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02-20-2012, 07:31 PM   #1
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Bag for 300mm 2.8

What do people use for their large lenses? I'd like something that will hold the lens, camera and maybe a TC together, with a bit of room for other bits and pieces. Backpack type.

02-20-2012, 08:01 PM   #2
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I have a kenis bag that I purchased from naturescapes

Kinesis L622 PolyCore Long Lens Case - The NatureScapes.Net Store

There are two sizes, you would need the smaller one. However the bag is designed just for one big lens and camera, will strap your pole and have a few smaller bits and pieces. When I travel, I take 2 camera bags. Out in the field I use the bag and have several options of what I do with the other parts of my kit. Luckily pentax primes are small.

With the bag the backpack straps are optional and the straps are easy to attach which provises good travelling options.

Nature scapes has some other options which look more expensive, however a few hundred dollars to protect a lens worth thousands makes sense.
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When I had the Tamron adaptall 2 300mm 2.8 I had a kinesis bag like the one Bob mentioned, they have several different sizes so check their site and see which one you think would fit if you want the lens case type.

I also used the Lowepro Vertex 200 and left the middle free of any dividers and I could get the camera and lens together in there down the center. If I remember correctly it was not long enough to fit the camera + 1.7X TC + 300 f2.8 but not certain about that.

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I use a Lowepro Flipside 300 with my K-5, Sigma 300mm f2.8, and Pentax 1.7X AFTC. If you take out the internal pouch, you can fit the whole combination with the hood in the deployed position. I also have my DBG-4 battery grip attached to the K-5.

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I keep my Sigma 500/4.5 in a gym bag I bought cheap at TJ Max. I padded it out with craftstore soft foam and a cut up neoprene yoga mat. It can accommodate the lens with hood and K-5 mounted--sweet!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bob from Aus Quote
I have a kenis bag that I purchased from naturescapes

Kinesis L622 PolyCore Long Lens Case - The NatureScapes.Net Store

There are two sizes, you would need the smaller one. However the bag is designed just for one big lens and camera, will strap your pole and have a few smaller bits and pieces. When I travel, I take 2 camera bags. Out in the field I use the bag and have several options of what I do with the other parts of my kit. Luckily pentax primes are small.

With the bag the backpack straps are optional and the straps are easy to attach which provises good travelling options.

Nature scapes has some other options which look more expensive, however a few hundred dollars to protect a lens worth thousands makes sense.
I'll have to bookmark these guys when I get my DA 560 lens! Honestly will go to Africa over next couple of years so this would be ideal whether I pony up for the 560 or just a bigma
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QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
I keep my Sigma 500/4.5 in a gym bag I bought cheap at TJ Max. I padded it out with craftstore soft foam and a cut up neoprene yoga mat. It can accommodate the lens with hood and K-5 mounted--sweet!
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QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
I keep my Sigma 500/4.5 in a gym bag I bought cheap at TJ Max. I padded it out with craftstore soft foam and a cut up neoprene yoga mat. It can accommodate the lens with hood and K-5 mounted--sweet!
I've done the same thing but with a baseball bat equipment bag, the one with the little sleeve like pocket on the bottom and the duffle like part on the top full size for big lenses, Jr. size for medium stuff.
Right now I have an 18" wide mouth tool bag from home depot and a home made foam insert for my 400mm + TC + Camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tonto Quote
560 or just a bigma
Bigma was good on my last trip to Africa. But the next trip I have booked I am replacing the Bigma with the Sigma 500 4.5 and the pentax 60-250. (I have 2 K5) The 500 will be sensational for birds and wildlife at a distance, but I think a zoom is also essential for the big mammals closer up. Only so many eye lashes look good with a 500. I also mostly used my 21Ltd for landscapes last time. This time I hope to have it attached to a K-01

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I have a Lowepro Vertex 300 that can supposedly carry lenses up to a 400mm f/2.8. It's a very large bag but the strap system is quite comfortable and offers a large amount of adjustment. It may be larger than what you are looking for. Depending on the combined length it may be tall enough to hold the 300mm with a teleconverter and body mounted.

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A backpack for the K-1 with FA* 300mm 2.8 and reverted hood has to be 50cm (20") high.
With TC or BG it should be 3-5cm (1-2") more.

The Lowepro S&F Transport Duffle Backpack seems to be one of the cheapest solutions.
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12-06-2018, 04:24 PM   #13
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there are user reviews for those types of items here on the forum

Backpacks
Items: 44
Rev: 58
Camera Bags
Items: 64
Rev: 97
Lens Cases
Items: 26
Rev: 37


Read more at: Bags and Cases - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database

perhaps those might be helpful

I have used various sizes of Lowepro back packs for multiple lenses and camera bodies I like them a lot
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Standard solution for long lenses is the more or less cheap Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW.
The old 600 AW offers 52cm heigth and the current AW II and AW III even 61cm (also enough for the DA 560mm with K-1 and D-BG6).
lowepro.com/us-en/lens-trekker-600-aw-iii-lp36776-pww/
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QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
I keep my Sigma 500/4.5 in a gym bag I bought cheap at TJ Max. I padded it out with craftstore soft foam and a cut up neoprene yoga mat. It can accommodate the lens with hood and K-5 mounted--sweet!
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