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1. Posted by jxp05j (Budding Member, 6 posts) 26 Dec '08 14:04

I have just gotten my first dslr, a d40, and I am looking for a bag for it. I would like backpack style bag that can hold the camera and lens, my laptop (15") and maybe a couple books and some other small things. Does anyone have a good suggestion?

2. Posted by LuisDafos (Full Member, 15 posts) 27 Dec '08 05:23

Just try to get a bag that, while being sturdy, does not look like a photography bag at all.You donĀ“t want to attract too much attention on it... I find absurd those ones flashing big nikon or canon labels, is like telling everyone (wether at home or abroad) "hey i got something very expensive in here that you might be interested in steal..."

3. Posted by Makini (Respected Member, 80 posts) 14 Jan '09 01:15

If you want a bag designed for both laptop and camera gear - I'd say that LowePro's bags are the best alternatives. But as LuisDafos says, they do tend to tell thieves what's inside. But the LowePro logos are often small, and can be torn off or replaced with a flag patch, or whatever.

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru, 5336 posts) 14 Jan '09 12:47

I recently got the LowePro Slingshot 200 and I really like it. I took it with me to Canada recently and it came on a lot of strenuous hikes and took the rough and tumble very well. It has lots of great compartments for holding lenses and all the other photographic paraphenalia you might have.

I recommend it.

5. Posted by baluba (Respected Member, 407 posts) 20 Jan '09 03:34

Have you looked at the Tom Bihn Aeronaut? Quite an amazing little bag! Google search will give you tons of info.

6. Posted by Makini (Respected Member, 80 posts) 8 Feb '09 15:27

Contradicting my previous post, I must say the Domke-series of bags are the best there is... Extremely expensive - but worth it. I've put my Domke J-1 through many bad conditions, and it still looks brand-new.

7. Posted by louise (Budding Member, 5 posts) 6 Mar '09 09:36

Crumpler do a good range of camera bags (backpack style), which also fit in laptops, and they don't indicate they're camera bags....try browsing ebay as seems they're cheaper on there rather than directly from crumpler.

I have the slingshot, but as the strap goes across the body, I don't find it particularly comfortable for trekking with!

8. Posted by tgrove (Budding Member, 11 posts) 11 Mar '09 09:26

I just purchased a Tamrac Aero 80 Photo/Laptop Backpack and so far, I really like it. I believe it will hold up to a 17" computer.

I also have a LowPro, but that just screams "Camera Bag" to me when I am traveling. I will use it for day trips from home just for my camera, but I will use the new one for longer trips.

I believe it is worth a look.

9. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member, 169 posts) 17 Mar '09 07:36

I love my National Geographic camera bag - and I would definitely recommend it to all travellers. Something like this: http://www.amazon.com/National-Geographic-NG-5162-Explorer/dp/B000FJ2OSM/ It has special forced case for the camera and lens, the place for the laptop and the other staff. And it's very pretty as for me - not only because of logo :)

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