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Thinking of getting one for travel/daytrips/small hiking trips when I want my gear but dont want my big akward bag and need other supplies such as water. I’ve been looking at the LowePro Orion Trekker II or one of the DryZone Series. Anyone recommend any?

by Max Dallman at 2005-12-26 19:43:59 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Tarpon Springs, Florida , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I’ve looked at the new Lowepro DryZone Rover. It has a dry compartment at the bottom that is waterproof. It has a camel-bak type water container for hydration. All-in-all looks pretty decent. Like all back packs it would be slow to “work out of” but that’s always the tradeoff with back pack bags. Max, good luck with your photography. I started out in high school, too. ‘Been doing it ever since. As the late photographer Richard Avedon said, ""If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible."

by John Robert Fulton Jr. | 26 Dec 2005 21:12 | Fort Worth, United States | | Report spam→
I use the Nature Trekker AW II . Always packed to travel. I pull from it and use another bag for daily stuff. It travels nicely, fits under the airline seats. You can lash your monopod to the side, has a water pouch and area that accomodates a 15" laptop as well. Bottom has built-in rain hood that covers the bag in inclement weather. Works for me! Good luck!

by Ken Murray | 26 Dec 2005 21:12 | Broomfield, Colorado, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks, John, for pointing out that its slightly hard to work out of one and now im realizing that, but ill take that as a fair trade-off to having a camerabag thats less bulky and can do more than just hold cameras.

by Max Dallman | 26 Dec 2005 21:12 | Tarpon Springs, Florida, United States | | Report spam→
I also like the nature trekker, except it dosent have as much room for other stuff.

by Max Dallman | 26 Dec 2005 21:12 | Tarpon Springs, Florida, United States | | Report spam→
I use the Rover AW II for travel. It has two compartments: padded bottom for camera gear and top for everything else. I also manage to squeeze in a 15" laptop between the padded section and the back (now there’s a new version with a separate laptop compartment though). It also has a tripod holder, rain/sand cover and good straps. Otherwise I use a small Stealth Reporter 200 AW bag for running around. Now Lowepro came out with a new line of easy-access bags. Crumplers are also said to be good.

by Karl Badohal | 27 Dec 2005 04:12 | Krakow, Poland | | Report spam→
Max, I use a Lightware Digital pack for travel. It does a great job for to move equipment from point A to point B in urbania but for forays into the bush, I’d recommend a non-camera dedicated pack. CamelBak, and Blackhawk among other military packs have optional medical kits that fit the bill very well for organizing equipment and you can use a variety of padded cases/wraps to protect essential gear. I find the padding in most camera dedicated packs make for a bulky rig, add weight, and most require you to lay the pack horizontally to get anything out. I find that civilian and military hiking packs are the way to go when hiking comfort comes first.If after all that, if you decide you’re looking for a Lowepro Photo Trekker (I think?) then let me know. I’ve had one in my closet for a couple years. Good luck. James J. Lee

by James J. Lee | 27 Dec 2005 06:12 | | Report spam→
The Rover AW II is a very comfortable and usefully one, I’ve been using it for travel the last 3 years with no complains

by Quique Kierszenbaum | 27 Dec 2005 06:12 | Jerusalem, Israel | | Report spam→
Im leaning towards the Rover AW II because 1. Its exactly what i want. and 2. Its alot cheaper than most of the others that i’ve looked at, at only $115. I just have to find a store that carrys it so i can try it on and see what its like and check out all its features.

by Max Dallman | 27 Dec 2005 12:12 | Tarpon Springs, Florida, United States | | Report spam→
here’s a canon bag for $35.

canon bag

by Ben Chrisman | 27 Dec 2005 18:12 | Santa Fe, NM, United States | | Report spam→
Thats not what im looking for, i want one with a camera section and a section for other things.

by Max Dallman | 27 Dec 2005 18:12 | Tarpon Springs, Florida, United States | | Report spam→
Compu-treler AW from LowePro is great. Lets you pack a ton of gear, without the pull on your shoulders. I pack 17" mac, 2 D2X bodies, 17-35mm, 28-70, 70-200, 300 f2.8, (couple primes also) and extras batteries cleaners and on and on.

by [former member] | 27 Dec 2005 22:12 | toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
I dont have a laptop, so i dont really need the space for it, I need to find a place where i can check them out and see how they feel.

by Max Dallman | 28 Dec 2005 01:12 | Florida, United States | | Report spam→
Hey Max, any of the bags above are all pretty good depending on where your going. if you fing a bag for day trip/ night trip/ short trip/ and can carry sml things around, then tell me cause i’ll buy one as well. if it can make a nice cup of coffee then that’s a bonus…but we’re getting of the track here. check out one of the smaller Lowepro AW trekker backpack, it should do the job fine, but don’t spend all your money at once cause new bags come out on the market practically everyday. so have fun   jack.

by Jack Tran | 02 Jan 2006 21:01 | Melbourne, Australia | | Report spam→
Thanks for that point Jack, ive been leaning toward getting one of the smaller bags because I just dont need the bulk. Im thinking the Micro Trekker 200 or the Mini Trekker AW, because of price and smaller size. Only bad things ive heard are the straps can be a hassle because they are too small and there are lots of them. I dont know, im going to see some sometime this week so i might or might not get one.

by Max Dallman | 03 Jan 2006 13:01 | Florida, United States | | Report spam→
crumpler bags are good, not sure if you can get them in the US (they’re made in Australia). theone i’ve got has a seperate compartments, one at the bottom for camera gear (can fit a D30 + 70-200 + 28-135 + 50 and other bits and pieces) and the rest for other gear including laptop. very sturdy as well. http://www.crumpler.com.au

by Rowan Beckworth | 05 Jan 2006 17:01 (ed. Jan 5 2006) | Adelaide, Australia | | Report spam→
you can get Crumplers here in the US. . . B&H sells them. . .

by Davin Ellicson | 05 Jan 2006 22:01 | | Report spam→
Hi Max, I bought a Mini Trekker AW specifically for a two week shoot in the Far East this time last year, where I knew I was going to spend most of my time on foot, but still needed to carry a reasonable amount of gear and a conventional Domke or Billingham would be too much hassle.  It was the best money I spent.  You may lose the ability to change lenses or other bits quickly, but if you have a couple of bodies on your shoulders it is much easier to work than with a bag slung over your shoulder.

I managed to carry a Leica M, F5, D100, 4 Nikkors, Mamiya 6 with 75mm lens, two flash guns, 30 assorted rolls of film, four flash cards, notebooks, phone, and monopod in mine.  I wouldn’t recommend this for everyone as it was heavy (but I am used to carrying heavy packs on mountaineering expeditions) but it shows that you can carry a good size kit in one.  Best thing though is to cut down to bare essentials.  The all weather cape was great as well.  I got caught in a real downpour, and while I was soaked from the knees down (I had a Gore-Tex jacket), my gear was bone dry.

Hope that helps.


by Michael Cockerham | 06 Jan 2006 03:01 (ed. Jan 6 2006) | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Hi Max,

I use a Lowepro "stealth" ..good to pack all sorts of goodies.
and its weather proof of course…

Size Exterior:
• 15.5"W x 6"D x 22"H (39.5 × 15 × 56 cm)
Size Interior:

• 15"W x 3.5"D x 20"H (38 × 9 × 51 cm)
Notebook case size (Interior):
• 11"W x 2"D x 14"H (28 × 5 × 35.5 cm)
Holds up to:-
• 1–2 digital or 35mm pro SLRs
• 3–4 lenses
• Notebook (up to 16", most makes)
• Cell phone
• File folders
• Change of clothes
• Toiletries
• Accessories

129 quid..bargain.

by [former member] | 06 Jan 2006 04:01 (ed. Jan 6 2006) | | Report spam→
Alright, ive changed my mind on bag styles so im looking at messenger/satchel type bags now. Anyone use/used the Domke F-803? I like the looks of it but the price and its not very wide (4") so i cant really fit a body with a lense attached in an access. So im looking towards LowePro again, specifically the Stealth Reporter 300 AW or Rezo 190. Im open to any suggestions if you use something different, I really want a bag thats not super bulky so if you have one that you like and use then inform me please. Also lets keep it under $115 including tax.

by Max Dallman | 07 Jan 2006 20:01 | Florida, United States | | Report spam→
Once again chiming in on a non-photo bag. Look at Timbuktu messenger bags. You can custom design them on their site with either ballistic nylon or canvas. Then through a domke divider of choice in the thing. I’ve got a selection of them and last I saw Teru, he was dragging around a well battered canvas style with his holgas hanging out that I would have loved but he wouldn’t give up either the bag or the cameras. Wish I could stick with one bag long enough for it to have that kind of character but I tend to rotate them every other day. Go easy on your back. Best, JLee

by James J. Lee | 08 Jan 2006 21:01 | | Report spam→
For travel and such, I use a LowePro Roadrunner (or Mini) AW for four main reasons…

1) It fits nicely into airline baggage compartments.

2) It converts nicely into a rolling case for when you’re not hiking on rough terrain.

3) It can fit two DSLRs and 6 “L” lenses, my notebook, and a change of clothes (with the daypack) and lots of other miscellaneous stuff (using the provision for belt pouches on the side).

4) I don’t have to visit my chiropractor every time I use it.

…although they’re quite pricey, about $400 for the big one and $250 for the mini, they’re well worth it, considering the cost of the equipment they contain. My two cents…

by Juan | 11 Jan 2006 20:01 | Manila, Philippines | | Report spam→
For what its worth,I have been using a Lowepro Stealth 650 AW for a few years. I love it, I have taken it everywhere i have been. it holds my two bodies,three lenses, flash, spare batteries, cards,cables,powerbar, cellphone, scarf,flashlight, spare tshirt, and a portable hard drive. its a beast and its heavy as hell.
I have been looking at the Blackhawk bags (James suggested them too i believe) as well as the lightware. Be good to your back. I love this bag but its miserable to carry that much gear on one shoulder. I read that you are not carrying a laptop around and that your looking at the smaller version, these bags are great for a few hours, after that though your shoulders and back will start giving you feedback. again i love mine but am moving to a backpack style before my next trip.
good luck,

by David Lang | 12 Jan 2006 13:01 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
I use the Domke F-803. It’s good non-camera bag looking bag and you be suprised how much stuff it’ll hold. I’ve stuffed a medium format and 35mm kit w’ a couple lenses each, film, book etc….only problem is that they have a 1.5 inch strap on them so when it gets heavy it gets pretty uncomfortable. Domke has a bigger version of this bag that they market as a laptop bag without an insert that may work for you. Check BH online.

by Francisco Rosario | 12 Jan 2006 13:01 | | Report spam→

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