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06-22-2019, 10:04 AM   #1
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DFA 150-450 bag recommendations?

I just added a K1mk2, 28-105 and a 150-450 to my kit and I'm looking for bag recommendations for these new additions? Especially interested in something that would safely house the 150-450 *mounted* on the K1?

I would prefer water proof / weather resistant, since everything going in it is WR...
I don't have a preferred style of carry. My current bag is an Apecase ACPRO1400 that has a shoulder strap but I mostly carry it with the handle on top. Most of my photography is stationary or vehicle based so something comfortable for long hikes isn't a top priority.

I'm also considering something like the K&F Concept Multi-Functional Camera Backpack 600D, as the side and rear access looks convenient, although I'm unsure if it will house the two mated together.

Thanks in advance!

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I wonder if the OP has looked at this area of the forum yet:

Bags and Cases - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database
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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
I wonder if the OP has looked at this area of the forum yet:

Bags and Cases - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database
Yup. I've looked over probably 100 different reviews already, both here, Amazon, and abroad. I was hoping to separate the wheat from the chaff by garnering recommendations from some fine folks who actually carry this particular combination.
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In that case:

Ruggard Thunderhead 75 DSLR & Laptop Backpack

IMGP0780a1a.jpg - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database

and

Lowepro Flipside 400 reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database

are two of the back packs I own and I can easily pack a K 3 or K 3 II mounted to my D FA 150-450

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my use of back packs appears to be similar to yours but I still look at features which I looked at when I did hiking years ago just in case:

when ever I buy a back pack I first look for features that makes the pack useful for carrying any type of load such as

(1) waist straps: The majority of a backpack's weight, 80 percent or more, should be supported by your hips.;

(2) Load Lifter Straps: These are stitched into the top of the shoulder straps, and they connect to the top of the pack frame. Ideally, they will form a 45 angle between your shoulder straps and the pack. Kept snug (but not too tight), they prevent the upper portion of a pack from pulling away from your body, which would cause the pack to sag on your lumbar region and

(3) Sternum Strap: This mid-chest strap allows you to connect your shoulder straps, which can boost your stability. It can be useful to do so when traveling on uneven cross-country terrain where an awkward move could cause your pack to shift abruptly and throw you off-balance.

then I look for special features for the expected use of the back pack: does the interior has the loop and hook dividers so you can personalize the interior as you choose, multiple external attachment points and pockets, a " rain " cover and a separate padded section for a lap top or something else


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For the mo I am just using the original bag, carrying the camera in a separate bag. The bag supplied with the lens is an ok design, it's just a bit cheap and not that well padded. But it does have a convenient carry loop that works well to hang my monopod in.

The alt for me would be my lowe slingshot 200, the camera fits in the top pocket of that and the lens in the main compartment.
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I use the ThinkTank StreetWalker Pro v2. I actually have two bags, one for my K-1 and 150-450 kit, and a separate one for my 15-30/24-70/100mm macro (and every other lens, filters, etc... under the sun) kit. I have a number of Lowpro, Canon, Ruggard, and Tamrac bags that I've used and stopped used, taking up space in my garage. I found the ThinkTank StreetWalker really works well for my purposes. I'd originally gotten it for international travel, it meets all the carry on requirements of a "personal" item. Found it really fit the K-1 and 150-450 combo well.
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I was looking for a backpack trekking type bag, and got the atlas adventure. Works well for that purpose. I use a lowepro 650 AW which will easily hold the body, lens and hood for out of vehicle use. Take the straps and hip belt off. It is pretty tall, and not very flexible.

For vehicle use i made an aluminum box that fit the K3 and 300mm f4. Got a shop to bend a U shape the length, height and width of the combination plus an inch. Lined it with rubber foam, something like an inexpensive sleeping pad. Put ends on it, then took a cheap duffel tool bag apart to use as a sling with handles. I haven't done one for the larger combination because i want to hike with my gear, but it worked really well for vehicle shooting.

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I'm still trying to wrap my mind around how heavy the 150-450 actually is!

While I will be mostly vehicle based (so something that can be easy to access in the passenger seat will be fine), I AM starting to realize strength and comfort will be important for even short hikes!

Thanks all, for previous suggestions. Keep em coming!

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I use the case that comes with the 150-450 but replaced the strap with an optech wide strap. Case is versatile and can carry the lens/camera combo.
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"Carry" is a very subjective term. If hiking is not an issue, some of the larger messenger bags might do. My Vanguard Up-Rise II 36 will accommodate the DFA 150-450+K1 attached, just. On the other hand, to deal with the weight over extended periods and distances, a good backpack is the go. Many newer bags and packs are very configurable inside, so can probably do what you want.

I bought the Tenba Axis Tactical 24L backpack specifically to hold the K1 plus either the DFA 70-200 or 150-450 (not both). The K1+70-200 will fit laterally, but not the K1+150-450, which though easily fits unmounted. The interior could be reconfigured to fit the K1+150-450 vertically, but I don't do that.

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All these backpacks are too small for longer journeys- they can only fit lenses and body. You should check out Eberlestock backpacks (Eberlestock: Performance Gear for All Your Outdoor Needs). They allow you to design/adjust the interior to your needs.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Oktyabr Quote
I just added a K1mk2, 28-105 and a 150-450 to my kit and I'm looking for bag recommendations for these new additions? Especially interested in something that would safely house the 150-450 *mounted* on the K1?
That's why I was buying a Think Tank Glass Taxi. At one side the K1 with 150-450 attached (and lens hood reversed), and on the other side a super wide angle and short zoom. It is remarkable smaller then my Tamrac Expedition 7x, when I want not to carry that big beast around
For waterproof you have to use the supplied rain cover.

Kind regards, Ron
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I don't generally carry cameras with lenses attached, especially long lenses. And I don't like to have to sort through bags to get to what I want, so I don't use bags that lay stuff out in layers, preferring to arrange things vertically for quicker access. So I don't go with a one-bag solution. I generally carry two or three smaller bags, generally one or two with shoulder straps and always one by a handle. (All of which I think of as a "main bag" with one or more "auxilliary bags".) In the case of the 150-450, I got a bag that just fits that lens; it's shallow, so that lens is on its side, and it's carried separately, so the weight of the lens doesn't add to the already substantial weight of the main bag that has the camera and a couple other lenses in it already. For that lens, I got the ThinkTank "Urban Approach 10" bag to use basically as a lens case as one of the "auxilliary bags".
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I would recommend MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Camera Backpack (or 26 L). That is a perfect camera backpack for me, just enough space for 150-450 FDA.


It allows you to access your gear without taking off the backpack by rotating the bag to the front of your body while the waist belt is still secured. However, I do it by traditional means. I'll put the bag on the bench or on the ground and pick up the body and lens that I need.
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Just ordered the Lowepro LP36307 (large quiver for lenses, inside 13 x 13 x 32 cm, outside 20 x 18 x 35,5 cm, weight 0.5 kg).

I read that it fits optimal for the DFA150-450 even with camera attached!

So, a perfect addition to my LowePro Backpack Vertex AW100 that I also can also put into other bags or backpacks if necessary.
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