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I have a few bags now which are brought out for different situations and am always looking out for something "better".

 

I would be interested to know what other people use/ have and if they are happy with what they have or not so much, where it works and where it may let them down.

 

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Personally I have two bags I alternate with.

 

When I am out and about with the kids, and a single lens attached to the 6D is all I really want/ need, I have a Crumpler Enthusiast - Room for extras and space for the iPad makes it comfortable. Moving the compartments around at the top makes it versatile enough if I wanted to use it and it will accommodate a light tripod.

 

Heading on a plane, I switch to the Cumpler 7 Million Dollar Home It generally seems to hold things logically and as I have a laptop bag with me anyway, it just needs the camera & small tripod.

 

I have an old LowePro backpack which holds a lot of gear including a bigger tripod but it's uncomfortable on a long hike and I don't think the strapping and access is very good on it. Planning on replacing this with something light weight when I come across a good one.

 

I'm currently looking for a bag that would crossfit some overnight hiking as well as taking photo gear. I've come across the Lowepro AW 45L as the front runner so far.

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Unfortunately in this case I'm not much help in the larger bag dept. The biggest i have is a Lowepro 200AW. I've found over the years I've been taking less gear out with me when going shooting (being specific about lenses, etc before I head out), meaning smaller bags are the go for me. If I had a camera with awesome built-in wifi for uploading as I shoot (such as your 6D), my needs would definitely change.

 

That said you could fork out more than $300 for a really nice Billingham bag, or if your like me, Lowepro would have something suitable for a much more reasonable price.

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I use a lowepro backpack that I can't seem to see available anymore. It is very much like the Lowepro Nature Trekker AW II.

It is great when you want to carry lots, safe. It is bad because it can get heavy when you fill it up, and throw your back out.

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i got a few...

 

kata dc443, first ever bag, not too big not too small, nice if i wanted body + couple lenses plus filters etc

 

got a lowpro nova 200 aw, still shoulder/messenger bag but on the bigger side but not too big, enough room to fit my 70-200 II in, and still zoom for about 3 lenses plus misc + body, but at that point it does get quite heavy and you'd wish you had brought a backpack instead

 

also got a think tank airport something or rather back pack, actually haven't really used it, bought it for travelling but haven't really use it, was like the smallest one of the series i think

 

also got another back pack kata 3n1 (smallest in series again), had no use for long time was wanting to sell it but made use of it when i went hiking the other day so got me thinking again...lol

 

oh and a small lowpro shoulder bag just enough to fit my 5d3 + lens

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Unfortunately in this case I'm not much help in the larger bag dept. The biggest i have is a Lowepro 200AW. I've found over the years I've been taking less gear out with me when going shooting (being specific about lenses, etc before I head out), meaning smaller bags are the go for me. If I had a camera with awesome built-in wifi for uploading as I shoot (such as your 6D), my needs would definitely change.

Funny you should mention the 200AW - I had this bag for a long time and only recently gave it away to someone after I got the crumpler as it wouldn't stash the iPad anywhere safe. It's a great bag though.

 

I use a lowepro backpack that I can't seem to see available anymore. It is very much like the Lowepro Nature Trekker AW II.

It is great when you want to carry lots, safe. It is bad because it can get heavy when you fill it up, and throw your back out.

 

The Nature Trekker looks a lot like the one I have and yeah, I found it terrible on a hike for the same reason. There isn't a lot of hip support so shoulders get thrown out.

 

also got another back pack kata 3n1 (smallest in series again), had no use for long time was wanting to sell it but made use of it when i went hiking the other day so got me thinking again...lol

I have been looking at the Kata stuff. Their demo video running at Michael's in the city is quite funny actually - a guy climbing a tree, a guy standing in a river in his shorts, a guy abseiling off a bridge ... Here it is!

 

I was looking at the 3 in 1 - the one that doubles as a sling bag yeah?

 

How did you find it? Was it comfortable?

 

Nothing in the light hiking packs seems to sport the same "mesh" that hiking packs have to keep some ventilation on your back.

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don't end up liking it too much, as in don't feel the quick draw thing to be well implemented, but it is comfortable

 

i think they got a new one called the revolver, i think that's much better, i am interested in that one for the fact that holds many lenses and the way you can access the lenses without having to put the bag down

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I almost always have a DSLR with me (I even take them to work with me, sick of losing shots to the samsung phonecam), for that purpose I have a Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 250AW. I find it really comfy, carries everything I need for a day of trekking about / taking photos, even works as an overnight bag if I'm ok with wearing jeans for two days in a row.

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I currently use a Crumpler C-List celebrity Medium.

 

Fits my camera, lenses, flash, 15" rMBP and an iPad with all the bits.

 

Is big, and gets heavy, but crumpled make a comfy bag!

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Currently rocking the Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 150, perfect backpack for those with large mirror-less kits, especially the Olympus OM-D. Fits my OM-D E-M5 with grip, 4-5 lenses, filter pouch, 13" rMBP, and a Seagate Slim portable HD.

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