Bags for your X – part II

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Do you remember the “bags for your X” post here? There was a lot of interest for this (vintage) bag-collection. (thanks again Martin)

Many of you added their own bags in the comments. So I thought it could be nice to update the post. You’ll find the most clicked bags of the last article, some new suggestions from the comments, the new Think Tank mirrorless mover and TurnStyle 5 bags.

At the end you’ll find a poll where you can vote your 3 favorite bags.

But before we start, FR-reader Dave wrote me that “I was looking at the new Think Tank Mirrorless Mover bags, but it wasn’t obvious from Think Tank’s website that the X-Pro1 would fit in the smaller models. I got a hold of the three smallest bags and took a few images which I posted at the link shown above. I’m thinking that your readers might also be interested in this information?” So check out his flickr [update: the link doesn’t work anymore. I hope Dave will sent me an updated one] here to see how the X-PRO fits in the various mirrorless mover bags.

But now let’s start!

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1) Think Tank Retrospective 5: your eBay / your Amazon / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline

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2) Gariz Leather Bag (website / ebay via slidooyour Amazon)

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3) Billingham Hadley Small: your Amazonyour eBay / composinghands review

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4) Domke F-series: your Amazon or ebay worldwide via slidoo)

(picture: Domke F-803 (ebay worldwide)

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5) Think Tank Hubba Hubba Hiney (ebay worldwide or your Amazon) – review here.

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6) Kalahari L-21 at AmazonGER or ebay worldwide.
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7) Ona Bag The Brooklyn (AmazonUS)… (Ona Bag overview at AmazonUS)
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8) National Geografic NG A2540 (your Amazon / your eBay)

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9) Rollei DSLR Vintage bag at ebay via slidoo

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10) Montgomery Street Courier (your Amazon or ebay worldwide via slidoo)
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11) Think Tank Mirrorless Movers: your eBay / your Amazon / Adorama / BHphoto / Uniquephoto
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12)  Lowepro hatchback 16L: your eBay / your Amazon  photo lovepro_zps77db5ea1.png

13) Think Tank TurnStyle 5: your eBay / BHphoto / Adorama / your Amazon  photo turnstyle_zps32825347.png

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So what’s next? Maybe tripods? Just tell me in the comments your favorite tripod.

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  • Hans

    I was always lusting after the small Thinktank bag, but now I’ve found something that I like better, also from Ona, but smaller than the one that is shown here … it’s called ona bowery: https://vimeo.com/53515330

    • Grant

      Hi , You are missing a few bags here which are ideal, Lowepro event messenger, the new urban messenger, and my own personal bag which i have completed a full detailed review of the Lowepro Classified 160 a.w

    • briny

      I have the Ona Bowery too, love it.

  • Shai

    Hadley small really is the best for the fuji sustem. Gonna hit London next week and finally get it :D

  • Jerome LaPlume

    I think the Hadley Digital will suit even better to the X system than Hadley small.
    I’m a m4/3 user, and it stores easily Omd with 20 attached, 14mm, Oly 45, 45-175, spare battery and a flexible minitripod.
    So, i think it will be enough for a X lovely setup like X-pro1 with 14, 35 and maybe the 56.
    Of course, if you need to carry more gear the Small had more rooms.

    • Shai

      The Digital is also very nice, but offers less bang for your buck. There is really nothing special about it, apart from its looks. I think the small offers much more without being too bulky.

      • Jerome LaPlume

        I’ve forgot to say:I’ve took my digital with a special offer, i paid 100 euro, were the small is about 70% more expensive.
        But it’s true, at the normal price the price difference is a bit too tiny.

  • Robert

    I use the Lowepro Passport Sling, which IMO is a good alternative when you want to travel light. Select it in color Mica and it does not look too much like a camera bag either.

    http://m.bhphotovideo.com/mobile/search?Ntt=lowepro+passport+sling&tab=search

    • Robert

      I use the Passport Sling for the X-E1 + 18-55 plus accessories which easily fits (the bag is expandable if you want to fit more gear).

      If you would like a very compact bag for your X100S that can be carried attached to your belt I can recommend Lowepro Apex 60 AW that fits the X100S perfectly including some small accessories (lens cleaning cloth, hand strap, extra memory cards).

      http://m.bhphotovideo.com/mobile/search?Ntt=lowepro+apex+60+aw&tab=search

  • Johnson C.

    You missed Ona the bowery

  • Jon Remme

    I carry the Think Tank Retrospective 5, the smallest of the canvas retro bags from Think T, into which my X-Pro1 with the XF 35mm fits nicely. There is room for a couple of additional lenses, I always bring the XF 14 mm along, and still room for cellphone, extra battery and even the battery charger if you like. Still it is fairly handy sized – and good looking as well. Very pleased with it indeed.

    • highfructosecorn

      I also have the Retrospective 5. It’s compact but roomy enough for an x pro-1 with lens attached, 2 (maybe 3 if you are using the smaller ones like the 18mm or legacy lenses) additional lenses, small notebook or mini tablet in the back pocket, phone and a few filters. Also, it’s not obvious but there is a rain cover included that fits conveniently in the front pocket.

  • Fel

    Using the Domke bag since day 1. I’ve liked their bags for a long time

  • Lucas

    For me it’s the Crumpler light delight 200. It’s a perfect fit for my X100. All the accessories can go into a separate pouch, which then goes into my day to day backpack. http://www.crumpler.eu/index.cfm?seite=photo&productID=8603&sprache=EN

  • SmartAlec

    We have stooped into a new – talking about man bags.

  • Alex

    I use the Manfrotto Bella II:
    http://www.manfrotto.com/bella-ii-shoul-bag-blk-stile-mbssb-2bb

    It fits my X-E1 with a mounted lens plus one additional lens (18 and 35mm in my case) plus a spare battery and some memory cards. It is a very compact and inexpensive bag (which was what I was looking for). It does not have a cool retro-look or space for more lenses, so if that’s important to you, you should take a look at the other models. I particularly love the looks of the Billingham but I have the impression the Thinktank Movers are more practical. Does anyone have any experiences with them?

  • Tim

    Hi,
    I use the Billingham for Leica for my X100s, really nice bag :)

    I also have a lot of Videos about the x100 on my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TimHeubeckPhoto

    Regards
    Tim

  • Scott

    There isn’t one bag that works well out of a car in the group, For walking they do fine but they lay on there sides making it hard to get to stuff in a car.

  • Hi,
    the flickr-link to Dave’s photos about the Mirrorless Mover bags isn’t working. :(
    Did he remove the photos or can you fix the link please? Thank you!

    • patrick

      It seems that he removed the photos… I cannot contact him because he sent me the link via rumor box (so I don’t know his email). I hope he’ll read this post and send me an updated link soon

  • I have the Hubba Hubba Hiney – the smallest and cheapest of these bags. It fits my X-Pro 1, 14mm, 35mm and 55-200mm lenses, my flash, spare batteries, filters and lens cleaning accessories.

    Not bad for such a small bag.

    • Alan W

      Me too—with same set up. And love it—so tiny, yet it’s well organized, and I can also fit in either the 18mm or the smaller flash. It is pretty tight though. But for a normal day’s walk a round, I love being able to have it slung on my back—I don’t even notice it! Oh—my XP1 also has the RRS grip on it, which adds to the size quite a bit.

  • Why oh why won’t these bag makers put a mesh pocket on the bag so we can carry a simple water bottle! The designers must be Camels.

  • Valentino

    Tamrac Rally 4 is what I use to carry my XE1, fuji 14, 18-55, 55-200 which can even fit a bottle of water in the external side pouch or inside when I am not carrying the 55-200. Love it and it is very affordable

  • J.S

    I use the billingham hadley small, but have just ordered the Think Tank retro 7.
    Billingham for when I dont need too much gear and the TT for when I need all my lenses and some other bits and pieces.

  • R. S. JAMES.

    I used to use a F2 Domke with a Nikon system but due to shoulder problems my son is a happy boy and I now use Fuji X system and I am so pleased, I used a Benbo Mk1 tripod with the Nikon but I seem to have lost some of my little grey cells and I was always worried that one day I would undo the handle and the lot would crash to the ground.
    With the Fuji X system I uses Giotto tripod & mono pod I also use Domke F803 & F6, perfect.

  • I use a Wotancraft Etan, has enough room for a X-Pro1 and 2-3 additional lenses, plus an iPad pocket. Their slightly smaller Ryker also works well.
    http://www.wotancraft.com/shop/bag/etan

  • I love “anybags” which allow me to transform any normal bag into a photo-bag. Totally stealth, very versatile and cheap !

  • I cheaped out and went with a tactical bag for the street. Hangs easy and and has enough room and plenty of pockets. Only $18 and some change. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002BJBIT0/ref=oh_details_o08_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    John

  • Stu

    I also have the Retrospectie 5 which I do like but for longer walking days, hiking and when I want to carry some food and my tripod I really like the Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW backpack. In it I can carry:

    XE-1
    18-55mm zoom
    55-200mm zoom
    35mm prime
    Manfrotto CX4-Pro tripod
    3 litre Camelback hydration pack
    Lunch bag
    Light jacket, hat
    Tablet and other accessories

    It is also big enough to hold my MacBook Pro. The tripod sticks out the top of the backpack but it still works fine like that.

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  • Valéry Villard

    Have the Mekko ISO F2 , a prefect clone of the Domke F2 , but for a better price. It’s exactly the same as the Domke one, an this is a bargain deal !
    http://www.missnumerique.com/iso-mekko-sac-photo-f2-noir-p-2853.html
    I bought it three years ago , and had carried a lot of gear with it. It’s extremely solid ! For that price I doubt you can find even better.

    For the Tripod I use MeFoto (Blue version) from Benro, just for the color… don’t know much about “professional” tripods, but on my point of view this is a serious one, which could fit 90% of the photographers (and maybe 99% of the X-System users due to the lightness of the bodies+lenses).

  • My Manfrotto Art 290 Pro … the Cougar Swatter.

    You guys and your bags. It’s like a bunch of girls. ;)

  • Alex

    My favorite tripod is the RRS TQC-14. I use it with the BH-30 LR head and BXE1 plate with my XE1. The set costs way more than a XE1, but it is in my opinion the best combination of lightness, sturdiness and build quality on the market right now.

  • MrGecko

    Did you look at any of te Kata bags? I use the mid-sized sling for my x100 and the large should be perfect for the X-Pro

  • Will

    Voted for the Retrospective 5, but it is the 7 that I carry. Holds my XE-1, 18, 35, 60, hoods, 3 batteries, 2 chargers, wrist strap, Blackrapid sling, backup phone battery, sd cards, iPad, intervalometer/cable release, and a collection of filters. Could fit one more lens if I had one. Space is pretty well maxed out, but I know where everything is, I’m never hunting, and I can have the bag on my shoulder all day. It’s a perfect bag for travel.

  • Steve-0

    The Think Tank Retro 7 is a great bag. I have it in blue and its super comfortable and can carry quite a lot.

  • The best bag is no bag at all. If your camera is in a bag you are not using it.

  • Alexander Barus

    I have X-M1 with 16-50, 55-200 lens, 35 1.4 lens, and 60 2.4 Macro lens. i will have 10-24 lens in the future. I may buy a second Fujifilm (X-100 or other X body) body in the future. Will carry tripod Slik 300DX and some growing accessories filters inside the bagpack as well. iPad Mini, power cable for charger, extra battery, extra memory card would be added and some other unexpected accesories.

    What would be the ideal bagpack for me? Thanks

  • Martin

    I can highly recommend the Think Tank City Walker series of bags over the Retrospectives. The City Walker 10 for instance is large enough to keep my X-E1 with 18-55mm, 14mm, 55-200mm, some space for additional stuff without getting to bulky at the same time. I had the Retrospective 5, which is large enough if you leave the 55-200 at home.

    The City Walkers are lighter (lighter material than the retrospectives), and much more flexible in my opinion. They have stretching sidepockets for caps or a waterbottle, removable insert and space for a tablet if you care for it.

    Downside: it looks less cool.

  • I use Leica Vlux Camera Bag…
    http://www.harrisoncameras.co.uk/Bags-and-Tripods/Bags/Pouches/Leica-V-LUX-3-Camera-Black-Canvas-Camera-System-Case-18757_18757.htm

    Can put X-E1 + 18-55 monted + 35mm + samyang 8mm + batterie + EF-20 + 4xAA + lens-pen.

    Well design, water-resistant, auto-close with magnetic for quick camera access + zipper for more secured transport.

    Love it !

  • hendrik

    I wonder why there is no Manfrotto Allegra 15W listed. I love the style and use it for my iPad, X-E1 (attached with 18-55) and 35mm. Still some rooms for my mifi modem, couple of pens, and my cell phone
    http://www.manfrotto.com/product/0/MB%2BSV-MW-15BB/_/ALLEGRA_15W_MESSEN_BLK_STILE_P

  • Having ThinkTank, Domke and National Geographic on a same page looks a bit weird. Like, say, having a car page with Porsche, Lamborghini and Toyota Tercel.

  • Robert Neuschul

    The state of modern bag design is a mess; there are no genuinely good bags, just a lot of compromises depending on whatever one can put up with.

    Currently I have Manfrotto Unica VII, Caden/Nat.Geo F2, original 1970s Tenba P [which was designed to take a full Pentax 110 kit with all lenses and motor-drive etc] and an original 1970s Billingham Hadley Small – which is *much* smaller than today’s “small” bag, plus two other much larger 1970s Billinghams which only rarely get used with the XPro – much more usually reserved for the film cameras. Have tried many many others.

    The Manfrotto is perfect as an airline carry-on bag: takes an XPro with several lenses, plus tablet and accessories and has a sealed tripod compartment in the base, but it’s far too ‘stiff’ and cumbersome to use on the street or when hiking – and also because of overall weight when loaded. The interior pocket designs are not ideal for all situations.

    The Caden is OK as a walkabout bag but not ideal for all situations: too fiddly to use at speed, although it’s comfortable and relatively light when holding body+attached lens plus one other lens and batteries etc. Not sufficiently ‘flexible’ in its internal layout but does have a good set of small zipped pockets for batteries/filters etc.

    The Tenba is near perfect if one wants to carry only an XPro with attached lens and either one of X20 or X100s plus batteries and a *few* other bits and pieces in the other pockets. Very non-obvious as a camera bag. Sadly Tenba no longer make anything remotely equivalent to it.

    The small Billingham is great when one only wants to carry an XPro plus 1 other lens, plus batteries, and the fact that it’s now 40+ years old means it’s suitably battered and worn, although it still quite clearly looks like a Billingham, which can sometimes be a disadvantage. Again, Billingham no longer make anything like it, although other makers of fishing and hunting field bags [which is what Billingham started out as] such as Brady and Chapman do make several different bags of a similar type – but these would still require camera inserts to adapt them.

    Major issue with most bags is the thinking behind them: rarely sufficiently flexible in design/layout and often not making good use of space; too many bags whose design assumes one only wants a few tiny accessory pockets, no mesh capture pockets; etc., or else only a couple of giant patch pockets.
    Amongst the things I usually carry with me over and above the cameras lenses, spare batteries and spare cards are: small led torch, a couple of tiny screwdrivers, a swiss army or leatherman knife, a spare pair of glasses, a pair of sunglasses, filters such as NDs, Polarisers etc., a small notepad and a couple of pens, and a small First Aid kit, and of course the inevitable smartphone – and at least one set of lens caps and lens hoods. On some trips I may also carry a tablet with charger pack and relevant cables and/or card readers. Arranging that lot into many of the bags currently on the market – and achieving a workable layout – can be an exercise in gross frustration: one really does NOT want to have to unpack/repack every time one wants to get at these items and one also doesn’t want them sliding around loosely – or squeezing them into spaces that are actually too small. Finally there’s another often overlooked element of bags: keeping the interiors clean: many of them [especially cheaper ones] use fabrics which attract dust and dirt and it can be a PITA to get at all of the smaller areas to clean them properly.

    My “vote” in this particular poll would be “none of the above”.
    I’d probably go for a custom Fogg bag if I were looking for another bag to add to my collection today.

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  • Jim

    Check out f-stop Millar series Shibata – awesome kit bag for a complete xPro-1 system and more. Low key as well after you peel off the tag…

  • Ed

    I’ll put my vote in for a crumpler haven inside an everyday satchel… Total stealth

  • meandering

    For the X100s I use the Lowepro Dashpoint 30, fits very well.
    http://store.lowepro.com/pouches/dashpoint-30

  • Jason

    Billingham L2 may be better than the Hadley small.
    For the x100 I use the blackrapid SnapR35 (www.jasonpitcher.com/fuji-x100s-kit-use/)
    When I need a little more space I’m using a ThinkTank Speed Changer with an old strap added along with the wrist strap from the Snapr35 to connect the blackrapid adapter to. I haven’t found the perfect bag yet.

  • Ben Jacobsen

    too many shoulder bags in here! ha. The mindshift panorama is perfect for the X bodies. I prefer the lowepro hatchback 22L to the 16L as you can fit a full fuji kit in the back but you also gain more room for OTHER stuff with that bag, it’s perfect for a family vacation bag as a carry on… The incase pro DSLR bag is also a great Xmount bag considering I can fit my tripod INSIDE the bag with my ENTIRE fuji kit… I’ve actually been looking at slightly bigger bags -vs- what I’ve used with my DSLR because you can go from your minimal DSLR kit to your entire fuji kit including filters and tripod in the camera section that way.

    Oh, and for a tripod I’ve been loving my sirui n-1204x sunwayfoto fb-28 ballhead. It’s tiny. It’s crucial to find something with legs that invert so you can pack them smaller. Getting down to the ~18″ mark inverted/folded means it’ll fit inside some bags or at least be no taller when strapped to them. I tried the sirui in a metal version first with 5 leg sections but that was too many leg locks for me and the last section was too skinny. So I bit the bullet and went for a 4 section/3 lock carbon setup.

  • Edwin

    you forgot the Lowepro Dryzone 200

  • evannuil

    I had the Billingham Hadley Small for a few years but just bought the Hadley Pro Limited Edition ( http://instagram.com/p/m91esetEJg/ ), to hold my X-T1, 3 or 4 lenses and phone, ipad, spare accu’s and more small things I take with me each day. The Billinghams are very comfertable and light.

  • Alexander Barus

    I use Lowepro DSLR Video Pack 250 AW fits my X-M1 + 16-50 lens, X-T1 + 10-24 lens and other 3 lenses plus Macbook Pro 15″ or iPad/Mini plus Joby gorillapod plus filters plus headphone plus other miscs.

    • James Hunt

      Hi Alexander, Your post has got me thinking. Im looking at either the DSLR 150 or 250 Fastpack Lowepro. Would it be possible to see more images of your 250? I have the x-E2 with 18-55mm, 10-24mm & 35mm. But i’m also looking to get the X-T1 with grip and poss 55-200mm. This would really help. No local camera shops near me so id have to order online. Also do you carry a laptop as well? Many Thanks J

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