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02-04-2015, 02:49 AM   #1
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Backpack for 3 Lenses, Flash, K5II w/ Battery Grip?

I have three lenses I would like to be able to bring with me whenever I want, and although I have bags that can hold one or two, my most recent lens addition is making me look for a new "I need em all" bag.

I have:

Rokinon 16mm f/2.0
Auto Sears MC 50mm f/1.7
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI LD (IF) Macro
1(for now) x Yongnuo 560 III Flash + Wireless Controller
Pentax K-5 II with Battery Grip

I like using the Rokinon for a lot of stuff, but mostly landscapes. The Tamron I plan to use anywhere and everywhere I can. I will be bringing a tripod with me if I need it, but I am not averse to hand carrying it. The Sears 50mm was my first Pentax lens and the only one of my old film lenses I like to carry with me. But it is small enough I don't worry about it.

It can be a backpack if that is what is recommended. I currently have one medium sized backpack but it cannot fit all of the above inside. Maybe the 16, 50, and the camera. I also have some small sling bags. But they are leftover from my old D3100 Nikon and do not fit hardly anything. And lastly I have the bag my grandfather used for his film setup, but the Tamron is not going to fit.

Is it recommended to just bring the Tamron along in its case/bag it came with?

Anyone with a similar setup I would love to know how you all handle the load.


02-04-2015, 03:08 AM   #2
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I find choosing a camera bag so personal and difficult.
But i recently purchased a lowepro transit 350 as "carrying it all" duty. and even then i have some space left to put some food or a sweather in there..
love it. it has a strap upfront to tighten even better to your back and it does not even look that big, but because it is "heigh" you can store lots..
they also have smaller sizes.

Before i purchased this one, i tinkered around with a lowepro nova sport 35L. a regular but big shoulder bag, good for taking everything. But because i like to walk longer distances, i chose the transit.

if you want to travel with it, a bigger sized slingshot might be handier, as you already may have to carry a backpack. the slingshots can be worn on your belly as well..
unfortunately the slingshot i have is just a bit too small. i should have gone with a bigger size.. I will, eventually..
hope it helps
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The next question is, do you want to bring more personal stuff, or just the camera stuff.
If it is just camera stuff, then the naneu pro Urban Gear U60N is a good one. (I have the big brother, but then you will have lot of space left). But no space for personal stuff. Urban Gear U60n Camera Backpack
Otherwise the Clik Elite Venture 30 is a nice one. The Tamron might be a tight squeeze but it should fit (my 400mm does ft, tightly), but that could be overcome by gettign a lens case and hanging it on the waiststrap (or the camera in a chestcarrier, and tamron in backpack) . Otherwise, it's big brother the 35 will for sure fit it. These two bags have lot of space for extra personal gear. Also the naneu pro Alpha (L) could fit the bill. Also laod of space for personal stuff Naneu Military Ops Alpha Backpack (Gray) APH007 B&H Photo Video Venture 30 | Backpacks, Outdoor Series | Clik Elite Venture 35 | Backpacks, Outdoor Series | Clik Elite
and F-stop gear also has bags that for sure will fit all your stuff. You just choose the ICU f-stop || Adventure Photography Camera Packs and Bags - +
02-04-2015, 05:24 AM   #4
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I like the LowePro Sport 200 for striking the right balance across a few dimensions:
- very light weight
- roomy and flexible (not huge, but I can fit a K-3 with any of my lenses attached, including the 200, one medium-sized lens (like the 55-300 or 17-70) and one-two primes in the main camera chamber, and then put my flash and/or a couple of other lenses in the general chamber (which is not padded);
- the main camera chamber has good padding and I like the side entry, so I can slip one backpack strap off my back and pull out the camera or a lens);
- there's room for other stuff (accessories, sweater, lunch, etc) in the main chamber;
- I can put an 11" skinny laptop, a tablet or something similar in the water bladder in the back (I also use that space to hold my passport wallet and sometimes my regular wallet when I'm travelling somewhere a bit dodgy);
- it can hold a tripod;
- it has a cover if there's rain;
- the straps are lightly padded, adjustable and comfortable, and there are small pockets in the straps at waist level (not big enough for a wallet but there's room for things like a lens brush, lens caps, a couple of credit cards, etc);
- I have a bad back and I find that the backpack fits me well and does a good job (when the waist strap is used) of lifting the weight off my shoulders;
- Price is quite reasonable, too.

Lowepro | Photo Sport Series Camera Backpack

The only thing I don't like about it is that it's a bit too sporty looking for my taste (black or orange with white accents).

I've also got the sling bag that's one size smaller and I find it a lot less comfortable to use. The one thing that's great about is that it's very easy to travel on a NYC subway with it because I can undo the strap buckle really easily to take the bag off when I sit on a crowded subway and put it back on again.

There is now a bag that is one size larger than the 300. It would be too much for me but would be fine for some.

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02-04-2015, 10:37 AM   #6
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I have this one....there is also a 350, which is slightly larger.

Based on the description this seems very similar to the Lowe that Frogoutofwater was talking about, but I think the laptop pocket is larger.

And you can probably squeeze in a rain jacket and lunch in the top compartment.
02-04-2015, 10:45 AM   #7
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mantona Trekking Fotorucksack | mantona

I have this one. K3, 100mm Macro, 50mm, 135mm, 17-50mm, 55-200mm, 70-150mm lenses. Flashgun, spare batteries, bunch of cloth, blower, card reader.

Best feature? Nobody can get at your stuff if it is on your back.

actually working link...

02-04-2015, 11:13 AM   #8
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Think Tank will work, look at their Streetwalker line.

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02-04-2015, 11:20 AM   #9
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I'm not really a backpack type of guy until now.

Got this:

Ruggard Outrigger 65 DSLR Backpack PBB-165B B&H Photo Video

Holds all my Canon stuff - almost full.

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