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08-19-2019, 05:44 PM   #1
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Backpack for the Pentax DA-560mm lens

So I had a weak moment and purchased the Pentax DA-560mm lens off of B&H. It was on sale for around $1500.00 off regular price, and I'm not made of stone. I have the Lowepro BP450 AWii back pack camera bag, and measured the lens to confirm it would fit.

Well silly me, the total length of the lens given on B&H's web site was with the front shroud retracted, not extended, so the lens was too big to fit in the bag.

Pentax supplies a carry bag, but its not a backpack, and only has a simple nylon strap. So not comfortable to carry for any great distance.

Lowepro sells the Lens Trekker 600AWiii, but its not long enough to stow with a camera attached to the lens.

Ruggar sells the Alpine 600, which is lighter and less expensive, but still won't allow the camera to be mounted on the lens in the bag.


Has anybody found any other bag carrying options for this camera/lens setup?

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What's the total length of the lens and the camera body?
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I used to use the Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW III with the DA560 and K1 and K3 and it fits with the bodies mounted.

Now I use the Lenscoat 4Xpandable bag with my Canon 600 F4 IS II and it fits the lens with even a 2x TC mounted with the body.

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Here is where I posted pics of it in the Lowepro.
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I have the Lens Trekker 600 AWiii for my FA*600/f4 and it comfortably holds the lens with the camera body with grip attached, I wouldn't put in in there with the hood extended tho, It only takes a second to extend the hood anyway, it does seem like there is enough room to put it in with the hood extended, but, I've never tried. Although large, it really does actually have a lot of wasted space in it, due to the fact it is just made to carry one lens with body.

I also have a Gitzo Adventurer 45. It says, it can hold a pro body with a 600mm/f4 attached......... Not a Pentax 600/4 I'm sorry to say. But happily holds the 600/4 lens, Body separate, and still has room for a FA*300/2.8 with K-3 attached and a few other items. It makes better use of space.

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What's the total length of the lens and the camera body?
@MarkJerling, The lens and K-70 is 24", but that leaves no extra room in the bag. My concern is the camera would get squished off the top, However if that's not the case.
The Lenscoat 4X also looks interesting.
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I'd have a good look at Think Tank products. Their lineup is huge, and they produce bags to cater specifically to these kinds of needs. I'm sure they will have a bag that you like.
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QuoteOriginally posted by midnightvisions Quote
So I had a weak moment and purchased the Pentax DA-560mm lens off of B&H.
Pentax supplies a carry bag, but its not a backpack, and only has a simple nylon strap. So not comfortable to carry for any great distance.
Lowepro sells the Lens Trekker 600 AW III, but its not long enough to stow with a camera attached to the lens.
Has anybody found any other bag carrying options for this camera/lens setup?
Congrats!
The Pentax carry bag is only suited/strong enough for storage.

The older Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW II is already high enough for the K-1 + DA 560. The newer AW 600 III is even higher.
There are a lot of other options, but none is as cheap as the Lens Trekker 600 AW ($100-200).

Also check out my threads about the DA 560mm:
DA 560mm 5.6 AW - useful accessoires
DA 560mm 5.6 AW - thread collection - everything about the DA560

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I’ve been shooting and traveling with long lenses for a few years now and haven’t been able to find a bag that does it all.

When I’m just doing day trips or driving someplace the Lenscoat 4x is what I use, I’ve attached a bag to the front using the molle to carry TC’s a second body and other little things.

For traveling by air I’ll use the Gitzo Adventury 45L as my carry on. I’m able to get a 5DSR with grip a 1Dx2, 600/4 IS II, 70-200/2.8, 24-70/4 and the 1.4 and 2.0 TC. Also all my batteries and memory cards lens wipes things like that. This bag is great but it’s to tight to carry the 600 and body mounted on it and no way with a TC for everyday use.

I’ll use the Lenscoat bag as one of my checked bags to carry my tripod and some clothes and then when I get to my destination the 600 and a body goes in it for moving between locations. So far this has been the best way to carry my gear around.
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I’ve been shooting and traveling with long lenses for a few years now and haven’t been able to find a bag that does it all.

When I’m just doing day trips or driving someplace the Lenscoat 4x is what I use, I’ve attached a bag to the front using the molle to carry TC’s a second body and other little things.

For traveling by air I’ll use the Gitzo Adventury 45L as my carry on. I’m able to get a 5DSR with grip a 1Dx2, 600/4 IS II, 70-200/2.8, 24-70/4 and the 1.4 and 2.0 TC. Also all my batteries and memory cards lens wipes things like that. This bag is great but it’s to tight to carry the 600 and body mounted on it and no way with a TC for everyday use.

I’ll use the Lenscoat bag as one of my checked bags to carry my tripod and some clothes and then when I get to my destination the 600 and a body goes in it for moving between locations. So far this has been the best way to carry my gear around.
KiloHotelphoto, I have been looking for a bag to attach to the front of my BP450 backpack to counter balance it. What are you using for a Molle bag?
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I use a G4Free sport outdoor travel waist pack, it's around $20 on Amazon. It has a waist belt that I tuck in and use the two straps to run through the molle webbing on the Lenscoat bag.
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Check out my backpack and other accessories for the DA 560 here: Pentax DA 560mm f5.6 Tips and Advice? - Page 2 - PentaxForums.com

The Ruggard Alpine 600 is great bag for the long lens. It can hold the lens attached to the K-1+grip as well, but I don't want to attach the camera when on the move to protect the mounts.

Be careful as some bags for 600/4 lenses might not have enough height to hold the DA 560. The one @LaurenOE uses for example I think is not long enough.
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Thanks

Thanks everybody for the great ideas, tips and suggestions.


I'm leaning towards the Ruggard Alpine over the Lowpro but it may come down to a coin toss.

Its coming down to which (I think) has the better lens support when hiking with.

Thanks Gang!
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