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8 months travel - Africa & Asia - What backpack

 
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May 27, 2012 15:01 |  #1

On october 3rd I will be starting my travels around the world (first 8 months will be Africa and Asia)

I am starting to look into what backpack I need and how I will carry my photography gear.

I will need space for: 1 body, 3 lenses, flash, tripod, few accessories etc

I saw the Nanue K5 which looked good, but no longer available. http://www.naneubags.c​om …yout=blog&id=16​&Itemid=35 (external link)

Do I get one backpack for all my clothes and then a separate bag which I will wear on my front which is for my photography gear?

How have others travelled with their photography gear?

Thanks all

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May 27, 2012 18:33 |  #2

Look into f-stop bags. They're really, really high quality. I know they make really large ones too.


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May 27, 2012 19:04 |  #3

At our annual Georgia Nature Photographers Association expo in March we had one of the Canon Explorers of Light , Darrel Gulin, as a speaker. He travels extensively. His suggestion for a minimum kit with max capabilities was:

5DII (before 5DIII was shipping)
17-40 (unless you need extra speed of 16-35)
25-105 (unless you need extra speed of 24-70)
100-400

Good luck with your travels!




  
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May 27, 2012 19:12 |  #4

My favorite is the Thinktank Rotation 360 (external link). It allows access without taking it off. Watch the videos.


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May 28, 2012 09:00 |  #5

I just trekked nepal with a 55 liter Deuter trekking backpack and purchased a Icu from. fstop which went in the sleeping bag pocket at the bottom. I only had a small Icu but it held 5d, 17-40 70-200 and 50mm plus backup device, lee filters, etc was awesome.
When I got on buses or planes I just took the Icu out as carry on.

If you want to travel smaller I would highly recommend the f-stop bags

but I found trekking for weeks on end I needed a better harness that camera bags just dont have


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May 28, 2012 09:11 |  #6

lerroy wrote in post #14495120 (external link)
I just trekked nepal with a 55 liter Deuter trekking backpack and purchased a Icu from. fstop which went in the sleeping bag pocket at the bottom. I only had a small Icu but it held 5d, 17-40 70-200 and 50mm plus backup device, lee filters, etc was awesome.
When I got on buses or planes I just took the Icu out as carry on.

If you want to travel smaller I would highly recommend the f-stop bags

but I found trekking for weeks on end I needed a better harness that camera bags just dont have

I have to agree. If you are going to be carrying everything on your back for days on end, you can't beat Deuter for comfort. A little cable lock for your zippers might be a comfort, too.


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May 28, 2012 09:13 |  #7

I have not been able to find this. It appears they are no longer making them do you have any source as I am looking for one

tvphotog wrote in post #14492864 (external link)
My favorite is the Thinktank Rotation 360 (external link). It allows access without taking it off. Watch the videos.


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May 28, 2012 14:04 |  #8

sas8888 wrote in post #14495160 (external link)
I have not been able to find this. It appears they are no longer making them do you have any source as I am looking for one

Keep an eye on the Fred Miranda forums, there are a few for sale second hand.

here's the one i remembered seeing the other day, great price too. http://www.fredmiranda​.com …/0?keyword=thin​k#10672214 (external link)

i have one of these and i like it, but OP sounds like you need a everything pack first and photo pack second, so the suggestion of a hiking pack from deuter, marmot, etc with an insert sounds like the best bet. if you want to be able to carry the camera gear without the backpack, i'd still suggest using an insert like the fstop ICU, but bringing along a really simple messenger bag (canvas is lightest and will fold up) that you can put the ICU into for walking around


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May 28, 2012 15:49 |  #9

Adorama has one used:

http://www.adorama.com​/US%20%20%20%20483815.​html (external link)


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May 29, 2012 01:29 |  #10

lerroy wrote in post #14495120 (external link)
I just trekked nepal with a 55 liter Deuter trekking backpack and purchased a Icu from. fstop which went in the sleeping bag pocket at the bottom. I only had a small Icu but it held 5d, 17-40 70-200 and 50mm plus backup device, lee filters, etc was awesome.
When I got on buses or planes I just took the Icu out as carry on.

If you want to travel smaller I would highly recommend the f-stop bags

but I found trekking for weeks on end I needed a better harness that camera bags just dont have

That sounds perfect - similar kit to what I will take.

Is this the Deuter you have? http://deuter.com …ircontact%2055%​20%2B%2010 (external link)

Which ICU did you take? Do they have shoulder straps?

http://fstopgear.com/e​n/icu-pro (external link)


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May 29, 2012 01:41 |  #11

joe.morgan wrote in post #14498735 (external link)
That sounds perfect - similar kit to what I will take.

Is this the Deuter you have? http://deuter.com …ircontact%2055%​20%2B%2010 (external link)

Which ICU did you take? Do they have shoulder straps?

http://fstopgear.com/e​n/icu-pro (external link)

Hi, Yep that's the one i have in Blue :) did me really well the backpack is awesome

I took the Small ICU any bigger and it would have to go in the main compartment, its just so easy in the bottom for access (yep the weight is not distributed evenly but i had no problems)

They don't have sholder straps just a small handle, i would clip this onto my Black rapid R strap and had a satchel of sorts.

oh and i had my travel angel tripod strapped to the side of this backpack


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May 29, 2012 03:54 |  #12

I have a McKinley hiking pack (works fine, comfortable) that I tend to put the liner for my crumplier shoulder bag into - I'd get an F-stop if I was traveling for longer, however. I also always make sure I have a small day pack that can take the camera gear for carry-on or traveling around cities, where the main pack stays at the hostel. For Antarctica I got a waterproof backpack that fit 2 5DIIs, 24-105 and 100-400 (13 liter Cor13 by Ortlieb...tight squeeze, but it juuuust worked out. Not an easy access solution though).

My other big 'discovery' in terms of handy travel gear was the Capture clip system. No more bouncing cameras on straps, and immediate access when mounted on a backpack shoulder strap.


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May 29, 2012 04:21 |  #13

I took a F-Stop (external link) Loka with a Medium Pro ICU to my month long assignment in Vietnam last summer. It worked perfectly. Held all my gear + extra room for a rain jacket, food, and water. I took with me 2 7D's, 16-35, 70-200 II, 50 f/1.4, a few flashes, and a 15" MacBook Pro. Sliding a laptop into the Loka (external link) is a snug fit, so if you want something easier to access, consider the Tilopa BC (external link).

I used a basic roller for my clothes since I was working out of hotels. If you need to be more mobile but have a base camp, consider a duffel bag for your clothes. If you need to carry everything at once, you're best bet is to get a dedicated backpacking sack and wrapping your photography gear in your clothes.


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