So I purchased X-T10 recently with 18-55 lens. Immediately I had to buy a bag, so I bought a generic small holster style bag. While it is very light, cheap and compact, it can only fit my camera with attached lens, one other lens (a speedlight and it's remote trigger for me) and a few accessories like SD cards, batteries etc. And it also has a rain cover. But then I realize, it cannot accommodate if I want to expand my gears. So I wanted something that fulfills all my needs. My needs are:
1. It should accommodate my camera with an attached lens, 2 other lens, 2 flash lights, 1 remote trigger for Flash, all my ND filters, batteries, chargers, SD cards, remote trigger, maybe a portable power bank and few cables etc. Laptop may or may not be. And obviously a portable reflector.
2. Then I was stuck between messenger and backpacks. Backpacks are generally more comfortable for long periods and holds more equipments than anything and also u can carry ur tripod with some of them. On the other hand, they are not quick enough to take out yr gears and most of them have to be put down of the ground to pull out yr things. Plus backpacks are not for all the situations. I am a grown up person. I cannot carry backpacks everywhere. So here comes the messenger bags. But all those advantages that backpacks have, are mostly absent for messenger style bags. And then I kept looking and looking and found 2 bags that are awesome and almost fulfil my needs.
3. Those 2 bags are PEAKDESIGN EVEDYDAY MESSENGER BAG & TENBA DNA SERIES BAG.
4. Peakdesign's one I saw first and it was a revolutionary bag. U can see their kickstarter page and u will not believe how much they were backed up for their goal. It was huge, considering their asking amount. Anyway so I went through the YouTube reviews and there are tons of them and 99% were very positive about it. So I was also about to buy it and then I saw the price tag. It is expensive. Not the most expensive bag ever, but it is. Actually I was willing to pay fortune (considering my financial condition) for a good bag, as somewhere I saw, the bag is one of those things for which u shouldn't sacrifice the quality, just like tripods, otherwise u will keep searching and buying bags and ultimately u will pay way more than that one good quality bag if u had bought it. But this one was way above my league. So anyway I searched in Google for best camera bag brands and few names popped up like Think-tank, Onba, Tenba etc. Then I went into Tenba's website and found their DNA bags and their promo videos. I should be honest here, there are some promotions that u see and u just believe it. There may be some hypes, but no bullshit. It was like that. That skinny guy saying and showing all the qualities and features of Tenba DNA bags (which seemed honest) and that sumo guy trying to tear everything and failing (which seemed a bit hype but I got their point), really convinced me. It has all the nits and bits that u can ask from a messenger camera bag, just like Peakdesign's one. When someone really gives emphasis on those little details, then u know they care for that product. U should check them both. Plus it is almost 100 pounds cheaper than Peakdesign's. Then I went through the reviews in Amazon n everywhere. Although there aren't much for this unlike Peakdesign's one's but all the reviews are very overwhelming. So I just ordered for it.
4. But critical decision for me was to choose the size of the bag. It has 8", 11", 13" & 15" inch version. While 8" & 11" are very good and compact and portable and yet carry a lot of gears for a mirrorless camera, it couldn't fulfil a few needs that I had. I need to carry 2 flash lights and a portable reflector along side lens which these 2 bags couldn't accommodate. So I have to choose between 13" & 15". Now I really liked the 13" one as it was just the perfect size for me (being an average height Asian guy) and it could accommodate all my requirements except my 15" laptop. I could ignore carrying the laptop with me or carry another backpack, but then it totally kills the purpose of buying such an expensive bag which is supposed to be an all-in-one bag. So I should buy a 13" laptop also to accommodate in that, right? Hearing this even any mad guy will also laugh, right? But.....I considered that too. Then I found, all the 13" inch laptops (preferably affordable portable good quality ones and 2-in-1s) have some sacrifices like less storage and lack of graphics card or they are still way too expensive. So I am not just quite ready to take that jump. So I ordered the 15" one. Although most people said in their reviews it's not quite big, I know my laptop and I believe it will look and feel big for me, but then hey I can carry everything with me, right?
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Edited by Dr.Nipun, 19 June 2016 - 09:55 PM.