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HughofBardfield
13th February 2008, 11:55 AM
I currently have a Tamrac Expedition 7 and a Crumpler Geekstar. The former is pretty much OK and I can just about get all of my kit in it for an extended trip or a reduced set for hiking. The latter carries enough of my kit for most other purposes, and I prefer the shoulder bag format when I don't have to carry it too far.

I am thinking about getting a smaller bag for walking around town/holidays - sufficient for a body, attached lens (14-54mm), and maybe one-two extra lenses (11-22mm and either Sigma 105mm or 55-200mm). I prefer shoulder bags, and preferably ones that don't look as though they're actually camera bags! I hate things with camera/lens badges with a passion.

I currently mostly use an E510, but have ambitions to get an E3 when prices drop a bit. I also have an E1, but I would only want one body in the "day" bag.

Does anyone have any suggestions of which bags I should consider? I know bag choice is a very personal thing, and there is no such thing as the "perfect" bag, but it would be good to hear other people's experiences and narrow the search list!

Hiding_Pup
13th February 2008, 02:04 PM
I'm very happy with my Domke F5XB which I bought off a Canadian seller on eBay for about 30. Like all Domkes, padding where necessary, comes in different colours (olive, sand, black and maybe a dark brown one these days) and happily carries an E-1, 14-54mm and another lens, or an FL-50 and a small lens nestled on top of it (11-22mm, 50mm macro and flash was a really nice combination for me a couple of summers ago).

The Domke strap has swivelly bits so never gets tangled; is long enough to go over one shoulder; and it also has threads of rubber running through it that don't disintegrate as easily as the painted on stuff.

Andrew Riddell
13th February 2008, 02:18 PM
Hugh,

I'm in virtually the same spot as you (except that all my old bags are now unsuitable for one reason or another).

Two bags that seem promising are the Think Tank Urban Disguise amd Lowepro Omni ranges. They both come in various sizes. The Lowepro is designed to be an insert into a hard shell, but seems to work equally on its own. I need to find shops who sell both of these to try them side by side.

Andrew

peak4
13th February 2008, 10:43 PM
Hi, Personally I'm using the Naneu Pro Lima, currently on sale from Fotosense.
http://www.fotosense.co.uk/shop_details.asp?productID=5817

Main section will take Oly 50-200, 7-14mm & E-3 with 12-60 fitted, but without grip. The outside pockets will take EC-14 & EX-25 in one and 4 batteries in the other. I understand that an FL-36 would fit into one of the pockets instead.
The other combination I've used it for is, 50-200, 14-54, 11-22, 50mm macro (just about) & any body without grip in the main section.
There's a couple of other pockets for a few filters, instruction book, memory cards etc.
It does not immediately jump out as a camera bag, especially in green.
Don't rely on the compass though, it only points north if you point the bag in the right direction!!

http://www.naneupro.com/products/mo-l/

shenstone
13th February 2008, 11:03 PM
I am thinking about getting a smaller bag for walking around town/holidays - sufficient for a body, attached lens (14-54mm), and maybe one-two extra lenses (11-22mm and either Sigma 105mm or 55-200mm). I prefer shoulder bags, and preferably ones that don't look as though they're actually camera bags! I hate things with camera/lens badges with a passion.



Hmmm . My Perfect in that size range still has Pentax written on the side and it's best selling factor is it's survived me for over 20 years which has to be a recommendation. However your chance of picking up such a device is minimal and therefore I also like my LowePro Nova's - I have the 2 which is probably a little smaller than you need and the 5 which is larger than you suggest, but they are very reliable and have been hammered by me all over the place.

The 3 http://products.lowepro.com/product/Nova-3-AW,1974,20.htm# sounds about right for the spec you suggest - if not the 4

Regards
Andy

Xpres
14th February 2008, 12:17 AM
Mine is a Billingham Hadley pro - doesn't look like a camera bag to the untrained eye, holds a camera and lens plus two extra and flash plus bits. there's also a pocket at the back for a note book. Well made and lasts for years.

E-P1 fan
14th February 2008, 08:50 AM
Mine is a Billingham Hadley pro - doesn't look like a camera bag to the untrained eye, holds a camera and lens plus two extra and flash plus bits. there's also a pocket at the back for a note book. Well made and lasts for years.
These have got to be the ultimate surely - style - top materials - strong and last a lifetime.
Not cheap to buy but worth the expense when spread over 20 years.

HughofBardfield
14th February 2008, 11:52 AM
Thanks for the suggestions - I am particularly liking the look of the Billingham and the Naneu as neither has that "I'm a camera bag - steal me NOW" look. The Domke is also promising.

Anyone know of any Naneu stockists in East Anglia? Their website simply lists a distributor in Ireland.

shenstone
14th February 2008, 07:42 PM
I am particularly liking the look of the Billingham and the Naneu as neither has that "I'm a camera bag - steal me NOW" look.

Yup - as this picture I posted in a similar prior thread shows the Billinghams make excellent handbags !!;)

The good lady (featured) insists that her camera was in the bag at the time therefore making it a real camera bag !:rolleyes:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/rhian1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/2162)

Regards
Andy

David M
15th February 2008, 12:47 AM
I don't know if there's a Tenba importer/distributor in the UK nowadays but I like the Messenger bags;

http://www.tenba.com/pc-964-12-messenger-large.aspx

http://www.tenba.com/pc-963-12-messenger-small.aspx

Or you can buy the insert to fit in any suitable nondescript bag;

http://www.tenba.com/pc-965-12-photo-insert-for-all-messenger-bags.aspx

E-P1 fan
15th February 2008, 07:47 AM
http://www.tenba.com/pc-964-12-messenger-large.aspx

http://www.tenba.com/pc-963-12-messenger-small.aspx

Or you can buy the insert to fit in any suitable nondescript bag;

http://www.tenba.com/pc-965-12-photo-insert-for-all-messenger-bags.aspx

These are great - if I was in the market for a bag I'd be looking seriously at these.

Ideal for the daily commute to tinseltown too.

theMusicMan
15th February 2008, 07:58 AM
Hi Hugh - I am delighted with my free Olympus bag, but before this I used on of these:

http://www.caselogic.com/slr_computer_backpack/product_detail/index.cfm?modelid=57080

Light, small and easy on the shoulders.

Garrie
15th February 2008, 08:53 AM
I use a Tamrac Adventure 6 for my E510, kit lens, 40 - 150 and has enough room for atleast another lens. Has enough room in the top for you phone, keys, wallet, Ipod, snacks etc.

The bag is small and east to carry on the shoulders.

Great thing is the bag doesn't look like a camera bag, just an normally backpack well untill you strap a MODO to the bottom of it like mines.

Cheers
G

Melaka
16th February 2008, 07:10 PM
I use a Lowepro AW200 Slingshot. It holds the E3/HLD4/14-54 combination plus the 50-200, an FL50 and an E500 body (or another lens) together with spare batteries, memory etc.

The freebie Olympus bag is a fine piece of kit but rather large for my purposes so I may be looking to move it on.

Ijay37
16th February 2008, 10:01 PM
The freebie Olympus bag is a fine piece of kit but rather large for my purposes so I may be looking to move it on.

May I express an interest if you do.
John

Barr1e
16th February 2008, 10:51 PM
Like Melaka I use a Lowepro Slingshot 200. I purchsaed this a month ago and find it quite suitable. I can imagine though like most rucksacks it will make you feel fairly warm in summer months if on a trek. It certainly has room for a lot of kit.

Regards. Barr1e

E-P1 fan
17th February 2008, 09:44 AM
I'm still delighted with the Oly bag I bought on here - great item

Napper
17th February 2008, 02:59 PM
Hi I use the Lowepro MiniTrekker 100 this is not a shoulder bag but a back pack. For most times out i find this to be an excellent bag. It has movable internal walls so that it can accommodate various camera/lens arrangements. I carry my E510 with 14-54 attached, and two spare lenses the 70-300 and the 40-150 plus a 50mm om lens with converter, all the lens hoods, the battery charger and leads, a small circular fold away reflector and a couple of lens filters, these all fit in the interior compartment. Also in the interior pockets my lens brush and cleaning cloth.In the external pocket there is room for the USB and TV leads and my flash unit (metz 48). All this in a strong waterproof padded bag. I was recommended this bag by a friend and I am very pleased with it. Not having tried out any others I can't really compare it but I think that it will be hard to beat

Jim Ford
17th February 2008, 03:21 PM
I've mentioned it before, but it stands repeating:

Don't, DON'T rely on the 'AW' (All Weather) feature of Lowepro bags to keep 'proper' rain off your kit inside.

The AW is highly misleading and basically you can only rely on it to keep a shower off.

I had my E500 in an Rezo 'AW' bag in Scotland last year. The rain wasn't 'blattering' down but was a steady heavy drizzle for several hours. My camera was soaked (but survived) because the back of the bag is unprotected and the rain running down my jacket penetrated it.

Jim

DerekW
17th February 2008, 04:12 PM
However the AW cover does give a bit additional protection from pickpockets as it means that they cannot see the zips and so they will be slowed down a little bit.

Ellie
22nd February 2008, 02:35 PM
I use the leather bag I bought when I first got my camera, it's like this one (http://www.cameraworld.co.uk/ViewProdDetails.asp?prod_code=PON06K000047&prod_name=Olympus%20E-System%20Leather%20Camera%20Bag) Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be available any more, because I can't find it on the Oly site either. It looks more like a sturdy shoulder day-bag than a camera bag.

It'll happily take my E-400 and lenses, with space for extras in the main bag, pouch within the hood and a front pocket. There's an inside zip, which is quieter than velcro. I keep several sachets of silica gel in the bag, just in case it's a damp day.

HughofBardfield
25th February 2008, 12:28 PM
I use the leather bag I bought when I first got my camera, it's like this one (http://www.cameraworld.co.uk/ViewProdDetails.asp?prod_code=PON06K000047&prod_name=Olympus%20E-System%20Leather%20Camera%20Bag) Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be available any more, because I can't find it on the Oly site either. It looks more like a sturdy shoulder day-bag than a camera bag.


Thanks Ellie - That looks ideal. I'll have to see if I can pick one up 2nd-hand.

E-P1 fan
25th February 2008, 12:52 PM
They've had those on the auction site quite a few times.