Canon 70-200mm L IS f/2.8 lens w/1.4x - - carrying case?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by -hh, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. -hh

    -hh Guest

    Looking for suggestions on a carrying case (which I'll also want to
    then strap onto a camera carrying pack or belt) that will successfully
    accomodate the Canon 70-200mm L IS f/2.8 lens when it *also* has a 1.4x
    teleextender installed.

    Naturally, I'm also assuming the hood's on the lens too, in the
    reversed storage position.


    Suggestions?


    -hh
     
    -hh, Nov 9, 2005
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  2. This is the stuff I have, http://www.kinesisgear.com/. Very modular, very
    well made. I use the belt system along with a holster. The nice thing is I
    can detach needed cases from the belt and attach them to the holster and
    make up a very nice shoulder bag.

    --

    Rob
    "A disturbing new study finds that studies are disturbing"

    This is the stuff I have, http://www.kinesisgear.com/. Very modular, very
    well made. I use the belt system along with a holster. The nice thing is I
    can detach needed cases from the belt and attach them to the holster and
    make up a very nice shoulder bag.
     
    Robert R Kircher, Jr., Nov 9, 2005
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  3. Looked at Lowepro's Street and Field system? I just ordered the "light
    waist belt" with two lens pouches. I have a Tamrac 517 holster bag for
    the Canon 300D that I carry around with a chest harness. I find this
    arragement more practical than carrying my gear in a back-pack. With a
    back-pack, you need to get the thing off your back when you need a lens
    change, open the chains, change lenses, put everything back and then
    put the bag on the back. Too cumbersome!!

    - Siddhartha
     
    Siddhartha Jain, Nov 9, 2005
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  4. -hh

    Kyle Jones Guest

    Tamrac's Velocity series bags work as backpacks but you can slide them
    around to the side or front to get at your gear thanks to the clever
    strap design. I have the Velocity 7 bag and it works well.
     
    Kyle Jones, Nov 10, 2005
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  5. -hh

    -hh Guest

    Briefly. I'm going to use a daypack bag as my airline carry-on, and
    I've settled on a Tamrac CyberPack 9 pack as it will also accomodate a
    laptop.

    My inquiry here really is for a second bag that I'll use for
    transporting the camera system out in the field...one that I can
    preferably wear a standard day pack with, for carrying raingear, water
    and lunch. This relegates its basic design to a waist-based "fanny
    pack" on steriods type of system.

    To this end, I've test-fitted the gear into the Lowepro Off Trail 2
    Camera Beltpack, and I've found that it will *just barely* fit the
    vertical stack height of a 20D+1.4x+(lens): this combination is 11.75"
    deep, whereas the Lowepro is officially only rated to swallow 11.5" -
    hence, why its a tight fit.

    In digging down through Kinesis's website's products, the C580 appears
    to be slightly deeper than the above LowePro..."enough deeper?" is the
    question.

    Next, I expect to typically be carrying the body with either very wide
    or very long lens, so I want two lens-only bags in addition - one of
    which will fit my WA, and the other one to fit the stack of a
    (1.4x)+(lens) together. FWIW, I don't consider the storage needs for a
    loose 1.4x to be a major concern.

    The two external lens-only cases that Off Trail 2 comes standard with
    doesn't cut it, since they measure 3.5" x 8.5" and the (1.4x)+(lens)
    measures 9 11/16" (~9.6875") long.

    I didn't measure it without the 1.4x, but I think that its diameter
    isn't happy trying to swallow the 70-200 with its hood attached anyway.
    I haven't checked it with my WA, but its also a 77mm lens + hood, so
    if diameter's a problem for the one, it will be a problem for both.

    For lens bags, the Kinesis E280 lens case looks like it *should* be
    barely deep enough for carrying my Canon (1.4x)+(70-200mm f/2.8 IS)
    stacked together, as its dimensional claims suggest that it will just
    barely fit (specification's rating of 11.75" suggests I have 1/16" of
    clearance) that this will fit, whereas they state that the Nikon
    version of the same will not fit. Of course, this doesn't say if its a
    "tight fit" or a more generous one that won't result in a stressed
    zipper or similar.

    If anyone can confirm fit on either of these two, I'd greatly
    appreciate it.


    -hh
     
    -hh, Nov 10, 2005
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  6. Ok I can't confirm the exact fit of your gear but I can tell you what I
    carry in my Kinesis rig and you can compare measurements to see if it will
    work.

    Before I start I will also say that I looked at Lowpro and Tamrac before
    Kinesis and ran into the same sizing problems you are having. I found the
    Kinesis system to have more realistic sized cases for my purposes.

    I have the following:

    Holster
    C500 http://www.kinesisgear.com/c/C500.html
    This carries my 20D w/ grip and 28-135 including properly attached hood. It
    also has my backup flash, an EX420
    NOTE: This is not attached to my belt.

    Lens Cases
    E280 Large Case http://www.kinesisgear.com/e/E280.html
    This case very easily holds my 100-400 w/ hood inverted along with my 2x
    converter. I can also keep the tripod bracket attached although with the
    tripod mounting bracket attached to the lens bracket it's a bit difficult to
    slide in and out.

    E180 Medium Case http://www.kinesisgear.com/e/E180.html
    This case is for my 28-135 when it's not attached to the camera. The lens
    fits with plenty of room, hood inverted. I can even get the lens in with
    hood installed correctly and close the lid using the Velcro strap. Works
    nicely when swapping lenses in the field.

    E330 Two Lens Case http://www.kinesisgear.com/e/E330.html
    This is a very versatile case. When I first got it I only had a 300D so it
    held things like my kit lens and a cloth and extra batteries. Now that I
    have a 20D and a 300D, I place the 300D body w/ grip in the case and the kit
    lens and my 50mm f1.8 stacked beside the 300D. There enough room for a
    padded divider between the lens and body. Even with the 300D body and two
    small lenses there is still enough room for me to fold my cotton cloth and
    put it on top of the 300D and close the lid with the zippers. In the front
    pouch I have plastic bags, my remote shutter releases, and my AA battery
    back for the 20D grip.

    Other Cases
    A126 Vertical Accessory Pouch http://www.kinesisgear.com/a/A126.html
    This holds my primary flash, an EX580 along with 3 sets of extra batteries
    and the mini stands for both flashes.

    F103 Filter Case http://www.kinesisgear.com/f/F103.html
    This holds, of course, a few filters and I've found it a great place to hold
    my CF cards and lens caps then I'm shooting. I also have a half sheet of
    decongestant tabs there for when I suffer from an allergy attack.

    A170 Water Bottle Case http://www.kinesisgear.com/a/A170.html
    For the obvious but it's also proven handy as a spot to dump things when
    needed. It has a cinch strap at the top so it can be securely closed if
    necessary.

    Seems like a lot to have around your waist but I can tell you it's all very
    comfortable. I've done some long hikes with the gear, including my tripod,
    and was very comfortable and if necessary I can just remove what I don't
    need.

    As noted the holster in not attached to the belt because most of the time
    the camera is around my neck. I have a shoulder strap, from Kinesis, for
    the holster and on occasion when all I need is a small shoulder bag I'll
    take only the holster and I'll attach any one or two of my other cases to
    bring along the proper equipment.

    The thing to note about Kinesis is that the product was created by a
    photographer so you can safely assume that it will meet the needs of a
    photographer. I'm sure that other bag manufactures do a large amount of
    research but there's nothing like a system designed by a photog for photogs.
     
    Robert R Kircher, Jr., Nov 10, 2005
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    eawckyegcy Guest

    Despite the prices, I _highly_ recommend Kinesis equipment.. The F&S
    stuff is vaguely ok, but isn't as modular as the Kinesis system. You
    should email the proprietor and ask: he is very cool about questions
    like this.
     
    eawckyegcy, Nov 10, 2005
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  8. Siddhartha Jain, Nov 11, 2005
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  9. Robert R Kircher, Jr., Nov 11, 2005
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