SLR Camera Backpack

Hi all,

I have a Canon 550D with 200mm lens permanently attached & am looking for a backpack that can house the camera & a few related bits plus carry some general stuff like jacket, snacks, book etc when on tour.

Any suggestions as to what works well?

Looking at Lowepro "Primus", but the non-camera space isn't exactly massive...


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Reply By: dazza62 - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 21:51

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 21:51
Hi Zaak,

Have used a combination of Lowepro gear to cart my Nikon and various lens up to 400 mm around.

Have found the Orion Trekker II works well for trips where I want to travel light. Doesn't leave much room for the jacket, books and snacks when I carry the 400 mm however with a single 200 mm would work well.

When taking all of the gear I use I tend to take the Stealth Reporter AW. Plenty of room even for the laptop.

Cheers Dazza.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 22:25

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 22:25
I have a Nikon D200 with an 18 270 Tamron on it and a Sony Movie camera and us a Lowepro SLINGSHOT as per here

Really good as you can slide it around and open it in front of you
About $150,2192,4.htm

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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 02:10

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 02:10
Hi Graham,

I totally agree with the Lowepro slingshot. I have used a few different cases and the slingshot is by far and away the best IMHO. I have the smaller sized 100 slingshot (there are several different sizes) and its a tight squeeze for my D5000, 18-50 and 50-200 lens with the charger, spare battery and cables. While I still prefer this size for my needs, the 200 and 300 model has a lot more room if you want to carry more, the 350 can even fit a small laptop.


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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff M (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 07:49

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 07:49
Hi Graham,

Another vote for the Lowerpro slingshot - can carry my Canon EOS 350 and lens/filters etc with ease and its a great when a photo opportunity comes along (just swing the bag around and pull out the camera).

Check out evilbay once you have decided on a bag as there are some bargains to be had.

Cheers, Geoff
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Follow Up By: ingo57 - Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 11:31

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 11:31
Another vote for the slingshot, got the missus one for Xmas and she loves it, great for travelling and bush walking + very comfy to wear.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 22:54

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 22:54
Hi Zaak

Have a look here, there are some that you just might be after.


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Reply By: Diesel 'n Dust - Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 01:15

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 01:15
Another product...

They have lasted the distance/ abuse in the Pilbara for me!


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Reply By: LMDBPres - Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 09:34

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 09:34
Thanks for all the suggestions guys - it's research time :)

I already have a Tamrac "sling" style bag (Velocity) which is great for day trips etc, but it needs an accompanying bigger version that can also stow some personal stuff.


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Follow Up By: LMDBPres - Monday, Feb 21, 2011 at 21:00

Monday, Feb 21, 2011 at 21:00
Just out of interest guys, this is what I have decided to go with:
Kata Bumblebee

Looks alright :)


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Reply By: D200Dug- Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 16:11

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 16:11
I have always used and abused lowpro gear I have worn out 2 of their bags in about 25 years and can throughly recommend them I am on my 3rd commercial AW bag now.

I do not like backpack camera bags as they are way to slow for accessing cameras and lenses.

I find a shoulder bag I can either drop on the ground or grab lenses out while it is on makes life so much easier and quicker.

Changing the bag from left to right shoulder regularly when walking exercises different muscles so strengthens your back I have never had back pain from lugging a heavy bag I do have some pain in my shoulder where the strap has damaged some nerves but it is only minor and only plays up after several days of heavy work.

I carry my cameras and basic kit in my camera bag and that leaves my back free for a backpack if I need anything extra.

Out of curiosity I just weighed my kit and it comes to just on 13kg.
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Reply By: Member - Jason B (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 22:33

Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 22:33
I have one of these

A Lowepro Fastpack 350 DSLR bag. It is a back pack type however it is easy to access the camera as you can slip a shoulder out and slip it to the front, you can also lean on it to take a few shots.

I find it excellent as the camera is safely protected in the bottom and the top can be packed with all of your gear depending what you are doing (food drinks rain jacked etc etc)

I currently carry a Canon EOS 5d with battery grip (big) with a Canon 70 - 200 mm L f2.8 (big and heavy :() attached. I also have a flash, a 24 - 104 mm L f4, filters extra batteries in the botton section no problems. The bag is also suitable for carrying a laptop which i use from time to time.

Comes with water proof cover etc etc.


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