The life long quest for a bag that work for all situations is probably one of the harder things photographers need to do… Shove it into a sling style bag, dedicate it all to a backpack solution? Or just take the camera and some cards and go out….
What do you do?
Here is what I am using lately:
I had just bought this bag – pretty much just for this outing (Air Show) and other smaller jaunts I will be taking (Photowalks). It is really compact and overall I really like this bag. My other bag is a monster Lowe Pro and hauling it around requires a Sherpa. This bag has a ton of very nice features for the price and some very cool hidden features that photographers will really appreciate. Hidden access pockets for lens access is just one of many. See the larger image for what I am carrying…
The only thing it is missing in my eyes is a dedicated external water bottle holder or even better I will be exploring the ability to slide a camelback into the computer pocket (since I do not carry a computer in it) But external water bottle holders are easy to find also.
Here are the details and link to the bag:
Tenba – Shootout – Small Backpack
The Small size is designed to carry a very well rounded camera system and tripod, plus a laptop up to 13 inches. The Small is identical to the Medium and Large backpacks in every way except for size, and it includes an expedition-grade waist belt and removable photo interior. The Small easily meets the most stringent carry-on requirements, even on the tiniest aircraft, so it is a great option for traveling when you are likely to fly on a turboprop instead of a full sized jet.
See their site for a video walkthrough of the options – It is the most bag for the money I have found in the smaller size.
Also a link to more photos:
(This also covers the almost finished write up for the Air Show trip two weeks ago if people are interested)