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    Posted: 19 May 2017 at 16:02
Sometimes even a two-lens carrying pack like what I'm using at the moment (LowePro TopLoader Zoom 55AW) is a bit large for certain uses. Especially when you are fully aware only a single lens is required for the "job". A smaller bag capable of carrying a camera body mounted with a single lens and a pocket for the memory cards/batteries/air blower is desirable.

However it would appear that at least most of these 1-lens bags are designed for use with kit zoom lenses (typically 18-55mm ones) in mind, and not something a bit larger. So my Sony a68, with say either a Sigma 8-16mm or Tamron 16-300mm; overall length of around 20.3cm (8in) is just too long to fit.

Now I've been looking around and not really getting anywhere very quickly. My local camera bag stockist caters more for backpacks rather than a 1-lens design. I can order them for sure, but its order to purchase, not order to try.

I was just wondering if anyone else has had a similar line of thought and what solution they ended up with? I did once consider just getting a camera strap instead of a bag, but that leaves the camera very exposed to the elements or damage really so I don't think that would be a great solution...

Any thoughts on this one?

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Hi

I have been using this holster bag from USA Gear for a couple of years now with no problems at all, and it still looks as new -

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Camera-Resistant-Holster-Protective-Cameras/dp/B00GLY5PGS/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1495206362&sr=8-5&keywords=la+gear+camera+case

It's water resistant and comes with a rain cover. It fits my A77m2 with my 70-300G lens nicely (approx 8.5 inches long). It's about £25 but well worth the money as it's very well made.

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Originally posted by Keith S Keith S wrote:

Hi

I have been using this holster bag from USA Gear for a couple of years now with no problems at all, and it still looks as new -

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Camera-Resistant-Holster-Protective-Cameras/dp/B00GLY5PGS/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1495206362&sr=8-5&keywords=la+gear+camera+case

It's water resistant and comes with a rain cover. It fits my A77m2 with my 70-300G lens nicely (approx 8.5 inches long). It's about £25 but well worth the money as it's very well made.

Hope that helps
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Hi Keith

Many thanks for replying so quickly. The USA Gear QTL looks really perfect for the job. If it can fit a a77-II with Sony 70300G then not only will it fit my a68 plus mounted Tamron 16-300mm, but I won't have to reverse the lens hood either. Sounds just the right bag for the job!

Thank you.

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Originally posted by balacau balacau wrote:

   My local camera bag stockist caters more for backpacks rather than a 1-lens design. I can order them for sure, but its order to purchase, not order to try.

The beauty of mail order & the Distance Selling Act ... you can send back if it isn't what you wanted.
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You are very welcome Gavin.

Must admit, I should have said that my A77ii + 70-300 are a tight fit but they do fit. You should be fine with your gear though.

Best of luck

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Originally posted by Heidfirst Heidfirst wrote:

Originally posted by balacau balacau wrote:

   My local camera bag stockist caters more for backpacks rather than a 1-lens design. I can order them for sure, but its order to purchase, not order to try.

The beauty of mail order & the Distance Selling Act ... you can send back if it isn't what you wanted.


Its more hassle for me to send it back and its unnecessary work for the retailer as well which I honestly don't think is fair to them. They do have a business to run after all and I can't see them making any profit out of returning items to their original sender.

Since a business can also run very much on reputation, that could also damage their reputation with the likes of suppliers etc. With such competition for available sales, the profit margins are pretty small.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote balacau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2017 at 18:34
Originally posted by Sleepsalot Sleepsalot wrote:

Camera holster?

https://www.thinktankphoto.com/collections/belt-systems-digital-holsters


https://www.manfrotto.us/advanced-camera-holster-xs-plus-for-csc-water-resistant

or my personal favorite, (sadly discontinued) fits close to the body and very rugged belt or shoulder


I don't think I've seen that kind of design before, interesting. It looks like the Digital Holster 20 V2.0 would be around the right size for an a68 body + Tamron 16-300mm combination.

Nice one, thanks for your input.
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I've the Digital Holster 30 V2.0 and it is a perfect fit for a 7D+400 5,6. A7+MC11+same lens, not so much.
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Originally posted by Kilkry Kilkry wrote:

I've the Digital Holster 30 V2.0 and it is a perfect fit for a 7D+400 5,6. A7+MC11+same lens, not so much.


I know the Holster 30 is the next size up from the model I'm looking at, but I'm impressed that it'll fit a 400mm lens with attached DSLR body.

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There are toploader 65 and 75 too
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I'm a fan of Think Tank products. I have the Digital Holster 30 (original version?) and it works great for either my A77ii + Tam 70-200 2.8 or my Tam 200-500.

The "pop-down" feature lets me have the 70-200 attached with the hood in its normal configuration. I need to reverse the hood on my 200-500.

Nowadays, for smaller configurations, I use a camera wrap and then just drop the wrapped camera + plus lens in a plain old backpack. Here is a wrap from Amazon by Indigo Marble. There are other brands.

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Maxpedition VersiPack here, the Colossus version but there's many others to choose from. Will hold the a99 and 70300G for example with room left over for a Tamron 90. Anything bigger goes into the 12x5 bottle holder strapped on it's side that they make, takes the 70400G with hood but without the foot or the 70200G fully equipped, and a TC sitting in the bottom of it.

Colossus VersiPack but also check out the Jumbo and Fat Boy, others too.

I've had this one 8 or 9 years now with no problems, but didn't pay quite that much. But I'd buy it again if I had too, sucks they don't make the Digital Camo version like mine anymore though.
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I've used a smaller LowePro TopLoader for many years; the advantage being that if you do want to take another lens it is compatible with LowePro's lens cases using the SlipLock attachment tab.
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