The Joe Farace II bag is now LARGER! It's rear compartment will hold a 17" laptop. (not the oversized 17" Powerbook) Lightweight yet durable, it will hold a lot of gear. The flexible dividers allow customizing the interior to accommodate your equipment.
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I think the earlier critique of the size for the computer is accurate, but my laptop is 15 inch and it fits wonderfully. The bag is large! It has to be to carry all that stuff, so I don't feel that is a fair complaint about the bag. I carry this thing virtually every day and I am very comfortable with it. It holds my 1Ds, a 28mm fixed lens and a 28-80mm zoom, a flash unit with a bracket and handle as well as memory cards, tripod adapters, 15 inch laptop computer and all my misc. office suppli...View full Review
I think the earlier critique of the size for the computer is accurate, but my laptop is 15 inch and it fits wonderfully. The bag is large! It has to be to carry all that stuff, so I don't feel that is a fair complaint about the bag. I carry this thing virtually every day and I am very comfortable with it. It holds my 1Ds, a 28mm fixed lens and a 28-80mm zoom, a flash unit with a bracket and handle as well as memory cards, tripod adapters, 15 inch laptop computer and all my misc. office supplies beautifully. It is well contructed and the zippers open and close flawlessly, it even has a rain fly built into a special compartment on the bottom. I wish I had bought it years ago, but the BEST feature this bag has going for it is the fact that it looks like an ordinary carry on suitcase. It has none of the logos or insignia on it or the tell tale looks that tell would be thieves there is several thousands of dollars of stuff in here. If you're looking for a big bag to carry a lot of gear and a lap top in, then buy this one!
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Wanna Be Great Pack, But......
This pack has two capabilities, carry camera gear and carry up to a 17" laptop. Camera gear side is excellent. My Canon 5D with 100-400mm and 24-105mm lenses fit perfectly, along with flash, many filters and other misc. There is plenty of room for my iPod and more. From this side I give the pack 5 stars, despite my 3 star rating. The problem for me, though, is the laptop compartment. It is advertised to hold a 17" laptop. This pack WILL NOT hold a 17" Apple PowerBook. There is not enough heig...View full Review
This pack has two capabilities, carry camera gear and carry up to a 17" laptop. Camera gear side is excellent. My Canon 5D with 100-400mm and 24-105mm lenses fit perfectly, along with flash, many filters and other misc. There is plenty of room for my iPod and more. From this side I give the pack 5 stars, despite my 3 star rating. The problem for me, though, is the laptop compartment. It is advertised to hold a 17" laptop. This pack WILL NOT hold a 17" Apple PowerBook. There is not enough height in the compartment because of the amount of radius to the outside corners. Also, the 15.6" height spec given is really closer to 15.25". A 15" or smaller Apple laptop would be fine and maybe other 17" laptops are physically smaller and would fit, but if you have a 17" PowerBook, steer clear. [...] If I do, I'll have to have three buckle straps added to the back that I can fasten to top of the pack allowing me to put my laptop in, in it's sleeve, and put it in the compartment without zipping it closed. Because the weight of the contents bear on the shoulder straps through the laptop compartment closure system, you can't just leave the compartment unzipped. For reference, all my gear mentioned above along with my laptop weighed in at 28.5 pounds. This amount of weight takes some getting used to slinging up and onto your shoulders. Once up, it was fine. The pack sat well on my back, although a long distance walk would be tiring, and carrying it by it's handle with this much weight is very tiring. You'll find yourself switching back and forth between arms. Without the laptop and a few other misc. items, backpacking it or carrying it would be much easier. It has it's limits. I really like the non-descript look of it. I read somewhere a comment about this pack not screaming "Steal Me" and that is one of it's great virtures. With nearly 10 grand worth of equipment in it, having it call undue attention is not a good thing! Without this issue of the laptop fitting, I would give it 5 stars.
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this thing is huge it holds my nikon d7000, tamron 18-270,tamron 200-500mm,1.4x 1nd 2x teleconverter nikon 600 flash, charger, carry strap, manual,and dell laptop computor, with room left over with all this it is heavy but managable. I am 6'3" and near 300 lbs but it fits me fine.
I bought one of these after I bought a new 4x5 field camera. I've now had it for a year, and I would recommend it. I do a lot of site work in places that are occasionally difficult to get to (old power plants, historic houses, old factories, etc.), and both its light weight and ruggedness have done wonders. It carries the camera, three lenses, associated small gear (loupe, filters, notebook, tape measure), meters, bag bellows, black cloth, and a few film holders with ease. My only caveat is a certain degree of limited flexibility in rearranging the interior space. I was able to position the spacers around the camera very nicely; I couldn't make the area around the small loose stuff fit quite as snugly. That, however, is a minor quibble; otherwise, it has been wonderful.
I travel to several meetings a month of my various military organizations. I normally shoot RAW + JPEG and like to do a little tweaking before giving the pictures to the member that publishes the monthly bulletin. This bag allows me to conveniently carry my laptop along with my other gear.
I traveled alot and used this bag for both my photography equipment and a 17" laptop. After a month, one of the shoulder straps began to rip at the seam that connects it to the bottom of the bag. I went to a tailor and had it sewn back on. A week later the other strap was also off, except this time the bag ripped and now there is a hole on the bottom of the bag. The fact that I could carry both my camera gear and laptop made it a great bag, but unfortunately the material could not hold the weight of two cameras, four lenses, a flash and a laptop. After less then two months worth of use I had to replace it.
It is great to take all my photo gear and a laptop in one pack, with room to spare for a few toiletries, and perhaps a change of wrinkle free clothes. Well padded for protection, and also a pocket for a a few office supplies, such as clipboard, pens, stapler, business cards, a few brochures, etc. Very configurable. Comfortable as a backpack through airports, etc. Too heavy for a field pack unless only carrying a few items, and then it would be bulky with all the empty space. Wish it had a side handle in addition to the top handle, so it could be carried like a regular suitcase. Wheels and a handle might work on smooth floors. Again, this is not for the field unless you are stronger that this old bag of worn out bones.
Large and very well padded. Plenty of room for camera, 3 flashes, accessories, and several lenses. Laptop and power brick have their separate padded pocket. And there is another pocket for office supplies. Shoulder strap adjustment buckles tended to slip under load. Thanks go to previous poster who rethreaded the straps. He cured my problem. Too big and heavy for backpacking in the field, but great for travel to site. Too soon to know if strap stitching will hold, but expect to use suitcase handle more often. Wish it had a side handle and/or wheels.
I have a couple of camera cases, and a camera backpack that I hate and will be unlikely to use...I "won" on [...]. I am VERY happy with the Farace Backpack. Spaces inside are easliy adjusted for lenses, etc. I am on my way back to Costa Rica for a short trip and will be travelling light, but this is perfect for my 50D, 4 lenses, including a 70-200 f 2.8, a strobe and an underwater digital camera and periferals. The laptop fits in very nicely. If, as I hope, it fits under the seat on the plane ( an earlier reviewer says it does) then I will be totally satisfied.
To transport and store equipment.
I own 3 of these backpacks. The new larger sized ones are perfect for holding lighting gear. One holds all of my Canon Speedlites, auxiliary battery packs, RadioPopper wireless transmitter/receivers, Ultimate Light Box modifiers, stand adaptors, plus the odds and ends accessories. The second bag holds my Qflash gear, 3 flash heads, 3 Turbo batteries, 3 sets of Ultimate Light Box modifiers, the Pilot transmitter, stand adaptors, and extra stuff.
Bought this bag to replace an undersized hard case. It does a great job of holding all I need for location shooting. I haven't used the backpack straps... I wonder about the strength, but the top handle is a great way to move it around. Plenty of room for many lenses, camera bodies and flashes plus more. No regrets in buying this one.