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Porter
09-07-2009, 12:49 PM
My new wife and I :banana: are heading to Greece for our honeymoon this Thursday. A week in Crete and then four days island-hopping capped off by a few nights in Athens.

So, I need a multi-purpose pack that can hold my Sigma SLR and a few accessories. The body is roughly the same size/shape as a Canon 40D. Ability to hold a few other things as well, and do all of it relatively inconspicuously, are a huge bonus.

What would you fine folks recommend or suggest?

PhatheadWRX
09-07-2009, 12:53 PM
Are you just taking the 18-50mm lens?

Tylersladen
09-07-2009, 12:54 PM
your better off seeing them In person, go to a local camera shop or best buy etc.. and try them out. I'm a fan of lowerpro.

Porter
09-07-2009, 01:21 PM
Are you just taking the 18-50mm lens?

Just the 18-50 EX 2.8 for now, unless you think there's another must-have lens? I've been considering a 10-20 but they're quite expensive.

Porter
09-07-2009, 01:22 PM
your better off seeing them In person, go to a local camera shop or best buy etc.. and try them out. I'm a fan of lowerpro.

I will stop by the local shop and poke around, but I'm not particularly optimistic about their selection. I like Lowepro as well.


The ideal would be a pack to hold the camera, a few other "wandering around Crete" essentials, and a 10" netbook. I'm not getting my hopes up though.

PhatheadWRX
09-07-2009, 01:26 PM
Just the 18-50 EX 2.8 for now, unless you think there's another must-have lens? I've been considering a 10-20 but they're quite expensive.
there are TONS of bags that should easily tote your camera with the one lens attached. choices get more limited with more lenses...

I agree with Tyler, go to best buy or somewhere that sells camera bags and take all your stuff. Try out bags until you find one that works.

sarahsmyle
09-07-2009, 01:29 PM
My new wife and I :banana: are heading to Greece for our honeymoon this Thursday.

no recommendations, JUST CONGRATULATIONS! :D

Porter
09-07-2009, 04:42 PM
no recommendations, JUST CONGRATULATIONS! :D

Thanks!!

Markitos
09-07-2009, 04:44 PM
I am a huge fan of my Tamrac Adventure 5... it's a little big for your minimalist kit, but it would still be a nice shoulder bag.

nate49509
09-07-2009, 05:05 PM
I don't like backpacks because you have to take them off to get the camera.

I have the Lowepro AW100. It works great for my needs. It swings around with easy access to the camera, so you don't have to really ever take it off. It will easily hold your camera and lens + another lens and flash or two lenses and no flash. It also has a few small pockets for cards, filters, phones, or whatever else. It's fairly small and doesn't really shout camera bag. I find it comfortable even when full.

http://products.lowepro.com/product/SlingShot-100-AW,2034,4.htm

Markitos
09-07-2009, 05:13 PM
It's actually the Tamrac Adventure Messenger 4 (not 5) that I have, and it looks like this:

http://photocrati.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/tamrac-adventure-5.jpg

It can hold my 5D with 16-35, 24-70, and 70-200, though it's a tight fit with the telephoto.

thechickencow
09-07-2009, 07:00 PM
I would without a doubt say the burton zoom or hte dakine sequence.

I have the zoom, its pretty incognito as it just looks like a normal backpack, the camera crap zips from behind the back panel (more secure), and it has room for other stuff (laptop pouch). The straps are really nice too and its comfy. If I'm using it I typically hand-hold the camera if I'm wanting to shoot, otherwise its in the bag and it takes a bit to get it out. Its a preference thing - I like it not looking like a camera bag.

boomtonic
09-07-2009, 07:11 PM
For minimalist and inconspicuous, I'm a fan of the Domke F-803 satchel. Your choice of black, blue, tan, or olive. You'd need to grab an insert or two as well. It won't handle the laptop.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/images/images345x345/16034.jpg

I also second the suggestion of the Lowepro slingpacks. I took the 200AW to Europe as a camera and day pack and it worked great. Here again...no laptop.

My latest and current favorite is the Thinktank Urban Disguise series.
http://www.thinktankphoto.com/product-images/large/Urban-Disguise-35-2.jpg
The 35 is pictured here and is supposed to be sized for a 10"-13" laptop. I got the 50 (preferred the horizontal format) and it handled a 20d, 17-55 f2.8, 70-200 f2.8, 1.4 converter, and various accessories. It handles the laptop AND fits under an airline seat at least domestically. I would highly recommend the shoulder harness accessory.

Oh, and congrats!!

ride5000
09-07-2009, 07:32 PM
backpack all the way.

too many compromises with the satchels. backpack will come in handy for all the crap you should be carrying with you as you travel. the camera should not be in the backpack--it should be IN YOUR HAND. if you absolutely cannot hold it, swing the strap over your shoulder.

the only time my camera sees the inside of my backpack is when it is raining like a sonofabitch or i need both hands to hold on to something for dear life. :lol:

thechickencow
09-07-2009, 07:50 PM
I think I agree with Ken too.

For my peru trip I'm planning on my mid-size actual backpack with crap in it, camera in-hand.

nate49509
09-07-2009, 07:55 PM
IMO the sling pack combines the benefits of the backpack and satchels.

thechickencow
09-07-2009, 07:56 PM
except you're less gay for wearing/using a sachel.

subimatt
09-07-2009, 07:59 PM
Boomtonic, the urban disguise bag is that pretty much just a carryon bag that holds the gear? and the laptop size is only up to 13" no chance it would fit a 15" would there?

jacobsen1
09-07-2009, 08:12 PM
matt, UD50s take a 15":http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/urban-disguise-50-shoulder-computer-bag.aspx
and the 60 takes a 17":http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/urban-disguise-60-shoulder-computer-bag.aspx

their 30 is very similar to my boda in size. I've been toying with buying one....

OP, as for what to bring, you want a backpack, shoulder bag, sling or??? Personally I'd buy whatever bag(s) you like, ie a cheap messenger or backpack, then drop in the ~$25 tenba messenger insert. VERY incognito and way less money! ;)

http://gear.benjacobsenphoto.com/wp-content/gallery/tenba-insert/img_0224.jpg

http://gear.benjacobsenphoto.com/wp-content/gallery/tenba-insert/img_0226.jpg

that second shot is in my burton backpack, that's my sunrise setup (which I can "sling" w/o having a ****ty sling bag when I actually need to hike ;)... It also slides into any of the number of shoulder bags I have and looks like any other business or messenger bag. I LOVE it, I just need like 3 more so I can stop swapping them from bag to bag every day. :lol:

boomtonic
09-07-2009, 08:22 PM
Boomtonic, the urban disguise bag is that pretty much just a carryon bag that holds the gear? and the laptop size is only up to 13" no chance it would fit a 15" would there?
The model 50 that I got is sized for a 15". You could look at it as a typical carry-on. It does all the usual carry-on stuff like slip over the handle of a suitcase, hold a couple magazines on the outside, etc. It is fully padded and has the typical movable padded dividers to set it up however you want for your gear.

To be fair, its appeal to me is that it carries my gear and fits under a plane seat, leaving the overhead space for my suitcase...I don't check bags. I would not consider it the end-all of shooting bags as it is a bit bulky and when loaded, the shoulder strap got uncomfortable pretty quick. That's the benefit of the shoulder harness that makes it into a backpack. Pretty comfortable that way.

Porter
10-01-2009, 09:27 AM
I ended up with a Crumpler Three Million Dollar Home and stuffed it inside an REI Lookout 40 pack. Worked brilliantly.

jacobsen1
10-01-2009, 09:36 AM
nice, where are the pics? ;)

(of the trip first, but the bag while you're at it)

Porter
10-01-2009, 12:14 PM
One small teaser shot... this one poorly edited on a netbook with Paint.net. :lol:

The rest to come later. :)

http://jasonporter.us/photography/greece/katie-in-st-antonios-gorge.jpg