I've seen great threads about displaying workspaces and now desktops. I'm currently looking for a solid gear bag that's large enough to hold a D100 with the MB-D100 attached. Even without the MB-D100, some of the bags just don't work. I'd love to see what you guys use. Eventually, the bag will need space for an SB-80DX and perhaps a couple more lenses. I heard TAMRAC is coming out with their velocity series specifically for the F5.
I haven't seen one in person though. If anyone has one, could they post some photos and a little review? I want one but $190 is a lot to spend on a backpack I haven't seen in person.
EDIT: I have changed my mind. After looking at a number of poor reviews of the Stealth, the ugly Lowepro Rover AW seems like a better deal. That is, if I can fit my 12" iBook into the top compartment at an angle.
I got my Lowepro Rover Light today. Took it mountain biking for a few miles and the backpack works extremely well. It is well designed, both from a utility and an ergonomic standpoint.
However, there really isn’t that much space in the camera part of the bag. Right now I have it setup with two lens slots and a space for my D100 with an attached lens. This works fine as I have a 20mm, 50mm and 28-105mm. I guess I’m going to have to stack two lenses or leave one at home once I get an 80-200mm.
I personally use a Tamrac Extreme Series 777 backpack to carry all my stuff. In it, I can hold...
- 3 Pro-sized SLRs... a combination of my SLRs and DSLRs - 2 Speelights - 3 lenses - one SLR with my 80-200mm attached - sync cord - Omnibounce softboxes - charger for digital SLRs - extra CF cards - extra AA NiMH batteries and NiMH / Lithium for DSLRs
And with Tamrac's MAS pouches, I also carry...
- 20 rolls of E6 film - filters - 2 more lenses
plus a tripod strapped to the backpack.
Yes, it's a LOT of stuff and I obviously don't load up on so much stuff unless I have to, but having that much room is great.
I've had the bag for 2 years and it's going strong. I am, however, considering getting one of their digital specific backpacks since I want to combine a notebook bag with the camera bag.
. . . Nikon D1 bag in front (small, black canvas army surplus tool bag @ $9.95), in back, left to right: 500mm, f/8.0 mirror lens, nylon bag for 300mm, f2.8 AF-S II, and leather containers for 80-200mm, f/2.8 and for 17-35mm, f2.8 AF-S zoom lenses.
Wow, I've never seen anyone actually use the black cases for the lenses. Way to go!
Here's my Lowepro S&F AW Reporter 500. I use it primarily for transporting some of my gear. I 'wear' my stuff when I'm working on a Lowepro S&F Gear belt with attachments. I show 2 film bodies with the grips. I took the photo with my D100 so you can substitute a body for the D100 with the grip that fits just fine on either end even with room to spare on top to stow away an SB80DX or SB50DX flash on top. I'm showing an F100/F90X/80-200AF-S/17-35AF-S/28-80 2.8/SB80DX/SB50DX/QUANTUM BATTERY 1+ This amount of equipment fits with A LOT of room to spare. I can still fit things in the front pockets as well.
Here is an image of the new Tamrac Velocity 9 for the F5 and the typical interior of my Tamrac Expedition 7, the most comfortable bag I ever had, even when fully loaded with two bodies, the AF-S killer combo and more.
I recently purchased a LowePro MicroTrekker backpack. So far it has been perfect for my use. I carry a D-100 with MB-100, 28-300mm Quantaray zoom, 18-35mm Quantaray zoom, 2X teleconverter, SB-80DX Speedlight, several filters, extra Nikon EN-EL3 batteries and a FlashTrax media device.
This is a Tamrac 777 Summit Photo Backpack. Has a good hip belt, load levelors, sternum belt, etc. Excellent quality. Not as comfortable to wear as say my Dana Designs backpack, but OK. Paid only $85 for it on Ebay. Holds Tokina 28-70mm AT-X Pro, Nikon 35-70mm f2.8 AF-D, Sigma 15-30mm EX, 80-200mm f2.8 AF-D, SB-80DX, N80. It could use a few more pockets, but I suppose that's how Tamrac gets you buy the optional equipment. The D100 and the 28-105mm AF-D that took this picture are not in the bag. Never posted a picture here before, here goes....
I've used my LowePro Photo Trekker for more than 5 years now. I think it's large enough. I can put a D100+MB D100+ Tamron 24-135; an F5 + Tamron 28-105 f/2.8; Nikkor 80-200 2.8; Nikkor 20/2.8; SB80DX; a Hasselblad 503cw + 120mm; a Minolta Spot meter (as a spot and flash meter) If you see the picture, the empty space in the bag is for D100+MB D100+lens. (I'm using it to take the picture )
If I need 300/2.8 I just carry it in different bag, or wear it in my shoulder with monopod attached.