Bag for 7D with 400mm f5.6 and tripod mount ring attached

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David T Land
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Bag for 7D with 400mm f5.6 and tripod mount ring attached
Sep 13, 2011

For some time now I have been looking around for a bag to accommodate a 7D with a 400mm f5.6 attached with it's tripod mount ring.

I mostly shoot wildlife and use a monopod. I wanted to be able to easily carry the above set up and have easy access for any opportunity that crops up.

The Think Tank digital holster will accommodate the set up but it is very difficult to quickly get the camera out of the bag. Also it will not allow the use of the tripod mount ring attached.
Then I looked at the Lowepro Slingshot 102 AW.

The Slingshot 102 AW consists of two compartments the main one with the easy access and a smaller one at the top. What I have done is to remove all the adjustable dividers and remove the dividing wall between the two compartments so allowing access to the full length of the bag from the main compartment. This arrangement, coupled with the bag's "slingshot” action, allows easy storage and quick access to the camera ready to snap onto my monopod. With a slight squeeze it will also work with the lens hood extended!

I removed the dividing wall by first cutting a slot in the fabric to allow the removal of the foam filler, then with a sharp pair of scissors cut away the elastic strap within the small compartment right up to the seam of the bag but not into the seam. The same with the small webbing pouch. Now cut away the dividing wall right up to, but not into, the seam of the bag. You can almost turn the bag inside out to tidy up the finished job. I've not added any extra supports or dividers, as I prefer to keep the access to the camera as easy and as speedy as possible. I think it works rather well, all you need is enough courage to take scissors to your new £50 camera bag! If you want any pictures, I will put some up.

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In reply to David T Land, Sep 13, 2011

http://buy.cottoncarrier.com/PhotoDetails.asp?ShowDESC=N&ProductCode=577CPP

Works well with my 40d and 70-200 2.8 attached. I don't have a 400, so I'm not sure it would fit.

Tony B.

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In reply to tbrandao, Sep 14, 2011

How about a LowePro TopLoader Pro 75AW?

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That was my thought too...
In reply to CameraCarl, Sep 14, 2011

I used it for 1Ds2+70-200 2.8L IS and it worked well
IIRC 400 5.6 is about the same length as 70-200

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How about a LowePro TopLoader Pro 75AW?

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In reply to David T Land, Sep 14, 2011

http://www.tamrac.com/frame_adv.htm

I use that bag for exactly what you described. My bag is split down the middle and I carry a 50D/70-200f/4LIS and 50D/400f/5.6 at the same time.

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David T Land wrote:

I removed the dividing wall by first cutting a slot in the fabric to allow the removal of the foam filler, then with a sharp pair of scissors cut away the elastic strap within the small compartment right up to the seam of the bag but not into the seam. The same with the small webbing pouch. Now cut away the dividing wall right up to, but not into, the seam of the bag. You can almost turn the bag inside out to tidy up the finished job. I've not added any extra supports or dividers, as I prefer to keep the access to the camera as easy and as speedy as possible. I think it works rather well, all you need is enough courage to take scissors to your new £50 camera bag! If you want any pictures, I will put some up.

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I'm also looking for a bag to carry my 7D + 400mm 5.6 + attached tripod mount.

I've looked at the Lowepro site for the SlingShot 102. When I look at the Interior size it says 16.0(W) X 11.0(D) X 26.0(H) cm.
My equipment measures about 14 x 14 X 33 cm.

OK, the length can be enlarged by cutting away the separating wall but I have my concerns that the 11cm (Depth) will not be enough to let the camera part fit. Or are there some tricks to make it possible?

Jan

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In reply to Jan H, Sep 14, 2011

Calumet Photo makes a bag that fits my 1DMKIV and 400 f2.8 IS perfect so im sure your 400 f5.6 would fit make sure the inside of the bag is at least 18 inches
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In reply to Jan H, Sep 14, 2011

Hi Jan H

I presume that the 14cm measurements you quoted for the height of your camera is including the depth of the tripod mounting ring. In practice, the tripod mount ring is very easily accommodated by the flexibility of the bag. If you look at the attached pictures you will see that I store the camera with the tripod mount ring to the front of the bag so that it does not cause any discomfort pressing into your back whilst carrying the bag.

Some of the replies to my thread are suggesting, quite rightly, that there other bags big enough to suite my purpose but what I wanted was the Slingshot action, coupled with the minimum sized bag to accommodate the equipment.

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In reply to David T Land, Sep 14, 2011

Hi Jan H

As you can see from the pictures there realy is plenty of room for the set up and as I said it even works with the hood extended.
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David T Land wrote:

Hi Jan H

I presume that the 14cm measurements you quoted for the height of your camera is including the depth of the tripod mounting ring. In practice, the tripod mount ring is very easily accommodated by the flexibility of the bag. If you look at the attached pictures you will see that I store the camera with the tripod mount ring to the front of the bag so that it does not cause any discomfort pressing into your back whilst carrying the bag.

Some of the replies to my thread are suggesting, quite rightly, that there other bags big enough to suite my purpose but what I wanted was the Slingshot action, coupled with the minimum sized bag to accommodate the equipment.

http://www.pbase.com/landypants/image/138062123

http://www.pbase.com/landypants/image/138062122

Thanks for posting this, David, I'm convinced and will give it a try.
Me too want the most minimum sized bag.

Jan

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In reply to David T Land, Sep 14, 2011

The relatively low cost Canon 200EG works quite well unless you have to have the "sling" feature. A good trick with the tripod foot is to rotate it to the top of the lens when storing the camera and the lens in the bag.

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