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Best "Real" Backpack Camera Bag
Jim Pierce, Photographer
Waltham | MA | USA | Posted: 5:00 PM on 10.07.15
->> I have done a fair amount of wildlife photography the past few months and can see myself doing a lot more next summer in the slow months. I used a Tamarac backpack this year but the metal clasp broke on my last trip so looking for a new one.

I am looking for input on how the bags act as a backpack as my hikes typically cover 3-4 miles up and down rough terrain, for those in New England picture Baxter State park and Mount Katahdin. The load will be at least 1 body and a 400/2.8 with a 1.4TC. and/or a 70-200, 24-70

I have a ton of the Thinktank products and like the glass limo but how does this carry on your back? Does it act like a real backpack or even close? the Tarmac did not and probably why it broke.

Any input is appreciated and not limited to Thinktank.

Jim
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Gavin Werbeloff, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 10:21 PM on 10.07.15
->> Take a look at Thinktank's sister company Mindshift Gear. They've just launched a few new camera backpacks aimed at outdoor photographers. I've never used them, but if they're anything like Thinktank, they're worth a look.
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Peter Zuzga, Photographer
Waukesha | WI | USA | Posted: 10:54 PM on 10.07.15
->> I'm a huge fan of F-Stop backpacks.
http://fstopgear.com

I've been using one of their packs for the same kind of things you say you want a pack to do Jim and I can't say enough good things about mine.
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Paul DiSalvo, Photographer
Highlands Ranch | CO | United States of America | Posted: 4:17 PM on 10.09.15
->> I've only used my Glass Limo for short hikes (from car to stadium) but is seems pretty comfortable. The shoulder straps are well padded and the lower back padding is also very good. There is a waist belt built in so you could further stabilize the pack. The bag can hold pretty close to your described equipment profile but you may need to augment with a modular pack or two. As long as you're good with the weight, you should be fine.
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Wally Nell, Photographer
SAN DIEGO | CA | USA | Posted: 10:34 PM on 10.09.15
->> If you are not concerned with airline regulations, then just buy a normal heavy duty hiking backpack, and convert it by putting in inserts. If you are concerned about carrying on a plane, then I guess you will need something else...
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Tom Ewart, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 5:48 PM on 10.10.15
->> Take it from me who bought one of those supper large LowePro backpacks years ago... I used it for years, I could just pack too much stuff in it and it got way too heavy, was well constructed and backpacked well. Even used it as the only pack I carried on a several day camp...but I was not discilplined enough to pack it light enough to carry all the time.
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 1:53 PM on 10.12.15
->> Though I'm a ThinkTank buyer, I've Intrigued by Manfrotto lately...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1049375-REG/manfrotto_mb_pl_b_220_bum...
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 2:01 PM on 10.12.15
->> *I've been intrigued
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington - Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 4:13 PM on 10.13.15
->> Lowepro AW400. It's the middle size of a family of 3.
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Max Waugh, Photographer
Bothell | WA | USA | Posted: 5:08 PM on 10.14.15
->> Jim, since I'm primarily a big lens nature photographer I was sent the MindShift First Light 30L for review recently. Though I have yet to write the review I can tell you that it's a pretty sound option for fitting a long lens (in my case the older Canon 500mm f/4 IS), two bodies, a 70-200 and 24-70. However, lens hoods severely put a strain on things... I barely got the thing closed with all three lens hoods stuffed inside the bag. I normally would pack the large hood away in another bag or strap it to the outside of the pack since it takes up so much real estate.

To compare to a ThinkTank product, it's nearly the same bag as the StreetWalker HD pack (which I also own). The main differences are adjustable shoulder straps and a padded waist belt on the MindShift, which makes it much more suitable for hiking. There's also a pocket for a hydration pouch.

It's a more comfortable bag than the TT equivalent, but it's not quite as good of a "travel" bag, due to the padded straps and a tighter pocket for laptop/tablet.

MindShift also does make a slightly larger model, the 40L, which could also be an option if you're worried that your 400 is too big.

Max
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Max Waugh, Photographer
Bothell | WA | USA | Posted: 3:06 PM on 10.15.15
->> Coincidentally, I just got an email from MindShift stating that they're offering free 30 day trials on their FirstLight packs (the 20L and 30L). If anyone's interested, PM me and I can pass along details.
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Jim Pierce, Photographer
Waltham | MA | USA | Posted: 9:33 AM on 10.17.15
->> Max and all,

Thanks for the information on the Mindshift "test Drive", the 30L is on the way. I called Thinktank to ask about the Glass Silo and they mentioned these bags. Mindshift and Thinktank are sister companies. I looked at them but was unable to find a retailer in my area that had stock so this works out perfectly.

Once I get it I will do a review and possibly a short video.

Jim
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