Hey guys...it's been a long time. I'm losing my head with the school year and have (very sadly) been neglecting my other love for a while.
I'm going to be taking a group of students to DC in April and looking for a way to combine my camera and needed items into one pack or bag that I can comfortably haul around the city while supervising a gaggle of adolescents.
I usually carry my camera (Canon 30D w/IS 28-135 attached) in a small top-loading pouch, (like a Tamrac pro 7) which I then just stuff in a regular REI daypack. The trouble is, that is pretty bulky and I have to dig around and open two things to get to my camera. Plus, my daypack wasn't really made for that kind of set up as the pack has a small, narrow opening which means I end up in a tug of war in order to retrieve my camera.
I'm trying to come up with a better way to configure this, but I'll still need to be able to hold some every-day items, including a 2" three ring binder with student/parent emergency contact information etc; the regular photo backpack with the closed-foam inserts doesn't quite cut it for me (and I'm not going to be taking all my gear with me, since I'll be leading and supervising kids- no time to do tripod setups, lens changes, etc.)
I do have a Crumpler photo/laptop backpack but it is pretty huge and not really user friendly for shooting out of, since the camera pouch is on the bottom/back of the pack.
Do any of you know of a lightweight pack/messenger bag out there that can hold my 30D and lens, which will still allow me to carry my notebooks etc? Or, should I just buy a bigger, wider-mouthed daypack and continue carrying my camera in its own little top-loading pouch?
Thanks guys, I miss sharing with you all.