So the question of the day is “How many camera bags should one have?”
The answer, evidently, is “One more than you currently have.”
When I bought my T3i, I already at least two camera bags that would have held the camera and a lens or two quite nicely. However, I wasn’t about to put my nice shiny new gear in a…gasp…OLD bag! So within a couple days, I had bought a LowePro CompuDayPack. It’s pretty sweet, and can carry your gear while still functioning as a normal backpack.
The only downside with the LowePro is that it had a limit to the number of lenses it could hold, a limit that it didn’t take me long to reach. So I got online, searched and researched, and ended up ordering an Amazon Basics camera pack. It is also a backpack, but the whole pack is dedicated camera gear, and therefore holds considerably more. It has the benefit of being lighter than the LowePro, not to mention being far cheaper, so I thought I was good to go.
Lighter though the pack may be, the Amazon got awful heavy when fully loaded, and it occurred to me that I really didn’t need to ALWAYS carry ALL my gear, so maybe I should get a smaller bag. I had also noticed that I never used either backpack as a backpack, but always just slung one strap over my shoulder. So I studies the specs and haunted the forums some more, and finally settled on Think Tank Retrospective 10, which is a shoulder bag, is great quality, and has the benefit of not looking like a camera bag.
So the Retro-10 is what I’ve been carrying around with me most of the time, and I love it. It’s tough, holds everything I need, is comfortable to carry, and has a rain cover in the event of inclement weather.
But what happens if I really DO need to carry all my gear? I have already outgrown the Amazon pack…
Damn…I guess I need another bag…