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Best Bags, My opinion.


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When it comes to photo bags I believe I have had most of them.

After all the smoke clears I believe Tamrac is the best camera bag I have owned.

It is over 25 years old and still exceptional in ever way. I have had expensive Lowepro back packs foam dry rot and crumble [ lifetime warranty on materials & workmanship which they failed to honor 3 years ago]. They had to nerve to tell me the foam is not covered !

 

 

My Tamrac was worth every dollar.

A Medium size bag, that I used to carry a large Mamiya 6X7 & lenses plus all my Nikon 35mm gear with everything else I need. Not shooting medium format anymore means a lot less weight. 

I have no need to purchase another bag at all. Very happy with it and it's quality. 



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+1
I swear by none other!



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Two of my cameras are equipped with clip detachable straps:
no gimmicks, no gadgets… just pure ol'goodness! :P



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Another vote cast for Tamrac.  Mine is old, from film days and as sturdy and useful as when I bought it! 



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Mine is old, from film days and as sturdy and useful as when I bought it! 

I know my two are old — I got them for the F4E in the days.
But they don't even look old… still comfortable and safe.



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Yup, the snap buckles are all there and work, zippers in good condition, straps in good secure order, even the velcro seems to be in good shape.  The only complaint I have is, I shoulda gotten a bigger one, but I manage so long as I don't try to cram another lens in. 



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For me, Tamracs are number two, behind Billingham in quality and usability. I have used Billinghams since 1997 and that first one still looks as good as when I bought it. Where Tamracs really shine is their backpacks. My Aero85 still holds its shape after about 10 years of hard use even if the zipper for the computer compartment isn't as waterproof as it once was. The Anvil 27 fits so well that I sometimes forget I have it on my back, even fully loaded with the trinity, two bodies and the Sigma 150-600 S.



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I had to face a tough decision back then, there were a couple
of options available that only years of experience could help

in the decision process for a shoulder bag.

A few thing were clear it had to be tough, safe, flexible, large,
and sober looking. "Fashion bags" did not click all the boxes.



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I posted about my shoulder bags some years ago.

Here is the link if anyone is interested...

 Billingham bags - Bags, Tripods, and Accessories - NikonForums.com



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The 335 was a most practical choice, Peter. :)



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Yes, I took a look at your old thread and I agree, the 335 looks like a great bag!



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I posted about my shoulder bags some years ago.

Here is the link if anyone is interested...

 Billingham bags - Bags, Tripods, and Accessories - NikonForums.com

 

I never heard of the Billingham brand but it looks like a great one in your photo's.

Thanks for sharing.



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I have many bags which include the superb Billinghams. I still have a Tamrac bag I bought in the 1980’s. Owing to the changes in size of the newer camera bodies and specifically lenses, I have added several bags. I recently found a Domke bag that I like. Unlike the non-structured Domke bags, this is padded all around and closes with a zipper.


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I very rarely use a dedicated camera bag - since I usually go out locally with only one lens to take test shots, and live in an area that has quite a few thieves who target tourists etc., my usual alternative is a book bag with a bit of padding, makes it easier to hide the fact I'm carrying a camera when I'm not using it.

 

I do own a Lowepro shoulder bag that came with my D50 in the nineties, I doubt I've used it more than two or three times. It's OK, I suppose.

 

As part of my used camera buying and selling I often end up with camera bags that someone has used as packaging - selling them is a pain so I recently gave six to Cancer Research UK to sell in their shops, I've done that a couple of times before. The ones that are damaged or smell of fungus go straight in the bin, of course.