small bag recommendation for camera with zoom lens

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by dtype, Apr 1, 2006.

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    dtype Guest

    I'm looking for a bag recommendation for:

    * Canon 5D
    * Canon 70-200 2.8 IS (about 7.7" long high preference for it being
    attached to the camera)
    * Sigma 24-70 2.8 (about 4.5" long)
    * Just a few knick-knacks, including a 1.4x extender, and a 580 flash
    (not required)

    Most of the bags I've looked at either don't fit the camera with the
    long lens attached (and without stressing the camera mount), or they
    do, and are otherwise massive bags. Ideally, I'd like the bag to be as
    small as possible, and I'd _really_ like it to be a smallish backpack.

    Honestly, if it came down to it, I could ditch the wide lens if I could
    find a bag that could nicely fit the canon and 70-200, but all of the
    "single" bags I've seen so far are only designed to fit kit-sized (3.5"
    long or so) lenses. Currently, I've got a nice little backpack, but it
    doesn't fit the camera with the lens attached.

    Cost isn't a factor, and a nice bag would actually be a good thing.

    Thanks for any help.

    dtype, Apr 1, 2006
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  2. Look at the Lowepro Slingshot 200 AW.

    I have the Lowepro Slingshot 100 AW. I like mine except that I wish I had
    bought the 200 AW instead.
    William Hathaway via, Apr 2, 2006
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    dtype Guest

    Funny coincidence. That is actually the bag I have now (the 200 AW).

    I like it a lot, but can't fit the camera in the bag with the 70-200
    lens attached, unless I do funny things internally on the bag. It
    doesn't fit at all with the camera going in the side of the bag as

    So far, it has been my best choice though.

    dtype, Apr 2, 2006
  4. Try the LowePro Mini Trekker AW (backpack) as it has lots of room and does
    hold the 70-200mm without any problems. I have mine loaded and it's great.


    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Apr 2, 2006
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    Teej Guest

    I have the Lowepro microtrekker 200. It fits the my camera with a
    70-300 lens on it and a smaller lens beneath it and has room on the
    sides for other stuff.

    Teej, Apr 2, 2006
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    tomorrow Guest

    I use the LowePro Micro Trekker 100 to carry my D70S with the Nikon
    80-400 VR telephoto zoom plus four other lenses comfortably. It's
    quite small and handy, and very comfortable on the back.

    For motorcycle trips when I don't want to lug all that, I put the
    18-200 VR lens on the camera and put in the LowePro Top Load Zoom 1:

    Pretty happy with both of them!
    tomorrow, Apr 2, 2006
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    Paul Furman Guest

    I use a narrow internal frame day pack, they make them narrow for rock
    climbing for full arm movement and it's nice to have a bit of a soft
    padded frame & proper straps to carry some weight on long hikes.

    For example:
    Not tiny but the narrow shape is easily stowed & it has to be a certain
    size to be able to strap on & hold weight correctly. It's no problem
    holding a 7-200 2.8 with teleconverter & body and a few other good sized
    lenses. Just barely room for lunch & a small jacket with water in the
    outside pockets & by then it's pretty heavy. Less than 2-feet tall &
    about 1 foot wide.
    Paul Furman, Apr 2, 2006
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    Sheldon Guest

    I've got a Lowepro backpack that would work. You can move the dividers
    around in the pack so it will easily fit a body with a long lens on it. You
    can even pull all the dividers out if you want.
    Sheldon, Apr 2, 2006
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    Rolf3i Guest

    Drew, I have a Roots backpack that I really like. Model CS12, Roots Mini
    System Backpack. URL is:

    I use a D70 and it fits just fine. I think the 5D is about the same height,
    4.4". This pack may be a bit big for what you want, you'll have a bit of
    space to spare in there with your kit, but they may have a smaller one in
    their lineup too if you want to go maximally minimal ;-) . I really like the
    fact that it is from Roots and so does not automatically indicate a camera
    bag. I'm 6'4" tall and find the fit great for long outings. YMMV.

    Good luck,

    Rolf3i, Apr 2, 2006
  10. John McWilliams, Apr 2, 2006
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    dtype Guest

    Thanks everyone. Sounds like Lowepro has a lot of mindshare here.

    I'll take a look at these suggestions. I might even try the
    computrekker, as if I can fit my laptop in there and get rid of another
    bag, I can justify the larger backpack.

    Thanks again.

    dtype, Apr 2, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    If you also want to carry your laptop then have a look at the Kata R-103.
    Pete D, Apr 2, 2006
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    Julie Meikle Guest

    Depends on how you want to carry it.
    Backpack or side bag?
    How about a Crumpler Long Schlong? Think that would do it for a small side
    bag....or others have recommended Lowe backpacks...they are superb.
    Julie Meikle, Apr 2, 2006
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Since I bought a Domke F2, I've all but quit using my mini trekker backpack.
    My F100/D70/F3HP can be mounted to my 80-200 f2.8 and put into the bag. You
    may have to adjust the straps to make room for the body while still closing
    the bag securely, but it works.
    Matt Clara, Apr 3, 2006
  15. I thought you were being amusing, but there are tons of places to buy a
    long schlong in the UK. So, I take it, schlong is not a double entendre
    in GB?
    John McWilliams, Apr 3, 2006
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    Julie Meikle Guest

    Whoops! Not heard of that one. They are Aussie bags so anything is possible!
    The Crumpler website is very funny!!
    Julie Meikle, Apr 4, 2006
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