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Old 03-15-2006   #21
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...It appears that Lowepro uses the strap/harness design from their smaller backpacks (Micro Trekker) and added a few features from their larger bags (sternum strap for one). Unfortunately, one thing they decided not to add was the padding and curvature of the shoulder straps in their big bags. ...
I thought the same thing when I looked up the Mini-Trekker, the suspension is closer to a daypack than a gear carrier. When you're carrying something as dense and heavy as photo equipment, you need the load management features of bigger packs. I was disappointed that shoulder and hip cinchers weren't included... the torso length isn't adjustable either. You have to view that bag as lightweight carrier; a body, couple of lenses, lightweight tripod, some accessories... lunch, a towel & a jacket. You wouldn't want fill it up completely with camera gear.

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Old 03-16-2006   #22
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Just an addendum for those who might be interested. I contacted Maury Cohen (Lowepro product specialist) and asked about backpacks between their Mini Trekker and their AW II big bag lineup. He emailed me back with the info that Lowepro is in the design phase of several bags (didn't specify how many models or the timeframe) that will fill the gap and have an appropriate harness/support system. Good news for those looking for comfortable medium sized packs.
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Good news for those looking for comfortable medium sized packs.
Yes, it is. However, I'm sure they're always in the "design phase" of some bag in every category. I really don't think there will ever be a perfect bag. I'm resigned to having and using several, depending upon the occasion.
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Yes, it is. However, I'm sure they're always in the "design phase" of some bad in every category.
Well, that gap between the Mini Trekker and what Maury calls their AW II bags has been there for awhile without being addressed. Something pushed them into the design phase or they would have filled the gap sooner.

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I really don't think there will ever be a perfect bag. I'm resigned to having and using several, depending upon the occasion.
I was convinced you were correct until I started my quest for a medium sized bag. I found a small company that is making what amounts to a modular design concept. They have only one 'harness' so far and it only takes a mix of hard cases. Some company is bound to catch on and take interest. Imagine a harness/suspension system that you could attach a variety of packs to. A large pack for extended shoots with tons of gear or several smaller packs, one for the photo gear and another to place a lunch, jacket, etc. In other words, a total pack system. You create what you need from a series of modules. I think this is the beginning of the future for backpack design:

http://www.photographyreview.com/cat...3_3139crx.aspx

Just replace the hard cases with soft sided packs and you're off.
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Old 03-16-2006   #25
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My name is Frank, and I'm a camera-bag-aholic :-(.

I didn't realize how sick I was until I took inventory recently. My collection consists of (in order of purchase):

Lowepro Nova 5 AW (shoulder bag)
Tamrac Expedition 4 (small backpack)
Lowepro Mini Trekker AW (backpack)
Adorama Slinger (small sling-pack)
Lowepro Slingshot 200 AW (sling-pack)

The Nova 5 holds a lot of gear for a location shoot. The Mini-Trekker is a comfy walk around backpack and holds enough gear for a holiday. The Slingshot 200 won't handle big lenses, but it just perfect for my prime lenses and a flash. It's much more convenient than a backpack.

I'll probably sell the Adorama Slinger (doesn't hold much, and the strap isn't comfy) and Tamrac Expedition 4 (too small for my f/2.8 zoom lenses). Or maybe I'll just keep them to remind me that I'm sick.
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For those with the Lowepro Slingshot 200, would this one be able to hold my D1X and a short zoom?
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For those with the Lowepro Slingshot 200, would this one be able to hold my D1X and a short zoom?
For that I've used the LowePro TopLoader 75.

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http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

The 70 may do, not sure.

But my favorite bags by far, much better ergonomically than these TopLoaders, are the Off Trail bags from LowePro. These fasten around your waist, taking stress off of your back and shoulders.

The side pockets can be used either for extra lenses and accessories or, more often for me, WATER!

These are my favorite bags of all time, inexpensive and incredibly useful. They go with me on every hike and can even be used in conjunction with traditional (smaller) backpacks, such as the MiniTrekker.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

The smaller one is great for 5D, D30-sized cameras. The larger one holds the D1X or 1D-series.
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Hmm beltpacks ... I was thinking of them as well. But was concerned with the comfort level. The slingshot series seems like a better way to carry the load.

Thanks for your feedback
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I have both the slingshot-type and the beltpack. Make your own call, of course, but for me anything that goes over my shoulder (1) slips off and (2) is horribly uncomfortable. I'd love to sell the toploader, but it's hardly worth listing. I actually consider the top-loading shoulder-style Lowepro to be the worst LowePro bag I ever purchased. It's the only one that is not used in any way.

If you have shoulder, neck, or back issues, rule out the shoulder bags. They'll do you in with their horrible weight distribution characteristics.
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Hello i have reviewed this bag in particular quite extensively in the product review section. I dont know if you have decided to buy this pack yet or not but i would say you would not be dissapointed at all.


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