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Old 06-24-2008   #1
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I recently purchases a Canon 40D and had originally planned to sell my 300D. However I decided to keep it as a spare/backup. I have a Lowepro Flipside 300 that I had been carrying my 300D with 70-200 F4L attached w/ hood reversed, Sigma 17-70 w/ hood reversed, 50mm f1.8, 420EX flash, and assorted accesories. I will probably continue to use this when out hiking or something, but I want a bag that I can fit everything in. A friend has a Tamrac 608, which is suppose to hold 2 bodies and a few lenses, but it is a little small for me. Any other suggestions? I am going to try and run by the local shop and take a look, just have not made it yet.

300D w/28-105 attached and battery grip (might leave this off)
40D w/17-70 attached and battery grip
70-200 f4L w/hood
50 f1.8
420EX flash
battery chargers and a few other accesories.

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Why not leave the 28-105 at home? You can cover that range adequately with the 17-70 and 70-200.

What is your budget for the bag?
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True, and I thought about that last night as I was changing stuff around. I would like to stay around $100 or less. I am leaning towards the Tamrac 5608. My friend has this bag and I believe it will work. The 5612 is a little bigger, and a little more expensive. Anyone have experience with these?
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This: http://photocamel.com/forum/marketpl...briefcase.html

More, but well worth it.
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BTW, a good resource for bags is CamBags.com - Camera Bags Review Resource for D-Slr cameras. OVER 700 REVIEWS AND 2500 PHOTOS OF CAMERA BAGS FOR CANON , NIKON AND OTHER DIGITAL SLR CAMERAS

The best course of action would be to go to the store and physically try out all the bags $100 and less to see which one you like best.

The Tamrac 5608 should hold all of your stuff, though I tend to leave chargers and stuff out of the camera bag itself. Tamrac equipment is decent, though it's not great. I used Tamrac and Lowepro in the past before switching to Domke and Think Tank, though I still pretty much check out any new bags I see at the store... from any brand.
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Good point on keeping the chargers and such in a seperate bag. I am new to this and have always kept everything in one bag, but I never really need the chargers in the field, as long as I have plenty of batteries. Thanks for the input guys.
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For the money, this bag is pretty hard to beat. It has lots of room and the build quality is pretty good. Not sure if you want a back pack, but you should check this one out.
Onecall sells this bag for $42.
Canon BP-200EG Backpack - In Stock at OneCall.com

Best Buy sells it for over $70.
Canon - Deluxe Backpack - Black - 200EG

Here are a few reviews for you to see along with some good pictures.
Amazon.com: Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG for Canon EOS SLR Cameras (Black with Greenish Accent): Camera & Photo

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Try Ebay as well. You can sometimes find a good deal or someone that hasn't used their stuff and is selling it.
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When I am out shooting, I usually shoot with two lenses - 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and 70-200mm f/4L IS. I carry two bodies. One is around my neck on an OPTECH Reported Strap and I carry the 70-200mm f/4L IS lens in a Tamrac Zoom-19 holster case. I have a screw-in hood on this lens, an OPTECH Hood Hat in lieu of the lens cap and a hand strap on the camera. It is very easy to reach into the holster bag, withdraw the camera, rip off the Hood Hat and start shooting.

It has taken me years to finally settle on that two lens/two camera setup. It is great and I can cover just about any photo situation except long lens wildlife and sports or macro work.

I have an old 10D which can be used as a 3rd camera. The OPTECH Reporter Strap can handle two cameras and lenses.


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