Fuji Let's Talk Bags

dacalac

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May 1, 2013
68
I've been in the market for a new camera/laptop bag and wanted to see what everyone else suggests/uses. I'm looking for an everyday carry bag which will be used for my 13" MBP, X-Pro, x10 and various cords and cables. I'd like something like a canvas messenger bag but one issue that I'm running into is that anything that tends to fit a 13" laptop tends to be made for full size DSLR's and up to 7 lenses. That would be way too much room for two smaller cameras and maybe an additional lens. Should I be looking at getting a laptop bag that has extra room for camera gear instead?

Here are a few I'm looking at:

Domke F-832: May be a bit on the bigger side of things but love the look.
Amazon.com: Domke F-832 Medium Photo Courier Bag (Brown RuggedWear): Camera & Photo
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Lowepro Event Messenger 250: Not very aesthetically pleasing but nice in the sense that it doesn't draw a lot of attention to itself.
Amazon.com: Lowepro LP36416 Event Messenger 250 Large Shoulder Camera Bag with 13-Inch Laptop Compartment: Camera & Photo


Ona Union Street Camera & Laptop Bag: Pricey but VERY sexy.
Amazon.com: ONA "The Union Street Camera and Laptop Bag" - Ranger Tan: Computers & Accessories


Thoughts?
 

Lightmancer

Super Moderator
Aug 13, 2011
164
Sunny Frimley
Bill Palmer
This is not only a very personal choice, but also a context-sensitive one. I would always advocate a Billingham Hadley Pro, for instance, which blends in nicely here in the English Home Counties but which can appear a bit OTT elsewhere. Equally, if I turned up in London with one of the messenger-style bags above I would be sure to have to endure a crack about where I had parked my motorbike, and where was the envelope I was surely delivering...

A word, by the way, for the Safrotto range of bags. These are NOT Domke rip-offs as is sometimes claimed. When the Domke manufacturers went bust about 20 years ago Safrotto stepped - legitimately - into the breach. Today their bags use better quality canvas, all-metal fixings and come with good quality inserts included in the (cheaper) price. I have a 20+ year old Domke and a 10+ year old Safrotto and both are built to a standard and from materials that today, Domke cannot match

Sent from another Galaxy
 

dacalac

Veteran
May 1, 2013
68
The Billingham's are very VERY nice. They may be a bit out of my price range. I'll also have to look into the Safrotto's as well. This is my first time hearing about them. Although I do enjoy the Domke's, I do not like the logo so prominently displayed on the bag.
 

dacalac

Veteran
May 1, 2013
68
I was looking at the bigger one that can actually hold a laptop! Good to see someone else bought one. I can't find any reviews of the damn things so it was a bit off putting. Can you post up any pictures and what you like/dislike about it?

Also...here is a bit of bag porn. I really want this but at nearly $500 I know it's never going to happen!

 

CapoDave

Top Veteran
Dec 3, 2011
103
Mission Viejo Ca
Dave Kavlich
After using a Hadley Small for my Micro four thirds gear, I needed something larger.
Just got the Hadley Pro.
May be more expensive, but extinguishes bag gas.
 

shutter_simon

New Member
Mar 21, 2013
1
Originally I was going to pick up on of these Courser canvas shoulder bags. Had a look at them in-store and they look and feel ok. Not as weather proof as some of the others so I was going to wash them with a machine washable water proofer, such as this for Nikwax - if it ruined the bag it wouldn't be that much of a expense.

But in the end my fiancée got me a Billingham Hadley Pro for my birthday. It's a very nice bag indeed. After a lot of umming and arring I went for the bag in sage fibrenyte- to be a little less obvious than the tan ones.

It might be a push to fit the MBP, put there is bound to be a video online of someone trying to do the same.

Re: the ONA bag photo above. I'm more interested in where the jacket is from. Been trying to find one like that ever since I saw the bag. :)
 

tifosi360

New Member
Apr 20, 2013
1
I was looking at the bigger one that can actually hold a laptop! Good to see someone else bought one. I can't find any reviews of the damn things so it was a bit off putting. Can you post up any pictures and what you like/dislike about it?

Also...here is a bit of bag porn. I really want this but at nearly $500 I know it's never going to happen!

I got this bag and will fit a 13 MacBook Pro easily and was able to also place a Lenovo X1 Carbon in it also. Very nice bag. It will last a life time if treated right.
 

dacalac

Veteran
May 1, 2013
68
welllll I failed. My MBP is the 15" model. Not sure if it would really fit into these bags I've been looking at now. >.<
 

romi.gilles

Top Veteran
May 17, 2013
103
back in Crooklyn
one of my domke bags - domke f-5xc.




charger + two extra batteries in front pockets.


can access three lenses from below without opening main compartment.


am able to fit body with lens in partition of main compartment. can easily fit a second body.


(Sent from my EVO)
 

christilou

Legend
Jul 13, 2010
164
Sunny Frimley
I shall wade into the fray here just to say how much harder it is to find a suitable bag as a female :) There are a few companies making bags aimed at women but for some reason they seem to think that we want things in bright purple or yellow or a combination of the two....... :disgust: Also, whilst being expensive they manage to look cheap and nasty at the same time. I'm a 7st 5'3" lady of a certain age and I can't be weighed down with a bag bigger than me. I know a lot of professional women photographers will probably use the man type bag but what about the more casual among us? I've been looking for a bag to take two different bodies at least with usually, 3 lenses. I'm talking Fuji XE1, EM5 sized proportions. I found this one, you can order your own customized fabric but I can't really know how useful it will be Leather Camera Bag Gold Leaves Mirrorless Compact by PorteenGear
 

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