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Thread: co pilot as camera bag?

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    co pilot as camera bag?

    I saw the recent blog post review which has made me rethink the possibility of this bag as a camera bag for general travel not for when I will need all my equipment but rather a vacation or every day walk around bag

    so what I would want to use it for:

    canon 7d body
    24-105 lens
    17-55 lens
    flash

    battery charger
    wipes
    cf cards
    spare battery

    Now in the review it said you could probably fit a small slr but the canon 7d is not small but based on everything that was in this bag I am wondering if it would be possible to fit the above

    Or the pilot MIGHT be better for this purpose

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    Is this the Blog post you read? It seems to show that all you have listed would fit. Perhaps some the people who posted on the thread could answer your questions. Darcy even posted pictures of the Canon 7D in the Co-Pilot.

    http://www.tombihn.com/forums/questi...amera-bag.html

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    no I did not see that.... thanks for posting that. it helps. I am thinking the pilot might be the better route to go though. In that thread there was the suggestion of putting foam on the bottom. I have an insert from another bag that might work in it to provide more protection.

    I have gone through so many camera bags I have ones that are so so ok,ones I think are going to solve my issues and they don't. the pilot is a bit bigger in all its dimensions and I think that might work just a bit better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdophoto View Post
    it said you could probably fit a small slr but the canon 7d is not small but based on everything that was in this bag I am wondering if it would be possible to fit the above
    You might be able to shoehorn all those things in the Co-Pilot, but -- depending on your needs/uses -- it might not be optimal.

    The C-P is a fantastic little bag for EDC or a personal item when traveling. Bear in mind that it is not designed as a camera bag, though: there is no padding to protect your expensive electronics and glass, and only a layer of Dyneema between the main compartment and the front ones.

    As a traveler, I definitely recommend the Co-Pilot as a small personal item bag.

    As a photojournalist, though, I would not go to it as my first choice for full-size DSLR bodies and lenses (other than perhaps for short-term carry that does not necessitate quick access or thorough protection).

    YMMV.

    Good luck finding the right bag for your needs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bb93fo57 View Post
    As a photojournalist, though, I would not go to it as my first choice for full-size DSLR bodies and lenses (other than perhaps for short-term carry that does not necessitate quick access or thorough protection).
    Same for me. Whilst I love TB bags, they are also not the first choice for me when I carry my SLR. With $1000's of body + lens, I do not want any damage. So for this task, I always use one of my LowePro bags. In my opinion, it is better to use specialised manufacturers for very specific requirements such as carrying photographic equipment.

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    I currently use my Co-Pilot (ballistic nylon) as a camera bag reasonably often, but particularly when travelling if I didn't want to back yet another bag for my camera gear. Granted, my camera is a little smaller than yours, but generally my load out is something like this:
    • Olympus E-M1 (formerly an E-P3 or Panasonic GF1 with respective EVFs)
    • M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 Pro
    • Panasonic-Leica 25mm f1.4 Summilux
    • Either a Panasonic 7-14mm f4.0 or a 100-300 f4-5.8 (depending where I'm going, what I think I need; wide or long)
    • occasionally either an FL-50 or FL-300R flash unit
    • spare batteries
    • a few filters
    • spare SD cards

    This generally all fits in a rather small Ape Case camera insert I got on Amazon that is only 3.5" wide externally. The above represents the larger load out; I can also go much lighter with just a few prime lenses instead of the honkin 100-300 (200-600mm equivalent focal length).

    With the above in the camera insert, I can drop this straight into the main compartment of the CP and still have room to the side for something. If I'm shooting and not carrying much else, I'll often leave the 100-300 or 7-14 there so that the insert isn't so tightly packed and I can more easily get the camera in/out. If you put a lot of stuff in the front pockets, the gear will jut out a bit on the back of the bag.

    The way the CP opens and the way it sits can actually make using it as a camera bag a little annoying if you are constantly going in and out of the bag, changing lenses, etc. I find that if I wear the bag backwards (rear pocket out) on those occasions, it works a little better since my body isn't pushing the pocket closed all the time.

    I should have a dyneema Pilot arriving tomorrow. I can't take come comparison pictures of the insert and my load out in both bags for comparison if you want. Given that you use a 7D with physically much larger lenses than I do, you might want something larger than a CP, but it could work depending on how pad your gear.
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