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Suggestions - suitable bag for larger lenses

Hi. A bit of a GAS question I suppose, but I'm thinking I could do with a somewhat larger shoulder bag than my LowePro Nova 180 AW (internal dimensions 25.5 cm wide x 15 cm deep x 19.5 cm high) - specifically because it won't properly accommodate an E-M1 with MMF-3 and the wonderful 50-200 (non SWD) attached, which results in my often using the good but inferior 75-300 for telephoto shots. (When I'm doing a serious trip I take a larger backpack including the 50-200 of course).

The Nova is a fine bag in all other respects. The next model up (Nova 200) doesn't seem to increase the height. I could do with 23cm or a bit more.

Any thoughts? Better still something I can pick up used for a modest price. :-)
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Re: Suggestions - suitable bag for larger lenses

I've had Lowepro bags for several years now and been very impressed. Unfortunately they don't do one now that quite suited me so I spent a lot of time looking elsewhere. I eventually found this. As I had a trip coming up and it was a reasonable price plus a slight discount on Black Friday I got it.

https://www.kentfaith.com/USKF13.066...gaAg-XEALw_wcB

Now if I'm honest it's not quite up to LowePro's quality but it's close and a very usable bag. I wanted one that had side access plus a separate compartment for day stuff plus would also take a tablet/small laptop and it does all that nicely. I think it would take your 50-200 across it's width for side access too. If you are interested I can measure it for you to be sure. Used it on one trip so far and it seems pretty good.
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Re: Suggestions - suitable bag for larger lenses

Rob just looked at the images in that link and unless there is a new change to the bag the camera section doesn't come out as a separate insert on mine. Everything else seems to be the same just the dividers fit into the padded bag not an inset chamber. I suspect its an error in the advertising though as side access would be difficult if the camera section was as shown. They do other bags with removable sections so I guess someone just used the wrong image in this case.
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Re: Suggestions - suitable bag for larger lenses

Thanks. Looks great. But I'm more interested in a shoulder bag than a backpack. I already have a large Kata backpack which can contain as much as I ever want to carry (and which has a facility to "sling"/swing it round from one shoulder to the front which I've never used). I find a backpack is useful for considered / planned / ponderous shooting, but I find a bag by my side much more useful for more spontaneous / reactive sessions when I might want to do a quick or occasional lens change.
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Re: Suggestions - suitable bag for larger lenses

No problem Rob. I'd be interested in which Kata backpack you have as I was looking for ages that would swing round and didn't see a Kata one.
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Re: Suggestions - suitable bag for larger lenses

Kata got taken over by Manfrotto. I got mine used from EBay. It is a model 3N1 - 35PL and is huge. Useful if you want to carry other stuff as well as photo equipment. And very robust.

http://www.kata-bags.com/3n1-35-pl-sling-backpack.htm
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Re: Suggestions - suitable bag for larger lenses

How about this one for £19 including postage. (It's got 5 stars.)

https://www.7dayshop.com/products/7d...ncluded-ds-014

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Re: Suggestions - suitable bag for larger lenses

Looks amazing value (though I don't recognise the retailer name and brand). But not quite for my spec as it says:

"The main internal compartment measures 290mm (l) x 200mm (d) x 100mm (w)"

200mm deep is roughly what I have at the moment.
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Re: Suggestions - suitable bag for larger lenses

Have you looked at the Tenba Messenger DNA range:
I use a DNA 11 and have configured it to hold Em1 mkii with 12-100 attached + either:
  1. 40~150Pro with MC14 attached or
  2. 300F4. You can just about carry this with the MC14 attached, but it's starting to stand a bit too tall.
There also lots of room for spare batteries, filters etc and there's room for an iPad, though by this point it will be too heavy to carry on your shoulder for more than a hour or two!

There are larger variants (eg DNA13 & 15) I think. Tenba bags aren't cheap, but they are good quality - you get what you pay for etc..
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Re: Suggestions - suitable bag for larger lenses

I have gone for the nova 180 for the reason that I cannot carry all my lenses in it, otherwise it will become too heavy, camera and two lenses plus batteries or one lens and flash. For long distance travel I have the backpack for all the lenses and the laptop. and then it is sitting in a locker and not on my back.
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Re: Suggestions - suitable bag for larger lenses

the Lowepro Stealth ones might be good for my purposes ... though heavy
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Re: Suggestions - suitable bag for larger lenses

Look at the Thinktank Retrospective 7. They’re not cheap but they are lightweight and that one seems to hold quite a bit. I think I’ve had that combo in mine, but can check if it fits later. They are well made with lots of pockets!
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Re: Suggestions - suitable bag for larger lenses

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How about this one for £19 including postage. (It's got 5 stars.)

https://www.7dayshop.com/products/7d...ncluded-ds-014

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As they are quite open about if you donít like it send it back.... Iíve ordered one - will put some pictures and opinions up when it arrives.
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Re: Suggestions - suitable bag for larger lenses

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Looks amazing value (though I don't recognise the retailer name and brand).
7dayshop is quite a popular brand on this site.

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Re: Suggestions - suitable bag for larger lenses

I have a Lowepro Messenger shoulder bag that is rather too deep for me and am thinking of moving on. Not sure which model it is or the depth but it has got to be 250mm or so. It is generally a decent size bag and doesn't scream camera bag. Has room for a decent size Android/iPad tablet too.
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