Looking for new backpack with 2 compartments


fsge

Link Posted 11/05/2011 - 15:33
Hey there

As described in title I am in the hunt of a new packback.
I have small shoulder bag I received with my kx in which i can store 1 body and 2 lenses. Problem is when I have regular backpack plus shoulder bag plus camera around my neck it is a bit too much of an effort.
To solve that I bought a vanguard arlen 59 last year which is great for hicking or macro trips (as I will take tripod, ringflash, water, coat etc with me) BUT this one has two photo dedicated compartments which communicate to stuck a tele, also this second compartment is not large enough for my usage.
Ideally I would like to load it with large bottle of water, clothes, food and some more stuff and still be able to have one body and 4 to 5 lenses in a photo dedicated compartment. Is that too much to ask for ? I can not find any backpack with these features so far.
Any help?
Thanks in advance.

Tyr

Link Posted 11/05/2011 - 16:40
There are suitable backpacks but they are expensive.

The Kata Bumblebee-222 UL is the most comfortable and it is fairly flexible.

http://www.kata-bags.com/product.asp?Version=photo&p_Id=19780

The Lowepro Rover is less comfortable but it has a completely warertight camera compartment. Perfect if you need to cross the occasional river or ford. It has a space for a hydration pack (or two), rain coat and food to last a whole day hiking.

http://products.lowepro.com/product/DryZone-Rover,1936,18.htm

I can happily fit my DA*300/4 so I'd imagine a large tele-zoom would also fit.

I am sure there are other and cheaper options out there, you just need to search. Hopefully someone else will come along with ideas.
Regards,
Dan

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Last Edited by Tyr on 11/05/2011 - 16:41

matwhittington

Link Posted 11/05/2011 - 17:54
I use a Lowepro Primus AW, which has two sections and should meet your needs depending on the size of the lenses. A link to the bag on the Lowepro website is here:

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I often manage pack tons of stuff in mine and it is still comfy to wear, although on a hot day it can lead to a sweaty back (as I guess any pack can). Definitely worth a look I reckon.

Regards
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simonkit

Link Posted 11/05/2011 - 23:12
Unfortunately I don't think anything exists that meets your needs - the compartments for clothes etc in "combination" backpacks just seem too small to be completely useful - I have a Tamrac currently having also tried Lowepro.

When I'm hiking I use a standard hiking backpack and place a holster type bag inside with my K20D - I carry additional lenses inside too in Lowepro lens cases. Dedicated hiking backpacks also have much better "back systems" so allow you to carry the load with less effort.

This is my expereince anyway

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mecrox

Link Posted 11/05/2011 - 23:44
I have a Kata 467i. Too small for your needs but very well made and ideal for daily walking around. Perhaps Kata have a larger one. Or there are the National Geographic rucksacks, but at a price. See here.

doingthebobs

Link Posted 11/05/2011 - 23:49
I agree with Simon.

I tend to use a normal backpack with lens pouches and a holster type camera bag for mountain trips. I can chose to attach the holster and a couple of lenses to the hip belt and shoulder straps for instant access on the move. Plenty of space inside the bag for anything else. Complete waterproofing is easily achieved with a dry liner in the main bag. Plenty of room for other stuff in the bag.

Good walking rucksacks are designed for humans to carry stuff well whereas photo rucksacks are designed around the photo gear and therefore don't allow much else or fit the human too well!
Bob

WobblyGoblin

Link Posted 12/05/2011 - 12:29
I use a Tamrac Aero Speedpack 75. It has side/quick access and that side access fits my GX20 plus the Sigma 100-300 f4 with a 1.4 teleconverter attached (quite a large setup in total). In addition this main compartment also fits another couple of lenses easily or a lens and a flash, with spare space for some more bits and bobs (spare batteries, cable release, cokin-style filter set, some screw in filters etc). If I have some smaller lenses (e.g. limiteds) then it will fit 3-4 plus the GX20 with the Sigma 100-300.

If you had a moderate size tele lens then you'd have even more room.

The problem is the same as others have stated though - the second compartment is fairly small. I can *squeeze* in a thin layer, pack-a-mac waterproof and maybe a few bits and bobs (like a book and a chocolate bar). A water bottle will go in one of the side pouches.

Maybe an option would be going for a large bag dedicated to carrying photography kit only, and use the dividers inside to make a space for your non-camera stuff. Not sure if I'd want to put a water bottle in there though
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jules

Link Posted 12/05/2011 - 12:44
Tyr wrote:
There are suitable backpacks but they are expensive.

The Kata Bumblebee-222 UL is the most comfortable and it is fairly flexible.

http://www.kata-bags.com/product.asp?Version=photo&p_Id=19780

I am sure there are other and cheaper options out there, you just need to search. Hopefully someone else will come along with ideas.

I've just purchased the 222UL from Kata, the Space in the top of the bag is much bigger than in many and has ample room for bits and peices, The Laptop compartment Swallows a 17" macbook and leaves enough room for a decent Goretex Jacket in the Space left which doesnt impede the Carrying if the Bag because of the Smashing Harness system it has, it will do everything you want and more. There are several External Pockets too and Side/Rear Tripod carry, The only downsides are that it feels almost too Hi Tech/Light, but only time will tell if it lasts or not and as Tyr says, it Ain't cheap. If you register it with Kata you get a Lifetime Guarantee though...

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Last Edited by jules on 12/05/2011 - 12:51

jules

Link Posted 12/05/2011 - 17:59
Getting A Kata Bumblebee 210DL Tomorrow to use as my lightweight and Travel Bag, when I don't want to take it all with me! I will let you know how much room there is in that one, and whether it would be suitable for your use too...
Cheers Jules...
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fsge

Link Posted 16/05/2011 - 13:14
Thank you guys for your numerous comments and links I have all checked.

Browsing again and again I have found this one at thinktankphoto, 2nd compartment is not large enough for me but a larger bag with same features would be perfect to me and probably to some of you too:

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I think next step is to visit a real shop and figure out how I could "transform" a regular backpack compartment into something which could be photo dedicated. Using a beltpack could be an alternative as well...

Eastridge

Link Posted 16/05/2011 - 18:29
I think you are right to look at converting a regular backpack.

I have just done that and got what I needed at a fraction of the price of what I could get dedicated photo backpacks. Plus got a 'airback' one to aviod 'sweaty back syndrome'

My photo needs were much smaller than yours so that bit was easier to accomodate with some bits I already had at home, but I think canabilising something else, or using stand alone inserts (Warehouse Express) maybe in the 'bottom compartment' of a rucksack
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Still27

Link Posted 17/05/2011 - 20:53
Have a look at the Kata 3n1 30 slingbag, I have tried a few bags and this is the best for me, I squeezed all my kit in it for a while (except for my tripod & K20D), and that included my Sigma 150-500.
Bill
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Last Edited by Still27 on 17/05/2011 - 20:55
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