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rrobinson54

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I am new to medium format photography and am looking for advice on getting a good medium format camera case for use in the field. I normally use Lowepro bags for my 35mm camera outfit and am partial to Lowepro. However, I have been reading some good reviews on Kata and Tamrac. I am open to any suggestions.

Here is what I need to fit into my medium format bag: Fuji GSW690III, Mamiya 6 with 50mm, 75mm, 150mm lenses, Sekonic meter, Lee filters & filter holder, and, of course, plenty of film.

Advice will be appreciated!
 

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I have a Lowepro Omni Pro that I have used for a number of years; in fact, I getting ready to buy another one since my old one is showing it's age. I use it to carry a Field Camera, 3 LF lenses, a 35mm camera (with lens), three boxes of QuickLoads, Light Meter and 20 rolls of 35mm film. All of this on an airplane - it will fit under an airliners seat. I can either carry it as a shoulder bag, or wear it as a backpack (which is what I do when traveling). It isn't a cheap bag though. I priced it locally (Honolulu) at $330, but is probably much cheaper by mail order.
 
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I use "tool" bags for medium format. I got mine at duluth trading post. I think that they're called "the master" series. They are very rugged, and inexpensive. They will have lots of little pockets that you probably don't need, and if you want a foam insert you'll have to make it. That's not hard, though. I think mine was $20.

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What it comes down to for me alot of times is whether I want to grab out of the bag and shoot fast, or can take off a backpack and take my time. I don't particularly like large shoulder bags with everything in it, so I try and use something small for a body with attached lens and use a lens case on a belt. I have also used a larger waist pouch as a bag for the lenses. I usually pickup used bags as they are usually so cheap and I can see how much room there is and figure out a configuration. You can also get Domke inserts for a standard backpack that work very nice.
 

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Lowepro bags are generally excellent. In years past, I used Magnum bags for 35mm and 4x5 field camera equipment. I think it's still available. If it is, it holds a lot of equipment and provides excellent protection. They were kind of expensive when I used them back in the 80's and probably cost a lot more now.

Currently, I'm using an F64 for my Pentax 645 outfit and an unbranded generic nylon bag for my Mamiya C330 outfit.

I don't know the model of the F64 bag--I've had it for several years. It has detachable end pockets and it's heavily padded. It easily holds a Pentax 645 with 75mm lens, 35/3.5, 45/2.8 and 150/3.5 with numerous filters, lots of film and stuff.

The other bag is so old the brand tag has fallen off. It was cheap, cheap, cheap but it's held up well for many years.
 

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rrobinson54 said:
medium format bag: Fuji GSW690III, Mamiya 6 with 50mm, 75mm, 150mm lenses, Sekonic meter, Lee filters & filter holder, and, of course, plenty of film.

You'd better get a 100Ltrs. duffle bag. It will also fit a few tripods extra :tongue:

G
 

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I've just ordered one of those new Tamrac Expedition 5 backpacks. It will arrive during the next days so I can't share any experiences butw from what I have seen so far it looks really fine.
Well, I tried some of the lowepro backpacks at last years Photokina in Cologne ... they are nice indeed.
 

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I use a Domke ("The Orginal" $99 @ Calumet). Its black canvas and it doesn't look like a camara bag, which I like when I travel. I hate looking like a tourist. They even have a navy bag with tan trim that really makes it look like a small travel duffle.

Its large enough that I can carry 2 35mm bodies, one with a lens, 2 more lenses, my vivitar flash, batteries, plenty of film and extra space for keys and stuff... Or, I can make a small adjustment and have enough room for my Mamiya TLR, flash, light meter and probably enough room for 2 more lenes and all the other stuff.

They even have a larger version ($134 @ Calumet), which I am sure would be overkill for me.
 

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I have been quite happy with my Lowepro Nature Trekker AW. I have had it for about three years and it has held up quite well. It is large enough to hold my entire Hasselblad system (body, WLF, two backs, three lenses with hoods not attached, PM90 prism, filters, Sekonic light meter, Vivitar 285HV and two extension tubes). I also bought the daypack for it, which attaches nicely to the front of the bag for extra clothing and snacks.

I have used this for medium distance hikes (8 to 12 miles) and it has been very comfortable. It also does not have that "camera bag look" and it is small enough to take on a plane as carry on luggage.
 

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I use a lowe pro mini trekker aw which I'm really pleased with. I had doubts as to whether it would be big enough but it holds my RB67 with 90mm attached, extra back, 180mm, 2 lee filters + hood, 6 screw on filters, pentax spotmeter with room to spare. I really like the tripod carrying feature and the light weight.

Lowe bags are good but the larger ones as stupidly priced, I refuse to pay over £70 for a camera bag.
 

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I carry a Domke F-2 Original (actually, a 30-year old version of the current model) with many patches and repairs on it. But I carry a C220 body, 3 lenses, prism finder, L-bracket, SBC Luna Pro meter and either a 35-mm rangefinder or a folding 120 shooter, plus all the film & filters I need. It has sufficient room for all this and is not over-stuffed. Perhaps because I have had it for so long I can get stuff in and out with my eyes closed, and I will probably use it until it can no longer be repaired. The only problem I have as I get older is that it take more energy to lug all this stuff around... and getting older is not likely to change.
 

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I use the Lowepro Mini Trekker as well. I carry a Pentax 67 with 55mm lens attached. I also carry a 105mm and a 150mm lens, an extra viewfinder as well as a pentax spotmeter. I also carry a holga for those special shots. I have room for a bunch of filters, film, etc. The bag has held up very well and isn't as heavy as I thought it would be!!

John
 
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I use a Lowepro Omni Trekker. It holds my Bronica body, prism and 80mm lens attached, four other lenses, a spare back, meter, filters, film and all the other usual suspects. It fits snugly inside a Pelican 1550 so I can check my gear when I travel, though I've never been stopped from carrying the Omni-Trekker on.

I don't like backpacks at all, so I've cut off all the straps that make it dual-purpose, and I've replaced the main strap with an Op-Tech . The bag has two major advantages as far as I'm concerned. First everything is stored on one level- there's no lifting stuff out to get at something else which I think is an enormous plus. Then there's the fact that its about 2lb lighter than the Magnum AW I used to use but seems to protect things well enough. A combination of lighter weight and slim configuration means the weight is all close to your body and easier to carry.

They're about £100 mail order in the UK- I think about $130 or so in the USA.
 
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