Need a camera bag

Started Jul 2, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Rankin Johnson Regular Member • Posts: 330
Need a camera bag

I'm looking for a messenger-type bag big enough to hold an medium-sized DSLR (Sony A77, if it matters) with a 70-200 on it. Preferably, it will be:

1. Pretty well waterproof with no rain cover (lots of rain in Portland, OR)

2. Big enough for the camera, a couple of lenses and a flash, assorted little camera accessories, and nonphoto accessories like a tablet, water bottle, sunglasses, paperback, &c. Too big is probably better than too little; a messenger bag squishes down when it's not full, and I've got little kids and routinely have something more to carry.

3. Good tripod straps.

4. In a more interesting color than black. Khaki and navy hardly count. Rust? Purple?

I'm looking at the Crumpler 7- or 8-million dollar homes, and I will probably end up with one. But I can't find one locally to pick up and hold and judge size and access and how comfortable the straps are. (I have other Crumpler stuff, and the quality is good.) I want something that I can get into without having to take it off or set it down. My current bag is a backpack with a zipper that opens the entire front face. Easy access, but I have to set it down to take stuff out without worrying that I'll drop a lens on the sidewalk. Probably nylon canvas, although waxed cotton canvas would be fine, too. Leather is probably too expensive and heavy and not really waterproof.

Any suggestions?

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Sony a77 II Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G Sony 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
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