Camera bag for Canon 1D with 24-105mm lens

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Alex, May 23, 2011.

  1. Alex

    Alex Guest

    I am looking for suggestions for a small camera bag that can
    fit a Canon 1D with attached 24-105mm lens. Any recommendations
    (specific models and brands, things to look for or to avoid)
    are greatly appreciated!

    I recently bought a used Canon 1D Mk IIn to see if the 1.3x
    works for me (and so far I *love* it). Obviously, it does not fit
    into my current DX-sized camera case, so I am looking for a bigger
    case. Smaller is better, i.e. it does not have to fit 5 lenses
    and a tripod -- just be big enough to fit camera with attached
    24-105 lens. Again, any info is appreciated!

    Alex, May 23, 2011
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  2. I have a small Lowe Pro case that just fits my 5D, 24-105 WITH lens hood
    attached and not reversed, i.e., ready to pull out and shoot. It has
    both a shoulder strap and waist strap.

    If this sounds like the ticket, post back and I'll look up the model
    John McWilliams, May 23, 2011
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  3. Alex

    me Guest

    me, May 23, 2011
  4. Alex

    alex Guest


    Yes, this sounds exactly like the bag I am looking for. Is this 75 AW?

    alex, May 24, 2011
  5. Alex

    -hh Guest

    Another possibiltiy might be the Kinesis product line; probably the

    I will note that at first impression, some of the Kinesis gear looks
    "klunky" (not streamlined or 'clean') because of extensive D-rings and
    so forth. This is because its design objective is to have products
    that can be very extensively customized and integrated with many of
    their other products to provide the photographer with more "mix &
    match" configuration options. As such, it is a system that is less
    vulnerable to gear changes making it become functionally obsolete.

    -hh, May 25, 2011
  6. Alex

    Wally Guest

    For a few years now when travelling I've been using a cheap army
    surplus bag for my photography. It's very handy and doesn't tell
    everybody that I have an expensive camera in the bag.

    I also don't need all those compartments. My lenses go into Canon lens
    pouches, which keeps them safe from damage.

    The bag is very light yet roomy. It goes into my roll-on carryon
    suitcase along with all my other stuff. It takes up very little space
    there. The camera body and a couple of lenses go into a briefcase,
    which stays with me.

    Once at my destination, I transfer the camera gear to the army bag.
    It also accomodates maps, a bottle of water, a GPS, small bag of nuts,
    and other necessities.

    I often have the camera ready for shooting with the lens hood mounted,
    and have never scratched the glass (but I use care).

    When shooting closer to home I often use my LowePro Stealth Reporter,
    which holds more stuff and its padding should help protect the gear
    inside, but I've really never had any issues with the cheap canvas
    army bag.

    Wally, May 25, 2011
  7. Alex

    -hh Guest

    You're not the only one who has nested expensive stuff inside of
    duffle bags or whatever.
    And these lens pouches go where? Inside the nondescript bag, which
    you may have refitted with a divider or two? (I alrady own two
    'nondescript" bags like this).

    Peoples' needs vary - some need compartments for stuff; others don't.
    As such, there is no single best solution that will suit everyone.
    My point was merely to highlight that in addition to the "exact fit"
    types of camera bags, there are also some "modular system" products
    out there (whose designs don't suck).
    As an aside, the type of carry-on suitcase one chooses is another
    example of YMMV. I purposefully do not use a wheeled (roll-on) style
    for certain aircraft equipment ... and for certain destinations. Not
    only do wheeled bags have less interior room, they're also heavier,
    which is a distinct disadvantage when you're not in the USA and hit
    staircases on mass transit systems.

    I'd generally agree that a "hip" type bag can be pretty good. One of
    the challenges that I've found with them is to how to configure them
    in conjunction with a pack for longer hikes, as well as provisions for
    protecting it from heavy rain. More recently, I've ditched this sort
    of bag and gone to a smaller (body+lens) bag, as I can clip it back
    further to the rear, since a camera bag mounted forward of the hip
    restricts one's mobilty (can't lift that leg as high).
    Shoulder bags such as the Stealth Reporter are very good for certain
    things. The question always comes back to what the intended use case
    is. Here, OP Alex did state that he was looking for a solution that
    didn't require "5 lenses and a tripod", so the Stealth is probably
    bigger than what he believes he's looking for. Hopefully, Alex won't
    be tempted to "grow" what he wants to carry and end up a year from now
    looking for a "body+2lenses" sized bag, unless he chooses today a
    product designed to be extensible. I've tried the route of a (bag
    +refitted random extra) and they're always an ugly klunge.

    -hh, May 25, 2011
  8. Yes, that's the one!
    John McWilliams, May 25, 2011
  9. Alex

    Wally Guest

    Pack a plastic bag in case it rains and you have to protect your gear.
    Wally, May 26, 2011
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