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How do you carry your camera??

I've been trying out a few different bags for a simple carry and find the peak design everyday sling 3L to be a good fit. It is almost perfect! The front pocket which seems big, is unfortunately limited to usage. It can not be open too wide, which makes it hard to put in or take out objects. I would use this for loose bills or small objects that will not add too much bulk in the front.

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My current favorite is a Think Tank Retrospective LC3. I have had it for a number of years but started using it a lot in the last year, since I have been doing photojournalism work. It has three "tubes" that you can put equipment in. I carry a R6II body, a EF 24-70 and a RF 70-200 in it. The beauty is the tubes keep everything separate and are big enough to put the lenses in with the hoods on, ready to shoot. It also has a rear zippered pocket for my notebook, pen, wallet, car key, etc. And a small pocket on the front for a lens cleaning cloth and spare battery. The strap is large and very comfortable. I wear it like a messenger bag. It is well built, as are all Think Tank bags and looks good. I'm not sure if they still make this bag.

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I have three main camera bags. I'll start with my smallest and then progress according to size. For my reportage and walkabouts, I use a Think Tank Urban Disguise 40.
It's a stunning little bag that really doesn't look like a camera bag. I bought a pair of them when i was a wedding photographer and I find them to be perfect for me. I can get 4 large vertical lenses in this. I can get my EF 70-200/2.8 LIS mk II with a camera attached, a EF 100-400 LIS II, 24-70/2.8 and a UWA (11-24L) and 100mm LIS macro. I can also fit another body in it too. So much kit in a tiny space. What I like to do with this lens case / bag is to leave one of the silos empty and use it as a changing bag. It's large enough for me to take any specific kit with me such as a bag of fast primes, f2.8 Tinity, flash set up etc and still have enough space for a flash and assecories. It's not too heavy and it's very understated. it's easily my most used bag. This is by far the oldest bag that I use and own, I bought it about 16 years ago. I think this is the only bag that I own that I will probably wear out.
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My next smallest bag, or my middle bag is my main back pack for wild life and birding activities. It's a Gura Gear Bataflae 26L. It's probably the most unassuming carry on bag I've ever seen. It's super light and super comfortable to wear. It also seems to look a lot smaller than it really is. I love the Bataflea opening. I chose it because I have a larger bag that can load everything. With this bag, it's very wild life / birding specific. It's just enough gear for this very specific task, no more, no less.
20231124-IMG_7557.jpg I can get my EF 400mm f2.8 LIS II, EF 100-400mm f5.6 LIS II with my R6ii attached, my teleconverter stack and a pair of smaller lenses such as a EF 24-70mm f2.8 II and a EF 100mm LIS Macro. Or in the case of this picture, a EF 11-24mm f4 L.
 
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Here's an exterior shot of my Gura Gear Bataflae 26L.
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This is my largest camera bag / back pack that I won. It's a Think Tank Mindshift Firstlight 40L, which is massive, it's like a giant toombstone of a bag. I can get pretty much all of my entire kit in there, all at once. I'm a big fan of Think Tank gear, I just love their attention to detail and the thought and great features they put into their bags. When this massive bag is fully loaded, it's huge and heavy.
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Like most photographers, I have a plethora of other (more unloved) bags in the attic. But these are the three that I really liek to use and are just about perfect for me different photographic needs.
 
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All of my camera gear fits perfectly into the Wotancraft 7L bag with the 3.5L for those one camera carries either the M10 with the 3 lenses or just the Q..

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Here's another Think Tank bag that I'm very happy with. It is a Photo Essentials Convertible Rolling Camera Backpack. It is a bit smaller than a maximum size carry-on bag but it fits a lot of equipment and it also converts to a (potentially heavy) backpack.

When I went to Tanzania it carried my Canon 200-400/f4, 100-400 vII, 24-70 vII, R6 and R6II bodies, 1.4x TC, a MacBook Air, and some accessories. All the hoods went with my clothes.


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I have three main camera bags. I'll start with my smallest and then progress according to size. For my reportage and walkabouts, I use a Think Tank Urban Disguise 40.
It's a stunning little bag that really doesn't look like a camera bag. I bought a pair of them when i was a wedding photographer and I find them to be perfect for me. I can get 4 large vertical lenses in this. I can get my EF 70-200/2.8 LIS mk II with a camera attached, a EF 100-400 LIS II, 24-70/2.8 and a UWA (11-24L) and 100mm LIS macro. I can also fit another body in it too. So much kit in a tiny space. What I like to do with this lens case / bag is to leave one of the silos empty and use it as a changing bag. It's large enough for me to take any specific kit with me such as a bag of fast primes, f2.8 Tinity, flash set up etc and still have enough space for a flash and assecories. It's not too heavy and it's very understated. it's easily my most used bag. This is by far the oldest bag that I use and own, I bought it about 16 years ago. I think this is the only bag that I own that I will probably wear out.
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My next smallest bag, or my middle bag is my main back pack for wild life and birding activities. It's a Gura Gear Bataflae 26L. It's probably the most unassuming carry on bag I've ever seen. It's super light and super comfortable to wear. It also seems to look a lot smaller than it really is. I love the Bataflea opening. I chose it because I have a larger bag that can load everything. With this bag, it's very wild life / birding specific. It's just enough gear for this very specific task, no more, no less.
View attachment 2651 I can get my EF 400mm f2.8 LIS II, EF 100-400mm f5.6 LIS II with my R6ii attached, my teleconverter stack and a pair of smaller lenses such as a EF 24-70mm f2.8 II and a EF 100mm LIS Macro. Or in the case of this picture, a EF 11-24mm f4 L.
I love this bag. still have it and use it. Have both 40 and 60.

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I love this bag. still have it and use it. Have both 40 and 60.

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Funnily enough, I've also got a UD 60 which I hardly use. I prefer my UD 40 more because it's an ideal size, I can easily stash it under a chair. It's just a really convienient size.
I've taken out the side protection velcro sleeves and I get nearly as much stuff in it as I can my UD 60. The UD 60 is a wee bit taller which is useful for longer attached lenses.
I'm really suprised that Think Tank have dropped this range. They were SO useful.
My wife has just bought me a mint used v2.0 UD 40 for my birthday to replace my rather aged and haggard copy.
I some times us a Think Tank Retrospective 30, which is another amazing TT bag. It's a bit bigger than my UD 60 and can store a LOT of stuff. The only problem is that it looks a lot like a Domke style of camera bag and it screams.."hey look at me! I'm a photographer". Where as with the UD 40, I can shoot, put away and I literally disapear into the crowd.
 
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This is my new bag that I use in rally/auto racing. Basically everything in my signature in 1 bag plus 2 filter cases(one for ND and the other for polarizers). Bag is a Think Tank Airport Acceleration(the older version of the Accelerator).


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My smaller bag I carry around with some older gear(lenses updated to RF except the 135L). Retrospective 30 with R6 mk II and lenses as needed.

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this is my newest Ulanzi bp09 bag
I also have a Thinktank street walker 2.0, Lowepro BP150, Lowepro Trekker AWII that is almost 20years, Think tank 25i and 30 messenger bag and a crumpler 5million dollar home

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My "camera bag" is a little big, and not as transportable as I want. I found a pie cabinet on Craig's List Free, about six years ago. I thought it would be perfect for a long-term storage option to my cameras and lenses. And it is a wonderful storage cabinet for 10 cameras and maybe 75-100 lenses. I do not know how old this pie cabinet is, probably made in the early to mid-1900s. The cabinet was repainted in this navy blue color, and the ventilation covers are tin plates with the punched hole design. Ironically, the pie cabinet has been moved three times, from my original home, to a two bedroom apartment, and finally to my new mobile home.IMG_1829.JPGIMG_1830.JPG
 
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I use a Hazard4 pillbox for my "edc" main bag. Holds quite a bit of m4/3rds gear and can hold my laptop, drives, tools, etc. The thing I like most - is the laptop / etc section isn't between your camera section and back. It is on the opposite side. I never understood why so many camera gear/multi use backpacks put the camera gear on the furthest from the body location. I want the weight closer to me. This bag does that and the price (~180ish) seems acceptable for the quality. I also like it doesn't look like a camera bag or a tactical bag.

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I just bought (arrived yesterday) this beast of a bag to carry my large format stuff in. I have a rolling pelican case that would work, but I prefer backpacks. This is the F.64 BPX Ex. Large. Also came with two removable side pouches that are made to fit film carriers. This bag doesn't seem as well built as my Hazard4 - however the build quality appears fine, and for the price (~160$) I won't complain too much. We will see how it does carrying 16+ Lbs of camera, a couple lenses, and a bunch of film carries and heavy duty tripod.

This is it sitting on an Canon Pro300 , and next to a Epson V550 scanner (covered) for comparison of size.

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I also have a couple 5.11 tactical bags - one is a Rush 1.0 and the other is a Rush 2.0 series - and those are fantastically durable general purpose packs. I have a black 1.0 model that I have had for many years, and it has been through the wringer as far as use. I have used it as a EDC back for years, it went with me on a ton of trainings, and many trips. The only visible wear and tear other than fading was some fraying of the shoulder straps where my body armor plates gnawed on it a bit while it was loaded up with a lot of heavy stuff. The carry hand has been used to drag humans across terrain many times. I have fairly new grey one - and the quality seems to be just as good. Highly recommended, if you don't mind carrying around a "tactical" looking bag.
 
no photos at the moment but i started with a Tamrack something or 'nother with heavily padded sides and dividers for my AE-1 w/50mm mounted, 35mmf2, 85mmf1.8, speedlite and batteries/film/filters. i never liked how rigid it was. i worked in a photo store (mostly we processed and printed with about a dozen or so wedding photographers who used us for proofs). Nikon ran a promotion that if you bought an F3, you could get a free Domke F-2 (the classic bag from 1972) for free. my boss/the owner liked Nikon and so he bought an F3 and gave me the bag.

i moved all of my gear over to it, added the 200mmf2.8, a quantum battery pack for the speedlite and then eventually an F-1new and 24mmf2.

i have holes in the back pocket where things inside grated against my hip as i carried it. most of the piping stuff around the edges is all frayed and the strap is in bad shape. alas it was WAY TOO SMALL for my digital gear (5D3 w24-70 mounted, 70-200f2.8, speedlite (or two) plus the batteries,cards, etc) so i got the F-7 (i think thats it) which has the same footprint as the F-2 but is taller. then i added an F-1-X (?) which is the same height as the F-2 but longer.

for what i usually shoot (football/hockey) where i know what and where and when im going to be in a specific spot, ill load the F-2. although i dont have any dividers or pockets or anything. it works mostly to transport from home to location. any other work im going to do i use the F-7. traveling its the F-1-x because it has enough room lengthwise to stuff another body inside
 
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