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Searching for the Perfect Backpack

I use to photograph here and there back when I lived in GA. So little that all I had was my parents camera with a single lens. Once I moved to the Chicago area I had a friend pass along his DSLR to me and pretty much had the same set up until I could finally afford my own camera and multiple lenses. My problem is that I’m having a hard time finding a great backpack for what I carry. I have a sling bag that will carry it all, but it tends to wear on my shoulder after a few miles of walking.

What I’m looking for is a backpack that can carry the following

D5300 with 70-300mm attached

18-55mm lens

11-16mm Ultra Wide Angle lens

SB700 Flash

Small First Aid Kit (occasional abandoned exploration)

and all the small stuff that can fit most any bag.

Also wouldn’t mind if it didn’t so much look like a camera bag since I do like going into Chicago every once in a while, but that isn’t a must. I do have a bag that will fit all that and my tripod inside, but I don’t like to tote it around every time I go walking.


I just find that it’s hard to find brick and mortar stores that carry a variety of bags and it’s really hard to tell what would work in online stores.

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