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PHOTO BACKPACKS?
Todd Spoth, Photographer, Student/Intern
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 12:57 PM on 11.19.12
->> Ive been searching for a photo backpack to fit my needs for sometime with no luck so I thought Id post here to see if anyone has any suggestions.

I have tons of bags and have had backpacks in the past. I currently have several non photo backpacks that I carry but they dont really have the dedicated place for gear.

This isnt really a backpack for working per say but more of a backpack to take when I travel. When Im traveling I usually take a 5DIII without the grip and a few lenses, nothing major. I dont want anything huge or that looks like a photo backpack. Im definitely leaning towards the backpacks that have a padded camera area and another area for things I buy or a small jacket etc.

Its not for climbing or anything. Its more of, Hey im going to be walking around Tokyo for a whole day, what backpack should I get. In the past Ive used Swiss Army backpacks and had my lenes wrapped in the Tenba wraps, but they are usually just loose at the bottom of the pack and once I change lenses on the fly on the street they usually dont stay wrapped long.

I like the look of the FStop Guru but they are out of stock for months. I like the look of the Crumpler Karachi Outpost Medium but the whole backpack is just modular dividers like a normal photo backpack.

Any thoughts?
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Tim Hynds, Photo Editor, Photographer
Sioux City | IA | USA | Posted: 1:08 PM on 11.19.12
->> I'm a big fan of the Think Tank Shape Shifter.

The camera backpack from Mountainsmith isn't too bad either, but has less carry options/flexibility than the Think Tank.
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Sam Morris, Photographer
Henderson (Las Vegas) | NV | USA | Posted: 1:29 PM on 11.19.12
->> +1 for the TT Shape Shifter.
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Ryan M. Kelly, Photographer, Student/Intern
Newport News | VA | USA | Posted: 1:31 PM on 11.19.12
->> I've had the Kata DR-466i backpack for a few years now that I've been happy with, comfortable and sturdy: http://www.amazon.com/Kata-DR-466i-Digital-Rucksack--Black/dp/B0035XXNJY/re...

It's got a pocket in the back for a notebook or tablet, the bottom half is padded and compartmentalized for a couple of bodies and small lenses, and the top half is open, handy for a jacket and a 70-200. Then there are a few other smaller pockets for cords, cards, reader, batteries, chargers, etc. Plus as a helpful bonus it comes with a rain cover, and it's only $50.
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Todd Spoth, Photographer, Student/Intern
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 2:03 PM on 11.19.12
->> I love Think Tank but really dont like their backpack selection. Im going to give the Dakine Mission a try.

Ill report back. Thanks!

-T
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 3:08 PM on 11.19.12
->> http://products.lowepro.com/product/SlingShot-302-AW,2193,4.htm
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Alex Witkowicz, Photographer, Photo Editor
Denver | Co | USA | Posted: 6:11 PM on 11.19.12
->> I would avoid the Dakine photo packs in favor of the F-Stop bags. If they say they're out of stock, just call them up and see what the deal is. It's a small operation and you will be able to get answers from the right people.

I've got two of the Tilopa packs, and they are absolute top notch. Been around the world with 'em the last couple years and they are holding up strong.

Dan Carr has a killer review, take a look:
http://dancarrphotography.com/blog/2010/11/02/introducing-the-new-f-stop-ti.../
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 7:00 PM on 11.19.12
->> Other than you can fit a lot into a backpack, I find them awfully inconvenient. It has to come off completely, more or less to get to your stuff. Am I wrong about this? I have the TT Urban Disguise and love it. TT stuff is expensive, but they're battle tested and hold up well.
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Brian Jenkins, Photographer
Burlington | VT | United States | Posted: 7:34 PM on 11.19.12
->> Check out the photo packs from Burton. They come in four different sizes and are awesome!

http://www.burton.com/mens-bags-luggage-packs/mens-packs,default,sc.html
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George Bridges, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | USA | Posted: 8:58 PM on 11.19.12
->> Todd,

Just curious, what don't you like about the TT Shape Shifter?

It has fitted camera pockets for the gear you describe. A computer pocket and an external "things like pens and notebook" pocket.

I've carried mine with and without cameras and with the camera-specific compartment zipped closed it's very low profile on the back.

I just used it for an overnight trip sans cameras and used the computer pocket for clothes, the camera pocket for stuff like toiletry kit, noise-canceling headphones and GPS for the car and then the iPad slid into the outer pocket with two magazines for the plane.

When I've had to gear up for the conventions I've loaded cameras and lenses into their pockets and then jammed two laptops into the laptop compartment and still could fit more stuff in the outside pocket like tickets and magazines. Still fit in the overhead bin with no problem.

I definitely prefer it over my old LowePro Stealth.

And, it doesn't scream " expensive photo gear inside!"
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George Bridges, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | USA | Posted: 9:00 PM on 11.19.12
->> But if you want the "I'm walking around Tokyo for a day" bag and want to change lenses quickly, why not go with a messenger-style bag that has plenty of room for gear and still space for jacket or clothing, plus it has easier access to the gear for quick lens changes. And it says more "hey, I'm just a student with some textbooks" than "I'm a photographer."
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Todd Spoth, Photographer, Student/Intern
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 9:37 PM on 11.19.12
->> Thanks for everyones suggestions!

I have an urban disguise 60 and have LOVED it for local assignment work and more. I
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Todd Spoth, Photographer, Student/Intern
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 9:39 PM on 11.19.12
->> For some reason its not letting me post my full message. lame!
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Todd Spoth, Photographer, Student/Intern
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 9:39 PM on 11.19.12
->> I love TT guys, they have been great to me over the years. I have tons of their stuff.

George, the shapeshifter not only doesnt have the style I want (its still kinda boxy) but the way things go into the pack is not ideal. I absolutely hate the SS.

As far as messenger bags go, I have tons of those too, I have simple canvas ones with Tenba wraps and even a Tenba insert as well. I use that combo for shooting live music with one body and one lens. The problem with using it for travel is that it starts to become VERY uncomfortable with only 1 strap.

Im going to Munich in December for a week. Its not for anything super stressful where I need tons of gear. I just want it to be comfortable, not look super huge/boxy/photoy/lame and have a padded spot for a body and a few lenses with room for more stuff too.

I also really hate waist straps so they either need to come off or be small enough not to matter.

I ordered a Lowepro Rover Pro 35L aw but Lowepro screwed up and advertised that the waist belt is removable when it is not. So Im sending it back.

Id love to try the FStop Guru but its on back order for a while. I called, trust me.

The Burton pack looks awesome, and frankly I think I needed to look in that alternative direction all along.

I have the Dakine Mission on order. I like the idea that the photo compartment is removable.

We shall see!

Thanks!
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Todd Spoth, Photographer, Student/Intern
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 9:40 PM on 11.19.12
->> It was because I made a "less than 3" heart for the Think Tank guys. My love for Think Tank broke Sports Shooter. Awesome.
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 10:36 PM on 11.19.12
->> I know the perfect backpack for your needs.
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Todd Spoth, Photographer, Student/Intern
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 11:35 PM on 11.19.12
->> k
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 11:57 PM on 11.19.12
->> todd, seriously you are so over the map I have no idea what you need. in less than 24 hours you love/hate everything suggested. and you ordered how many bags? good god dude. this is hilarious.
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PJ Heller, Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 12:04 AM on 11.20.12
->> How about something like one of these:

http://tinyurl.com/o469a

http://tinyurl.com/d4gknyx
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Todd Spoth, Photographer, Student/Intern
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 1:22 AM on 11.20.12
->> That Kinesis backpack looks like more of what Im going for but their website sucks so pass.

The Lightware ones are a no go.

And Chuck, I ordered a Lowepro with the understanding that the waist belt was removable since all the documentation said it was, but it was not. Lowepro quickly issued me a refund and fixed their mess up.

I ordered a Dakine Mission pack today. HOPEFULLY its perfect for my needs.

Love/hate,
-Todd
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Troy Thomas, Photographer
Kansas City | MO | USA | Posted: 5:59 PM on 11.22.12
->> I have been using a Lowe Pro Mini Trekker for years. Its great. Not overly big but can still get my D700 with grip and the 24-70 mounted, 70-200, a flash, a 17-35 and still have alittle room left for batteries and such. Then there are the two outside pockets.
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Timothy Andrews, Photographer
Pearl Harbor | Hi | USA | Posted: 6:45 PM on 11.22.12
->> I have a Deuters backpack with a TrekPak insert and so far I love it. Check out the inserts though, then you can use whatever bag you want. http://www.trekpak.com
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Al Diaz, Photographer
Miami | Fl | USA | Posted: 10:20 AM on 11.24.12
->> Todd, the Dakine Mission photo backpack looks like a fine bag but for the highest quality bag available I would have chosen the Think Tank Photo StreetWalker. It is constructed using top quality material and their customer service is excellent and friendly. Most TTP users on this site will agree. The smallest bag in the StreetWalker line looks just like the one you ordered but they only offer it in black. DISCLAIMER, I am a Think Tank Photo affiliate. Regardless I've used several of their products everyday for years in all kinds of conditions and they still look like new. http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/streetwalker-backpack.aspx?code=ap-2...
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Todd Spoth, Photographer
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 2:55 PM on 11.25.12
->> Thanks Al,

I respect your hustle, but the think tank guys dont have what Im looking for this time around.

Believe me I have a ton of TT stuff to make up for it though.

Ill use your link when I need to order something else.

-T
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Israel Shirk, Photographer, Assistant
Boise | ID | US | Posted: 3:33 PM on 11.25.12
->> I've had mediocre results with the Burton bag I picked up - it's nice for snow in that it's pretty weather-resistant, cools off quick, and the zipper for the main compartment is on your back so when you take it off and open it there's not too much snow/dust flying in, but the dividers were too flimsy/short and didn't keep things very well separated, and there wasn't a lot of protection from the back of the bag if you do stick a laptop in it.

Todd - Have you gotten the Dakine yet? How is it working out?
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Todd Spoth, Photographer
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 5:15 PM on 11.25.12
->> Its pretty nice definitely for the sub $90 price point. There are definitely drawbacks but I think itll do fine for what I need it for.

I wish it had the build and thought that Think Tank puts into it with the other things I like about the Dakine bag.

I really like the ability to take the padded camera insert out completely and just use it as a regular backpack.

-T
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Al Diaz, Photographer
Miami | Fl | USA | Posted: 6:51 PM on 11.25.12
->> Thanks Todd, have a great trip and may the best shots be yours!
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John Tucker, Photographer, Photo Editor
Cordova | TN | USA | Posted: 7:40 PM on 11.25.12
->> Check out Ape Case sling case.......I've got a brand new one and I'll make you a steal on it!
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Chris Halper, Photographer
Toronto | On | Canada | Posted: 3:08 AM on 12.14.12
->> Check out my review of the Lowepro "Sport" packs. Maybe one of these will suit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwkdlTD7Si0
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 9:14 AM on 12.14.12
->> come visit me-I have too many bags yet I am still searching for the perfect one.
Some women like shoes, I seem to like camera bags
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Tami Chappell, Photographer, Photo Editor
Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 10:38 PM on 12.15.12
->> DO any of these bags have wheels attached? I want something the size of these bags with the option of rolling. thanks
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Svein Ove Ekornesvaag, Photographer
Aalesund | Møre og Romsdal | Norway | Posted: 6:06 AM on 12.16.12
->> The Lowepro dSLR video fastpacks are quite nice. Bottom compartment for camerabody and lenses, top compartment for clothes or other tings. Back compartment for laptop/iPad etc. But they do look like photo backpacks.
http://www.lowepro.com/fastpack
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