OK, if you have been following me for a while you know I recently purchased a Canon 5D Mark III, a Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 and a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. Now that I know what I have, I can finally get a camera bag to fit my stuff.
But first let me show you what I have been using for the past couple of years for my T2i gear. It’s a 15 year old Jansport Airlift. I have used the hell out of it, and it still looks as good as when I bought it. When I did a shoot with DeeJay and showed him my bag, he laughed and said, “That’s funny, you have to blog about that”.
I want to start out by buying the smallest camera bag I need, because from what I hear you end up collecting them all sorts of sizes, kind of like my family’s cooler collection. The biggest requirement is that it would fit on a small regional jet over head bin; I never want to hear the flight attendant telling me that I had to check my bag because it would not fit in the overhead bin.
I think camera bags are a very personal choice, I think that is true because my B&H rep told me that camera bags are the number 1 returned item. I think it is something that has to fit you and your style well, like a good pair of shoes.
Based on all your responses, these are the three I picked to test:
Yes, big difference in price, but they are all roughly the same class of bag in terms of what they hold.
Tenba Shootout Backpack Small
It is so heavy! I thought they gave me a free camera with my purchase, honestly I thought something was in the camera bag.
The Tenba comes in a 5.7 lbs!(2.59kg) empty, Lowpro is 3.0 lbs (1.4kg) and the Case Logic is 2.0 lbs, 11 oz (1.22kg).
Tenba is 3Ibs. heavier, it is twice as heavy as the Case Logic! You might be thinking that is not much weight but I could carry a monster of a lenses like the 70-200mm which I do, with a 70-200mm packed in the Case Logic, and the Tenba totally empty, they weight the same! I don’t know about you but I like to not carry around extra weight if I don’t have to.
I know many people love this bag, and it seems really well built, but it is not that pair of shoes that fit me.
Main compartment within a compartment adds a ton of weight. Unnecessary divider in laptop area. Adds weight and starchy Velcro.
Water proof zippers look really cool, but they stick every time and slow me down.
As you can see the hip belt doesn’t work for me since my torso is pretty long since I am 6′-2″.
Lowepro Pro Runner 300 AW
Not a fan of the side straps clips, they slow me down.
Useless side pockets. I am not going to put any expensive camera gear in them, and I am not going to place a drink in there because it might spill on the camera bag and equipment, plus it tips over, don’t like that.
No place for a laptop. That was my mistake that I order the wrong one.
Case Logic SLRC-206 (The one I am Buying)
First off, I know this fits on a regional jet because I read the following online:
It easily fits under the seat in every plane I’ve been on so far including the little CRJ regional jets.
I love that it is not black inside, the high contrast helps to find things faster.
The bottom slots are somewhat hard to use since the main flap doesn’t open far enough to make them ‘easily’ accessible.
No rain cover like the Tenba comes with. But I am sure I can get one somewhere.
Not enough padding on shoulder straps compared to 15 year old Jansport Airlift. All of them have this issue.
This is the cheapest bag by far of the 3.
The side straps on the right side in the picture above carry my light weight cheap tripod pretty well.
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