4.6 kg system carry solution

Started May 29, 2012 | Discussions
Kolen Senior Member • Posts: 1,015
4.6 kg system carry solution

Hi. I want to have a better carry solution for my system: 1 camera and 3 lenses plus 1 flash. (details: D800E, 14-24G, 70-200 VRII, 35/1.4G, SB900)

I was using a Tamrac camera backpack and they all can fit in it. But it is barely fitted, very tight, and hurt my back.

I am asking you guy's experience on what carrying solution should work well. My primary usage would be traveling. e.g. going trip, hiking, walk around on the street, etc. And occasionally I need to shot in events.
I have a few ideas but I am not confident which one would works best:

  1. Lowepro backpack

  2. Lowepro belt system

  3. Cotton Carrier that attached the camera to the chest

  4. a small luggage specifically design for camera system. e.g. I heard one from Lowepro that can double as a luggage and a backpack at the same time. Also there's one from Thinktank for example.

And for each of them I have some doubts if it would works for me.
e.g.

  1. backpack might hurt the back (like the Tamrac I am using. But I heard that Lowepro's design are better at letting the user few more comfortable).

  2. belt system might make the equipments more easy to be hurt/damaged

  3. attaching to the chest looks awfully awesome. And easy to scratch the camera too.

  4. People might be more tempted to steal a luggage. I have thought of attaching a steel string from me, but that looks silly.

Any suggestions? Thanks so much in advance!

 Kolen's gear list:Kolen's gear list
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Nikon D800E Olympus PEN E-PL5 Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM +32 more
Nikon D800E
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SeanU Senior Member • Posts: 2,081
Re: 4.6 kg system carry solution

I just purchased a Lowepro AW 350 DSLR/Video Fast pack :

http://products.lowepro.com/product/DSLR-Video%20Fastpack%20350%20AW,2283.htm

Holds the D800 with 300/f4 in the main compartment with plenty of room for other stuff. It also includes a separate pocket for a laptop... which is a must for me. It's a very personal choice, but the store i purchased from let me load it up with gear and try it out... always a good idea on a purchase like this.

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Marc S
Marc S Regular Member • Posts: 343
Re: 4.6 kg system carry solution

You are looking for the 'golden bullet' of camera bags and I can assure you there is non. I collected around a dozen camera bags and backpacks over the years and frequently use 5 or 6 depending on the amount of gear and situation.

My 'all time favorites' are the Lowepro Mini Trekker, Think Tank StreetWalker Hardrive, Lowepro Orion AW (without that stupid useless backpack), Tenba Messenger small and a small Domke satchel bag.
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hkginlax Forum Member • Posts: 95
Re: 4.6 kg system carry solution

+1. I collected a few myself, and I am still searching.

Marc S wrote:

You are looking for the 'golden bullet' of camera bags and I can assure you there is non. I collected around a dozen camera bags and backpacks over the years and frequently use 4 or 5 depending on the amount of gear and situation.
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Nikon Coolpix P7700 Nikon Coolpix P900 Nikon D200 Nikon D800 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR +8 more
Marc S
Marc S Regular Member • Posts: 343
Re: 4.6 kg system carry solution

hkginlax wrote:

+1. I collected a few myself, and I am still searching.

Yeah and then if you find the 'perfect bag' but 6 month later you swop a lens or two and nothing will fit anymore...

Currently I'm very fond of my new Tenba Messenger bag. http://www.tenba.com/products/Messenger-Small-Photo-Laptop-Bag.aspx
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Jeweller Contributing Member • Posts: 915
Re: 4.6 kg system carry solution

Marc S wrote:

You are looking for the 'golden bullet' of camera bags and I can assure you there is non. I collected around a dozen camera bags and backpacks over the years and frequently use 5 or 6 depending on the amount of gear and situation.

My 'all time favorites' are the Lowepro Mini Trekker, Think Tank StreetWalker Hardrive, Lowepro Orion AW (without that stupid useless backpack), Tenba Messenger small and a small Domke satchel bag.
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Marc
http://marcschlueter.wordpress.com/

I would agree completely with this. I've got a few as well. The last one I bought was the ThinkTank StreetWalker HardDrive. It's a great bag and holds pretty well all the gear I'll ever want to carry at one time but it weights a ton loaded up with my D3s, D4 and 5 or 6 lenses. I now wish it had wheels on it.

Marc S
Marc S Regular Member • Posts: 343
Re: 4.6 kg system carry solution

The StreetWalker Harddrive actually holds more equipment than you ever want to carry by yourself...
My next camera bag has wheels, motors and a robotic brain.
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dabrickbat Regular Member • Posts: 310
Re: 4.6 kg system carry solution

My favourite backpack is the Kata 3N133. it is very comfortable when you wear it as a backpack with the added feature that access to the equipment is fast and easy without needing to put the bag down.

The Think Tank Retrospective 20 is the most comfortable shoulder bag I have ever used.
here is a review I did of it recently.
http://www.mmmiro.com/2012/review-thing-tank-retrospective-20/

it will fit the equipment you are considering and up to about 5kg it is no problem. more than that and the weight of a shoulder bag becomes annoying.

For around town I would go with the shoulder bag. For long walks and hikes I would go with the backpack.

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