Camera bag that can be worn with a backpack

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by michael_wilson|15, May 4, 2015.

  1. I'll be going on a hiking trip and will need a backpack for hiking gear. I'm having a hard time finding some type of separate pack I can use to carry my camera gear. My camera gear includes a Nikon d750, a 14-24mm & 28-300mm. Any thoughts?
  2. For similar situations I've had good luck with a Tamrac "zoom pack," which is basically a sling type bag into which the camera and lens insert rather like a camera case, and to which one can add side pouches for lenses. There's plenty of room for a good sized camera, and the DX 55-300 lens fits in the right pocket. You might have to measure carefully for the 28-300. Different lengths of both case and pouches are available.
    The one I have is an older "extreme series" one but in the "Classics" section of the Tamrac web site you can find similar cases. Mine allows a couple of different routings of the shoulder strap, making it pretty comfortable slung like a messenger bag. I find it a little nicer than a belt pack, and the way it hangs makes lens changes pretty easy on the fly.
  3. Tamrac Pro 8. I've been using it since 2000, nowadays with a Canon 5D + grip, lenses, flash, 2nd body etc. Only drawback is that long lenses don't fit the bag. 135 mm prime is ok, 28-200 is just an inch or so too long.
  4. Yea, I like the idea of an over the shoulder messenger type bag. Has anyone used one of these type bags with a backpack?
    The Pro 8 looks a little big, but the Rally 6 might be all I'll need. However, I would like to look at a smaller messenger type bag that is more splash resistant for light rain. I'll really only need it for the D750 & 2 lenses.
  5. The 14-24 is kind of large, otherwise I think the ThinkTank Retrospective 5 should work - I use it often with a D700 with 24-120 f/4VR (which measures roughly the same as your D750 with 28-300), but the room that is left will be very tight for a second large lens. The 7 is quite a bit larger, but possibly still OK. I'm very happy with mine - welll made solid bag, raincover integrated, easy to carry and it looks nice too.
  6. I often use a holster ( to hold a Nikon D610 w/17-35 f/2.8 mounted and a 16mm f2.8 in the attached pouch. I suspend this from my main backpack straps so that it is always in front of me for quick access.
    You'll need a slightly different arrangement with more space - a medium holster suspended from your straps and a separate lens pouch on the belt might do the trick.
    Easy access to camera/lens and separate lens.
  7. I do like the idea of the Retrospective. They really have a ton of those, so I just have to figure out which one would work for me.
  8. For a backpacking trip, I jury-rigged a camera bag in front, a little below chest high. Supported it with D-rings on the shoulder straps of the backpack. Worked great. Could do with many medium sized camera bags.
  9. Start with what type of pack you are using and work backwards. Assuming you are not going to be switching lenses frequently, you can nestle your spare lens in with a raincoat or some of your clothes. What I tend to do is use one lens for a while and then switch off. carrying a backpack and then lugging along another bag to carry somewhere is a PITA. Make sure to enjoy the hike and don't get too caught up with the bag question. I generally put one arm through the camera strap to stabilize it when walking.
  10. Pretty much every camera apparel company out there makes a "messenger bag". There priced decently and look like they would carry what you need. I think B&H has the Lowepro at around $50
  11. Thinktank (perhaps migrated to Mindshift) makes a series of "rotation" bags, in which the camera compartment occupies the lower portion, and can be slid around to the front on the belt. The upper portion of the backpack can be used for camera or camping/hiking gear. (Mindshift seems to be a spin-off from Thinktank with a lot of good stuff to consider, including a doll-sized backpack for GoPro gear, which I ordered.) Thinktank makes a lot of modular gear which can be added to a backpack or belt. For easy accessibility, a so-called "zoom" bag on a chest harness works well, but can interfere with your ability to stay cool while hiking or skiing.
  12. I bought that exact same camera. Isn't it brilliant!
    I think the Think Tank product suggested is a good idea. Although you may need to be careful as I am unsure of the safety the camera would have due to the material etc.
    So you could be oober paranoid and buy a Body Kit like I did from Calumet Photographic.
    Let us know what you buy!
  13. So, what is a Body Kit?

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