Suggestions and which backpack do you use?

Started Jan 27, 2014 | Discussions thread
123Mike Veteran Member • Posts: 4,643
Re: Suggestions and which backpack do you use?

Dave Oddie wrote:

I use a LowePro Flipside 400 and in that I carry A77, 11-18, 16-80, 70-300G, 500mm mirror and Sigma 105 macro. I can mount any lens on the front and still fit the others in.

Awesome lenses. You value quality and don't mess with super zooms obviously (even though someone could make a reasonable case for those). I'm the same way. Now that I discovered what a good lens provides, there is no going back. I can't tolerate anything even slightly mushy. 75-300's are out. It's 55-300 now - much sharper. Kit lens (18-55), out, replaced with 17-50/2.8. 35/1.8. Min 24-85RS sometimes. Fish eye. The rest is gathering dust. Oh wait, the BC is fun at times, because the bokeh is nice and it's brighter than my 55-300 (but not sharper).

There is still a spare slot destined for a fish-eye one day!

Totally recommend the Samyang or the other names (10+?) it goes by. It's a total riot, that lens. Can be found for ~$250 new from time to time. Totally worth it.

No lap top compartment but I can fit a netbook down the front for travel. I attach a waterproof jacket using the straps across the top when out and about.

They now make a bigger version, the 500, which may suit you better. Or the flipside sport range which I see can carry a laptop.

Thing is these days, it might be possible to get by using a phablet these days... is a laptop even really needed anymore for on the road at least? Even cell phones have the power of a PC just about these days. Next thing you know, google glasses would do. Imagine that. You take a picture, and two seconds later you can see it in your glasses...

The flip side design is great because you don't have to lay the back of the pack that goes against your body down in the mud to open it!

The fastpack allows you to do that too. The thing with the flipside though, is that it puts the weight on a single shoulder. Does that not end up hurting you though?

If you are paranoid about theft in cities the flip side stops people unzipping the camera compartment when in crowds.

I know in some European cities this might happen, but in Canada where I am, that sort of thing is completely unheard of. Even the criminals are too civilized for that here. I've seen some pretty nifty teams of crooks in action in Amsterdam though. One distracts you, the other takes your stuff. Unbelievable.

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