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#1 haring


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Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:08 AM

What is your recommendation for a large backpack for traveling?

Currently I have the Medium Tenba rolling backpack: http://www.tenba.com....ium-Black.aspx
The problem is that it is not comfortable to have it on your back. It is more a rolling back. I would have something which I can carry on my back for an hour without killing me. I shoot a lot of destination weddings and the way I carry my gear is very important.

I want a backpack, which is:

- large
- fits into most airplanes bag compartment
- waterproof, and
- durable.

It doesn't have to have wheels.

Can you recommend me anything?

#2 ChrigelKarrer


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:31 AM

I am happy with my LoewePro Vertex 300
big, fits overhead compartment, laptop compartment and some small pockets for cards, money, keys, etc.
Some bodies and/or lenses go in my photographer vest, the rest inside the Vertex.

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#3 gina


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 08:37 AM

What is your recommendation for a large backpack for traveling?

After going through a few different packs I finally settled on one I love: the Calumet small photo backpack, which is nowhere near as small as its name implies. It comfortably fits two DSLR bodies, three or four lenses, two strobes, chargers, accessories, and a laptop. It has padded velcro dividers so you can rearrange the interior space as needed. It is a well-designed backpack with padded straps and hip belt so you can tote around a pretty heavy load without getting sore. There are no wheels or hard framing to dig into your back.

The pack is "water-resistant" so it should keep gear dry in case of damp weather. I've used one true waterproof pack before (one of the Lowepro Dry Zones) but it was difficult to get into and I found I never needed the extra water protection (e.g. I don't carry non-housed gear in a small, wet boat).

I did choose this model over some of the larger (huge!) backpacks out there because it carries a lot but at the same time doesn't look outrageously big so there's less of a chance of airport personnel asking me to weigh the bag.


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Posted 17 October 2012 - 07:30 PM

I have two, a LowePro and the ThinkTank Accelerator. The ThinkTank is super roomy: I can fit two bodies, a 500mm, a 70-200mm, a couple other lenses as well as several other bits. Sleek lines make it appear nor so big, but I haven't tried to get it on an Asian carrier yet. A bit pricey, buy I really like it.


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Posted 17 October 2012 - 07:53 PM

I use a Lowepro Vertex 200AW and love it. Fits in overhead compartments with no trouble.
Small enough that they let me take a roller on as well with it. They tell me I have to fit the pack under the seat when I have the roller but if I wait until they turn away, I still get it overhead.

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#6 haring


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:02 AM

Finally, I ended up getting the Lowepro Vertex 200AW for my destination weddings. I hope it will serve me well!

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 01:42 PM

I've been considering the F-Stop Loka as an alternative to my Pelican 1510. They get rave reviews, mostly on ski-mountaineering forums, but it has more useable space than the Pelican, is still "overhead legal" and has a great warranty. You can only buy them onlne, but returns are no problem, other than you're out the shipping cost.


I'd love to hear of anyone here using one...


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Edited by Stoo, 16 May 2013 - 01:44 PM.