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05-15-2017, 05:03 AM   #1
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What is your preference for camera sling bag or backpack?

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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I wore a sling bag for a long time but I have since moved over to a regular back pack. I think the choice comes down to how far and long you plan to carry your stuff. I found the sling type to be really nice and easy to use but if you have a lot of gear and you wind up walking for 5 or 6 miles with a pack full of stuff... you will want the back pack. Basic reason is it spreads the load from one point to two and is to me at least a lot more comfortable.
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It depends on how much gear you're going to carry and for how long. I often carry a lot of stuff (9 kilos is my record) so I go for a backpack in order to be able to distribute the weight. The downside is changing lenses/cameras is more time consuming.
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I usually use a lowepro backpack or a domke f-2

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Right now I have five lenses and two bodies. I'd like to be able to have them with me whether in the car or on a trip (carry on a plane) or walking in the woods. Plus accessories. Your thoughts?
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I use a Tamrac Expedition 8x for storing my gear and hauling it in the car. My days of long hikes are over. But I find it convenient to have all my gear with me. The expedition 8x holds K3 II and battery grip with sigma 18-300 attached, Sigma 50-500, Tamrom 70-200 F2.8, tamrom 17-50 f2.8, Pentax 16-85, Pentax-A 50 f1.4, Pentax-A 35-105 f 3.5, Sigma 105 f2.8, Sigma Flash, 6 Spare batteries and 3 Battery chargers plus all the cables and accessories that go along with it.

Also can carry my Manfrotto 190 tripod.
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Love the Lowepro Messenger Sling....just the right size and so convenient.

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I love my old version (orange inside) Crumpler Karachi Outpost. It's big, but super comfy on long hikes and it's nice having extra room for water and/or snacks. It also has a removable laptop sleeve and can convert into a regular daypack. Very versatile.
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Lowepro Flipside 400 AW backpack for travel (flight under seat in front of you) or hiking.
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I always use my Tamrac Expedition 7x where I am or keep it in the car. But it's HUGE. Sometimes I just carry 1 camera body+1 lens, with its strap without bag. I'm considering a small bag for 1 body plus 2 lenses more.
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QuoteOriginally posted by C_Jones Quote
Lowepro Flipside 400 AW backpack for travel (flight under seat in front of you) or hiking.
I have this exact bag and love it. Plenty of room, well built, keeps stuff protected in the rain, and the "flipside" feature is brilliant.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Shakey Quote
Right now I have five lenses and two bodies. I'd like to be able to have them with me whether in the car or on a trip (carry on a plane) or walking in the woods. Plus accessories. Your thoughts?
For that much gear, I would use the backpack.

Having said that, I usually use the sling bag with just one camera and 2-4 lenses, mostly primes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jab2980 Quote
I have this exact bag and love it. Plenty of room, well built, keeps stuff protected in the rain, and the "flipside" feature is brilliant.
I agree it is a nicely styled, well built pack.
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QuoteOriginally posted by C_Jones Quote
Lowepro Flipside 400 AW backpack for travel (flight under seat in front of you) or hiking.
I agree with the recommendation of the lowepro

the back pack has a waist band and a chest strap which really help with correctly carrying the weight of your equipment. I can fit two camera bodies, the 150 - 450 pentax zoom and multiple other lenses in it without any problems at all.

I use a Optech USA utility strap

Utility Sling - Neoprene Quick Release Camera Shoulder Strap | OP/TECH USA

and a joby ultrafit hand strap with ultra plate

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I just picked up a Crumpler 4 million Dollar Home for my new K-3 II. It's way to small for what your looking to carry (it will hold the camera with a 18-135, plus a small prime at most), but I really like the design and build quality. So you might want to look at one of the larger sling bags from Crumpler like the 6 or 7 Million Dollar Home.
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