Goodbye to an old friend

Do I need another camera bag???

Like many (most?) photographers I know, I have an “issue” around camera bags. Always looking for the best bag for various situations. And having a closet full of different bags. The issue has led to my business partner (who is also my wife) has put a moratorium on purchasing camera bags.

I am not into having large bags. I try to go out with a minimum kit. For many years my favorite "every day" bag has been the Tamrac 707 half-moon bag. It is small (about 14” x  7” interior) and light weight. It works as both a shoulder bag or a hip-pack (via its built-in belt). The interior can be easily rearranged. It can hold a full frame dSLR (such as the Canon 5Diii) along with a few lenses. For me, those are usually a 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 100mm or 135mm. Other times I want a zoom, and by removing some velcro dividers I can fit my camera with a 70-200 (f/4 version) plus an additional lens (usually a 35mm, 40mm pancake, or 50mm). Today I was out with a body with a 300mm f/4 and a 1.4x converter mounted on the body.

I have a few bags for different combinations of gear. I really like the Thinktank bags, especially their Speed Convertibles (I have a Speed Racer and a Speed Freak). If I do need to carry a laptop or if I'm bringing along a camera flash and a Rogue Flash Bender I pick up my Urban Disguise 35. Taking a trip with a pair of bodies and a bunch of lenses, I'll pack the Airport Ultralight for travel (but I don't like using a backpack when actually out photographing, so I'll also bring along a smaller bag to use once I'm at my location). Need to bring along my Einstein strobe, then I'll go for the Airport Airstream. And to round things out, I have a CityWalker 30 for those rare occasions where I need a lot of gear and a laptop.

So, what is this about saying goodbye? Well, this old Tamrac every day bag is wearing out. I’ve already replaced the zipper once and it looks like it might be due for another replacement soon. The outside pouch has a few spots that have worn completely through and is patched with black gaffer tape and it isn't safe to put anything in it. The webbed area against my hip that hides the belt is wearing through. Tamrac has not made this bag for a number of years, so I’ve had no luck tying to find a replacement. What to do??? 

Enter Peak Design**. I love their camera clips, camera straps, hand strap, field pouch, and on and on. Last year they had an amazing response to a new camera bag (the Everyday Messenger) on Kickstarter. But this bag was too big for my needs (and I have the ThinkTank CityWalker 30 that is a similar size). They recently released a slightly smaller version, but it still wasn’t in my size range. But in the past couple of weeks Peak Design has announced a new Kickstarter campaign** for three new bags; a backpack, a tote, and a sling.

I already have a backpack and am not looking for a backpack for everyday use, so that one is out. A tote doesn’t look like the appropriate type of bag for me. But the Sling… I’ve signed up as a supporter for this bag (sorry, Kim!!). The price is reasonable ($125 via the Kickstarter campaign, going up to $160 later). The size looks good (currently planned at 16”x9”x5.6”, but they might make it a bit larger to fit a 13” laptop). Personally, I don’t care about carrying a laptop with me in my everyday bag, but I’ve felt that just about every bag I’ve had should be about 1/2” larger than it is (to fit a handgrip or a slightly larger lens), so I'll be happy with whichever direction they go on the size. If you back the Sling, they will send you a survey about the size of the bag for your input.

Stay tuned to the blog for more information about the Peak Design camera clips, straps, and plates in the next few days.

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Tamrac 707 in use. I really like the compact size and interior options, but my old bag is wearing out and needs to be replaced soon.

Tamrac 707 in use. I really like the compact size and interior options, but my old bag is wearing out and needs to be replaced soon.

Tamrac 707 Half-Moon shown at top with a Canon 5Diii, 135mm, 85mm, 50mm, and 35mm. In the middle I've added my Peak Design strap. At the bottom it is packed with a Canon 5Diii, 70-200 f/4, and 50mm lens.

Tamrac 707 Half-Moon shown at top with a Canon 5Diii, 135mm, 85mm, 50mm, and 35mm. In the middle I've added my Peak Design strap. At the bottom it is packed with a Canon 5Diii, 70-200 f/4, and 50mm lens.