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    Daypack/Backpack for m-4/3 +++ ?

    I used to have a LowePro Rover II for my Canon DSLR equipment on full-day hikes. While the upper part was big enough for what I needed (rain jacket & pants or sweater, extra socks, lunch, snacks, water), the lower part was too big for my micro-4/3 gear (at most, the G1, 20, 45, 14-45 and 45-200). Is there something that is better suited? I still need a reasonable upper bag, but not so much camera gear.

    Anyone try the Lowepro Primus Minimus? Others?
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    Re: Daypack/Backpack for m-4/3 +++ ?

    This comes in various colors/sizes

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._70_Photo.html

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    Re: Daypack/Backpack for m-4/3 +++ ?

    You might have a look at the Kata DR series. I have the Kata DR 465, the smallest of the lot. The bottom part is certainly big enough for your needs, but I would suggest you look at the other two which don't cost much more as the top would be too small for your needs.

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    Re: Daypack/Backpack for m-4/3 +++ ?

    I'll second for the Kata. I have the DR-467......bottom compartment holds my GF1/GH1 plus three lenses. Top will hold my rain shell plus rain pants and a snack. I clip on my water bottle.

    Comfortable straps. Built like a company that used to make body armor should be.

    It's also my airplane carry on with a nicely padded laptop sleeve.

    If I'm not using this, I am using the Slingshot 100.

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    Re: Daypack/Backpack for m-4/3 +++ ?

    With the two larger Kata DR bags that have the laptop compartment, you can use that bit to store a couple of shirts or a pair of jeans when not carrying a laptop.

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    Re: Daypack/Backpack for m-4/3 +++ ?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterB666 View Post
    With the two larger Kata DR bags that have the laptop compartment, you can use that bit to store a couple of shirts or a pair of jeans when not carrying a laptop.
    Peter.....genius........never thought of that!!

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    Re: Daypack/Backpack for m-4/3 +++ ?

    I have a Lowepro Primus Minimus for sale on this site...

    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showth...hlight=Minimus

    I used it with my E410 day treking in Patagonia and it worked like a charm

    Mike

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    Re: Daypack/Backpack for m-4/3 +++ ?

    Hmmm. Lots of options. I like the look of the Kata bags. I wish they stated the dimensions of the upper part for storage. I hadn't been thinking about a laptop, but I suppose that rain pants or a jacket would fit there (nicely folded).

    Mike, I'm glad the Minimus worked out for you in Patagonia. One of the reasons I'm thinking about that bag is that I can get one brand new for about $125 Cdn. right now.

    I think I'll have to track some of these down locally. For the bags I can see dimensions for the upper storage part:

    Rover II: 665 cu. in. (worked for me before)
    Pimus AW: 877 cu. in. (larger upper. overall bag about the same)
    Primus Minimus: 580 cu. in. (close, smaller bag overall)
    Orion AW: 914 cu. in. (larger upper, slightly larger bag)
    Tamrac Aero 70: 380 cu. in. (too small, AW?)
    Tamrac Aero 75: 507 cu. in. (might be too small, AW?)
    Tamrac Adventure 7: 486 cu. in. (probably too small, AW?)
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    Re: Daypack/Backpack for m-4/3 +++ ?

    Quote Originally Posted by JBurnett View Post
    Hmmm. Lots of options. I like the look of the Kata bags. I wish they stated the dimensions of the upper part for storage.
    John -

    I just measured the ID of the upper compartment of the Kata DR-467:

    12"W x 5"D x 11"H =~ 600 cu. in..........trying to take into account the curve of the top of the backpack. This does not count the laptop sleeve.

    Hope this assists.....

    R

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    Re: Daypack/Backpack for m-4/3 +++ ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    John -

    I just measured the ID of the upper compartment of the Kata DR-467:

    12"W x 5"D x 11"H =~ 600 cu. in..........trying to take into account the curve of the top of the backpack. This does not count the laptop sleeve.

    Hope this assists.....

    R
    It DOES, Rich. Thanks very much. I can probably find the LowePro bags locally to look at them in person, but it seems that only certain Kata bags get brought in by the shops. A lot of models aren't available for a look-see.
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    Re: Daypack/Backpack for m-4/3 +++ ?

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    The Tamrac Aero an excellent combo backpack....I have one of the mid-size Aero 80s for my Canon 5D with grip and lenses. Decided this smaller Aero 70 would be perfect for my Panny G1, 14-45 kit lens, 20/1.7 and the few Nikkor or Leica lenses with adapters that I want to carry with me too. I ordered one from Amazon this afternoon.

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    Re: Daypack/Backpack for m-4/3 +++ ?

    The Aero 70 I ordered arrived today. Anticipating it's arrival, I brought my Panny G1 kit into the office with me today. I was able to comfortably fit the G1 with a Nikkor 35mm f2 (and Voigtlander adapter) attached, a Nikkor 28mm f2.8, the Panny 14-45mm kit lens (with hood), the Panny 20mm f1.7 lens and a couple of Nikon lens hoods into the lower camera comparment (with a little room to spare). I could have a longer lens mounted on the G1 (I have my Nikkor 135mm and 200mm lenses in mind) if I wanted as well. This little backpack is noticeably smaller than the Aero 80 (which will also hold a 17in laptop computer)....and I think, perfectly sized for a complete G1 kit with room in the top compartment for misc stuff (including extra lenses in lens pouches/cases, flash etc if so desired).

    As usual with other Tamrac cases I own....it's very well made.

    Gary
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    Re: Daypack/Backpack for m-4/3 +++ ?

    Quote Originally Posted by JBurnett View Post
    I used to have a LowePro Rover II for my Canon DSLR equipment on full-day hikes. While the upper part was big enough for what I needed (rain jacket & pants or sweater, extra socks, lunch, snacks, water), the lower part was too big for my micro-4/3 gear (at most, the G1, 20, 45, 14-45 and 45-200). Is there something that is better suited? I still need a reasonable upper bag, but not so much camera gear.

    Anyone try the Lowepro Primus Minimus? Others?
    I am still using a 15+ year old Lowepro Orion Trekker and I found it is just about perfect for my M4/3 system (2 bodies + 4 lenses) and still have enough room in the upper compartment for a vest, accessories and carry my water bottle on the outside.

    I think I have posted these images before but here they are again:
    http://www.pbase.com/stephenl/image/119542034

    http://www.pbase.com/stephenl/image/119542035
    Stephen Lau
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    Re: Daypack/Backpack for m-4/3 +++ ?

    Quote Originally Posted by slau View Post
    I am still using a 15+ year old Lowepro Orion Trekker and I found it is just about perfect for my M4/3 system (2 bodies + 4 lenses) and still have enough room in the upper compartment for a vest, accessories and carry my water bottle on the outside.
    Thanks, Stephen. The Orion Trekker seems to have become the Orion AW, and it's actually a bit bigger than the Rover AWII that I used to have. Nice to know yours has lasted so long.
    Best regards,
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