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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    Wow. Some of the bags pictured and mentioned here. *wow*, some serious camera bag porn. I'm way outta my league here. This is the first time I've seen camera bags worthy enough where criminals will target you, carefully remove your camera gear, and simply take the bag...

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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    Quote Originally Posted by Eoin View Post
    I haven't seen the Batis in the flesh yet, but I think the 25,35 and 85 mounted on the camera body you'd be looking toward the Scout or the Avenger. But I'm always drawn back to the Ryker ... I think it's the nicest of all the bags they show, just a little small for those bigger FE lenses.
    I'm afraid it maybe on the small side too. Difference between Scout and Avenger is not much in size width 31 vs 35. Depth 12 vs 16 but same height. 200 dollar difference . The Scout sounds like a bargain. The no side pockets on it though but the 2 front pockets would hold color checker , cards and batteries in the other pocket . Plus some interior pockets. I could always hook on a side pocket case too. It certainly would replace my two small bags.
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    It's hard to tell from the photos and website. How does one close and fasten these bags? It looks like it just uses belt/buckle, which is a two hand operation. Is there a clasp of some sort?

    When I'm out and about, I need the bag to be open with one hand and securely closed without any amount of fiddling.

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    WE should start a bag co-op… SEnd our bags around after two weeks to try out. I have so many bags that I do not use… and yet still tempted ---
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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    Quote Originally Posted by dandrewk View Post
    It's hard to tell from the photos and website. How does one close and fasten these bags? It looks like it just uses belt/buckle, which is a two hand operation. Is there a clasp of some sort?

    When I'm out and about, I need the bag to be open with one hand and securely closed without any amount of fiddling.
    Belt buckle is on pop studs AFAIK.
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    I am not necessarily a big fan of sling bags but the ThinkTank 10 is really great for a Sony system. The back fits in a carry on suitcase with plenty of room for clothes and you know the few other things you might need when traveling.
    In this set up on the left-- Sony 55/1.8 and Sony 35/2.8, middle Sony A7RII attached to the Batis 25mm hood extended, right Leica WATE and Voigt 75mm 2.4 (with adapter) and in the upper compartment I have the Leica 135mm 3.4 with adapter. Of course room for extra batteries and a few other things not in the photo.

    I would be interested in seeing the newer ThinkTank Mirrorless 25i in person as a comparison.
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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

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    I'm really taken by this one as a daily carry for my Macbook Pro 15,
    Called the ranger at €449 ... very tempting, I could even use it as a camera bag too! .
    The Ranger is the one I have been trying to resist also. Is a gorgeous bag. Heavy though according to Howard
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    Yea the ranger and avenger are really nice looking.
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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    Well update the Scout is to small, the avenger too much money. Sooooooooo

    I bought a Ona UNion street. 15 inches wide should get all 5 lenses. The TT street walker Pro is a little big but I'm keeping it I get everything in it along with my 2 Nissin flashes. It's the kitchen sink bag. Maybe I'm done

    Don't count on it. Lol
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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Well update the Scout is to small, the avenger too much money. Sooooooooo

    I bought a Ona UNion street. 15 inches wide should get all 5 lenses. The TT street walker Pro is a little big but I'm keeping it I get everything in it along with my 2 Nissin flashes. It's the kitchen sink bag. Maybe I'm done

    Don't count on it. Lol

    Now that's a good looking bag! Wow! I might have to re-think the [small-ish] Wotancraft Ryker or [traditional] Billingham Hadley Pro alternatives.

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    Well I bought the black canvas one. I did have a Brixton and sold it here it was just a wee bit too small to hold all the glass. I think 12.5 inches wide this one is 15 so it should work perfectly.

    The big issue is mirrorless bags have diffrent needs than DSLR bags and mostly everyone makes DSLR style but that is changing as well.
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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Well I bought the black canvas one. I did have a Brixton and sold it here it was just a wee bit too small to hold all the glass. I think 12.5 inches wide this one is 15 so it should work perfectly.

    The big issue is mirrorless bags have diffrent needs than DSLR bags and mostly everyone makes DSLR style but that is changing as well.
    The top handle on the Ona Union Street seems oddly placed. From the photos, it appears to be stitched to the back of the bag and not the top. When loaded, would that not make carrying the bag by the top handle unstable?

    The Sony FE native lenses are almost the size of DSLR lenses (with a couple of notable exceptions), compared to M4/3rds and APS-C mirrorless. In fact, the FE 35mm f/1.4 and FE 90mm Macro lenses are huge. I really need a larger (DSLR-sized) bag to carry my a7RII kit.

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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    This fits my Minolta 200 with adapter at 7 inches long. I have the 35 1.4 also


    Top handle is really for moving it around and not really to carry
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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    if you guys are looking for something inexpensive, you can try this bag.

    Amazon.com : 5.11 PUSH Pack, Black, One Size : Hunting And Shooting Equipment : Sports & Outdoors



    its not specifically a camera bag, but its got straps and pockets everywhere. the padding around the bag is good enough, but there isn't any padding on the floor of the bag. i solved this by putting some foam at the bottom of the bag and it works really well. you can put lenses inside the bag as well as on the 2 side pockets. could probably fit 3 lenses plus a lens on the a7 in the bag as well as straps, sd cards, and extra batteries. I also bought some velcro and i strap a gorillapod dslr tripod to the bottom of the bag. Not a fashionable bag, but its really functional. I really love it.

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    With overseas travel and my Leica gear having left for greener pastures, I find my Domke bags don't offer enough protection.
    For my last month trip to Spain, I opted for the "Manfrotto Bug 203 Pro Light Camera BackPack". The bag provided superb protection and was very ergonomic while on the plane and walking the streets. Manfrotto have some amazing light weight back packs that work really well.
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    Oooooh, now that is a seriously nice bag Guy, infact I think it may very well prove to be a better decision than the Wotancraft. Given the price @$500 it certainly seems a better buy for a full leather option rather than the leather & canvas of the Wotancraft.
    Long may you enjoy it ...
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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

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    Remembering our Leica m days we would sand down rear lens caps and glue them and have a double stack rear lens cap. Bet we could do the same with Sony rear caps as well. I think we used contact cement
    These are pretty cool, and not too expensive ...

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    I'd just like to thank Guy for ruining my weekend with a bout of BAG-GAS, Thanks Guy!.
    I was totally un aware of ONA bags until this thread and Guy's post about the ONA Union Street.
    Then that fella Joe Colson just had to go a post a full leather version of the same bag and I am totally smitten.
    Luckily (or unluckily) a brick and mortar store here in Ireland actually has one in stock and I'll make a point to visit them for touchy feely look at the actual bag.

    In keeping with the premium we pay here in €uroland they are advertised all over Europe at a hefty €570 or $640 for the same bag you get for $485 stateside.
    Unusually this shop seems to be slightly cheaper than the euroland price and I'll need my A-game negotiation skills to see if I can squeeze a little more off the price.
    Hefty price, but I justify it as an everyday laptop bag/satchel for work and load it pup with camera gear for weekend fun. It should last a lifetime and
    I hope develop a nice soft used look in that time.

    If anyone has any other suggestions for a full leather satchel type bag that'll hold a 15" MBP(r) and double as a camera bag without breaking the bank, let me know.
    I fear this is "the one".
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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    Ok those who have the Ona Union Street bag... or the Billingham Hadley small bag ... will they hold the A7RII with vertical grip and 2-3 extra lenses used as a light carry day bag?

    The Hadley appears too small but it is hard for me to tell and I live in a state that only has one limited camera shop in it so I have no where to see this before I buy locally.

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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    I have the union street
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    I took out the computer divider. But right now I can put 15/55 stacked in one slot, Batis 25 and Batis 85, canon 135, Tammy 35 metabones on body. Vertical grip maybe too wide with body but bet you can just might be tight width wise.

    I got a lot in this bag
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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

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    Wow. Some of the bags pictured and mentioned here. *wow*, some serious camera bag porn. I'm way outta my league here. This is the first time I've seen camera bags worthy enough where criminals will target you, carefully remove your camera gear, and simply take the bag...

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    Thanks Guy!!

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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    Jim, I have a Hadley Pro & a Leather Ona Union Street. While the Hadley Pro is slightly larger than the small you mention, I think it is the more versatile of the Hadley range. That top handle is so handy!!.
    I can get equal amounts of camera equipment into both the Ona & Hadley, the Ona has spare spare space for a 15" MacBookPro Retina and a larger back pocket for other documents.
    I still use the Hadley as my general carry for just my A7II and a good selection of 4 primes. 1 on the camera & 2 either side of the camera space with a little flap to double stack the third on top of the shorter prime. I can easily carry a Contax 28-85 zoom, contax 100, 28 hollywood and FE 55. Those contax lenses are not small either. Plenty of room in the pockets for batteries, adaptors and other bits & pieces.

    The Ona is bigger, the pockets are also a tighter fit not allowing as much space for the bits & pieces, but there is a bit of spare space in the bags main compartment for such items.
    I would say the Billingham is both lighter and easier to carry, the Ona's shoulder pad is slippy and requires a cross body carry for security. The Billingham has a rubberised leather shoulder pad which is much more secure and in overall terms the Billingham is much smaller and less troublesome to carry. But lacks the ability to carry a laptop.

    I tend to use the Ona as my daily work brief case and to carry my cameras & laptop when needed. For weekend outings, the Billingham is all I need.
    You mention the grip on the A7, while I don't have one, I would think it may make the fit in the Billingham a little too snug for my liking.
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    Thank you so much Eoin....yeah I have the vertical grip, a hand sling, and a cotton carrier EV1 mount which has a Arca mount with the cotton carrier mount for their holster. This extends the width of the vertical grip about another inch or so as well at the holster mount.

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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    I have a Hadley Small. Great bag but it is designed to hold less not more. Much smaller than a Hadley Pro - both great bags - just good for different purposes.

    For illustration I put my A7RII in the bag and then in the next pocket stacked a 35 2.8 and a 28-70. The camera is gripped and there is plenty of room here and in the two front pockets. It really depends on what lens you want to carry. Most primes will mount on the body with no problem and two smaller primes will fit stacked in the next pocket. However if you want a prime (the 55 is on mine) and a large zoom that's all that will fit inside. I did try that and the 70-200 is a little higher than the inside of the bag but the top closes with no problem. That's with the prime on the body and the 70-200 next to it.

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    Thank you very much JMaher. Most likely the majority of the time it will be the gripped body with say the 16-35 on it and the 55mm and either the cg90 or the FE 90 macro if the Deo tech golden eagle doesn't make it n my CG90. A cable release and spare batteries and cards..

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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    Those choices would fit fine. It's a small bag but versatile. It holds less than the other options listed and sometimes that's good. I have much larger bags for when I want to carry (or roll) more.
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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    Going "compact" was the main motivation for me to switch from Nikon (D4) to Sony (A7II).
    I use a Domke satchel, which snugly holds the A7II with the Zeiss 24-70mm F4 attached to it plus the 70-200mm F4 next to it.

    For the "lightweight walkabout" times with just the camera and the 24-70mm F4, I have ordered the Wotancraft Raven.

    FWIW: I have had the A7II for less than a week and I absolutely love it! Mega Nikon Sale coming up shortly!
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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    Jim, I too bought the Hadley Small and not the Pro because the idea was to get the smallest possible bag for the kit. I have too many larger bags already.

    I don't have a vertical grip on my A7RII, but I do have the L-plate on it. I can fit the camera with the 55 1.8 on it and put the Batis 85, Batis 25 and the 16-35 f4 in the pockets. The camera does stand out of the top, but the top flap on the bag curves over it and fits into the clasps quite easily. That also leaves the front pockets for batteries and cards.

    Overall it is a bit tight fit but serves my purpose very well, allowing me to carry pretty much everything I need to with me.

    In addition, I always have my Billingham photo vest on - obviously not if I am going to a social event - and that is one incredible item. I highly recommend it. You can carry an unbelievable amount of things in it and it still looks quite cool.

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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    As I go everywhere by bike and do a lot of hikes or runs, a backpack with a good wearingsystem is a must.
    For my daily use, I have the lowepro photo sport bp 300 aw ii. Really small, light weighted, waterproof and enough place to put other stuff in. The camera pocket which is accessible from the side holds a A7RII with 90/2.8, 55/1.8, 16-35/4 and 28/2. Or any other combo with the same size. In the cover of this pocket you have two holders in the same size of the A7-series batteries. If you have more stuff, you can put it in the top pocket (or the milk you had to buy). And there are also a lot of additional small pockets over the whole packpack.
    Edit: For transporting a mobile studio with tripods, flashes, umbrellas and soft box, I'll take a mindshift rotation180° Professional 38L.
    And without a bag it's the peak design slide or peak design cuff (always on the camera).
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    Domke Directors Shoulder Bag

    I picked the new Domke Directors Bag yesterday and while not as elegant as some of the others (e.g. WotanCraft)-- it really can hold a lot of stuff yet still fit inside of my carry on luggage. If i do not want to take full gear the side pockets zipper down so don't take up much room.

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

    I include a link so i do not have to take a lot of photos but in the main bag-- I had my A7rII with voigt 180mm attached hood open, leica WATE, Sony 90mm macro, Zeiss 25mm Batis. In one of the side pockets i had my sony 24-70 and Sony 55mm 1.8. The other side pocket was empty and can easily fit more lenses or a flash. The front pocket can carry batteries and charger.

    Here are what I find to be the pluses and minuses in addition to what it can carry--- at least so far.
    1) Not sealed so for really tough weather not best choice. Can always add a rain jacket
    2) I am not the biggest fan of the Domke shoulder strap attachments-- plastic. Their straps are not most comfortable but they do sell separate shoulder protector that connects to the strap.
    3) side pockets are not well padded but can always wrap the side pocket lens with the associated soft lens case.
    4) Zippered front pocket -- can put in small iPad or keep extra SD cards or other small items in sealed zipper
    5) Back pocket to hold papers or magazines
    6) Straps so you can place over luggage arms
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    A completely utilitarian option

    So I wanted a bag that could be either a sling or a backpack. It had to have a side opening to allow switching lenses without putting the bag down. I wanted something that would hold a pretty good selection of lenses from 12mm to 200mm. This is what I've found:

    Case Logic DSS-103 Luminosity Large Sling Backpack (Black)
    19.69 x 9.45 x 11.42 inches ; 3.09 lbs.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o08_s00

    Inside the side opening I added a partition:

    Ciesta Flexible Camera Insert Partition for DSLR SLR Lens (Brown / Large)
    7.2 x 9.2 x 13.3 inches
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o00_s00

    What I keep in the bag:

    Sony A7S
    Minolta (A-mount) 200mm F4 Macro Lens
    Sony (A-mount) 135mm F1.8
    Sigma (A-mount) 12-24mm F4.5 – 5.6
    Sony LAEA3 A-mount to E-mount converter
    Sony LAEA4 A-mount to E-mount converter
    Sony FE 35mm F1.4
    Sony FE 55mm F1.8
    4 spare batteries, spare memory cards
    Camera L plate, lens foot plate, hex wrenches, etc.
    polarizing filter
    remote control

    This bag has room for a lap-top and a bunch of other pockets and spaces. Very sturdy (but no style at all).
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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    OK, I'll weigh in with a couple of suggestions that I believe are unique to the thread:

    Billingham F-Stop f/1.4
    For me, much better for my needs than the Hadley series. I find the Hadleys too "slim", and they run out of room quickly, IMO. The F-stops are just a bit more "square", and much better suited for my gear and taste. I did an extensive video on the bag:
    https://youtu.be/bcCqCSqXOMQ
    I don't use my Hadley Pro any more, though I find it a more beautiful bag than the F-Stop. I guess I need to list the Hadley here!

    Domke F-10
    This is a minimalist, and somewhat oddly-shaped bag that can hold a surprising amount. I've done multiple videos on the bag, but here's one covering Sony gear:
    https://youtu.be/_MfZ9gLFGdE

    If you like bag reviews, I've done tons of them. Here is the playlist:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...3DC234D4BF6902

    And if you're still reading this, I'm currently running a giveaway contest (ends 12/13/2015) of the Mindshift Horizon Backpack. Here's the giveaway kickoff video:
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    Somewhere along the line someone asked how others separate lenses when stacked. My low-tech, and basically free, approach is bubble wrap. You can cut it to shape and it weighs nothing. Someone else I was talking to recommended yoga mat, cut to shape.

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    I was going thru this all thread and it's interesting that nobody mentioned the Tenba Switch 10 Camera Bag. I, as most, have a lot of bags including Billingham Small and a Wotancraft Ryker but this Tenba has been my main bag for the last months. I cant put the A7RII with a lens plus the 70-200 f4, the 16-35 f4 and the 55 f1.8, or both Batis instead. Worth taking a look at it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jose Viegas View Post
    I was going thru this all thread and it's interesting that nobody mentioned the Tenba Switch 10 Camera Bag. I, as most, have a lot of bags including Billingham Small and a Wotancraft Ryker but this Tenba has been my main bag for the last months. I cant put the A7RII with a lens plus the 70-200 f4, the 16-35 f4 and the 55 f1.8, or both Batis instead. Worth taking a look at it.



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    Thanks Jose.

    I don't have a 70-200 and the only lenses I take with my A7R2 are the 2 Batis, the 16-35 and the 55 1.8

    I can put them all in the Hadley Small, along with some spare batteries etc in the front pockets. It is a tight fit, but it works. The whole package is very light.

    It would probably be easier to have a bag that is a bit roomier and thus easier to put the lenses in. However, my main concern was the overall size and weight. We all have too many bags of course.

    Would it be possible for you to post images of the two bags (the Hadley and the Tenba) side by side and their relative weights with the above lenses. I know it is a but much to ask, but I would really appreciate it.

    The one disadvantage of the Hadley of course it the lack of significant protection and padding. But then that would add to the size and weight - which is always the compromise we have to make.

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    I've been redoing my bags since switching to sony. My most recent acquisition is an F-stop shibata:

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    Things I like about it are that (1) it looks like a cheap bag, (2) it is a cheap bag at $40, (3) it's super lightweight (1.2lbs). I looked at a lot of different bags and I think this is by far the lowest weight in it's class. Think tank is the worst in this area -- super tough bags but they are way too heavy for me (I'm trying to get rid of my urban disguise 35).

    It comfortably fits camera + mounted lens plus one additional lens. I can fit camera with 3 lenses (e.g. a7r2, 16-35fe, canon 70-300L, plus one more medium sized DSLR lens) but it's tight or I need to stack camera above lens.

    If I need more space, I have a timbuk2 messenger bag with insert (just over 3 lbs) which fits more than I want to carry (cam + multiple DSLR sized lens + mind shift filter hive)

    For backpacks I have an F-stop Loka UL with medium insert (37L, 3lbs). I almost got one of the lowepro photo sport models but the f-stop had more space but was just as light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pradeep View Post
    Thanks Jose.

    I don't have a 70-200 and the only lenses I take with my A7R2 are the 2 Batis, the 16-35 and the 55 1.8

    I can put them all in the Hadley Small, along with some spare batteries etc in the front pockets. It is a tight fit, but it works. The whole package is very light.

    It would probably be easier to have a bag that is a bit roomier and thus easier to put the lenses in. However, my main concern was the overall size and weight. We all have too many bags of course.

    Would it be possible for you to post images of the two bags (the Hadley and the Tenba) side by side and their relative weights with the above lenses. I know it is a but much to ask, but I would really appreciate it.

    The one disadvantage of the Hadley of course it the lack of significant protection and padding. But then that would add to the size and weight - which is always the compromise we have to make.
    Sure, I'll do it as soon as I have some free time.
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    To me, the Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag is the best designed messenger bag out there. I have not seen any innovative features on any of the bag mentioned here (yes, I have considered many of them here). After a month of heavy use, here is a list of what I like about the EDM:

    - The quick top access in a messenger bag
    - Flexible origami divider
    - Integrated Tripod holder
    - Peak Design quick adjustable strap and pivoting attachment
    - Waxed Canvas
    - The magnetic clasp: mainly for its on-the-fly size adjustability
    - Hip belt for a long day shoot with 3 lenses, A7S and A7RII bodies, and a flash
    - Small inner pouch for quick access to phone or passport/boarding passes
    - Laptop compartment + separate tablet compartment (more for document - contracts, portfolio, etc.)
    - Not too flashy at all despite what many naysayers believe. I have not received any compliment on the bag while out on the field.
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    I just discovered this entertaining thread. Like others here, I've tried many many camera bags over the years. Unlike others here, I never completely bonded with the Billinghams, although I've owned two of them. (Actually, I used a small zippered Billingham until the bottom corners frayed out.) I'm not a fan of the button/buckle double closure system that's on most of the Billingham bags. I find the closures awkward. They flop around when they're open, and the leather cracks too soon, IMO. Some of the Billinghams seem too unstructured for me, too. Especially if they aren't full of gear.

    I don't like bags that look really expensive, bags without a top carry handle, or bags that need a sliding shoulder pad. I also get annoyed by excessive velcro and shiny/slippery fabrics. Not too picky, am I?

    What I keep coming back to is the Domke F-803. Basic bag. Light, inconspicuous, tough, nice canvas fabric feel, ages well. Carry handle on top, easy-to-open flap, single secure closure, reasonable price. This bag has a little structure because of the top stiffener and the insert. But it still molds to my body. I can carry an A7RII with Gariz grip and three or four small or moderate sized lenses in the main compartment, and throw everything else I need into the front or top pockets. The 803 is small enough that I can also just carry the body with one lens if I want, without it seeming like overkill.

    The 803 isn't big enough for all my lenses at once, but it's fine for the two Batis lenses plus the 55. Plus the 35/2.8, if I want. There's even a wide back pocket for a Kindle or a magazine. The strap is unfussy wide canvas. I currently put A7RII stuff in a black 803, and keep my APSC stuff in a dark blue one. (Not sure they even make that color any more.)

    Sometimes I want a larger bag to carry more stuff, or larger stuff. The small Domkes aren't great for the 70-200 f4 plus other lenses, for instance. And I'm not as crazy about the big Domkes as I am about the small ones. (Yes, I do own one of those, too. Sigh.) So in that situation, I use a Tenba messenger bag, which I leave nested snugly inside a small roller bag for ease of transport (and to rest my aching back).

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    Re: Ideal camera bag for the A7RII kit

    Quote Originally Posted by hiepphotog View Post


    To me, the Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag is the best designed messenger bag out there. I have not seen any innovative features on any of the bag mentioned here (yes, I have considered many of them here). After a month of heavy use, here is a list of what I like about the EDM:

    - The quick top access in a messenger bag
    - Flexible origami divider
    - Integrated Tripod holder
    - Peak Design quick adjustable strap and pivoting attachment
    - Waxed Canvas
    - The magnetic clasp: mainly for its on-the-fly size adjustability
    - Hip belt for a long day shoot with 3 lenses, A7S and A7RII bodies, and a flash
    - Small inner pouch for quick access to phone or passport/boarding passes
    - Laptop compartment + separate tablet compartment (more for document - contracts, portfolio, etc.)
    - Not too flashy at all despite what many naysayers believe. I have not received any compliment on the bag while out on the field.
    Funny how most of those features are already present on the older Tenba I've mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jose Viegas View Post
    Funny how most of those features are already present on the older Tenba I've mentioned.
    Jose,

    I wouldn't say most features.

    -I admit I didn't know the Tenba bag has a quick access zipper top (a huge plus for me).
    -Same old inflexible divider. This EDM origami divider has 4 different configurations (for different height) which offer more arrangements.
    -Belt loop, bottom tripod holder requires taking the bag off most of the time to access a tripod. EDM has a quick access, top flap tripod holder that would not interfere with the quick access top zipper, which of course depends on the size of the tripod (but I tested with a RRS Series 4/Gitzo Series 5 equivalent tripod and it does get a little harder to access the gear).
    -Pivoting strap attachment has to be experienced to see how effective it is to keep the bag hugging your body at the right angle. Peak Design quick adjustable strap requires a second or two to adjust the length. Tenba doesn't have either.
    -I think the Tenba needs a rain cover, while this EDM is rain proof.
    -The EDM affords quick (again a second or two) size change with their propriety magnetic clasp (4 different configurations). Tenba has magnetic closure but slow size adjustment.
    -This might not seem that unique, but I do use the inner quick access pouch (just below the quick access zipper top) quite often (none in the Tenba)
    -Tenba has one Ipad/small laptop compartment without a smaller compartment for other document

    I think most would think the EDM is just like another messenger bag until you actually think about it. It offers a set of features that are truly new (no bag has a specific feature) or truly offer more than what other bags would have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hiepphotog View Post
    Jose,

    I wouldn't say most features.

    -I admit I didn't know the Tenba bag has a quick access zipper top (a huge plus for me).
    -Same old inflexible divider. This EDM origami divider has 4 different configurations (for different height) which offer more arrangements.
    -Belt loop, bottom tripod holder requires taking the bag off most of the time to access a tripod. EDM has a quick access, top flap tripod holder that would not interfere with the quick access top zipper, which of course depends on the size of the tripod (but I tested with a RRS Series 4/Gitzo Series 5 equivalent tripod and it does get a little harder to access the gear).
    -Pivoting strap attachment has to be experienced to see how effective it is to keep the bag hugging your body at the right angle. Peak Design quick adjustable strap requires a second or two to adjust the length. Tenba doesn't have either.
    -I think the Tenba needs a rain cover, while this EDM is rain proof.
    -The EDM affords quick (again a second or two) size change with their propriety magnetic clasp (4 different configurations). Tenba has magnetic closure but slow size adjustment.
    -This might not seem that unique, but I do use the inner quick access pouch (just below the quick access zipper top) quite often (none in the Tenba)
    -Tenba has one Ipad/small laptop compartment without a smaller compartment for other document

    I think most would think the EDM is just like another messenger bag until you actually think about it. It offers a set of features that are truly new (no bag has a specific feature) or truly offer more than what other bags would have.
    Personally for me it has two problems:

    - Too big: 43cm wide vs 30cm on the Tenba and 30cm tall vs 22cm
    - Too expensive: at 250USD vs 109USD (BH)

    I've payed more for other bags like the Ryker, but it's full leather and full style
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jose Viegas View Post
    Personally for me it has two problems:

    - Too big: 43cm wide vs 30cm on the Tenba and 30cm tall vs 22cm
    - Too expensive: at 250USD vs 109USD (BH)

    I've payed more for other bags like the Ryker, but it's full leather and full style
    Fair points. Size would depend on the user's needs. Price and value are not the same thing. IMHO, I would gladly pay $250 to get the EDM, especially since it offers way more functionality than any messenger bag out there, regardless of price.
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    I am a "3 bag and a pouch" person for my A7II kit.

    First, the pouch: For tourist-like very light weight walkabout I have a small belt pouch, in which I carry the camera with the 35mm 2.8 fitted. Tiny package, hardly notice it is there.
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    Then, for compact all-round walk about with the Zeiss 24-70mm f4 OSS attached, I use a Wotancraft Raven:




    For a more serious day trip outing, I use the Wotancraft Ryker with the Zeiss 24-70 attached plus the Zeiss 16-35mm f4, the 35mm f2.8 and misc. accessories as needed in the bag:
    (it has been mentioned before: those Wotancraft bags are to die for!!!)




    Lastly, as a "throw it all in the car" solution, I use my old Domke F-2 workhorse bag from my Nikon days. The camera with the 24-70 attached, the 16-35mm, the 35mm (cannot see it, it is in the pouch under the 70-200 foot) plus a Zeiss 70-200mm f4 and a Zeiss 55mm f1.8 and a bunch of accessories:

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