/ Bags for your camera
I love my Lowe Alpine slingshot.
3 sizes available and prefer it to a rucksack style as its more of a messenger type arrangement.
Used mine all over europe last year will ample room to carry extras.
I've got a cracking wee Kata bag for my NEX.
Really well thought out bags and reasonable priced too. Would definitely recommend.
Have a google if you spot on you like, I mangaged to get mine for about half the price that Kata sells it for.
after various experiments i ended up with lowe pro toploader as my main bag for the dslr. Means it can be used alongside a normal bag etc easily.
Crumpler pouch for digi compact
Crumpler bag for one SLR + 2 lenses
15 year old LowePro TLZ for SLR + 50mm lens
Lowepro back-access rucksack for multiple cameras/lenses
This would depend on whether it is just a dSLR with a single "kit lens" or you have an additional big fat chunky zoom or two that you want to put in this bag, surely.
For day-trips, I've used a LowePro AWII Rover for the past 3 years. It's basically a small rucsack with a compartment at the bottom (accessible separately) for the camera and associated gear.
The bottom compartment takes my DSLR plus 3 lenses, plus a set of grad filters and a polariser (admittedly it's getting to be a bit of a squeeze with the 3rd lens). The top compartment is big enough to hold a thin duvet jacket, hat & gloves and still have space for some food. There's a zip-pocket for spare battery/memory card etc. A couple of small external pockets hold head torch and midge-net.
Tripod can be mounted on the outside via a couple of pockets and held in place via a bungee cord.
Thinking outside the box slightly - it's not an "official" camera bag and I have not tried it with a dSLR but in TK Maxx I saw a smart thing - Vaude Aranea for £17. It fits a Minolta X700 with fat Sigma 18mm prime lens PLUS Sony Cybershot F717, and looks nice and smart. Full RRP is quite dear but if you see one in a TK Maxx, consider it!
I have a nearly as good as new Lowe Pro Nova mini like this
if you want it. Was going to freecycle it, but its yours for the postage costs only (not that heavy but bulky, so prob not more than a fiver?)
I have a shoulder bag that looks more like a handbag than a camera bag for round town, etc. that doesn't shout "mug me" which takes DSLR, extra lens, purse & few accessories. Then I gave up on camera rucksacks as I find them uncomfortable & usually cut for "male shoulders" & I don't like sling bags at all. So for bigger walks/outings I tend to just load one or two of Kathmandu's padded cells ( I have the medium ones http://www.kathmandu.co.uk/accessories/travel/packing-solutions/protective-cell-black.html ) with whatever camera gear I wish to take in which ever of my comfy rucksacks fit the outing, so climbing pack if going climbing, small day pack if walking, dry bag for the beach, etc. I've also done away with the neck strap & just use a hand strap coupled with one of these http://www.amazon.co.uk/GTMax-Microfiber-Cleaning-FujiFilm-Panasonic/dp/B008F5TIW8/ref=sr_1_23?s=ele... and a camera wrap which I find works really well for me when out & about taking snaps :-)
I used to be very precious about the DSLR. but since it's got older and chalky and battered, I now just put it on to of the climbing kit in the rucksack, maybe in a fleecy hat for a bit of protection. A new camera has made me bring out a toploading zoom bag again though!
If I'm out to shoot landscapes, I'll usually have a dedicated rucksack. I used to have a LowePro Compurover thing, which was rubbish: not enough room for all the kit, hardly any room for other kit(duvet and flask!), and stupid opening that meant if you forget to close it you throw all your gear out when you put the thing on! Nowadays I have a LowePro trekker bag, much easier to find stuff, lays flat, easier to work out of, but still little room for non-camera kit. http://www.photocrati.com/lowepro-nature-trekker-aw-ii-review-round-up/
I also use an old one of these:
http://www.cambags.com/bag-type/cases-menu/lowepro-cases/item/260-lowepro-omni-traveller.html for more compact travel, and occasionally use it out.
However, I am on the lookout for another rucksack-style bag to help distribute the weight on both shoulders and give me something to make carrying a tripod possible, ideally with space for non-photography kit too. I have slung the lot in my walking rucksack before but this seems the worst of all worlds, neither accessible nor really comfortable. I shall go and bother my local independent shop and see what they have.
I don't even know how you found one, 'cos I can't...
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