I’ve 2 backpacks, one that is just a laptop sleeve from 2002 and really is falling apart and the other is a camera backpack.
Me: I need a new backpack. *Starts looking online*
Lily: You mean you “want” one, you don’t “need” a new one. Use the one from Costco. I’m not using it anymore.
It’s this one BTW. I think it’s a little large and doesn’t have padding for a DSLR camera.
In 2008 the whole family went to Disney World and I purchased a Lowepro Fastpack 200 backpack.
At the time I got it for it’s quick access to the camera; you swing the bag off of one shoulder, do a triple somersault, perform a mid-air unzipping of the bag and poof you have your DLSR in your hand before you’ve put your feet back on the ground.
Thinking about it, that’s not a feature I’ve ever used…
That bag went with the family on a cruise, to China (that was an awesome trip) and has seen thousands of miles. It’s a bit small for non-camera related items and doesn’t have a laptop sleeve. My 11″ MacBook Air fits barely but without padding every impact risks breaking it and I do bump into things. One of the zipper straps broke and I replaced it with a keychain ring.
At the moment I’m leaning towards the Tamrac Aero 80 but I need to see it in person. It’s got enough space for my laptop and camera but if I can’t fit the other stuff (salad Tupperware, small assorted junk I carry with me everyday) then it won’t work.
There’s two really big camera stores near me at work so by the end of the week I may get what I need. I mean “want”.