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Backpack Suggestions?
Paul Hayes, Photographer, Photo Editor
Littleton | NH | USA | Posted: 12:22 PM on 09.02.10
->> Just wanted to know what your favorite photo backpacks are, and why? I'm shopping around to replace my Tenba bag because the zipper is all messed up.

I've noticed ThinkTank, Lowepro and Tamrac are popular brands. Any others I'm missing/should consider?
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
| | | Posted: 12:23 PM on 09.02.10
->> Paul,

What kit are you hauling? Each bag carrier different things for different purposes.
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Luke Johnson, Photographer, Student/Intern
St.Petersburg | FL | USA | Posted: 1:06 PM on 09.02.10
->> If you need a backpack that can haul some long glass, you should take a look at the Dakine Sequence backpack. I have one and I can easily fit my 400 2.8, 24-70, and 1D Body in there no problem.
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David Welker, Photographer, Student/Intern
Springfield | MO | USA | Posted: 1:12 PM on 09.02.10
->> I agree with Steven, without knowing what you need to put in the bag, it is going to be hard to give you any kind of suggestion.
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Chicago | IL | usa | Posted: 1:20 PM on 09.02.10
->> I've been loving the ThinkTank Shape Shifter, very versatile backpack.

No idea if it would work for your kit.
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Joe Morahan, Photographer
Denver | Co | USA | Posted: 1:39 PM on 09.02.10
->> I am a huge fan of Lowepro and cannot say enough great things about their gear. I have been using the new Dry Zone....its a waterproof pack and it really works well for me. The water proof zipper is kinda tough if you plan on going in and out of your pack all the time. The Photo Trekker AW II is my favorite of all my packs. Its a real beast and it can hold anything. Its really simple to re-configure your pack to hold odd things that you may be traveling with. Its also by far the most durable pack I have ever used.

Dry Zone:
http://products.lowepro.com/product/DryZone-200,1935,18.htm

Photo Trekker:
http://products.lowepro.com/product/Photo-Trekker-AW-II,1992,14.htm
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Paul Hayes, Photographer, Photo Editor
Littleton | NH | USA | Posted: 9:58 PM on 09.02.10
->> Thanks for the replies everyone. To clarify my needs, I carry two bodies (D3, D700) and my normal lenses are 50mm, 14-24mm and either a 70-300mm or my companies 80-200mm and, on top of that, a speedlight flash.
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Brian Jenkins, Photographer
Burlington | VT | United States | Posted: 10:49 PM on 09.02.10
->> Check out the Burton zoom backpack. I have the full size one and I carry 3 bodies, a 17-35, 10.5, 50, 80-200, 300, a monopoly and plenty of room for accessories. It evem has a pocket for my 15 inch MAC. I love that thing.
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Robert Scheer, Photographer
Indianapolis | IN | USA | Posted: 12:20 PM on 09.03.10
->> I don't know if it's still made, but I've been using a Lowepro Stealth bag for several years and love it. It's big though, so after some pilot-error related back problems, learned to not load it too full. It'll hold two bodies, your lapper, and several lenses up to a 300 2.8 with ease.
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Caleb Simpson, Photographer
Austin | TX | USA | Posted: 12:58 PM on 09.03.10
->> You should check out F-Stop camera bags. http://fstopgear.com/
They are geared more towards the outdoor photographer - adventure shooter. They have lots of great, very durable bags.
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Grant Blankenship, Photographer
Macon | GA | USA | Posted: 2:45 PM on 09.05.10
->> I've carried a Crumpler bag for a looooong time. First it was the Brian's Hot Tub. The completely free warranty replacement that I got when the zipper blew is called the Karachi Outpost. I can routinely fit two D3 bodies, a 70-200 2.8, a 17-35 2.8, a 300 2.8, a laptop and all the assorted laptop junk in the bag. In a pinch I can get in a third D300 body. Plus the bag qualifies easily as carry on luggage.
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Bradly J. Boner, Photographer, Photo Editor
Jackson | WY | USA | Posted: 4:53 PM on 09.05.10
->> Clik Elite is a newer company that is also geared toward outdoor/adventure photographers:

http://www.clikelite.com/
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PF Bentley, Photographer
Planet Earth | HI | USA | Posted: 5:23 PM on 09.05.10
->> Think Tank Streetwalker Hard Drive or Streetwalker Pro

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/streetwalker-harddrive-backpack.aspx
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Kevin German, Photographer
Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam | | Posted: 12:28 AM on 09.06.10
->> Another vote for the Think Tank Shape Shifter. Really love this bag. It has been in every single SE Asian country with me in the past year. Works well with their Skin system and cuts down on the amount of bags that I would need to bring. Get it!
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