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inneyeseakay Dec 7, 2006 4:11 PM

Okay guys (and girls), I am in search of a camera bag that will fit my needs. I prefer the shoulder type (not backpack), but am open to ideas/suggestions. My gear currently consists of my Pentax istDL, Pentax 18-55mm, Sigma 100-300mm, Sigma 28-105mm, Chinon 50mm Prime, and two flashes. I would like a bag that would fit all of this securely, but I don't want to spend a fortune. What do you use? What do you recommend? What do you advise to stay away from? Feel free to post pics of your equipment and bag for visual reference.

bilybianca Dec 7, 2006 4:32 PM

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OK, I made one myself after looking at a LowPro. This one cost me around 25 USD and a few hours of fun. A "Ladies beauty box" from the warehouse, a camping matress and some contact glue. Im very happy with it, it fits my "everyday equipment" as if it was made for it (which it is).

#1 with second floor off

bilybianca Dec 7, 2006 4:33 PM

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#2 with second floor put in place

bilybianca Dec 7, 2006 4:35 PM

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And a travelbag made of a hard shell carry-on bag, plywood and foam plastics

bilybianca Dec 7, 2006 4:36 PM

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Tied down with a wooden top

bilybianca Dec 7, 2006 4:39 PM

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Ready to go!

Actually, I use the travelbag mainly for storage, but it's handy when travelling by car and when I drag the big lens around in places like a zoo. The shoulderbag has become part of my body, I hardly take it off when I go to bed.

Kjell

inneyeseakay Dec 7, 2006 4:47 PM

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Those are awesome... I might try developing something like that because I can't seem to findwhat I would really like. I am looking for a breifcase shaped bag, kinda like a laptop bag, where I can lay verything out... I'm not a big fan of stacked, but I really like what you have done with both of those. You might jsut be the imspiration I need.

How study is the foam you used? On the top layer, does it hold the camera there? With the bag I have now, if there's an open compartment, the foam isn't sturdy enough to hold the camera and allows it to float.

The bag below is something likewhat I would like to start with...

bluwing Dec 7, 2006 6:46 PM

Hi,

I have had a couple of bags. This is the one that I finally liked and got. And best of all it won't bank the bank to buy it. Look here: http://cgi.ebay.com/Large-Camera-Sho...QQcmdZViewItem

Rudy

philneast Dec 7, 2006 6:48 PM

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Kjell, absolutely brilliant!

Camping mattresses are very firm, they are designe for minimum compression when an adult lies on them.

So in Kjell's creation there is unlikely to be any major distortion of the foam shapes alowing the camera to move significantly.

The key with any foam in a camera bag is to get it properly fitted around your equipment, as Kjell has done.

inneyeseakay Dec 7, 2006 8:16 PM

Where can I get one of these camping mattresses and how much do they run? Are they cheap? Can I pick them up at a local walmart? I think I will go about trying to make one.

ennacac Dec 7, 2006 8:18 PM

Here is mine, but the Sigma has been replaced by the FA* 80-200 2.8 Pentax.

http://computerartscompany.com/CameraKit_Sm.jpg

Tom

bper Dec 7, 2006 8:40 PM

I can't play much yet as I have all my stuff isin a cardboard box. But I asked Mrs Claus for a LowePro Slingshot for Christmas,maybe with a DA50-200 stuck in it. It's a good cardboardbox though and I have made compartments with foaminserts. It currently holds four lenses, plus a filter pouch and miscellaneous zip lock bag with a spareset of Lithium batteries and Lens Pen, along with a spare memory card. Something like that would go for at least $.25 on Ebay. So what's your Christmaslist consist of?- Bruce

inneyeseakay Dec 7, 2006 8:48 PM

bper wrote:
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I can't play much yet as I have all my stuff isin a cardboard box. But I asked Mrs Claus for a LowePro Slingshot for Christmas,maybe with a DA50-200 stuck in it. It's a good cardboardbox though and I have made compartments with foaminserts. It currently holds four lenses, plus a filter pouch and miscellaneous zip lock bag with a spareset of Lithium batteries and Lens Pen, along with a spare memory card. Something like that would go for at least $.25 on Ebay. So what's your Christmaslist consist of?- Bruce
Two of the lenses listed are in the same type of cases... My wifey got me theSigma 100-300mm, Sigma 28-105mm, and Chinon 50mm... I talked her into giving me one (50mm)already though :D

pbender Dec 7, 2006 9:02 PM

Here's what I've been using for a while (at least 6 years):
http://www.nscaleintermodal.com/misc...cameracase.jpg

There are a few "loose" lenses in there right now. My long zoom is sitting between a pair of dividers on the right, which is it's typical storage location. The short zoom (a recent purchase) is where my Olympus E-10 normally sits.

I'm actually looking for a new bag myself... one I can use to carry a laptop along with my camera gear. I'm also hoping to get one that will hold my tripod, as a result, I am personally leaning towards a backback right now.

Paul

Black Knight Dec 7, 2006 10:40 PM

Currently I am using a Lowepro Slingshot 100. Love it. Its a Backpack to start but pulls Around To the front and opens like a Shoulder bag.
http://www.lowepro.com/Products/Slin...ot_100_AW.aspx

bilybianca Dec 7, 2006 11:21 PM

inneyeseakay wrote:
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Where can I get one of these camping mattresses and how much do they run? Are they cheap? Can I pick them up at a local walmart? I think I will go about trying to make one.
I bought mine in the local warehouse. It cost less than the contact glue, something like 4-5 USD.

Kjell

mtngal Dec 8, 2006 12:07 AM

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I'd like to geta slingshot - I've looked at both the 100 and the 200, and like the over the shoulder design- it looks like it would distribute the weight better than the shoulder bag I have. I really carry too much stuff - the bag is big enough for the K10, an air blower, the A*300, DA 50-200, Phoenix 100mm macro, M 24mm 2.8 and M 50mm 1.7, along with extra cards in the pocket on the outside, a small notebook, lens cleaning kit, camera cap in the front pocket, extra batteries (when I was carrying the K100) along with the polarizer, and a couple of other filters and a tripod mount. The K10 isn't all that much heavier than the K100, but it'sstarting to bother my shoulder.

danielchtong Dec 8, 2006 4:12 AM

mtngal wrote:
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I'd like to geta slingshot - I've looked at both the 100 and the 200, and like the over the shoulder design- it looks like it would distribute the weight better than the shoulder bag I have. I really carry too much stuff - the bag is big enough for the K10, an air blower, the A*300, DA 50-200, Phoenix 100mm macro, M 24mm 2.8 and M 50mm 1.7, along with extra cards in the pocket on the outside, a small notebook, lens cleaning kit, camera cap in the front pocket, extra batteries (when I was carrying the K100) along with the polarizer, and a couple of other filters and a tripod mount. The K10 isn't all that much heavier than the K100, but it'sstarting to bother my shoulder.
I have a bit less and Slingshot AW200 is just right for me , DL , K100D , Zenitar 16mm 2.8, FA50mm 1.4, FA100mm 2.8 Macro, FA28mm 2.8, FA135mm 2.8 , A* 300mm F4 & AF360 Flash. The heaviest is actually my macro lens FA100mm. I usu leave that in my car this time of the year

Daniel
Toronto

Gumnut Dec 8, 2006 4:25 AM

i have used a few boxes/bags
my first was an aluminium clad wooden box style
it really protected the gear and was great for standing on to see over croweds
but was a pain when hiking
i went to a back pack style which was great for hiking but a pain to get to lenses etc
no i have a shoulder bag
very easy to get to things and still keep moving
but i am developing a lean :)
the one i have now is a lamborghini
it may not be the best in the world
but i can say i own a lamborghini and not be telling fibs :) :) :)

NonEntity1 Dec 8, 2006 1:39 PM

mtngal wrote:
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I'd like to geta slingshot - I've looked at both the 100 and the 200, and like the over the shoulder design- it looks like it would distribute the weight better than the shoulder bag I have. I really carry too much stuff - the bag is big enough for the K10, an air blower, the A*300, DA 50-200, Phoenix 100mm macro, M 24mm 2.8 and M 50mm 1.7, along with extra cards in the pocket on the outside, a small notebook, lens cleaning kit, camera cap in the front pocket, extra batteries (when I was carrying the K100) along with the polarizer, and a couple of other filters and a tripod mount. The K10 isn't all that much heavier than the K100, but it'sstarting to bother my shoulder.
I've got the Slingshot AW200. I do like it but I have found some negatives also. It is a great design if you frequently take the camera in and out of the bag as, when you pull it around front, the camera is perfectly positioned to remove. However, I tend to wear the camera and want a bag that gives me easy access to the different lenses. To safely switch lenseswith the slingshot I find I need to put it down. That being the case, I wonder if I would not be just as happy with a backpack style that would distribute the weight a little better.

Tim

bluwing Dec 8, 2006 4:04 PM

Hi Non,

I had a Backpack and I DIDN"T like it all! I always felt like my lenses where going to fall out whenever I opened it. I prefer my shoulder bag. I rarely use the shoulder strap, I carry it by the handle.

Rudy

nhmom Dec 8, 2006 9:51 PM

I have been trying to find the Slingshot AW100 so I can determine if it will be the right size for me. But, can't find anyone locally who has it in stock. I've been looking for months.

I have a K100 with 18-55 lens, 50-200 lens, two lens hoods, extra batteries, odds and ends like lens brush, wipe cloth, USB cord, tripod mount, etc. I plan on eventually getting a flash. And, am getting some filters for Christmas.

Unless I opt to buy another lens (or two) will the 100 be spacious enough? Is there space to put the manual? My current shoulder bag is similar to mtngal's in shape and size and no place to put the manual.

Oh, and another question. I don't know if this will bother me or not. I usually carry straps (purse, camera, etc) on my left shoulder. I notice in all the photos it goes over the right shoulder. Can you switch the shoulder it goes over? Or, are the straps permanently attached to the bag on specific corners?

Thanks.

Black Knight Dec 8, 2006 10:43 PM

Hi nhmom

Lets See. I could not Find the AW100 locally. So i ordered it from Amazon and Figured i Could return it If push came to Shove.
To Answer your Question about the Manuel. I'm Not sure as I cannot Find mine at this moment.
However, I have in my Bag the DS with the Pentax 28-105mm Attached. On One Side
I have the 18-55kit Lense and the FA50-1.4. On the other Side i have the Sigma 70-300. all have the lense hoods attached. I also have 5-1 Gig cards and 5 extra sets of battterys. In the top Compartment I carry My Sigma EF-500 DG St flash and a spare set of CRV-3. I Dont carry any cables and Leave my manuel At home.
I Adjust what I carry in the bag based on What I intend to shot and Where. If I am away from Home I Leave One of my lenses or flash and put In my Cleaning kit. The Greatest thing about this bag is the All weather Cover. It Stores Flat under the back and takes no space. Just lift the velcro at the bottom and Pull It out

BK

Edit-Sorry Straps are permently attached to the Corners So It goes over your right Shoulder and pulls down over the left.

nhmom Dec 8, 2006 11:28 PM

Thanks, Black Knight. Sounds like this bag will definitely fit my needs. I may just end up doing as you did and order online. Figuring I can return it if it doesn't.

Are you worried about a power outage? I thought I was going overboard carrying two extra sets of batteries (once I get my rechargeables). That's another thing I still need to buy.Too many things going on right now.

bper Dec 8, 2006 11:46 PM

Hi nhmom - I was able to compare both the 100 and 200 slingshot at a camera store in Seattle on a trip over Thanksgiving there. The 200 is a pretty large bag, I would say as big as many backpack bags and you can get a lot of equipment in it. I have decided I want the 100 and have about the same amount of equipment you have. It should handle that much with no problem. I don't have any really big lenses. The M28 and two M50's don't take much room and have no lens hoods. I have the DA18-55 and hope to have a DA50-200, these have hoods, but they canbe reversed for storage, so don't take a lot of room either. If you have any large lenses, then the 200may be better. They are really neat bags though. I would almost bet themanual would fit flat on top ok even with the100- Bruce

PS - I carry one set of Everyready Lithiums AA'sas my backups. These are usually good for about 800-1000 shots,if needed and they handle the cold welland don't discharge with age.

inneyeseakay Dec 9, 2006 12:06 AM

Well... I went to the thrift store today and picked up a nice briefcase for two bucks, but it was locked w/ no combonation. So I toyed with it for a few minutes after getting it to my car and within 10 minutes had it opened. I went by the craft store and picked up a 27" x 77" x 1" sheet of high density foam ($6)and have started putting together a briefcase style camera bag. I have most of the cutouts done, but I need a thinner sheet of foam for the bottom and top of the bag. I will definately post pictures when it is completed. Thanks for all the encouragement and advice.

nhmom Dec 9, 2006 12:31 AM

Thanks, bper. I'm jealous you got to see them in person. Well, soon enough for me. I think I'll look around online this weekend and order one.

If the manual is online in *.pdf I could always load it to my PDA. Will have to check into that.

Monza76 Dec 9, 2006 1:26 AM

I think I am on hold regarding camera bags. Right now I have:

Lowepro:
Nova 2 - on loan to my oldest son Minolta 7000 with three lenses and a flash.
Nova 3 - used by my wife for the Fuji S7000 with flash, charger and filters
Nova 5 - this holds all of my flash gear, two slave strobes with sockets and clamps, light stand brackets for shoe mount flash units (2), extra lenses.
Micro Trekker - this backpack holds my camera and the lenses I usually carry

Optex:
Zoom Toploader - I use this when all I need is the camera and one lens
There is also a small Optex bag suitable for a camera with two small lenses, currently I have a background sheet in it.

There are also the Lowepro miniZoom Toploader my wife uses for her little Fuji 2800Z (her travel camera, her job takes her to three or four trade shows a year).
My youngest son has my little Lowepro Rez something-or-other, a neat little two part bag suitable for a digicam or small video outfit.
There is a huge Amvona backpack in my closet (great exterior, mediocre interior) that was a "free bonus" with the tripod I bought.

I still haven't listed everything. You collect a lot of camera bags over 28 years.

Ira




Black Knight Dec 9, 2006 7:29 AM


nhmom wrote:
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Thanks, Black Knight. Sounds like this bag will definitely fit my needs. I may just end up doing as you did and order online. Figuring I can return it if it doesn't.

Are you worried about a power outage? I thought I was going overboard carrying two extra sets of batteries (once I get my rechargeables). That's another thing I still need to buy.Too many things going on right now.
Hi Nhmom

A little overboard Perhaps, but Dont forget the flash also uses 4 batterys, So 1 set in camera , 1 set in the flash, the balance are backup for the Two items. Each set of rechargeables gives me between 400-600 Shots. When i am Shooting at the race track or an Airshow it is not Uncommon for me to shoot 700-or more Shots
Another big reason Is when on vacation with the Family. Someone always forgets to bring extra batterys For the MP3, camera or Game boy. So Guess What i Get "Dad do you have Extra batterys"
On Our up Coming Cruise, i have decided to just bring A couple sets of CRV-3 and Leave the Charger and NIMH batterys Home

BK

Edit- I see I made a Mistake In posting last night. It Should Be A total of 5 sets of Battery. Sorry

Monza76 Dec 9, 2006 7:45 AM

I'm with BK, since Pentax has given us a very economical battery system that is compatable with our other accessories, you can never have too many batteries. I usually carry three sets with just the camera itself and five sets if I have my Vivitar 285 flash with me.

One last comment from me, I don't have a Slinger style bag but they do look good and if I could justify another bag that is what I would get. Shoulder bags can be uncomfortable and backpacks can result in disaster if you accidently pick one up when it is still open, but the cross-over sling bag seems to keep the better qualities of both.

Ira



pagerboy Dec 9, 2006 9:23 AM

I have a Lowepro Edge 300 which carries my S1IS, my p&s Konica, my camcorder plus my batteries, card reader, wires, video tapes, cdr/dvdr. But for my next camera (dSLR) I'm looking at the slingshot or something similar so I don't have to put the bag down to get the camera out fast. I use a leather fanny pack to carry just the S1 and batteries when I don't want bulk.

nhmom Dec 9, 2006 9:43 AM

BK - Aha! I hadn't thought about the flash. I have a flash for my old camera, but never used it enough to need to worry about carrying spares with me. As a matter of fact, it's probably long ago gone dead now that I think about it.

So, I too, shall probably be carrying closer to four sets when I get a flash. And, I, like you, am also the spare battery person for everyone. I've been trying to train them lately and before we leave I ask "did you charge your batteries and spares". Then, if they run out I can just tell them "I asked you".

Now to start online shopping for a bag. Thanks to whoever started this thread. It's been very informative.

inneyeseakay Dec 9, 2006 10:01 AM

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Okay... I have finished the case until Christmas. The memory card/battery section is just laid on there until I get the 100-300mm lens and can measure and cut the hole for it and the final slot for batteries and memory cards. The bottom, for now, is lined with 4 layers of bubble wrap until i get back to walmart and pick up one of the $1 fleece baby blankets they have to line the bottom with a couple layers of that. I also want to get some convoluted egg crate for the top of the case instead of the solid foam I have there now.

NonEntity1 Dec 9, 2006 4:28 PM

One final comment on my use of the slingshot. My wife does not like it at all, as she finds that where it crosses on the front of her chest is very uncomfortable due to the, erm, equipment she carries that I don't :-). I am sure it is suitable for many female photographers but that is one extra factor to consider.

Tim

inneyeseakay Dec 9, 2006 9:37 PM

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Okay... I have decided to stick withmy backpack after lining the bottom with the foam I got, it keeps the "walls" straight and keeps items from floating. Just thought I would post a picture of it. The Sigma 28-105mm has been replaced with a Pentax SMC-F 35-105, I picked up today.

mongrelchild Dec 10, 2006 1:59 PM

I'm so jealous of you US guys with your all-black DLs.

I'm in canada and got the ugly "silver" edition.
I'm this close to dismantling it and blasting the silver portions with a can of vinyl dye.

MartyF81 Mar 7, 2007 6:01 PM

bilybianca wrote:
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OK, I made one myself after looking at a LowPro. This one cost me around 25 USD and a few hours of fun. A "Ladies beauty box" from the warehouse, a camping matress and some contact glue. Im very happy with it, it fits my "everyday equipment" as if it was made for it (which it is).

#1 with second floor off
I can't find the same kind of "camping matress".... any help?

Rufus T Firefly Mar 7, 2007 8:08 PM

This is what you want to look for. Click Here That's at Sports Authority but any store selling camping supplies should have foam mats.

2many Mar 3, 2008 6:08 AM

Ok, I think its time to resurrect this thread. I know in the last year or so you all have updated your equipment whether it be new lenses or new camera's. So there has to be new bags out there, below is my current bag. I am in need of a new one as the handles are wearing out on this one. I was looking at the Pentax Sling bag, as I only carry two additional lenses and a few accessories. Any ideas?

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2193/...37007fd9_m.jpghttp://farm3.static.flickr.com/2260/...6a97139e_m.jpg

Monza76 Mar 3, 2008 7:09 AM

I thought Iwas on hold regarding camera bags. However right now I have:

Lowepro:
Nova 2 - (old)
Nova 3 - (My wife's for storage)
Nova 4 - (used)
Nova 5 - (my main camera storage bag)
Micro Trekker - (waiting for next summer)
Zoom Toploader - (for long lenses, great for wildlife walk-around with the F 100-300mm zoom)
MiniZoom Toploader - (the DL and FA35mm fit nicely)

Optex:
Zoom Toploader - (my youngest son now has the Fuji S7000 in this bag)
Large Video Shoulder bag - (for my flash gear, along with a Razor scooter bag for lightstands and umbrellas)

My youngest son has my little Lowepro Rez something-or-other, a neat little two part bag suitable for a digicam or small video outfit.

My wife Annette has a Crumpler 5 million dollar home that I gave her for Christmas with a Pentax K100D.

Therewas a huge Amvona backpack in my closet but I traded with goldwing85 (Brian) for the Optex video bag.

I still haven't listed everything. You collect a lot of camera bags over 28 years.

Ira






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