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    Tamrac vs Lowe Pro

    Hi All
    I hate to ask this "just another what should I get question" but...

    I'm looking for a large but not huge Backback for for 35mm + MF.
    It must take two 35mm SLRs 3 small, one medium and one large lens + accessories and one MF body, two backs + three lenses.
    If there is additional space thats fine.

    Im currently looking at
    Lowe Pro
    Photo Trekker
    Nature trekker
    Tamrac Expedition 7 and 8.
    The Pro- and Super- Trekker are to big (I think)

    I need a long/high back that will fit me (185cm).
    The short backs don't distribute load to hips satisfactory.
    The tamracs are narrow compared to Lowe which is good since I don't want it to be to wide.
    The tamracs are higher than Lowe Pro. I think thats good too.
    The Tamracs are cheaper. Does that mean they are of less quality (eh) ?
    I have seen the Pro Trekker because a shooting budy have one.

    Why don't I take my stuff to a Photo Pusher and try them out ?
    Because " We don't stock those backs and won't taken them home because we don't sell so many " ughh

    So those of you who have tried the backs in question, compared them etc
    whats your 2c ?
    I know I must decide for myself but I can't get my hands on them or try to put my equipment in them first.

    I'd really lowe the back Merlin has. Small, inconspecious and takes a lot
    I know there aint such thing as a perfect bag and this backpack is for nature photography so never mind it signals PHOTOGRAPHER.
    Thanks in advance
    Cheers Søren

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    That sucks. You should find a better photo pusher. I needed a midrange backpack and couldn't decide between a Tamrac Expedition 5 or 7 on the web site; when I arrived and saw them in person I realized that the 7 would be too big.

    As far as Tamrac vs. LowePro, I have several bags from each and I don't know that there's enough of a difference for me to notice, really. You should note that none of the larger backpacks, as far as I can tell, have room for much besides gear; if you want to pack water, you're going to need one of the add ons.

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    Thanks gchpaco.
    You mean they are about the same quality ? The tamracs are cheaper according to my research.
    I have more than one Photo Pusher to wisit but it seems like DK is to small a market so they are reluctant to take anything home which they doubt they can sell within a (very) short time. Ill try to convince them to take home two backpacks.
    Regards Søren

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    I have just bought two bags for my LF gear. One is a Lowepro Super Trekker AWII, which is huge and strongly made and which I will use for an 8x10". This is, however, too large to use as standard, so I also bought a Tenba P263, which is more compact and takes a 4x5" Crown Graphic, 4 lenses, 10 film holders, filters etc. very well. The Tenba is also well made, I would say it would not be as resistant to extreme weight as the Lowepro, but it's fine for what I want. I had previously been using a CCS bag for the Graphic, two lenses and five holders - this was good, too. Before that, I tried a cheaper Hama bag, the same amount of gear fitted in, but I was lucky to catch this bag when a shoulder strap ripped out!

    I think you can buy bags quite well via the Internet, if necessary draw out an outline of the bag on paper from the quoted dimensions and try your gear out on this. In the UK there are big savings to be made by shopping around - the Lowepro has a recommended price of £480, I found it for £299 at Cameramarts:
    http://www.cameramarts.co.uk/
    The price has gone up by £20 since.

    All bags do of course have movable divisions, both mine have facilities for strapping things to the outside, so no problem stowing water and other non-photographic stuff.

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    Hi Søren,

    I also hate to reply with this "Please check out my web site suggestion" but...

    I recommend making your own liner for a "non-photo" pack. It's often a cheaper, better quality pack and doesn't advertise the fact you are carrying something of value (though a nice carbon fibre tripod hooked to the outside is a pretty good advertisment for a would-be thief ....)

    And the camp pusher is more likely to let you take one home to play with it.

    Think about it - it might be ideal for you (it was for me).

    Cheers,
    Graeme Hird
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    Graeme,
    That is brilliant! Thanks for posting the link to your 'creation'; it is an excellent idea.

    I too have been looking for a backpacking solution and this fits it perfectly.

    Cheers!
    Kent
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    I have the Expidition 7. Its great. It has nice accessories ( a film pouch, water bottle and cell phone holder). If you can afford it, its very, very well made and designed from the ground up to be a photo backpack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graeme Hird
    Hi Søren,

    I also hate to reply with this "Please check out my web site suggestion" but...

    I recommend making your own liner for a "non-photo" pack. It's often a cheaper, better quality pack and doesn't advertise the fact you are carrying something of value (though a nice carbon fibre tripod hooked to the outside is a pretty good advertisment for a would-be thief ....)

    And the camp pusher is more likely to let you take one home to play with it.

    Think about it - it might be ideal for you (it was for me).

    Cheers,
    Yup Might be
    I don't recognize the make what is it ?
    I was thinking about doing it with a Haglöfs but then they change it so it don't flap fully open making it more difficult to get the stuff in the bottom of it GRR.
    Nice work though. The all steel tripod may be an advertisment but it is also very painfull to get in the head
    Hmm maybe your idea should be alternative 3
    Thanks Graeme

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    This thread really hits the issue of camera baggage on the head. The whole Right Size vs Price vs Brand issue has been bedeviling me for the past year.

    When I go on vacation/holiday I like to bring one or both of my TLRs, my auto 35 and a manual one too; naturally with two different sets of lenes. This requires either a larger backpack($$$) or VERY creative packing (which isn't very convenient when your in the field.).

    The compounding issue is that I'm too damned cheap to pay the prices that they want for the "PHOTO" backpacks. So, I too have been toying with the idea of converting a $20 W@l M@rt back pack into a JOWEpro (get it?).

    The Mrs. has sewing apparatus, so I just need to do some simple (I hope) designing and find the materials. If anyone has done this, I'd love to hear/read how it turned out and where they found the materials.

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    I've had both Lowepro and Tamrac bags. The quality is the same; Perhaps with Lowepro you're paying extra for brand recognition? I dunno... Not being particularly handy with fabric, I recently purchased a Lowepro Photo Trekker II from eBay. The shipping was ridiculous but it still cost less than buying it from B&H or the like.
    Good luck in your search

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