• Kari says:

    I’ve been looking around for a new bag and for backpacks F-stop looks like they have some really good ones.

  • Nicole says:

    I feel your pain.
    I am not a Pro, but we do travel our fair share. For that I needed a bag that can hold, camera stuff, Laptop and external Harddrives. Yeah…. living in Hungary doesn’t help. Many companies even with amazon don’t ship there.
    I liked the idea of Crumpler bags (fell in love with the most comfy neck strap ever!) and ended up getting one in Germany. Not perfect, but it works. Smaller and tighter than it should be for the bulky thing it is.

    Have you had a look at their pouches? As far as I know they make some. I bought a knockoff here in Kuwait. Not perfect, but it fits the DSLR even with the 18-200 on it. I can sling it around the shoulders or wear it on a belt.
    Guess the Crumplers work similar.

    Forget it, just checked, you can’t even zip the top of the bag. My knockoff is better than that 😉

    Sorry, no help from this side of the Globe.

    Can’t you have someone sew one for you from the design of your old pouch?

  • Zee says:

    I’ve just bought a Canon 550D and there hasnt been a day I’ve let it out of my sight. I am very very picky about bags too, and have even considered deigning one myself. But Kuwait is the land of no opportunities when it comes to these things 🙂 Will be travelling soon myself and would love to know where I could find that “knock-off”. It would greatly relieve my troubled soul.

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  • Hi Dan, I feel your pain too! I love my lowepro toploader, but it is one I bought about 15 years ago and it is a bit smaller than the big one they make now. I had the same problem it is just too big. And the smaller one is … too small. I feel like Goldilocks. I dont know how my ancient toploader has held up this long, but now that I bought a Canon 7D, I really have to cram it in there. And I can only fit one extra lens. And it can’t be the wide angle! An extra millimetre of space would go a long way. Looking forward to hearing the results of your ongoing quest.

  • […] There are two schools of thought here, and it comes down to preference. You can either get a bag that’s small enough to let you go light and fast, or one that’s big enough to carry everything. It all comes down to what works best for you. Some photographers like to go out with a single body and one or two lenses, while others like to take their entire inventory of gear with them. Like I said, whichever works for you. Of course, I make this sound so simple, but anyone who’s followed this blog for awhile knows that I have camera bag issues. […]

  • I found your blog on Saturday through Google while searching for lowepro camera bags and your post regarding Trying to Find the Right Camera Bag for Outdoor Photography | made me leave this comment. I always enjoy coming to this site because you offer great tips and advice for people like me who can always use a few good pointers. I will be getting my friends to pop around fairly soon.

  • Hi, the fact it is now 2011 and there still is nothing as functional as the Galen Rowell chest pouch really shows that companies like Lowepro, Tamrac and all the others are truly amateur photography related and are asleep at the wheel. I am still using my original Galen Rowell chest pouch that I bought new in 1989, it is bleached in color, worn out, does not protect the camera from moisture, but it really works, is easy to use, everything else out there falls short, is overpadded and takes up far too much room in a pack if the going gets tough. I have talked to Lowepro about this and it seems they have no interest in making something for honest professional outdoor work. So I am going to design it, make it and produce it, end of story. The first prototype should be done at the end of my ski season, stay tuned…

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Dan, I’m very much in agreement with you on this. I don’t know why other companies haven’t stepped in and made a clone of the Galen Rowell Chestpouch. Keep me posted on the progress of your own version, I’m very interested in seeing what you come up with! Thanks for the comment. – Dan

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  • Thanks for your thoughts, Whether you’re a professional photographer or just a casual shutterbug, at some point you’ll find yourself looking at bags, trying to find the perfect one for a long trip. The requirements for a travel bag are a bit different than a standard bag you’d use to carry your camera and gear to a photography site for an afternoon. Although you’ll still want easy access and lots of room, you’ll be concentrating more on what makes a bag sturdy enough for traveling long distances.

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