Camera Bags

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A bit off topic perhaps..but I'd like some of the members' expertise.

Camera Bags... I have a LowePro backpack..and it's nice for transportation..but not for general use.

What kind/brand of bag would you suggest IF I want to carry my N1 (with 70-300 lens) and my G2 together on vacation. I would like some kind of bag that would hang from a shoulder strap and not be too bulky (a curved bag?). I'd like something that would provide quick access to the camera, but still provide some protection.
Any websites etc would be great..
Thanks!
Jeff
 
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Thank you so much... I went looking today and bought the Lowepro S&F Specialist 85AW bag... the one you recommended. It fits my N1 and my G2 with space left over for my digital point and shoot.. Looks to be a great bag!!! I really like the way it hugs the body and the way the lid opens away...should work for vacation..
Thanks again!
Jeff
 
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They're a modern edition of a bag that Leica marketed in the 1970's. I have one and still use and love it. Unfortunately they no longer sell for $17.50 (guess I'm getting old!).
 
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I highly recommend the Domke F803. Does not look like a camera bag, is robust, is very comfortable to wear, ...
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Ah, the great never ending "what camera bag debate"<font color="ff0000">•<font color="ff0000">•<font color="ff0000">•<font color="ff0000">•<font color="ff0000">•<font color="ff0000">•<font color="ff0000">•<font color="ff0000">•<font color="ff0000">•<font color="ff0000">•<font color="ff0000">• the best camera bags are not even camera bags. Until it got stolen from my car outside a 7-11, I used a Timbuk 2 messenger bag with a padded Domke insert. Great construction and super low profile. (You just look like any other person carrying their stuff to school/work.) I've since replaced it with a Billingham Alice bag which I've found simply hangs on my coat rack as the camera goes around my neck and the spare lens into my jacket pocket. Oh well, another bag goes onto the pyre.
 
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I'm a big believer in Fogg bags for the M-series and for SLRs I think Tamrac and Lowe Pro make excellent products. The Fogg bags are beautifully built, offer superb materials, and, unfortunately, are very expensive as well. Tamarkin sells them.
 
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I've recently bought a Lowepro Street and Field Reporter 200 bag. Good for my M2, with Rapidwinder,lens and additional finder mounted; and three other lenses (two mounted back to back);Nikon FA with motordrive mounted; 135 2.8 Nikkor or short zoom if different film in both cameras; Nikon SB15 (when I bother with it); 8 rolls of film (boxed); pens; Swiss Army knife; reporter notebook; minidisc recorder; headphones; spare minidiscs; spare batteries;microphone.
And that's without any of Lowepro's very good add-ons for the bag. ANd the shoulder strap is SOOO comfortable. It doesn't come with enough dividers though. I had to scavenge from elsewhere.

If you consider Lowepro, look for the AW (all weather) range because they have built in covers that come into action when the heavens open.

I also have a Billingham Hadley bag that is good for a couple of Leicas and four lenses. But it got saturated in a Loire Valley thunderstorm once and all the leather became brittle and cracked when it dried. Now I use the excellent padded inner from that in almost any other bag that it will fit in.
 
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My wife uses a Tamron 5202 Explore bag that was very very reasonable she carries a Canon AE-1P and three lenses 50mm 28-70mm 75-200mm as well as a cleaning kit extra film a 110A speedlite and the combined rubber grip padded shoulder strap and padded waist bag has allowed her to very comfortably carry her gaer for hours on end. I looking for a bag suited to my two Leica bodies (IIIf RD and IIIg) along with 3.5cm two 5cm 9cm and 135mm along with matching Canon finders and a small pilot meter. some film and a couple of small accessories I'm trying to find the smallest bag that will work for me any ideas welcome.

Mark W.

Canonitis FD sufferer and collector of 1950s rangefinder cameras including Braun/Paxettes and Leica LTM

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I find a CCS "Lancaster" to be a very good fit for a screwmount Leica setup someehat similar to that of Mark W. (IIIf w/35, IIIa w/50, 15,28,85, & 135. The 4 lenses I don't carry on the bodies are back-to-back, using rear caps glued together.

Bob Marvin
 
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Bob this CCS Lancaster bag you mention interests me would you know of a dealer that might have a web site where I could see it. I'm in Oregon an area not well equiped with photo shops that carry which that doesn't suit the masses. Anything special (read quality) has to be found on the net.

Mark W.
 
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Mark,

The CCS bags are English and haven't been distributed much in this country.

I bought mine at Photoexpo East in NYC last year. I noticed they were also on sale this year, but I didn't get the name of the new U.S. distributor.(Actually, I circled it in the show booklet, but threw it away by mistake--sorry!) Here's a link to the manufacturer--they should be able to help:

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The Lancaster is one of their "Heritage Series" bags. The wide "Gladstone Opening System" (which is explained on the site) makes them VERY easy to work from. For some reason, my Lancaster bag holds much MORE than its exterior appearance suggests. I recently bought one of the Australian Crumpler bags for my Rolleiflex TLR outfit and, while its a very nice bag (and I got it for a great price at a flea market--about 2/3 off retail) its just the opposite--it holds much LESS than it LOOKS like it SHOULD hold (great for the Rollei though). IMO the CCS Heritage bags are better--in fact I think they're the best bags I've ever seen (even when compared to the MUCH more expensive English Billingham bags)

Bob Marvin
 
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Marin in Sept. of 2003 the wife and I are going to be taking our trip of a life time (I hope not the only one though)to England and Europe. And I have put this Lancaster bag on my shopping list. It's just the kind of "not available here item" I want to buy while I'm visiting England. I have a couple of other things on the list I'm putting together. I can't see shopping for something I can just mail order from my PC at home. I won't be taking my Leica gear with me (much to precious) on the trip but I'll be looking for items to add to the kit.

On a side note we will be using Canon FD equip. I'm taking an A-1 she a AE-1P between us 19mm 3.8, 50mm 1.4, 28-70mm 3.5/4.5 75-200 f4.5 (the very light nFD version. So our kits will cover from 19mm to 200mm and still be when divided between two quite light. Any comments welcome on our choices.

Thanks for pointing me towards these bags, Mark W.
 
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Hard to not be a bit bulky with a N1 and 70-300 and G2. That said, IMO and AFAIK the best bags I've found so far are made by Domke. Thedy have their indiosyncrasies, but they are well made, sturdy and they look sooo cool.
 
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