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jgoebel May 11th, 2008 06:13 PM

Camera backpack for safari
Hi all. We're beginning to put together a packing list for our safari in August and I was hoping that some of you avid photographers could suggest a good camera back pack....I'll be taking a Canon 30D with a 24-105 IS lense and a 100-400 IS lense. Not sure about packing a second camera body. I'm looking for a backpack that will fit these items and misc. accessories, as well as fit some other "carry - on" items...change of clothes, novel, etc...thanks!!!

Kavey May 12th, 2008 08:18 AM

We have a number of Lowepro camera backpacks of different sizes which work very well for us. You would probably want to go into a store and check which model/ size suits you best.

That said, some photographers don't like backpack styles as, obviously, you can't easily access the contents when out walking. That's not an issue for us as we rarely do walking trips so the bag is open beside us in the vehicle much of the time and is easy to carry without back pain when in transit.

ShayTay May 12th, 2008 09:22 AM

I like Canon's photo backpack:

It has lots of room for your gear AND your carry-on items.

Debi May 12th, 2008 09:23 AM

I have several Canon bodies, and lots of lenses, and do often travel with multiple (I LOVE those IS lenses....). I have a couple Lowepro bags as the previous poster said, and use one to take my cameras on the trip. Sometimes, during the trip, I'll use a regular backpack and a tote because I won't need everything I pack in the camera bag for a typical day's shooting, and the tote is where I keep the camera with the lens on that I think I'll use the most. That seems to work best for me....

lbodem May 12th, 2008 09:41 AM

I have a couple of Lowepro packs. I just purchased the Fastpack 350,2087,14.htm. I can carry my camera with the 80-400 lens attached and I can access the camera through a handy side zipper without taking the backpack off. It also has plenty of room for my laptop and other stuff. Anyway, it is clearly best to go to a camera store and check them out for your self. Bring your camera with you.

doohickey May 12th, 2008 01:42 PM


go to this link and scroll down to Andy's post on 5/11 about the new bag he's developed. It might work for you.;tid=35129452


jgoebel May 12th, 2008 05:34 PM

Thanks all for the suggestions...sounds like a trip to the camera store with my 100-400 lens is in order. The Lowepro 350 looks like a good place to start...

sniktawk May 13th, 2008 12:53 AM

As always, I would recommend Think Tank, these are very well made and a lot lighter than Lowepro. They also do not advertise the fact that you are carrying a camera.

Having just looked they have a new range called "Urban Disguise", I am sure you will find something suitable here.

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