Bag for D2x 17-55 and 70-200 only

Discussion in 'Nikon DX DSLR' started by mf44, Aug 6, 2005.

  1. mf44

    mf44

    128
    Jun 4, 2005
    NJ & MD
    Hi folks,

    I usually carry two bodies with me and as such have a pretty good collection of bags that can carry both for me. Anyways, I think I need something smaller just for the D2x, 17-55, and 70-200. Too many places are now requiring that I check my larger bags, and I don't like leaving my gear in the coat room. I was just wondering if anyone had suggestions on a combo that will hold only those three items. I need to carry nothing else for the sake of minimalism. I'm going to go to my local shops and futz around with their bags, but I figured someone here might have a few favorites. Come to think of it, does anyone have suggestion for a D2x and 17-55 only as well? My D70 can squeeze into one of my smaller bags with the 17-55, but the D2x is so much bigger...

    Thanks!
     
  2. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
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  3. fks

    fks

    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    hi mike-

    tagging this thread. thanks for posting this question, i'm interested in the answer too except i have the 17-35mm instead of the 17-55.

    ricky
     
  4. mf44

    mf44

    128
    Jun 4, 2005
    NJ & MD
    Hi guys,

    Paul, thanks for the pointers. Yeah I can imagine its pretty bad over there right now. NYC has started random bag checks and what not so I figure a smaller, lower key bag would be a plus.

    Ricky, we'll see what people suggest.

    As for my own findings:

    I visited two local stores, didn't buy but tried and tried lots of bags. The Tamrac Expedition 3 fit the D2x w/ 17-55 mounted and the SB-800 next to it. There was a bit more room but not enough for the 70-200. I think if you didn't need the telephoto this might work for you. It still isn't tiny, though, and its a backpack, but it's smaller than my Crumpler. You can mount a Tamrac lens case on the side, and then it would fit the 70-200 but it didn't feel balanced and the lens case was kinda loose.

    I also tried out the Lowepro Micro Trekker 100 and I happy to say that with some creative packing you can fit the D2x w/ 17-55 mounted, 70-200, and SB-800. The camera and lenses go in the main area and the flash goes in the zipper outer pocket. Again, this is like a small backpack, but I've seen women with backpack purses bigger than this... If I don't find anything else I think I'd probably get this one.

    One thing I'd suggest for all of them is to go over the logos with black permanent marker. I do it to any bags, etc w/ logos that scream "camera" or "tourist."

    Hope this helped out for you guys and please, anyone else with ideas, post away!!
     
  5. mf44

    mf44

    128
    Jun 4, 2005
    NJ & MD
    Oh Paul, forgot to ask, which Billingham bag are you suggesting? I think you forget to put the actual model name.
     
  6. MikeG

    MikeG

    145
    Apr 30, 2005
    SF Bay Area
  7. mf44

    mf44

    128
    Jun 4, 2005
    NJ & MD
    Mike, thanks for the idea. I've looked at Think Tank's stuff before, but never their belt packs. This looks very promising. I'll have to see if anyone local carries it. I know Penn Camera in DC does, and I'll be down there in September, so I can always check it out then.
     
  8. MikeG

    MikeG

    145
    Apr 30, 2005
    SF Bay Area
    The only retailers who carry Think Tank at present are Penn Camera and Roberts Distributors (IN).
     
  9. I've been using the LowePro Specialist 85AW. I was it all the time with the 17-55 & 70-200. I can also call an SB800 and either the 10.5 or squeeze in the 12-24.
     
  10. Mike,

    I, like Jeff, have the Specialist 85AW.

    It is very well constructed and gives a lot of protection. You can manage to squeeze in another body and the flash, so perhaps it is a little too large for your needs. It has a very well padded waist belt, but if you have any weight in it, you would need to use the shoulder strap as well.

    My stealth bag is the Tamrac Velocity 9. This is not as well made, not as well padded and therefore doesn't give as much protection. It is, however, very light, squashes down to almost nothing (when empty) if you want to carry it in other luggage (which the 85AW does not), and doesn't look like a camera bag. This also has a waist belt of sorts, that I had completely forgotten about. I had tucked it away behind some of the bag lining. As flimsy as this belt is, it might help to take some of the weight off the shoulder. With the Tamrac it is worn across the shoulder, and the weight is pulling on one shoulder. After a few hours this can become uncomfortable.

    As it is, I have used the Tamrac more than the 85AW. I normally store my equipment in another Lowepro rucksac, as it is easier to access everything. Therefore, I tend to use this normally and take almost everything or revert to stealth mode, with one body and two or three lenses and use the Velocity 9.
     
  11. I was in Paris France for 9 days and I used my d2x and a 17-55mm lens. I used a LowePro Off Trail 2 pack.
    It worked great. I also carried a 70-200mmVR on the side. Had to get a bigger case but it hooked on fine.

    I went to the store and tried a bunch of combinations and this served me the best. I wanted a top load case and didn't want to go with a back pack. Back pack might have been easier but this setup worked great for me to switch lens. Since the LowePro "off trail 2" had two outside lens holders I replaced one with a bigger one for my 70-200 and used the other to hold my SB-800 flash. That was real handy.

    My Son-In-Law has almost the same equipment and he loves his back pack. To each his own>>>>

    Dan
     
  12. Let me ad one thing about looking like a tourist.

    I replaced the Nikon strap so it wasn't screeming out "Take me", but as my wife pointed out....Once you out any DSLR around your neck....you look like a tourist. I agree, so make it as comfortable as possible.

    Using a D2x with a 70-200mm on a monopod, one can't hide. It was actually fun. I had strangers coming up to me, asking if I could take their picture (using their camera). they had no fear of me running away with it. I agreed if I could in turn take one with my camera. Got some great shots of local people.

    Buy the pack that fits your needs the best. I have tried to hide my equipment over the years. The best was a diaper bag. No one will steal a diaper bag. But at 57 years old that cover doesn't work.

    Once you make your choice, please post and give the reason why. I love looking and trying new stuff.
     
  13. mf44

    mf44

    128
    Jun 4, 2005
    NJ & MD
    Dan, thanks for the tips. I took a close look at the bag you mention actually. I've just been hesitant about belt gear because I have a pretty good modular setup that works for me right now. I've been looking for a sort of all in one backpack or shoulder bag.

    I, too, changed the strap, and even markered over the OP/TECH logo on it. All my bags get the same treatment, aside from my Crumpler, which looks nothing like a camera bag to begin with.

    Anyways, I was at BH the other day and figured for $45 I might as well give the Micro Trekker 100 a try. Markered over the logos on that one, too. I'll be honest, I feel like a bit of a goof with this tiny pack on, but it's a bit more convenient when I want a smaller lighter pack.

    I snapped a quick shot of the D2x, 17-55, and 70-200 stuffed inside. The flash fits easily in the outside pocket.

    [​IMG]

    This is by no means my final solution, but it's an alternative. Let me get back to you guys in a month or two with my verdict on this bag or any others. I will be checking out the Think Tank stuff when I'm down in DC. Also, I might try out a modular solution from Kinesis. Man, I've got too many bags as it is...

    Thanks again for all the suggestions!
     
  14. Do the hoods fit too????

    Even mounted reserve for storage they take up a lot of room.
     
  15. mf44

    mf44

    128
    Jun 4, 2005
    NJ & MD
    I didn't get them in when I took the pic, I figured they wouldn't fit. I just tried them on both lenses, though, and you can squeeze them in. Not bad for a bag this big. You can fit them in the same way as in the picture, just with the hoods on and reversed.
     
  16. Bag for D2X, 17-55, and 70-200

    Although I have the D100, I do have the MB-D100 on it, 17-55, and 70-200. I have Lowepro Micro trekkor 200 which everything fits perefctly in inlcuding my SB-80DX and 105 micro. I have walked for miles with it and it is very comfortable.
     
  17. alanglazier

    alanglazier Guest

    I have long been a Lowepro user, but recently a friend shared his love of the Tamrac Velocity 9. I can carry my D2x, a long lens (80-200 f2.8/ 200mm Micro, 300mm f4) plus a flash, my 17-35, my 35-70 and my 12-24. It has become my main bag for outings.

    I suspect the Velocity 7 or Velocity 6 might work for you. It swings around like a backpack.

    My only complaint is it is a top loader, with layers, so you have to remove top things to get to the bottom.

    Alan
     
  18. Mike Z

    Mike Z

    May 30, 2005
    Northbrook, IL
    Mike,
    I have a D2h with a 17-55 and a Sigma 70-200. Normally, I use a Mini Trekker but when I want to travel light I use a Domke F6 with a custom divider made with the Kata kit. I've used Domke bags for years and never had a problem with protection. I keep the hood on the 17-55, but not on the 70-2100. The bag does bulge a little with the equipment in it, but not enough that I'm concerned. Here's a picture:
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  19. I just travelled all over Italy with the Lowe Pro Photo Trekker and had no problems at airport check in. I have the D2H, 17-55mm and 70-200mm.
     
  20. mf44

    mf44

    128
    Jun 4, 2005
    NJ & MD
    Mike Z,

    I really like your solution. I didn't even know Kata made a kit like that. Oh man, the doors that this opens! Thanks for the info!
     
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