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Backpacks

  1. M Stat
    To anyone who actively goes into the field to photograph the landscape, what are you using to transport your gear?
  2. Robert Brummitt
    Robert Brummitt
    A sherpa! :-)
    Sorry couldn't resist.
    I have a Loe Pro aw for my 8x10 and a Wolff sunpak for my 4x5.
    But I don't carry either of these far from the parking lot.
  3. gmikol
    gmikol
    Depends on how far I'm going and what else I'm carrying.

    If I don't need to take other (non-camera) stuff with me, I'll use a Mountainsmith Tour Lumbar Pack. It can accommodate my 6x7 body/back/prism/lens, plus an extra back, small light meter, and a couple of extra lenses if I want. It also works nice for my digital Rebel & lenses.

    For longer day-hikes, I use 44-liter daypack. It has full zipper front panel (as opposed to top-loading), and 2 full-length zipper pouches on the sides that I can reach into without taking the pack off. I can fit 2 lenses in each side (or teleconverters, or extension tubes, or filter pouches.) SLR+lens hung from the shoulder straps using Tamrac "Backpack Camera Straps" (N-11). Detaches with a quick-release buckle for taking the pack off or shooting using Live View. If I hook one of the 2 sides under the chest strap of the pack, it tends to keep it from bouncing against your chest (or gut) as you walk. Camera is "wrapped" in a Zing neoprene "camera condom" (as my wife likes to call it). All the camera gear, plus a tripod (Gitzo 1126 or a cheap carbon-fiber), water bladder, food, first-aid and the rest of the "10 essentials" fits pretty well.

    For overnight/multi-day. I still hang the SLR+lens from the shoulder straps of my backpack. Lighter weight lenses (like the 70-300 IS as opposed to the 70-200 f/2.8 L, and 24-85 instead of 24-70 L) go in padded pouches that hang from the waist-belt of the pack. Tripod still gets strapped to the side of the pack.

    You asked...so there's your answer

    --Greg
  4. M Stat
    M Stat
    Thanks for your input, the reason for my asking is that I came upon this web site, www.photobackpacker.com, and found it to be worthwhile for pondering. I also use the Lowe Pro AW but I feel that there must be a better alternative out there, somewhere. I'm still trying to get rid of excess weight in my 4"x5" system.
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