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gro2709
07-04-2004, 01:13 PM
I've been looking to buy a new bag, but this time I'd like a combo bag for when I'm travelling by plane that combines my camera and lens and "stuff" with my laptop and its "stuff". Here's my dilema: I DO NOT use a Mac, and therefore my laptop has slightly different dimensions than Macs.

I have two laptops that I can carry (but only one at a time): a Toshiba A45 (13.2 x 11.7 x 1.9) and a HP zd7000 (15.7 x 11.3 x 1.85). I've already looked at, and then discarded the idea of, Tamrac bags because they're too tight to handle the Toshiba, and can't even consider handling the HP. Almost anyone can handle my Nikon D70 and its lens and stuff, but I want to take my laptop with me when I travel and take it as a carry-on.

So, to those who've already been using combo bags, what's the verdict? Any good choices? I've looked at the following on the web but not in person:

Crumpler's Brian's Hot Tub (http://www.crumplerusa.com/products/camerabag/brians_hot_tub.html)
Lowepro's CompuTrekker AW (http://www.lowepro.com/pages/series/trekking/computrekkeraw.htm) and Stealth Reporter 650 AW (http://www.lowepro.com/pages/series/stealth/stealth650.htm),

Is there another manufacturer that I should look at who carries the kind of bag I would like? And what can anyone tell me about these combo bags - durability, ease of customizing interiors, etc.

Thanks!

D70FAN
07-04-2004, 05:52 PM
I just use a Lowepro TLZ Mini and a regular Laptop backpack with an outer pouch. That way I carry the D70 with the kit lens on my belt and have my 70-300 in the backpack (in a lens cover) with my laptop. If I need to ditch the camera through airport security I can put the TLZ Mini in the secondary outer pouch.

Sorry I'm not sure who made the backpack as I recieved it from the CES a couple of years ago, but it is a pretty standard laptop backback.

gro2709
07-06-2004, 08:44 PM
George:

Thanks for your reply. However, I currently have two bags. What I really want is a single bag so I can then carry it on with my small suitcase and not check anything in. My last trip, I ended up checking my camera bag inside my suitcase because I couldn't carry all three pieces. And my camera is better protected than my laptop.

Thanks again.

Greg