best camera bag for safari??

Jul 10th, 2008, 07:26 PM
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best camera bag for safari??

I did a search and found some info from 10/07 but the bags suggested are too small for what I want to carry. I'm in my 60's so looking for an all-weather bag that won't be too heavy. I will be carrying a Canon A520 sure shot, Rebel XTi with 18-55mm lens, 100-400mm IS lens lens, 70-210mm lens, Sony DVD Handycam camcorder, 2 sets of mini binoculars, 5 filters for 55mm and 77mm lenses, Wolverine flash pac 7000, charger for the batteries, extra batteries for both cameras, 9 discs for the camcorder, lots of compact flash cards, lens cleaning kit, sets of plugs for the gear, small tripod. Would also like to be able to carry 14" laptop if so inclined. I originally ordered the Tamrac Expedition 5x but it was too small for my gear. I like the think tank 360 degree bag but was hoping not to spend that much money. Would it be possible to get a bag for $300 or less? Any suggestions?? Thanks.
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Jul 10th, 2008, 07:49 PM
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Do you want to carry all of this with you all of the time, even in the game drive vehicle? I break my whole kit into two bags. One for the game drive and one with all of the electronic support gadgets. Both of these fit inside an airport size carry-on bag (wheeled) for the plane flights. As it turns out, both bags are about the same size!!!! Oh, the wonders of our digital age

regards - tom
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Jul 11th, 2008, 01:03 AM
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Check out Lowepro. They have quite a few backpacks that may be suitable. The Super Trekker AW is quite large. Good Luck.
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Jul 11th, 2008, 03:54 AM
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I do the same as Tom and divide my kit between two bags. Things like battery chargers and things I don't think I'll need on a particular drive or walk are left back in camp in one bag and I take the stuff I need out with me in another bag.

I have a variety of Lowepro rucksack camera bags which I'm happy with.

That said, if you prefer to access your equipment whilst walking a rucksack style won't suit as you do need to take it off and put it down in order to open and access the contents.
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Jul 11th, 2008, 04:57 AM
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For back packs look at Think Tank (US), for hold-all type bags look at Kata (Israel).
Jul 11th, 2008, 08:59 AM
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My husband just bought a Lowepro Vertex 200 which I think will fit all your gear incl the lap top. It also has the weather sealing. He wanted this more for a carry on/ in car backpack when he wants to bring all his gear incl 2 camera bodies.

When we're going around on e.g. city vacations he usually just brings the 24-105L and 10-22 mm lens, he then uses Lowepro Slingshot 200. This is too little though for all the gear, but nice to carry around when not too stuffed with equipment.
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Jul 11th, 2008, 06:17 PM
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I have just one comment about velcro on any camera bag. It is annoying to hear the rip, rip when the bag is opened and closed. It can even frighten the animals on walking safari. I sewed a flap of material over my velcro strip. When I want to use the velcro, I lift the flap.
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