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    Camera+Hiking Backpack for RB67

    I'd love to take my RB67 with me to the mountains but I don't want to carry two bags with me. Maybe you know the problem.
    I am looking for backpacks where I can put my camera on top (so I can easily get to it) and have other stuff on the bottom.

    Other suggestions are also welcome?

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    After backpacking repeadedily in the High Sierra for 10 days with a Pentax 67, couple of lenses, and a tripod, I have come to the following conclusions:

    a) I must either get in better shape or drastically reduce the camera equipment weight.
    b) I have serriously considered using pack animals or hiring porters to carry the camera equipment.
    c) Anyway you rearrange the equipment, no matter what pack you use, it's the same weight and pain.

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    I was more thinking of one day trips, rather than carriing a tent, kitchen, bed and a camera with me. ;-)

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    I think any back-pack with an aluminum frame support would suffice. I see them at thrift stores all the time. As long as there's room in the pack for cans of Van Camp's Beanie Weenies and tins of Kippered Herring, it should work.

    On eBay they call them External Frame Packs, I believe.
    5x4, 4x5, Half-Plate, 5x7, 8x10, 6x9cm, 6x7cm, 6x6cm, 6X4.5cm

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    Isn't it a good rule of (packing for) backpacking that you put heavier items at the bottom?

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    I was thinking just what DannL suggested. Look at external frame packs instead of internal frame ones. The internal frame packs end up being narrower and harder to get things in/out of.

    Internal frame packs are more common these days, but a good outfitter store should have a fair selection of external frames. Kelty has several lines of external frame packs.

    I'd definately recommend finding a local outfitter to go try the pack on. Take the camera with you and let the sales guy know what you intend to do. They are going to look at you like you have two heads for wanting to carry something that heavy, but should be more than willing to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannL. View Post
    As long as there's room in the pack for cans of Van Camp's Beanie Weenies and tins of Kippered Herring, it should work.
    I absolutely agree. The Austrian in me always smiles when it comes to wiener würstchen, although I don't live in Vienna I like them too with some mustard and a nice cool glass of beer.

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    If you're using for day trips only then I use a Tamrac Expedition 8x with my RB67 gear. They have the size 6x thru 9x depending upon your needs and physical ability to haul the weight.
    These are camera packs not general backpacks. If you're hauling outdoor gear then you're probably needing more of a backpack.
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    I suggest you take the gear you intend to carry to a camera store and try it in some backpacks and see if it is comfortable to carry.
    Ben

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    I have a Kata R-103. I haven't tried putting the RZ in it yet, but I suspect it should fit. There is also plenty of room for other things including a tripod mount on the outside.

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