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After finally deciding on the gear I need for an upcoming trip I find that my current backpack is not quite up to the task. This backpack will be primarily used to carry my gear on trips involving airline travel, so it needs to fit in an overhead compartment easily.

I need to be able to carry a D750, D7200, and about four lenses. I also need a slot for a 13-inch laptop computer, and a way to attach a modest tripod. My current backpack is an older LowePro Mini Trekker AW which holds the camera gear o.k. but has no place for the laptop.

I know there are too many choices out there, but I need to make a quick decision since I depart on July 23rd. Ideally I would go to a shop with a large selection and pick something out, but that is out of the question in the boondocks where I live.

I would appreciate your suggestions.
 
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Jim, yesterday Amazon delivered a Lowepro 400 AW II backpack. I think it would hold the gear you mentioned, and will go an airplane as a carry-on. The carry-on and the ability to carry my 15 inch MacBook was important. I’ll be using it next week. Like you, I’ve got another Lowepro bag that has lasted me 5 years, I’m happy with it but couldn’t carry my MacBook.
 
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Jim, yesterday Amazon delivered a Lowepro 400 AW II backpack. I think it would hold the gear you mentioned, and will go an airplane as a carry-on. The carry-on and the ability to carry my 15 inch MacBook was important. I’ll be using it next week. Like you, I’ve got another Lowepro bag that has lasted me 5 years, I’m happy with it but couldn’t carry my MacBook.

Thanks, Rick. I'll look at that. The Think Tank Photo Airport Essentials looks pretty good too.
 
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Jim, yesterday Amazon delivered a Lowepro 400 AW II backpack. I think it would hold the gear you mentioned, and will go an airplane as a carry-on. The carry-on and the ability to carry my 15 inch MacBook was important. I’ll be using it next week. Like you, I’ve got another Lowepro bag that has lasted me 5 years, I’m happy with it but couldn’t carry my MacBook.

Is this the one?
 
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Have a Lowepro Mini Trecker but not the AW. Mine is quite long in the tooth and not real comfortable for extended outings, So I'm also in the market for a new backpack.

I've been looking at the Mindshift Backlight 26L. The 26L is a back opening backpack that will also fit both a 15" and Large tablet. Other plus is that it is part of the Think Tank Family of backpacks. From the reviews I've read it is also quite comfortable.
 
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Have a Lowepro Mini Trecker but not the AW. Mine is quite long in the tooth and not real comfortable for extended outings, So I'm also in the market for a new backpack.

I've been looking at the Mindshift Backlight 26L. The 26L is a back opening backpack that will also fit both a 15" and Large tablet. Other plus is that it is part of the Think Tank Family of backpacks. From the reviews I've read it is also quite comfortable.
Looks like a great pack but probably larger than I need.
 
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O.K. three models under consideration:

1) Think Tank Photo Airport Essentials Backpack (Small, Black)
Weighs 3.6 lbs, costs $199.75

2) MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Backpack
Weighs 3.53 lbs, costs $199.99

3) Lowepro Flipside 400 AW II Camera Backpack (Black)
Weighs 3.3 lbs, costs $149.99

The internals and features of all look pretty similar, and it appears that any of the three would serve my purposes. How to decide?
 
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After watching the video I'm pretty impressed with the Mindshift 18L. It appears that Mindshift is just another brand of Think Tank Photo.
 
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Have a Lowepro Mini Trecker but not the AW. Mine is quite long in the tooth and not real comfortable for extended outings, So I'm also in the market for a new backpack.

I've been looking at the Mindshift Backlight 26L. The 26L is a back opening backpack that will also fit both a 15" and Large tablet. Other plus is that it is part of the Think Tank Family of backpacks. From the reviews I've read it is also quite comfortable.
That looks like a very well made and most importantly a very comfortable bag to carry. All that back padding is exactly what I would want in a medium to large backpack.
Lere is a link I found that reily explains in full how much you can fit in one.
Cheers.
Mike
 
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That looks like a very well made and most importantly a very comfortable bag to carry. All that back padding is exactly what I would want in a medium to large backpack.
Lere is a link I found that reily explains in full how much you can fit in one.
Cheers.
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Thanks, Mike, but I think the video on the Think Tank website describes it best.
 
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Thanks, Mike, but I think the video on the Think Tank website describes it best.
Hi Jim. Yes the smaller 18L one looks like it might be what you were looking for in a smaller backpack. I myself would go for the larger sized one the 26L as I think I would get lots more use from it ie. holidays/hiking/day trips etc. But then I have four other Lowepro bags? But these look so comfy.(y)
Mike
 
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Hi Jim. Yes the smaller 18L one looks like it might be what you were looking for in a smaller backpack. I myself would go for the larger sized one the 26L as I think I would get lots more use from it ie. holidays/hiking/day trips etc.
If I filled the 26L I probably wouldn't be able to carry it. :(
 
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The Mindshift Backlight 18L arrived yesterday, and so far I'm quite pleased. I'll need to rearrange the dividers from their default positions to fit my gear, however.

Do most of you travel with camera bodies and lenses separate?
 

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