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Hi, I have a question for all the lady travelers. I'm going to Scotland in about a month. I am taking my Sony 6000 mirror less camera with two lenses. Would you rather tote a small camera bag or would you rather use a tote bag? I got a JUJU bag for the trip I thought maybe carry it with my camera inside it along with other nessecary things while I am walking about sight seeing. Which do you recommend?

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I am a professional photographer and always carry my camera in some sort of other bag... not a camera bag. Usually I try to travel light with my camera, so when I am walking around I have it over my shoulder with the only lens I bring... a zoom lens. I find switching lenses just inhibits me and I don't want to deal with it.

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Which bag is more comfortable to carry around when fully packed? I would choose comfort over everything else, and preferably a bag that does not look like a camera bag. Will you need to carry both lenses every day?

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Thanks Terri and Jackie. I am caring the sony 10-18 lens and a sony 55-210 lens. Terri which one of these lenses would u choose to take?

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I would take the 55-210, but it all depends on the type of images you want to come home with. I love a zoom and on a few occasions would like a wide angle but not enough for me to carry more stuff. I need to be free to just grab my camera and take images... otherwise it becomes too much work.... even though it is my work:)
You can look at some of my images from Europe at www.terrykathrynlawrence.com (don't know how to do the link, but you can type it in)
Spend your time concentrating on subject matter and not your equipment:) But, above all have fun with your photography.

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I don't know which juju bag you have but the last thing you want is a bag that draws attention and might itself be a theft target. I use an inexpensive, lightweight and insconpicuous Steves day bag to carry everything including the dslr in a holster case when I take it.

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I figured I need the 10-18 for those beautiful landscape pics.
Lee, my juju bag is pale blue and gray. It's doesn't have all those wild designs an colors on it

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Terry, you have some great pictures love the black an white too. What lens did u use?

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Teani... there is always a reason to have another lens... it just depends on you. If you have photoshop and want to take those expansive images with a normal lens you can simply do two or three images in succession and then 'stitch' them together for a panoramic scene. Probably plenty of info on youtube how to do it.
Years ago I used to take two Hasselblads, 4 lenses (fixed) a tripod, an infrared 35mm, a few polaroid cameras for a special technique I was doing, and a complete backpack loaded with boxes of film... as well as the lead bag for my film to go through the x-ray. Times have changed for me, and now my goal is to get beautiful and unforgettable images with the simplest of cameras. Not sure if I have become lazy, old or simply more creative!

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The images were taken over a span of 15 years and about 30 trips to Europe... but my camera of choice these days is a Nikon digital and the lens I use is a Sigma 18-125... If I can't get it with that then it was probably not meant to be. I still travel with lots of photographers and a few of them still haul tons of stuff. I just refuse to do that. I recently took my regular digital and a converted digital infrared Canon with me to Guatemala. I hauled both those cameras into the jungle and the ruins of Tikal in the 100 degree heat. I love some of the infrared images (very ethereal) but after I returned home I sold the camera. There is a smaller alternative that I will probably purchase, but I need to travel light!

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Hi, I bought a Posey 2 bag a month or so ago. Here's a link:
http://kellymoorebag.com/blog/2013/07/kelly-moore-bag-spotlight-the-posey-2/
I'm really happy with it. It is a camera bag and a purse, which looks like a purse in my opinion. It appears to also be waterproof. Mine is a dark yellow. I've been using it since I received it as I like having my camera with me and wanted to test it. It should even hold everything I want to have in my personal item except maybe my nook, which I'll put in my pocket. I just have a Canon Rebel t2i and usually have my 50 mm lens on the camera. After reading TerryKathryn's posts, maybe I should change to another lens, but I will only take one. Wray

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Thanks, but Kelly Moore bags are a little out of my price range.

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I am not a professional photogapher. I carry a Nikon D3300 and up to 2 lenses. I do one of two things:

-Carry a somewhat larger bag that I can put the camera in as well as all the other stuff I carry (I have a padded sleeve for the camera, then it can go in it's own compartment in a larger bag). This is the bag I use, in gray, the camera goes in the middle insulated part that they say is for food. The insulation seems to be good padding :) I think any larger bag would be fine as long as the camera is protected.

-Carry a very small purse and a tote bag for the camera. Not a camera bag, just put the camera in a plain tote, like a shopping bag. Usually this is at night when I'm going out somewhere a big bag would look silly and I just carry my camera with a fast lens for low light, in the padded sleeve.

I prefer the larger bag, it seems easier to keep track of one bag vs. two. I don't think a camera bag is necessary for a camera and 2 lenses. For a pro with a huge camera and a series of lenses, definitely, but not for me (a tourist with a hobby).

I also carry a very small, good quality point and shoot. There are times that the big camera is a hinderance and the point and shoot can be helpful. Street photography in rougher areas. Tight spaces.

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I like that bag! Assuming your camera and lens fit, along with whatever else you like to carry, it should work fine. The main section doesn't seem to have a pocket that's camera size so you will want a thin protective camera sleeve or case to protect it from crumbs, keys and junk.

Obviously return it if you don't like it, but something like it should be good.

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Mira and Teani, I like both of your bags. The only thing I like in addition to your bags is a shoulder strap so I can use it cross body on occasion, but that is my personal preference. And for the price of Kelly Moore bags, here's a hint (which I never would have done before reaching 60, sadly) is go to a camera shop which carries this line, pick a feature you don't like, and bargain them down. The stitching was bunched in five stitch area. They seem to have given me most of their profit margin, as for their price I want it perfect. I think camera stores get more hi tech people than fashion demanding people (but I am not a particularly fashionable person, btw) so the turnover on the camera/purse bags is slow. Just my take. Second time I ever did this, but will do it again, and I am fixing the stitching too, as it bothers me because I sew, wouldn't bother most others. I expect to use this bag for at least another 20+ years…but then whenever I think I've found the perfect bag another one comes along. Wray

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Mira, it does have two deep pockets inside but they don't zip. It has one zipped pocket but it not big enough for camera

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This is a great little backpack that I use all the time, now.

http://www.photogear.com/p-332020-lp35185-lowepro-flipside-300lp35185-backpack-camera-bag?gclid=CIToj-6StsUCFdSTfgoduFkAuw

It's small, light, carries the camera the 28-80 lens on, and my 75-300 zoom, plus extra batteries flash cards etc, and has a water bottle pocket, and a tripod holder on the outside. The best thing about this bag is that the main compartment cannot be accessed by thieves because the zipper is against your back when you are wearing it.