Camera backpack for safari

May 11th, 2008, 06:13 PM
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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!!!
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May 12th, 2008, 08:18 AM
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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.
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May 12th, 2008, 09:22 AM
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I like Canon's photo backpack:

It has lots of room for your gear AND your carry-on items.
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May 12th, 2008, 09:23 AM
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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....
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May 12th, 2008, 09:41 AM
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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.
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May 12th, 2008, 01:42 PM
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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.

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May 12th, 2008, 05:34 PM
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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...
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May 13th, 2008, 12:53 AM
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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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