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05-16-2017, 04:39 AM   #16
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I ended up ordering the Tamrac Anvil 27 last night.

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I currently have one of the smaller Tamrac backpack bags. I like it but as I gain gear it's getting too small. Would like to carry two bodies and multiple lenses.
I've looked at the Tamracs but really can't decide. Anyone have a suggestion based on experiance....Tamrac or another brand? Style / trype?

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What are your requirements? Ease of access? Capable of carrying a lot of gear? Comfortable for long periods? Light? Good ventilation? Useful on hikes? Able to carry extra stuff? Price?

Without knowing the answer to these questions I'll say this. The best sling I've ever seen or used is the Peak Design Everyday Sling. Regarding backpacks, to carry a lot of gear I'm currently testing the Perception Pro and Shape Shifter 17 v2 from Think Tank. Both are cool, I especially like the capacity and features of the Shape Shifter. If you want a hiking backpack with quick access, Lowepro has the Photo Pro BP II which I like, Manfrotto has the Off Road Hiker which I love (better ventilation and capacity), and I'll shortly begin testing the Mindshift Gear 180 which has a very clever design.

Don't get me started on messenger bags! There's a lot to be said about those too...
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I think the choice comes down to how far and long you plan to carry your stuff
That's my thoughts exactly... the real answer is a bag with wheels on and an assistant.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
What are your requirements? Ease of access? Capable of carrying a lot of gear? Comfortable for long periods? Light? Good ventilation? Useful on hikes? Able to carry extra stuff? Price?

Without knowing the answer to these questions I'll say this. The best sling I've ever seen or used is the Peak Design Everyday Sling. Regarding backpacks, to carry a lot of gear I'm currently testing the Perception Pro and Shape Shifter 17 v2 from Think Tank. Both are cool, I especially like the capacity and features of the Shape Shifter. If you want a hiking backpack with quick access, Lowepro has the Photo Pro BP II which I like, Manfrotto has the Off Road Hiker which I love (better ventilation and capacity), and I'll shortly begin testing the Mindshift Gear 180 which has a very clever design.

Don't get me started on messenger bags! There's a lot to be said about those too...
bdery - my main concern is being able to stow a fair amount of gear in one place so I can easily grab it when I leave the house. I can break it out into my smaller Tamrac pack if I need to from there.
Are you saying you are not fond of Tamrac? There are a million choices and I liked the quality of the pack I have but it's too small for carrying a lot of gear.

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bdery - my main concern is being able to stow a fair amount of gear in one place so I can easily grab it when I leave the house. I can break it out into my smaller Tamrac pack if I need to from there.
To carry a lot of gear, the Shape Shifter is a good choice. You could also go with something like the Mindshift Gear horizon or Manfrotto Off Road Hiker and add an insert in the top compartment (with Mindshift you can also remove the hip strap/case and use it as a smaller bag, if you don't mind looking like you use a fanny bag). Sirui also make the UrbanPro, the larger of these looks like it can carry a LOT of stuff. As you say there are many choices.

Tamrac... nothing wrong with them, but I've never seen a really exciting bag from that company. Their bags are well assembled, I just think I find them... bland... I guess I'm a sucker for innovative designs.
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I have an older model Lowepro Phototreker pro AW that I use to store gear and carry gear in car
I use a lowepro micro treker for a body and a couple of lenses and accessories
A tarmac system 3 bag works well for knocking around with a couple of bodys and lenses plus accessories for me
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