Could you recommend a backpack for me?

May 7, 2013
Boston, MA
Well, I thought I found a decent backpack for a decent price, but everyone I asked disagreed. So, could you all recommend a pack for me?

Must haves:
Side entry
Backpack, not a sling (Could double as both though)
No need for laptop compartment
Under $100
Hold my D7000+grip | 35 1.8g | 70-300vr maybe an 18-105 or SB600.
I'll go on day hikes, only a couple hours a day, nothing crazy.
I'll take it on vacation with me.
Would like a small section to store accessories.

What do I use to haul my gear now?
Well I have a small lens case that houses a couple lens, I put that into my backpack of choice and put my camera on top..... Not to smart...

I shoot once a weekend, if that, I can't justify spending more more than a hundo on a bag..... Plus the wife will kill me if I get more expensive equipment that sits on a shelf 85% of the time.

This isnt to bad, Thoughts?
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Mar 15, 2009
Los Angeles, CA
I replied to your FM post as well... I own two bags that *almost* meet these requirements:

1. Lowepro Compuday Photo ~$89... the only thing I'm not sure about is the grip.. but I'm sure you can fit it, just a little tight.

2. Tamrac Evolution 6 will definitely fit a gripped D7000... but it's slightly over your budget at $130 a pop.
Jan 17, 2013
Nova Scotia, Canada
Costco in Canada have a National Geographic Explorer bag for the low price of $39 online and $33 in store. It's a shoulder sling type bag. I picked one up and was impressed with the quality. It holds my D3200 plus three lenses. My Metz flash plus lens hoods, spare batteries and other assorted gear. It can carry a tripod on the exterior. And, if you believe the write up, can also carry a small insulated drinks container. The model is NGX109C. The bag is very well padded, a concern I had. It also comes with a five year warranty.
I'm not sure if this will fill your requirements. But for someone out there on a budget this will fit the bill.

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