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Post Options Post Options   Quote TomV Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2018 at 00:45
Gavin,

You are way over-thinking this.

Case Logic CPL-108BK ($55 Amazon)

If that does not suite you then you do not know what you want.

The Think Tank you suggested is $169, almost as much as the Lowepro 600 ($199) that you said was costly. The Think Tank and my suggested Case Logic are nearly identical in size, but the Case Logic is 1/3 the cost.
 



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My favorite bag for going out with a Mino 500 f8 AF reflex is Tamrac's 517 tele-zoom. It's not a backpack but a toploading body+lens case that was designed to take medium format slr bodies up to a pentax 6x7.

With an a700 plus 500 reflex there's still room at the bottom for something like a minolta 35-70, and it has a front pocket that's intended for a flash but can take a Mino 100-200 or Sony's 55-200 DT. Both nooks are a little too tight to fit the 16-105 (especially with a mirror lens in the main compartment) but the very similar Tamrac 519 has an inch or so extra headspace and the front pocket of that should be fine for a 16-105, even with a "cream can" reflex in its tummy.

They've both been out of production for a while but they do still show up, for example here's a barely used 519 on fredmiranda for $45.
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Most of the serious birders I've met use a top-loader for their long lenses, so with a short one there would be room for another lens at the bottom. You can always fit one of those velcro separators from another bag to stop them touching.
Also, with the short length of the mirror lenses, you don't need quite such a sturdy tripod as you would with an equivalent non-mirror lens. Maybe a shorter tripod would do?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote balacau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2018 at 15:00
Originally posted by TomV TomV wrote:

Gavin,

You are way over-thinking this.

Case Logic CPL-108BK ($55 Amazon)

If that does not suite you then you do not know what you want.

The Think Tank you suggested is $169, almost as much as the Lowepro 600 ($199) that you said was costly. The Think Tank and my suggested Case Logic are nearly identical in size, but the Case Logic is 1/3 the cost.


To say I don't know what I want is pretty unfair.

I have an idea of what I require from a bag, but need a nudge in the right direction for one which is the most suitable for a mirror lens with an attached camera body. Since these lenses are short but squat, they are very much unlike the telephoto primes and zooms that are in use these days. The other bags I posted about are indeed expensive and probably not even available over here in the UK however they are a step closer to a bag which isn't just a basic backpack, designed to carry several smaller lenses. This is exactly what I am trying to avoid in the first place since I'm looking for a bag that is as compact as possible but big enough to carry a 600mm mirror lens with attached camera body. .

So evidently I do have an idea what I am looking for, just hoping for some guidance from someone/some people who have the same or similar lenses. A forum without anyone asking anything isn't a lively one.

Originally posted by pdeley pdeley wrote:

My favorite bag for going out with a Mino 500 f8 AF reflex is Tamrac's 517 tele-zoom. It's not a backpack but a toploading body+lens case that was designed to take medium format slr bodies up to a pentax 6x7.

They've both been out of production for a while but they do still show up, for example here's a barely used 519 on fredmiranda for $45.


Looks very promising indeed! I use an a68 body which might be slightly chunkier than an a700 but the Sigma 600mm F8 mirror lens is actually slightly shorter than the Sony/Minolta 500mm so all in all they should be roughly the same size. I will keep an eye out for either one on eBay. I really appreciate that, thank you.

Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Most of the serious birders I've met use a top-loader for their long lenses, so with a short one there would be room for another lens at the bottom. You can always fit one of those velcro separators from another bag to stop them touching.
Also, with the short length of the mirror lenses, you don't need quite such a sturdy tripod as you would with an equivalent non-mirror lens. Maybe a shorter tripod would do?


A toploader bag is a great option although it does mean carrying the combined weight of camera lens, plus body, plus anything else in the bag on one shoulder for a prolonged period. But for carrying as little as possible on a dedicated mirror lens shoot, it would be quite a decent bag. I'll add that idea to the list and see how far I can take it.

A shorter tripod would certainly be a bonus when out travelling on foot. The less weight the better. I have my eye on the Feisol TT-15 which is a very compact but high load-bearing design that weighs little. The Mk2 version is available but hard to find in stock (and due to shipping costs, I won't be ordering one from outside the UK).

Thanks.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Matt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2018 at 20:38

I use a Case Logic SLRC206 backpack. This bag has space for the camera with standard size lens attached (e.g. my A77II with SAL1680Z), the Minolta AF 500 F8 Reflex, the Minolta beercan and another lens or a flash. Tripod can be attached to the side.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote balacau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2018 at 21:04
Originally posted by Matt Matt wrote:


I use a Case Logic SLRC206 backpack. This bag has space for the camera with standard size lens attached (e.g. my A77II with SAL1680Z), the Minolta AF 500 F8 Reflex, the Minolta beercan and another lens or a flash. Tripod can be attached to the side.


Nice looking backpack that is! I really like the foam padding which separates the lenses, very nice touch.

The only thing letting it down in my opinion would be the lack of a fast/side access for the main camera - impossible in this cause because of where the camera body is positioned. But still a very nice design! Thank you for the suggestion.



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