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    Camera Bag

    At the moment I have a Billingham camera bag, the F4.5. I like the design, but it's just a little small. I'd like to fit an SLR, a wide zoom, a "vacation" zoom, a 50mm prime, a 20mm prime, a flash, and odds and ends in the bag. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good medium sized bag?

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    What type of bag? Messenger style? Reporter style? Sling?

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    I have the large Roots photo backpack. It fits my RB67 with a 90 or 150 lens attached, and a 250 in the bottom. Also holds all my filters, light meter, a spare film back, 2 spots for film (8 rolls of 120 each), and a prism. Then I have all the extra pockets on the sides and the front.
    2 complaints. Does not hold my tripod, and the shoulder straps are limited in the adjustments.

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    Kevin Saitta, one of Apug's sponsors, makes camera bags to your specifications.
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    My current bag is about 13 inches long, 7 inches wide. an 7.5 inches tall. It has a canvas should strap. There's a top flap which closes with two leather straps. Inside there are four padded dividers. I like this bag a lot, although as I said, it's a little small, especially since I just ordered two moderately sized zooms. I doubt that a custom bag would be cost effective, especially since I could sew one myself, if I really wanted to. Or I could modify a tool bag that I have, which is much more rugged than any camera bag I've seen, and it cost 20 bucks. The only downside is that it doesn't have dividers inside.

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    I have a Lowe Pro Rover AW.
    At this time it holds.
    F90X+ MB10 and FE2+MB12
    20mm, 50mm, 85mm(1,4 with hood atached) and 180mm.
    PK13 and TC201.
    SB28 in small bag that can be taken out and atached to waistbelt.
    Pentax 6X7 with 75mm f/4,5 atached.
    45mm.
    Set of extension tubes.
    Sekonic 308 Lightmeter.
    2 cable releases.
    Lens cleaning tissues and blowerbrush.
    Pencil and notebook.
    BUT NO ROOM FOR FILM
    Not recommended though because its to heavy for the harness tobe comfortable.
    I am not really satisfied with this back because its to soft and to short for my back.
    I am currently looking for a bigger backpack suitable for the heavier load I am carrying more often now.
    If you are carrying light and are not to tall (I'm 185cm) it may be worth a look.
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    I really like my Domke F-2. Fits two bodies, 3 lens and a flash no sweat, with room left over for film, filters, etc.

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    Hi Peter, if you like the quality of your Billingham bag you could look at some of the bigger bags in their range, I use a 335 in Cordura and find that after many years of constant use as a medium size bag for 35mm gear I find it ideal, it is very easy to "work out of " when it's over your shoulder when you're on the move because the mouth of the bag folds back and will stay open. I have five bags of various types and sizes, but this is the one I use the most.

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    I have had a Lowepro Nova 5 for about 6 years now. Takes a beating and keeps on ticking. It is really configurable on the inside, so much that I can completely re-adapt it for whatever sort of shooting I am doing.

    Right now, the inside is set up to hold a Canon A-1 with zoom, several prime lenses, my Yashicamat 124, a mess of Cokin A + P BW filters & holders, three Fidelity 4x5 holders, an additional lens/board for the Graflex, and film.

    This still leaves the front pocket with meters and everything, as well as side pockets, top flap for cable releases, and a back pocket for reference literature, grey card, etcetera.

    Sometimes I configure the velcro parts inside for two SLR's with a digital, all large format, or all medium format; this still leaves room for the flash, grip, and bounce. The price is right too...
    Last edited by Pragmatist; 04-28-2006 at 08:56 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: temporary insanity
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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I'm a little leary of photo back packs, as they often seem to be overly expensive and poorly made. (For large format work, I strap a lightware case to a kelty backpacking frame.) In this case, though, I want to travel light, as this is going to be my "take everywhere" setup.

    I do like my Billingham bag, and I'd get another if I could get one at a reasonable price. I bought my original one on super closeout. Even then it was pricey.

    I'll certainly look into the various suggestions.

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