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11-30-2012, 02:58 AM   #1
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Anyone using a Camera Backpack with a Tamron Adaptall 300mm F2.8

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Just wanted to ask fro some suggestions on backpacks, that might allow to carry a Tamron Adaptall 300mm F2.8 with my other gear. I know this is probably a far fetched idea by the sheer size the lens, but thought i would ask yall. I am currently deployed and the lens is waiting on me at home. So i don't know the relative size, expect for the pictures I have. My current gear is:

(2) K-5iis Bodies
Sigma 24-70mm f2.8
Pentax 50-135mm f2.8
Tamron Adaptall 300mm f2.8
Pentax 540 flash.

I know finding a backback that might carry all of this is probably a little to hard to find. My guess i will get a back pack for most of it then a seperate decent case for the 300mm. But if you have any suggestions that would be great.

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I have the Naneupro Urbangear U120n, which is pretty big. But as I do not know the size of the tamron lens, I could not tell if it fits. But in this bag I have a K-7 with Tokina 400mm atached. and then I can still fit 2 flashes, 16-45, 100M macro, M200 f4, K135, 2.5, sigma 28-105 f2.8-4.0, M50 1,4 and M20 4,0. Plus smaller stuff. So the bag is prertty big. And the do have even a bigger bag the U220n. I am pretty happy with mine, it is very comfy, and build quality is good.

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I forget these bags aosta Camera Bags , saw them at Photokina, and they had some very specialist bags to accomodate big lenses (don't know how many other lenses you can fit in them though). The bags looked very interesting. Have been thinking of getting one foor the Tokina.
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I have a lowepro pro trekker aw I forget the exact model, but they are made for what you require. They even have a pull out rain cover. I got it used from keh, so it didn't cost me too much. I think I have the 300AW model.

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I use a Kata 3N1-33 and it has quite a bit of space and is pretty customizable. So, I can carry 2 k5s with grips in place, one with a DA *200, one with a DA *16-50 and several primes without problem. But I am sure the Tamron is quite a bit bigger...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
I use a Kata 3N1-33 and it has quite a bit of space and is pretty customizable. So, I can carry 2 k5s with grips in place, one with a DA *200, one with a DA *16-50 and several primes without problem. But I am sure the Tamron is quite a bit bigger...
Having owned the 3n1-30 I know it is versatile, but it won't hold the 300mm f2.8. I have a Dakine Sequence, which has a LOT of space. I will pull it out when I get home tonight and see if I can't accommodate all your gear (I can duplicate with the exception of the 24-70 but I used to have the 24-60 so know the approximate size). If the Sequence doesn't fit the 300mm f2.8, then I think you'll have to go the separate bag route...but I am going to try because I think there is a good chance it will fit Like I said, the sequence has a LOT of space!
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Thanks for all the replies. pxpaulx, that would be great if you could do that. look forward to seeing something.

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QuoteOriginally posted by 68wSteve Quote
Thanks for all the replies. pxpaulx, that would be great if you could do that. look forward to seeing something.

Steve
You could try to ask your qestion again in the Adaptall Lens Club. Lots of 300/f2.8 (and other BIG Adaptall-) owners there.

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I use a Think Tank "Sling-O-Matic™ 10" (yeah, I know--"sling-o-matic"? ) It takes the Adaptall 360B mounted on a K-5 very nicely. To be honest, I haven't hiked with it (yet?) but it feels real comfortable on a stroll around the living room.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
I use a Kata 3N1-33 and it has quite a bit of space and is pretty customizable. So, I can carry 2 k5s with grips in place, one with a DA *200, one with a DA *16-50 and several primes without problem. But I am sure the Tamron is quite a bit bigger...
Kata 3N1-33: the Tamron 300/2.8 fits.

But the lens hood is a problem, as it is so bulky, that it blocks half of the available space. Nevertheless the whole eqipment set should fit into the Kata if the upper compartment is also used - which would not leave room for accessories, food or a jacket.

I think LowePro makes a whole range of packs, which even swallow a 400/2.8. My own Lenstrekker would store at least two of the Tammies... The LowePro Photo Trekker in whatever incarnation will swallow the Tamron easily.

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If it's a big lens, Tamrac has some backpack tailored for that:
Tamrac - How to Choose a Photo Backpack

Stuff like the Evolution 'Super TelePhoto Lens Pack' 5793, or the 'Extreme Super Photo Backpack' model 787 would probably handle everything on your list. Even the Expedition 7, 8 or 9, or Cyberpack 8, which are pretty capacious bags, might do.
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I have used this Lowepro Daypack: Lowepro Daypack DSLR Bag (LP36267) : DSLR Backpacks - Future Shop which I believe is the stripped down version of this: Lowepro - Orion DayPack 200 The former lacks the mesh pouches on the side of the pack and no slip locks on the shoulder straps.

In the lower camera compartment, I had a K20D with FA 28-70/4.0, Samyang 14/2.8, Tamron Adaptall-2 90/2.8 macro, Tamron Adaptall-2 180/2.5, Pentax 1.7x AFA, spare caps, lens cloth and a small rocket blower bulb. In the upper compartment, I had Sigma AF 400/5.6, Tamron Adaptall-2 300/2.8, a stainless steel bottle of water along with about 6 granola bars. The 300/2.8 was stuffed into this lens case: SAFROTTO Protector Padded Camera Lens Bag Case Pouch cover E18 270 x 130x 130 mm | eBay It's a very snug fit to squeeze the lens into the bag sans the lens hood (I strapped the lens hood to the velcro slip lock tab). For the days when I am not packing around the 300/2.8, I've added this: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/250880203745?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 to the upper compartment for securely carrying smaller lenses and accessories.

This budget daypack is fairly well constructed but with minimum amount of padding and all the weight can be felt. I wouldn't go on a long and strenuous hike with this daypack but in a pinch it can do the job. I am hoping to find the Orion Daypack 200 in the local stores to check out the build quality before buying it but for now the budget daypack from Future Shop is adequate for most situations.

I use the bottom compression straps to either carry a small tripod or a monopod almost always. I'll add some photos of my set up if anyone requests them.
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Here is a crude cell phone snap of the dakine sequence. K-5 and tamron 300mm up the middle, 50-135mm in pouch on the bottom and the lens with the vivitar cap is a tokina 28-70mm f2.8, 2 slots left for a body and flash, or there would be room to fit the 50-135 with the K-5 attached with some reworking of the dividers (lots of velcro on the bottom/sides of the bag allow pretty free divider movement). The hood is the only no-go, but there are plenty of external straps that it could be leashed to. Also lots of top pocket room for a few essentials. They do seem to replace/restyle the bag annually so there are usually close-outs to be found, I paid less than $100 for mine used maybe 2 years ago.

Also, a couple other nice things about the sequence are that the photo portion opens on the inside towards your back, so can only be accessed when removed from your back (good for security), it does have a built-in rain cover, and the entire camera gear storage area can be completely removed and used as an over-the-shoulder messenger style pack. The part of the pack that is against your back is also semi-rigid/firm, so that no matter what is going on with your photo gear in there, so long as you can close it, it will be a smooth surface without any odd bumps.

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The 300/2.8 is pretty easy to pack, you should try the 200-500/5.6. I use a lowepro photo trekker AW like borno. I also have an internal frame daypack, which I can stuff full of gear. Either works well
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