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Neat camera bag please (+tripod suggestions)

Discussion in 'Gadgets and Gizmos' started by Skywatcher, Feb 23, 2010.

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    OK I need a camera bag pretty soon as my good lady is getting fed up with camera boxes lying everywhere :D

    I need a bag that will take the camera body. 2 short lenses and the large l telephoto lens, and if possible the charger etc ( poss lens cleaning puffer)

    Idreally this would be a small(ish) canvass affair that I could wear rucksack like - not sure what people would suggest - my old one I used to keep in an aluminium briefcase from Maplin - that wont really do

    Also I have a £19 tripod but it looks too flimsy for the camera with the telephoto attatched - I can't really aford '00s but would welcome some suggestions
     
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    Well, I'm sure this isn't in the league that you need, but I have a Gorilla tripod and it's great. They come in different sizes and might just be what the doctor ordered for the Kenya trip as they can attach to anything.

    With regard to the bag? Ooooooh!!!!!! BAG TALK! :D

    Have you looked at Mandarina Duck? :D :D :lol: OK, I'll leave off the nonsense and hopefully you'll get some decent suggestions for both bag and tripod.
     
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    Bags, well there are so many different kinds that all I can do I think is point you to the brand I've used forever.... Lowepro | Home really huge fan of them. Never let me down

    Likewise tripods as you say go from useless few quid ones to 00s.

    I do think it's worth paying a bit more for the carbon fibre ones for the light but still rugged feel of them but Manfrotto are my preferred make there Manfrotto.com - homepage
     
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    ive got this tripod, its really sturdy and easily handles the weight of my 400D and 70-300 macro lense also use it for the camcorder too :)
     

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    I think thats the one i have mick - butthe l lens is huge and very heavy - not sure it will cope...off to look a t the links
     
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    ok np mate. what lens have you got again?
     
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    canon ef l 100-400 telephoto, fully extended it must be 70-80 cm and it weight more than a housebrick
     
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    remember though that it'll be the midpoint of the lens (ish) where the tripod collar fits onto that will be attached to the tripid rather than the camera.

    So in a way, the weight of the lens helps keep it a bit more stable

    kinda like this Proper Long Lens Technique
     
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    mine fits on the camera with the 70-300 and thats still ok chris, that tripod is really sturdy im pretty sure the lens is 7"" retacted and atleast 10" fully extended and still ok :)
     
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    yeah Mick I have the 70-300 lens and TBPH the L lens is prbabky 3 times heavier than that and twice as long it really is huuuge - I get funny looks when I am out taking pics with it
     
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    We've got two camera bags.

    This one Lowepro - Fastpack 200 is great if you are going away (Used in in DisneyWorld last year) as you can also carry other bits and pieces in the top.

    This one Lowepro - Nova 180 AW is the everyday bag.

    They are both capable of holding camera + 3 lenses + external flash + leads and both have plenty of extra pockets for filters, memory cards etc.
     
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    Have a look on Amazon for camera bags- there are millions of different brands and types :yes: I recommend Lowerpro and Amazon has a bigger selection of their bags than any shop I've ever been in :yes:

    Have you considered a monopod?:unsure: I've not used one myself but I've seen them used and they seem much more lightweight and better for taking quick snaps than any tripod.
     
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    we got a lowepro for our disney trip and it worked great... enough room, well protected, weatherproofed...
     
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    How about this bad-boy?
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    :lol: I think my main problem is I want to play with them to see if they work ok. The onl disadvantage of web shopping.

    I will need a tripod as I am going to have a pop at taking pics of some southern stars ;)
     
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    Lowepro 200AW is the size you need for what you've got at the moment as i have the same amount and it all fits in. Don't be tempted to go smaller. I think Jessops may have them
     
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    £44 on Amazon Julie - they quote the original price as being about 98 - looks good - may well go for it - the smaller bags just don;t look like they could hold the l lens
     
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    that's a good price. I paid $80 last summer and that was cheaper than over here. There are lots of little pockets to store memory cards etc in. You'll be able to fit charger and PC cable in the top pocket- i can also fit my purse in here and all sorts of girl stuff so you should have ample room! very comfortable to walk about with - never felt i have been carrying a heavy load.
     
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    OK , bought :D
     
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    exellent!
     

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