell foam pad), cut it up to form whatever grid they need and then put that into a diaper bag. Instant camouflage!
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I have a tamrac velocity, it carries my t1i with the 18-55 mounted and the 55-250 len. There is still room for filters and spear batteries. It can be a hip bag, or back pack or shoulder bag.
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Old Jan 9, 2010, 10:55 AM   #5
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sorry, dont mean to hi-jack this post, but i have a related question. I too am in the market for a bag for a T1i and was wondering what some reputable brand names were. Ultimately, I know that the type/size/etc is up to me, but I'm looking for a starting point of where to look. I checked out the Crumpler bags previously mentioned and I like them a lot, but are there a lot of other brands out there that offer good protection, storage and similar style (not look like a camera/camcorder bag?
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Old Jan 9, 2010, 11:26 AM   #6
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crumpler, tarmac, lowepro, kata are all good brand.
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I use a couple of different bags.

1). Lowepro Fastpack 200

I don't use this bag so often. Just occasionally. This is a basic backpack style bag. It's quite deep, so a DSLR w/battery grip attached w/zoom lens will fit into the bottom compartment easily (e.g. Canon 10D w/battery grip w/300mm). And a couple of more lenses. I paid $50 w/ free shipping on ebay. Much cheaper than BestBuy for example.





2). Crumpler 4 Million Dollar Home bag.

I use this bag a lot when I just need to carry my Olympus E-620 w/14-54mm Mark I lens. Very well made. My walk-around bag.





3). Artisan & Artist bag

This is a nice bag also. They don't make this model anymore, but they still make nice bags like "Image Smith", "Oskar's One Day Bag" etc... Very well made. Ballistic nylon w/leather handle. Water resistant high tech plastic zipper. It won't scratch the camera either. You can remove the entire red insert from the bag, so you can use it for a briefcase too. 14" x 9 1/2" x 6 1/2"




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Old Jan 9, 2010, 2:24 PM   #8
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I was looking at the Crumpler 4 million $ home myself as all I really need is room for a Canon T1i w/kit lens, extra lens, and some small accessories. I also like that it's a holster style bag so I can grab the camera and put it away quickly. $65 seems like a good price, but finding it in stock some place where I can see it is another story. Seems to be sold out all over.
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Old Jan 10, 2010, 7:08 PM   #9
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Add MRock to the good bag manufacturers. They are a small US company and I thought their bags are slightly better than Lowepro. Also Tenba has a nice looking sling bag that has tripod attachments on it, and a rather unique arrangement/access.
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I have the Crumpler 5 Million Dollar home and I really love it. It is big enough to carry my 50d with a lens attached and 2 more lenses (or lens/flash, lens/cellphone, etc) but keeps it in a small package that doesn't look like a camera bag (makes me feel more secure to not be obviously carrying a camera bag)

should be an excellent choice.
Would there be enough room in the 5MH for the 50D w/18-55, a 70-200F4 and a flash? I have looked at the bag ang it is the style I love and looks great, just concerned about the 70-200.
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