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Best bag for camera and laptop as hand luggage/work bag?

Asked by sharl (424points) April 11th, 2008

I’m traveling later next week with a new camera (EOS 40D and 17–85) and a MacBook. I’m trying to make the best choice for a new bag. I’ll be carrying them onto the plane (hopefully with a few more small items) and I’ll need to carry them to work most days. Should I try for one bag or two separate ones? Recommendations? I’m currently using a smallish laptop shoulder bag and a LowePro TLZ, which just about stash together in sports bag, but I don’t fancy carrying this everywhere. Maybe a Crumpler that takes both but isn’t too big? Help!

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peedub's avatar

I use on of these. Mine is padded well and durable.

babygalll's avatar

They have the types of computer bags/briefcase that rolls like the small luggage. It works great, because there are a lot compartments for all your stuff and it is like a computer bag. You don’t have to put it on it’s side to open it. It’s up right already.

hairypalm's avatar

garbage bag works great and is very instyle. Hehe. Nah just go to bestbuy, they have a big selection of cases for your needs.

steelmarket's avatar

Check out the Tamrac Velocity bag. Strap goes over one shoulder like a shoulder bag but swings around behind you like a backpack. Fits my 30D like a glove and is very light.

sndfreQ's avatar

A good place to research:

and my personal faves are:


That new boa case (the Boa Case M shoulder bag) seems to be really wide and padded (should accommodate both a laptop and a DSLR cam plus accessories); they come at a premium, but booqs are extremely well padded, and have lasted me 5 years without a scratch or seam pop; plus the straps are seatbelt-grade. My highest recommendation (and I’m a laptop bag whore! Don’t tell my wife LOL- j/k she already knows and agrees!)...

If you want to be trendy:


bpeoples's avatar

This might be a little excessive for you, but it does carry a laptop + a camera. It’s more of a camera bag that also carries your laptop. The Kata R-103 is a rugged camera backpack designed for carrying stuff long distances (has all of those straps), it also has a slot for a laptop. I’ve not yet tried to get it on a plane, but it should be within carry-on size.–1

(Kata also makes body armor for media in war zones:—maybe it’s just the marketing, but this bag seems just as tough)

(To continue my ramblings, I did once pack only a camera bag—prior to having this backpag—when travelling for business—it actually made quite the nice carry-on bag.)

mcbealer's avatar

I have a Mobile Edge backpack that has made many trips through airports. I like it because it’s discreet. I also treated it with a waterproof spray so it’s good for those unexpected showers.

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