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Jan 15, 2012 22:37 |  #1

Hi Guys,
I am doing more and more photo work with my business out in the woods, climbing and backpacking shoots etc. My current bags are not working as my camera specific bags do not offer room for other gear needed for these trips, while my actual hiking back packs dont offer proper protection and organization for my camera gear. What companies do you guys know of that are producing good back country camera solutions that are a big bang for the buck but also have a look that isnt begging to have you robbed when used in an urban environment? So far the best ive seen I think is F-stop but they still look like your are carrying around expensive gear in it. Appreciate any help!




  
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Jan 15, 2012 23:41 |  #2

I've used a camping backpack and added inserts to protect the gear.




  
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Jan 16, 2012 05:52 |  #3

I have a LowePro Primus AW backpack that seems to be padded pretty well and IMO doesn't really look like a camera bag. In fact I bought it because we can use the upper compartment for regular hiking stuff.

The lower compartment doesn't hold a whole lot: body with long lens plus two short lenses. Upper compartment is an open space that would probably hold a gallon milk jug plus a few odds and ends. I keep my flash, Pocket Wizards, lens cleaning stuff, filters and junk like that in the upper.

What would you typically carry?


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Jan 16, 2012 06:08 |  #4

Check out f-stop bags. I had the Tilopa and loved it. Just didn't use it enough to keep it. They look alot more like a regular backpacking bag than a camera bag


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Jan 16, 2012 06:34 |  #5

Have you considered something like a regular JanSport backpack? Toss some foam in there and you're set. Depends how organized you need to be though of course. I'm using a dedicated camera backpack from eBay that screams "this bag is cheap - do you REALLY think anything good is in here?!"


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Jan 16, 2012 07:28 |  #6

I have a Kelty for my 4x5 equipment. In place of foam I use lens wraps and insulated lunch bags ($5 or so at Target) to protect the gear. Very very light weight compared to a photo backpack. Some of the photo backpacks are between 5 and 10 lbs. before adding equipment.




  
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Jan 16, 2012 09:04 |  #7

Instead of a new backpack, perhaps consider a new accessory: a holster with a handgun in it.


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Jan 16, 2012 09:06 |  #8

Not enough room in a holster to carry his gear, which is the problem he's asking about.


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Jan 16, 2012 10:17 |  #9

Does the backpack really make a difference when it comes to being robbed?


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Jan 16, 2012 10:23 |  #10

highergr0und wrote in post #13713001 (external link)
Does the backpack really make a difference when it comes to being robbed?

It boils down to announcing what you're carrying around. Once you open the bag it's pretty much moot though.

My insurance company didn't ask me if my business was on the side of my car merely out of curiosity.


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Jan 16, 2012 10:25 |  #11

I like to use my Spider-Man backpack.


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Jan 16, 2012 13:30 |  #12

I usually have my .45 strapped on when hiking. That likely deters any would-be thieves.


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Jan 16, 2012 13:45 |  #13

Eric wrote in post #13712094 (external link)
Check out f-stop bags. I had the Tilopa and loved it. Just didn't use it enough to keep it. They look alot more like a regular backpacking bag than a camera bag

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Jan 16, 2012 14:54 |  #14

http://www.dakine.com/​w/packs/photo-packs (external link)

I don't know if this is what you are after but I have a Dakine photo bag and I love it. Super good quality and IMO it looks like a regular "snowboarding" pack. I've used this bag and had people say "I thought you were gonna bring your good camera with you".




  
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Jan 16, 2012 15:36 |  #15

Ive considered the "make your own route" but my main issue is I dont want to buy a cheap bag thats uncomfortable and not durable when im putting a lot of miles down, if I get a decent bag from from Mountain Hard Wear or something by the time I rigged it for photo gear it would probably not be much cheaper than buying a made for photo backpack. I would like to find something "medium" sized that can fit camera + 4 lenses and two flashes, Have room for a bit of gear and supplies as well as a sleeve for a water bladder. So far I think F-stop is at the top of my list, havnt checked out Dakine yet but I will look at there stuff. Anyone that has made their own is there any sources for camera compartment style padding out there on the net?




  
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