What do people think about Thinktank or Crumbler shoulder bags? too purselike? worth their price for a medium rangefinder?
Looking at Thinktank Retrospective 10
I have the Retrospective 5 for my micro 4/3 stuff and it is the best bag I have bought - use it all the time and is great as a travel bag on the plane along with your normal carry on.
The TTP Retro bags are probably the best shoulder bags that have ever been made. Tardis-like interior space, tons of well thought out pockets, great strap that's mounted just right so that the bag doesn't hang crooked, excellent build quality, and they look as nondescript as a packed camera bag can.
Crumpler, on the other hand, sucks. I used one heavily for a few months while shooting for a student paper and it made me swear the brand off. Stiff, heavy fabric, which isn't waterproof in the least. Fiddly latches. No back pocket for documents, and the only good storage place for small accessories is inside the flap and will dump them all out if you forget to zip it, plus it makes stuff like flash cords smack your gear when you open and close it. Way too much velcro, and it's so strong that it didn't take long for the fishnet pocket inside the big front pocket to start fraying from the strain of opening and closing it. Oh, and they hang crooked and rub the crap out of your side, and they can't stand up on the floor when you put them down loaded. Just terrible bags for serious use. Their backpacks seem kinda okay though.
What are peoples' opinions for bags that hold laptop + camera?
I already have a Timbuk2 classic messenger in medium that I put some inserts in & used when I carried a 13" laptop & a DSLR with a huge lens. But now I carry a smaller 12" laptop & have sold the DSLR so am more likely to carry a rangefinder & maybe a TLR. The Timbuk2 is far too big & I've been looking for alternatives.
The Domke F802 looks nice, but I'm not sure whether there is space behind the divider for a laptop?
I don't usually carry a laptop on the road. I have a small eeepc that I use when traveling, and it doesn't really require its own bag - so basically I just carry a camera bag.
I own quite a few bags. I have a Crumpler laptop bag, a Timkuk2 messenger bag, a few other bags by miscellaneous manufacturers, and several bags by Kata.
9 days out of 10, I use a Kata bag (typically a modified AP-321). I have a bunch of reviews of them on this site if you are interested. Check the home page.
I use a billingham hadley pro and have a lenovo x220. Fits perfectly behind the camera padding and can fit my bessa r4m with a voigtlander 21mm f/4 in one of the three sections in the camera pad. I imagine it can fit the bessa and an m2 + 1-2 extra lenses pretty easy.
I have loads and rather than try to note them all down, I will someday photograph them and post on here.
I've liked the Retrospective series for some time now, and one to fit an 11" Macbook Air would be very interesting. My Hadley Pro can do that too, but it's not designed for it, so having a bag that could carry it as well as cameras and lenses would be appealing.
I've recently been looking at the Kata "Access" series. I'm biased against 'holster' bags, but these have impressed me with their side pockets that make good use of space and can hold a surprising amount. I could see one of these in my middle-to-distant future.
Zounds...I'm being deficient in my duties to not have a comment here. I'll check it out and get back with a comment.