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f-stop Guru, reviewed by FarmerTed1971

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Overall Rating9.5
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Durability10
Compartment Logic9.5
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Security9.5
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FarmerTed1971
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May 06, 2015 23:21 |  #1

Just received my Guru today after figuring out a seven mile hike sucked with my Crumpler 7MDH over my shoulder and my tripod held in hand the entire way. I did about two months worth of casual research and decided upon the f-stop Guru due to the overwhelmingly positive reviews everywhere I looked.

What I purchased:
Guru backpack - Foliage Green - $149
Medium Slope ICU - $85
Small Rain Cover - $19
Small Gatekeeper Straps - $12
Shipping $15
Grand total = $280

The bag comes in Black, Foliage Green and Malibu Blue. When I was originally ready to buy a few weeks ago only the Blue was in stock. I emailed them and they promptly got back to me stating that more colors were due to arrive any day now.
Sure enough, less than two weeks later the Foliage Green was available.

Received today and via UPS Ground in a 20 x 9 x 12 x cardboard box.Opened up to find the pack and ICU enclosed in individual woven totes, a nice touch.

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The bags screams quality. Really nice stitching and places all over to attach extra accessories.
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The ICU itself is a very nice padded insert that can easily be removed to store by itself and swap out another ICO or just use the pack as a day pack without camera gear...
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I inserted the ICU from the top front and adjusted the compartments for my 6D and assorted lenses. Very easy to do with velcro dividers and a few keepers as well.
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A few more various shots...
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I loaded it up with quite a bit of stuff and it feels nice on the shoulders. First impression is VERY good. I think I'm really going to like this bag.

I'll update when I actually get to take it out for some field testing.

Getting better at this - Fuji Xt-2 - 18-55 - 35 f2 WR - 50-140 - 6D - 135L - 70-200 f4L IS - 600EX-RT x2 - ST-E3-RT - flickr (external link) - www.scottaticephoto.co​m (external link)

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FarmerTed1971
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May 06, 2015 23:22 |  #2

A few more photos...

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Getting better at this - Fuji Xt-2 - 18-55 - 35 f2 WR - 50-140 - 6D - 135L - 70-200 f4L IS - 600EX-RT x2 - ST-E3-RT - flickr (external link) - www.scottaticephoto.co​m (external link)

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Tommydigi
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May 06, 2015 23:32 |  #3

Nice review and photos. I was all set to order the exact same set up but I ended up getting the Kenti because of the side access.


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May 06, 2015 23:54 as a reply to Tommydigi's post |  #4

Thanks. It looks like BOTH are really nice. I liked the idea of setting the Guru on its back and opening from the rear to access everything. In practice we'll see if that works as planned.


Getting better at this - Fuji Xt-2 - 18-55 - 35 f2 WR - 50-140 - 6D - 135L - 70-200 f4L IS - 600EX-RT x2 - ST-E3-RT - flickr (external link) - www.scottaticephoto.co​m (external link)

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wicktron
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Jun 12, 2015 20:07 |  #5

Looks like an awesome and functional bag




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FarmerTed1971
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Jun 12, 2015 20:12 |  #6

Took it on it's first hike last weekend about 4 miles roundtrip. Probably 20 lbs total. Felt like nothing on my shoulders. VERY comfortable.


Getting better at this - Fuji Xt-2 - 18-55 - 35 f2 WR - 50-140 - 6D - 135L - 70-200 f4L IS - 600EX-RT x2 - ST-E3-RT - flickr (external link) - www.scottaticephoto.co​m (external link)

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Jun 15, 2015 16:50 |  #7

Looks nice! Will it take larger ICU's, or is the size Medium the largest it will take? Do you strap your tripod to the side?


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Jun 15, 2015 16:58 |  #8

According to their website the Medium Slope is the largest it will take. You might be able to squeeze a Large Slope in there but it would not be accessible from the rear zipped access hatch.

Yes, the tripod sits in the mesh pouch on the bottom and you use the bottom and top straps to hold it in. It's very secure.


Getting better at this - Fuji Xt-2 - 18-55 - 35 f2 WR - 50-140 - 6D - 135L - 70-200 f4L IS - 600EX-RT x2 - ST-E3-RT - flickr (external link) - www.scottaticephoto.co​m (external link)

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Apr 18, 2016 23:27 |  #9

Coming up on a 1 year anniversary and I can count on one hand the amount of times I've used a bag OTHER than this Guru. This backpack is absolutely excellent for me.

I take it with me everyday and it really shows no wear and tear. All zippers function flawlessly and I've even used the rain cover a few times.

Currently in the bag is:
6D with L-Bracket and mounted lens
7D2 as backup
2-3 other lenses depending on the day
2 extra batteries
TC80N3 remote
Pelican card holder
1 600EX-RT and/or Lee filters
Rocket Blower
assorted other small stuff...

Two of my friends also have f-stop bags (Tilopa and Loka, I believe) and they love them just as much.
There is rarely a time when I wish I had a larger pack. For a city pack or day hike it's perfect.


Getting better at this - Fuji Xt-2 - 18-55 - 35 f2 WR - 50-140 - 6D - 135L - 70-200 f4L IS - 600EX-RT x2 - ST-E3-RT - flickr (external link) - www.scottaticephoto.co​m (external link)

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jlt23
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Apr 19, 2016 01:19 |  #10

I have a Guru too and it's great great size. Too bad they don't make them anymore. The lotus seems much larger.


James

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Apr 19, 2016 07:41 as a reply to jlt23's post |  #11

I didn't know that. Bummer.


Getting better at this - Fuji Xt-2 - 18-55 - 35 f2 WR - 50-140 - 6D - 135L - 70-200 f4L IS - 600EX-RT x2 - ST-E3-RT - flickr (external link) - www.scottaticephoto.co​m (external link)

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Mooch55
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May 22, 2016 22:28 |  #12

Hey all. I have been researching bags for a while now and have narrowed it down to the Guru or the Kenti due to their small form factor. It looks like both models are now discontinued, although the Kenti is still for sale on their website. After seeing one of their larger bags used in person I decided that I liked the rear loading ICU system rather than the Kenti's side access. Just seemed easier to change lenses from. I found a seller on Ebay that is still selling the Guru brand new, and he has a bunch available. Wish me luck!




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May 22, 2016 22:43 |  #13

Be weary... F-stop bags are sold manufacturer direct. I wonder how that seller has a bunch of them. I'd ask some questions before purchasing... probably even contact F-stop and ask if the bags are genuine.


Getting better at this - Fuji Xt-2 - 18-55 - 35 f2 WR - 50-140 - 6D - 135L - 70-200 f4L IS - 600EX-RT x2 - ST-E3-RT - flickr (external link) - www.scottaticephoto.co​m (external link)

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May 22, 2016 22:48 |  #14

I just checked eBay... if it's the seller with multiple Malibu blue Gurus I'd steer clear... He has very little info and only one photo. Stinks to me. On the other hand there is another seller with a foliage green one with ICU for a decent price.


Getting better at this - Fuji Xt-2 - 18-55 - 35 f2 WR - 50-140 - 6D - 135L - 70-200 f4L IS - 600EX-RT x2 - ST-E3-RT - flickr (external link) - www.scottaticephoto.co​m (external link)

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May 23, 2016 00:05 |  #15

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #18015757 (external link)
I just checked eBay... if it's the seller with multiple Malibu blue Gurus I'd steer clear... He has very little info and only one photo. Stinks to me. On the other hand there is another seller with a foliage green one with ICU for a decent price.

I hear ya, but he has a high transaction/feedback rating. I'm hoping maybe he just picked up a bunch when they were sold on clearance (Like the Kenti bag is now). The good thing is that eBay and PayPal offer buyer protection if an item is not as described. Either way, I'll find out in a week or so when it ships and will post back here.

Now my problem is that I need a medium ICU and F-stop is on backorder. :(




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