So, in an attempt to defeat bulkiness, I sought out a new bag. After much searching, I became aware of the LowePro Classified 160AW. Having used it on and off, I have to say, so long as I don't need a laptop on my person, I love it. :)
A short discussion had folks wondering what I put in it. So, since pictures can do a better job than words alone:
|Gear I normally pack into my FastPack350
With the exception of the MBP, everything fits into the Classified.
|Nothing in my sleeve... yet.
|In goes the 50mm/1.4
|Next goes the 70-200/2.8, lenshood is extended!
|In goes the camera with mounted lens... FYI, the camera
can be stowed away with the 70-200/2.8 mounted, in this bag.
|Yep, it closes.
|The iPad goes into the sleeve pocket.
|The card holder, extension tube, and pack of batteries in
the outter most pocket.
|And there it is. All full and happy.
Note, one of the original reasons why I opted to get a Fast Pack 350 was because a good deal of weight on one shoulder/arm/etc. can cause a good deal of strain. This is no different. There is a belt you can hook onto the main strap and one of the D rings to stabilize the bag as well as take some weight off your shoulder. I strongly recommend using it, unless you like neck/shoulder/back pain.
The FastPack 350 can hold all that and more, thanks to an extra large top pocket. The FastPack 350 can also hold up to a 17" laptop. Fits the 15" just fine. Note, with all that gear AND the laptop, it gets heavyenough that you might still get some back pain.