Originally Posted by Roikins
Um, well, yes, he was asking for a recommendation, idea, or if people's opinions IF it was possible -- my reply was that it wasn't possible, and you jump all over me. Pardon me for expressing my opinion that's contrary to yours. Asking for a way to carry around an SLR without looking like a tourist or photogeek is like the OP asking if there's a stylish way to wear an Bluetooth headset -- the instant you put the headset on, you're not stylish. And quite frankly, reading some of the posts, it seems like other SLR users have also accepted the fact that once you have an SLR out, there's no way to avoid the "tourist" look. Really, the only way to avoid that look would be to go the exact opposite way and look like a pro-photog.
Heh, Its not that I have a problem with your opinion, its that I have a problem with your attitude. If you had said "I don't believe that there are any camera bags in the world that look stylish" or "SLR's are inherently unstylish and ugly" that would have been your opinion. Of course, it would have been an opinion that was very well covered in this thread already. That isn't what you said. Of course. You didn't even address the OP's question originally. You went on about how much gear you carry, and how unrealistic (for most people) a scenario you claim to be in where its impossible for YOU to be stylish. That wasn't an opinion, that was a diversion. Hell, even the weight issue is kind of ridiculous. It sort of makes me wonder what you all are carrying in your bags if a camera, a couple of lenses, a flash, and some peripherals are weighing 20lbs. Even the beefiest Canon DSLR like the 1DS Mk III, and a pro series telephoto lens in a "normal use" range like the Canon EF 70-200mm 1:2.8 L IS USM (combo pictured below) weigh around seven pounds together. With a flash, and even two more non-telephoto IS lenses, an extra battery, some filters, and the bag, you'd still be short of 20lbs.
And yes, this thing is a monstrosity. If you are trying to carry that setup around, it will be nearly impossible to do so stylishly. On the other hand, a Leica R3 or one of the new Olympus E-420's which are incredibly small and light for a full featured SLR camera, a couple decent lenses, filters, battery, and flash will come in under 10lbs. Easily. Hell, I'd be hard pressed to come up with a 10+ lb bag for a Nikon D90 or a Canon 5D Unless you are carrying thirty or fourty rolls of film with you, or hundreds of media cards, or a hard drive... I'm not sure what you guys are complaining about. I think these are relatively beautiful machines. I wouldn't hesitate to call the Leica Stylish. I think the Oly is pretty unobtrusive and classic at the least.