Secure DSLR Bag

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I need a replacement for my now well worn top load DSLR bag. It was a cheapie to start with. Had thought to buy an equivalent Lowepro bag but have seen a Pacsafe secure bag at twice the price. My camera is worth little but my pictures mean lots to me.

Has anyone used one of these ? http://www.pacsafe.com/camsafe-v3-ca...der-bag-3.html
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I guess you could spend twice as much as a Lowepro (which I use) but I don't see (after viewing the link) any really good reason why
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Pacsafe bags and straps are steel wire reinforced to resist bag snatching. I have never had anything stolen from me in India but I once met a pro photographer who had gear snatched in Delhi.

I am curious about the convenience of use of the Pacsafe bag, something that's hard to judge from an empty bag in a shop.
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Yeah, I guess since my own Indian experiences with theft mirror yours, the steel wire reinforcement just seemed a little over the top, especially at twice the price . . . but then again, if I'd had my camera bag snatched . . .
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Re: Secure DSLR Bag

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Originally Posted by unclelach View Post My camera is worth little but my pictures mean lots to me.

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Then perhaps you should make two three copies of your memory card everyday and store them in physical separation. Buying a study bag is not going to help much in my opinion.
If you need a bag then please but one which doesn't look like a camera bag. '' Thinktank urban disguise'' is one such series.
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Somnath, thank you for your advice. In recent times I have lugged a robust, medium sized, day pack everywhere, anytime, while travelling. This day pack contains everything I rely upon when away but it becomes a bother when having a day out sight-seeing. Small vital items I can carry in a belt pouch.

I don't have a security problem with my small camera bag when it is in the day pack but I would like a small bag with more padding than the old one, a main zip that isn't broken, and that is sufficiently tough, water and dust resistant to be carried without needing to be toted in my day pack.
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Thanks mate. The problem with bags, specially for people like me whose gear for the day keeps expanding and contacting, is that there is no single perfect bag. I have realized this after buying at least eight bags that I can remember of which a couple I have sold. Lol. So welcome to the slippery path of camera bags.
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If you are OK with a waistpack like bag unclelach, consider the lowepro inverse series. I have one and it holds the Nikon D7K+18-140 mm VR, two filters and one sb400 flash. There's no room for extra stuff with that save a memory card. The total weight of equipment carried should be over 3lb. I'm comfortable carrying it on the small of my back (and I have a bad back) for several hours at end.

I looked at vanguard series (top loader, similar to pacsafe that I saw on the link you shared) but discarded it as the bag alone felt heavier than I was comfortable with).

Sorry no experience with Pacsafe and also the security issue has been blown out of proportion - the only place I was warned of my camera gear being at risk, was downtown Miami. In India, the wear and tear risk is far higher though.

If your camera is not large, a lowepro model can work (there's wire mesh pocket on the outside to hold a water bottle, as well).
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All thanks to vaibhav_arora, Somnath and Darmabum.

I think my next step is to take my camera along to shops in Melbourne and try it in the different bags discussed here.
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Postscript: After checking Lowepro, Vanguard etc bags I bought the Pacsafe - at a good price because the outlet was relocating.

The bag size and weight are right for me but I won't really know until I have used it a while. I suspect the dual zips that close the top flap may impede fast access e.g. when encountering a subject unexpectedly.
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OOPs . . . getting here a little late it seems (congratulations on making your decision) . . . I think I've done this with a single strap/single camera bag: I'll keep the neck/shoulder strap on, but then I'd ad a waist strap as well, wearing that one like a belt, making it two straps that would have to be cut. Didn't think about this because I haven't done anything too crazy safety-wise while in India . . . this two strap approach I adopted while in Jakarta many moons ago.
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Is it worth investing too much in a dslr bag for a person who would be going out only 2-3 times a year at max.
An absolute amateur with dslr and photography. But I do go hiking in various places and plan to carry the DSLR.
I have a decently big trekking bag. (local make but good quality)

So do I just put in the dslr in a small bag and put it in the trekking bag or do I buy a dedicated DSLR backpack.

Checked these two options - which can also carry my 15.4 inch laptop (on business trips) or which doesn't carry the laptop, but I can remove the camera case and make use of it as a regular backpack as and when required. Both are rather pricey is what I think.
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