Photo gear / notebook bag required for travelling...

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ranplett
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Posted Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:56PM
Hey guys, it appears that Crumpler is the bag of choice for many people here.

Can y'all give me some advice on which one to get? It absolutely must be able to hold a 15" notebook.

I checked out the 7 Million Dollar Home, and I don't think that is what I'm looking for. I like the idea of a backpack, and I don't think those hold notebooks.

FYI: Word on the street (PMA) has it that they are coming out with a Brazillian Dollar Home in a couple of months, which I believe is bigger then the 7 Million Dollar Home.

This one looked the most interesting:
Whickey and Cox

I need it for travelling, so I like the fact that it looks like a generic backpack rather then a Lowepro photobag. I won't need to carry a lot, only two small lenses, flash, 20D, batteries, charger, etc. But I would like to think ahead for when I carry more gear.

Budget won't be a problem.

(Edited on 2006-03-11 15:57:58 by ranplett)
seraphic06
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Posted Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:27PM
I know nothing of the range from Crumpler but why not check the range from Lowepro? They have a couple called the CompuTrekker and the CompuRover. It may interest you. I own the MiniTrekker Classic(a non-laptop backpack) and I thoroughly recommend Lowepro.

(Edited on 2006-03-12 23:29:40 by seraphic06)
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Posted Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:49AM
I did some investigation about laptop photobags myself and i decided to buy the Lowepro CompuTrekker A/W. It is the same back as the Lowepro MiniTrekker but than with extra laptop space. The CompuTrekker is not too big but it holds enough space for camera and some lenses (one big) and laptop extras and has a rainshield. The CompuRover holds more gear but is to big for me.

So i have not used it yet but after research it was the best choise for me.
ranplett
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Posted Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:12PM
Thnaks for the opinions, guys. So if you were travelling, say in more theft-prone countries, do you think that the Lowepro bags may look too 'valuable'?
rayna
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Posted Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:11PM
Thnaks for the opinions, guys. So if you were travelling, say in more theft-prone countries, do you think that the Lowepro bags may look too 'valuable'?


The CompuTrekker is a pretty ordinary looking black backpack with a small lowepro logo on it. I don't think this bag will stand out too much while you travel. Here is a side view of the larger version (CompuTrekker Plus AW) on a 4'6" 10 year old for some size perspective.

Some of the things I like about the CompuTrekker are...

The laptop slides in at the back of the pack so the weight is more centered over your hips. The bag sits up on it's end well, so it doesn't fall over easily. The regular version is a bit smaller than the Plus but both are very spacious.

seraphic06
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Posted Mon Mar 13, 2006 5:33PM
My bag is boring as hell to look at which is just the way I like it. Nothing on it really stands out. There is a small logo on the front but I dare say unless the thief is camera savvy, he wouldn't know it was a camera bag.
CarolinaSmith
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Posted Mon Mar 13, 2006 6:29PM

Thnaks for the opinions, guys. So if you were travelling, say in more theft-prone countries, do you think that the Lowepro bags may look too 'valuable'?


I highly second to go with Lowepro. The bag does not look 'too valuable', I own the Mini Trekker AW and chose that because it will fit UNDERNEATH the seat in front of you on any flight. I fly quite a bit, and some smaller carriers will want to check the bigger of the two 'carry on' sizes. No way am I letting my camera equipment out of my sight.

The logo is quite small, and if you think it will make a difference, you can always use a black marker to blacken the logo (has some orange, but not loud, imo), so you have a generic looking black backpack, but a super piece of camera gear protector.

More important to me is that the backpack is awesome, I can carry a camera with lens, 2nd body, and flash plus 4-5 other lens, including an 80-400VR. The Lowepro is comfortable, and I can wear it for long periods of time with all my equipment without getting sore.

They take great pains so that no part of the internal backpack will scratch any photoequipment you have, like flaps covering zipper pull tabs. And the inside can be configured to your lenses.

I always travel with my laptop as well, but don't see the necessity of a photobackpack that carries a laptop as well (though Lowepro has that covered too), since you always have to get your laptop out to show security, I find it easier to keep in the other 'carry on' (outside flap, or right on top inside for quick access). Once destination is reached, the laptop stays in the hotel anyway.

MikePanic
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Posted Mon Mar 13, 2006 7:43PM
i own and use/abuse a whickey and cox backpack and my boss abuses a 7 million dollar home for shooting and a very busy man for his laptop / man purse

i stand 100% behind crumpler. i also own a lowepro bag and its nice, but not the fit finish and attention to detail that crumpler puts into their bags

one reason to consider crumpler is because the insides are light colored, making it easy to find things that can easily be lost in a black interior

the w&c backpack also enters from the rear... that is, you need to take it off to get to the camera gear, only 2 small pockets are on the outside of the bag, so you dont have to worry about a pit pocket

be aware that the 7million dollar home is not that big though, it holds my bosses 20d w/ grip, 17-85, 580 and barely his 75-300 which he just sold... his new 70-200 f/2.8L is won't fit in the bag..

my w&c holds my 10d w/ 24-70L on it, 50mm, lensbaby, yashica mat 124g tlr medium format camera, a rolei 35 rangefinder, my p&s digital, 550 flash and flash bracket, radio slaves and all the cards / filters / bla bla bla w/out a problem, and a laptop... and i have had zero problem carrying it on planes
CarolinaSmith
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Posted Mon Mar 13, 2006 7:47PM
My LowePro bag is black on the outside only... it has a light grey interior
davidf
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Posted Mon Mar 13, 2006 9:39PM
My everyday camera bag is a Crumpler "Company Embarassment". It normally is chock full with a 20D+battery grip, 5D+battery grip, 17-40L series, 24-70L series, 50mm prime, 2 speedlites, and all the extras you would expect like batteries etc. I strap a "tube-o-lager" to the side of it for my 70-200mm. All up it weighs about the same as a small car but the big fat strap means I can wear it non-stop all day shooting a wedding and it is still relatively comfortable.

When I travel it is with a "Whiskey and Cox" to cart my laptop as well as cameras. As Mike said a big plus is the way it zips up meaning pick pockets can't get at the zip. The down side is that you need to completely take the bag off to get at your gear. The inner compartment for both camera gear and the laptop both also can be removed separately so the bag can be used as a normal day pack or to change the configuration to suit you best.

The Crumpler claims of water resistance of the bags have been proved true for me by a mad Fijian speedboat driver.

Both bags are within the size limits for carry on luggage with most airlines but they take heaps of gear and smash the weight limit completely. Fortunately I've never been asked to take one off at check in for it to be weighed.
ranplett
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Posted Tue Mar 14, 2006 1:59PM
THANKS!! great input from everyone. It's nice to hear all of your first hand experience with the backpacks. So right now, the two on the list are the Computrekker and the Wickey & Cox. I guess I have to go down to the shop and check them out.

Prices people, prices!?!?!
rayna
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Posted Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:14PM
Prices people, prices!?!?! :D


The CompuTrekker will probably set you back about $75 to $100. If you have time to shop around I saw a load of them for sale on ebay when I was looking for the Plus version. I paid $160 (including shipping) for the Plus version off ebay. It was over $200 at all the local shops.
lauriek
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Posted Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:29AM

i stand 100% behind crumpler. i also own a lowepro bag and its nice, but not the fit finish and attention to detail that crumpler puts into their bags


I second this. I used Lowepro bags for a long time - they are not at all bad bags, but the Crumpler bags seem to me to be Much more solidly made.

I'm currently using the "Brians hot tub" which is mahoosive and takes a load of gear. They seem to have changed all the names since I bought that though! The Hot tub was the largest backpack designed for a camera kit and up to 17" laptop. It has bright orange extremely well padded interiour. Access to main interior only through the section which is against your back while wearing it - I like the security of this!

It /feels/ like it will last forever, and it doesn't look like a photo-backpack.

Editted to add I got the Crumpler 2nd hand on ebay for about $130. (and you couldn't tell it was used - in fact I've had it a year now and I think you'd still be hard pushed to spot any wear and tear!!)




(Edited on 2006-03-15 07:31:32 by lauriek)
MikePanic
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Posted Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:43AM
brians hot tub was discountinued... but the w&c will hold a 17" laptop and has a baby blue interior in it

the reason behind the rear entry access to the new crumpler is so that the user doesn't get dirty... that is to say, you can put it down on the ground and since you lay it "face down" the straps and back don't get dirty which in turn don't get you dirty

ill admit it is not a working bag, it is a traveling bag, but i've never liked shoulder "working" bags because everytime i bend over they swing around and hit me in the face or slam into the stairs im walking up or something bad.
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