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1. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 12:20 PM Saturday 06 December, 2003

I'm struggling with this bag thing. Sorry, rucksack. Billingham - Leather, Canvas, Brass/Nickle plated steel. Built like a brick **** house. LowePro - good design/layout, made in China, plastic/plastic, bit mass produced. I don't consider the Billingham's as expensive by comparison. So why isn't everyone buying Billinghams? You can see my dilema, what am I missing? Anyway, if I buy an LX winder, the bag's on hold. I need to get back out to the states soon, so it can't wait for ever. Hmmm... - Ian.


2. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:45 AM Saturday 06 December, 2003

Updating trends, Globetrotter? I have cut back to two LX bodies, losing too the motor drive while it has value, keeping two winders. These are retained because of the meter until film becomes obsolete (+- 5 years), for K mount MF lens use, retained along with AF bodies too with built-in advance. I even keep a Chinon 7PM body because of its built-in capacity to photograph flowers opening and closing, and clouds in passage. No Chinon optics though: 95% Pentax, then Tokina, Tamron, Sigma, one each. Only in a long zoom and long primes, where so.

No Mico, no 18mm: there was some clouding in a small section of an inner element group--so, no go. Did you get the 1.4X AF converter? The only way I think it can work with the AF body and long lens combo we discussed is with the auxillary battery pack, with the latest non nicad AA rechargeables so mounted (with their superior high MAmp ratings), otherwise the body focus motor will be too slow. Any luck on this?

Billingham strikes me as more expensive that LowePro; other brands of photo packs, in descending order of costs: Tamrac, Tenba, Beseler. The last one is not quite as good as the others named, but is far cheaper. When occasionally used with backpacks, I just carry an insert and individual cases for fieldable gear. I too have a Tamrac Photo-vest used on some shoots to cut down on carrying bags (six bags for various uses and gear to date, though I try to use only two if not with assistance).

There is good stuff out there used and new, all the way around. But ask many questions to get appropriate answers.--Jay


3. From : Anton (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 04:41 AM Saturday 06 December, 2003

Not on your nelly but... three is enough don't you think. I'm actually into my Pentax 6X7 at the moment I like the slow considered approach it forces on me and if I don't like my composition I can crop to a quater of the frame and still have a bigger neg than 35mm! The LX is great with my flash setup (AFT400Z's firing into Lastolite umbrella boxes) letting the LX take care of the exposure but generally I prefer natural light or tungsten and the beautiful Gossen Lunasix-s taking incident readings.

I've knocked up a site, it's not very good but I keep chipping away at getting better: www.antonbrowne.com

AB


4. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
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Date : 03:21 AM Saturday 06 December, 2003

Not getting rid of all your LX bodies are you Anton?!


5. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
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Date : 12:59 AM Saturday 06 December, 2003

Jay, what happened with K 18/3.5 you have mentioned once? M.


6. From : Anton (handmaid@fsmail.net)
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Date : 08:41 PM Friday 05 December, 2003

Ian, I've had in mind to rid myself of one of my LX's with winder and grip. I'll mail you direct to see if you're interested. Don't use my address that you see here, I get so much spam I just delete ecerything when I log-on.

Anton


7. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 06:38 PM Friday 05 December, 2003

I use both CCS (Camera Care Systems) and Lowe Pro camera bags. For years I've used a special photographer jacket made by CCS (now no longer made, I think!) which allowed me to carry a complete camera system (2X LX bodies, motordrive, 24mm, 28mm, 100mm macro, 200mm, 300mm, and 400mm lenses, two flashes, filters, cords, infared system, films, etc)with no need for bags and both hands free. All the pockets are padded and include velcrose seals. The large back pocket fits a big lens upto 300mm f/2.8 or a Manfrotto tripod with ball head.

For years I've managed to get away with carrying a lot of my gear in this jacket + another extra bag as hand luggage on International flights, because the jacket is classified as clothing and not weighed in!

My old CCS 'elephant-nosed' SLR bags with snow-seal covers have long been worn out, and for the last decade I've been using LowePro SLR hip bags + wide CCS belt, although these are now also on their last legs and I need to look for new ones to replace them.......or so my girlfriend tells me...because she reckons I look like a tramp when I wear them! (At least thieves don't realise the expensive cameras + lenses are inside).

When I'm not using the CCS camera jacket, I just place two LowePro SLR hip bags + belt + flash + 300mm, 24mm, 20mm, and 200mm lenses inside an EMS (Eastern Mountain Sport) bag and a Manfrotto tripod is clipped to the top. This package is allowed as hand luggage on ALL flights.

I also own a special LowePro rucksack to fit big lenses up to 600mm f/4, + SLRs + smaller lenses, tripod etc and is connected to a harness system.

The only thing I don't like about LowePro is the high price, especially for the largest rucksacks. Some good deals can be found on Ebay, but seeing that they are now made in China, and the stitching on some products is not always 100% (make sure you check the double stitching when you buy a new product), then surely the prices could be lowered. £300 for a camera bag is a bit steep!


8. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 09:31 AM Friday 05 December, 2003

I really like the Lowe Pros. And if the Billingham 25 didn't exist, this would be easy. But I really like the materials and build quality (the best I've seen at any price). They don't have enough pockets, internally and externally (stock). Whereas the Lowe Pro rucks have plenty, and well designed too. Still undecided. Thanks for the comments. - Ian.


9. From : Mico (micolx@netscape.net)
Url : http://
Date : 02:36 AM Friday 05 December, 2003

I vote for LowePro back-packs too. M.


10. From : Jay Hart (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:25 AM Friday 05 December, 2003

Ian, For me the ability to both have an effective dust/rain seal, and to quickly access and secure gear is essential. Domkie and Billham products at one time lacked both weather zippers and a fast secure strap system, having the latter, not the former. Even then some of the fastners seemed classically antiquated. I like Lowe Pro gear, bought out by a British company some sixteen years ago from the originators of it (Greg Lowe grew up and started it all in Boulder County, Colorado. His designs included a first suspension system for internal frame backbacks, still basically in use by Lowe Alpine, and the soft camera bags of heavy nylon advanced as Lowe Pro gear).

Also, WA to tele zooms all have some distortion at both ends. Even the newer designs with LD/ed GLASS and AL GLASS elements still so distort at both ends by design limits. It becomes more vital to use he WA on horizontal or vertical axis with zooms to minimize this apparent affect. Let us know how your first roll turns out. --Jay


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