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| p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Bags that don't shed fibre and flakes of foam? Sick of LowePro. |
I've had a big phototrekker AW backpack (still my favourite for lugging enormous quantities of gear or big cameras like a 4x5), the magnum shoulder bag (I don't recall the exact model name/number), a larger holster-style shoulder bag with clip-on lens pouches, and a couple of smaller holster bags (small SLR & zoom lens style). All of them have made these annoying white flakes that get all over all my gear; I think it's some remnant of the foam inside the dividers and padding that works its way out through the relatively coarsely woven fabric covering.
They've all done it pretty much from day one, and it gets worse with age. I've tended to work around it by keeping the lenses in their own separate pouches (e.g. those Canon leather bags that come with higher end lenses), but this is an annoying solution and I've reached a point where I'm totally fed up with it.
I'd love to try a few other brands, but the bags I want tend to be ~$150+ and that's a lot to spend on experimental purchases. If it turns out that all bags tend to shed fibre and particles and that I've just got to learn to suck it up, I'll save myself the trouble/expense and just stick with what I have.
The only thing that drives me really nuts is trying to figure out if I'm just way too sensitive or not - I've never heard others complain about Lowepro bags like this, but it's been a consistent headache for me with every single one I've owned. Always exactly the same kind of shed little round white flakes ~1-2mm diameter that get all over everything.