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Choosing a bag for your laptop and a camera

Yesterday I wrote a slightly self-indulgent article focused on my quest for a new bag to accommodate a smaller and lighter laptop as well as my camera gear.


https://dpnow.com/bags-for-a-laptop-and-a-camera/



I've given up my monster of a Dell Inspiron 15R 15.6 inch screen plastic fantastic laptop (an early 8-thread Core i7 laptop with discrete nVidia GPU) and now have a much more modern and small (and light) Acer Swift 3 14 inch ultraportable. This has a Core i5 8250u CPU and nVidia MX150 GPU. Only an i5, but it also runs 8 threads and benchmarks almost 50% faster than my old Dell. The GPU is considerably faster and all these means a better Photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere Pro experience. It also has a very fast m2 PCIe SSD - but I digress!


Personally, I find that many camera bags focus too much on the camera aspect and not enough on daily use. I treat my camera and a couple of lenses as an every day tool-set and I carry them with my laptop and some other bits and pieces.


My old 'messenger' shoulder bag from Think Tank Photo was excellent for the old laptop but it's too big for my new one. I've also recently been a convert to backpacks though some sling bags which you don't have to take off to access the contents of your bag are also interesting.


I was wondering what people here use?


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Re: Choosing a bag for your laptop and a camera

It depends what I'm doing: weddings and studio I usually have a Calumet rolling case. Fantastic beast, but I couldn't take that into a pit during gigs!
For gigs, it varies between a Lowepro messenger bag, which I only use when I'm travelling very light, say the 5d plus the 50mm. Slightly bigger local gigs brings out the Dorr messenger bag. Festivals, for 2 bodies plus 4 lenses/flash is the old Vanguard Uprise
My day/travel bag is a Lowepro - camera and 2 lenses in the bottom.

I've also got 2 I've been given that I never use!

All of them have room for a small laptop, but I rarely carry them.
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It depends what I'm doing: weddings and studio I usually have a Calumet rolling case. Fantastic beast, but I couldn't take that into a pit during gigs!
For gigs, it varies between a Lowepro messenger bag, which I only use when I'm travelling very light, say the 5d plus the 50mm. Slightly bigger local gigs brings out the Dorr messenger bag. Festivals, for 2 bodies plus 4 lenses/flash is the old Vanguard Uprise
My day/travel bag is a Lowepro - camera and 2 lenses in the bottom.

I've also got 2 I've been given that I never use!

All of them have room for a small laptop, but I rarely carry them.

Someone else who read my article made the very wise comment that there is no perfect bag


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Re: Choosing a bag for your laptop and a camera

I have the LowePro Pro Trekker 450 AW

It is a monster, and when fully loaded, weighs very heavy.

But I wanted a bag that I could store all of my cameras and lens's in. This bag almost does that. Plus it takes a lappy.


I have walked with it fully loaded on a few occasions.


I also use a LowePro shoulder bag for just the one camera and 3 lenses.
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Re: Choosing a bag for your laptop and a camera

I've posted a review of one of the bags I have received - the Riutbag R15.3:


https://dpnow.com/review-riutbag-r15...ptop-backpack/


A few rough edges but other than that I like it!


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Re: Choosing a bag for your laptop and a camera

Good review, Ian.

Looks a sensible size. Not too big and cumbersome.

I appreciate that it isn't predominantly for photographers.

But is it waterproof ? Or does it have a waterproof cover ?
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