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A strong bag with great protection for your pro DSLR gear
on 2 December 2009
I photograph Weddings and portraits etc and I have to travel to most of my jobs. I needed a bag that could carry the bulk of my gear for shoots so after much research I ordered this from amazon. This is a large sturdy bag for carrying a lot of pro camera gear. It is suited to a working or keenly enthusiastic photographer who needs to get camera bodies, a number of lenses, a laptop (15" or under) an external hard drive, cables etc around in a safe and practical manner. I can fit my Macbook 13", Lacie rugged 500GB Hard drive, Sandisk card reader, polarising filters,macbook power cable,Nikon battery charger, Nikon D700 with MB D10 Battery grip with 70mm - 200mm 2.8 VR lens ATTACHED (so its ready to shoot), 14mm -24mm 2.8 Nikon lens, 24mm - 70mm 2.8 Nikon lens 105mm 2.8 Nikon lens 50mm 1.4 Nikon Lens, SB600 Nikon Flash unit, Gary Fong Lightsphere cloudy II diffuser and a can of Lynx vice!
So guess what? its quite big and its heavy! But the cushioning and balance are so good (with waist and chest straps to keep it flush to your back) that even fully laden I can walk a couple of miles. For me its great as I was using several smaller camera bags to carry the gear about and I was leaving things behind. With the Vertex 200 AW Photo you can pack everything in the night before and just grab it and run. It even has a special attachment for carrying a tripod on the back which I have not used yet.
This bag is not for people with a small DSLR and 2 kit lenses, unless they are planning and growing their collection of equipment. You don't need to be fully pro to buy this but don't order this is you are very self conscious about what you would look like with a camera rucksack. But remember if you have a shot you need to get and you want to have a good bit of gear with you, the fact that your bag is on the big side should be the least of your worries! I do recommend this bag as the padding is excellent, space is good (and very easy to customise to your exact set up), build quality is superb and being able to have this much equipment in one bag must a real plus for so many photographers whether they are pro, semi pro or very enthusiastic.