J.Litton wrote in post #14572424
I was all but sold on the 30L Kiboko so I can carry all my gear, and use it to travel with all in one. I know it is quite pricey, but seemingly worth it. My question is, should I save some money and buy the smaller Kiboko (22L.) This would still allow me to carry the 500, but I could not carry it mounted to the camera. The plus this would have is being able to carry a laptop and its $100 cheaper. Anyone else have this dilemma?
Hi, could you provide a little more info on amount of gear you want to carry, what bags you have had in the past (and why you did not like them). I just got a Kiboko 22L (you just missed the memorial day sale, either size goes on sale 1-2 a year, but it's a long gap between the sales). And i am surprised at the size, while it will hold plenty, it's kind of a wierd size as it's pretty wide for a backpack. Its almost like a small roller case with straps.
Just looking at it, i think it would be great to get me and my gear from location A to location B, but not as a bag to shoot out of in between. And i personally would not use it for hiking or large amount of walking (i might change my mind on that as i have not taken it for long outings yet). For hiking etc, i would lean towards a Clik-Elite or f-stop bag at the moment (i have a clik-elite too). For general walk-around shooting i've been using a TT shape-shifter, which i find to be a versatile bag, as i can pack it up for getting to my location but i can also pull out the camera, and the camera is very light on my back.
It just all depends on how you 'think' you'll use the bag and whether it will work, it's a very particular type of bag. Capacity wise it will hold a lot of gear, the issue about not being able to have the 500L mounted is moot to me because it's not really a fast-draw bag anyway. So the extra time to mount the 500 versus just pulling it out ready to shoot is not that much more.
As another datapoint i also have a TT 360, which is another specialized bag. I just want to give you the impression that there isn't 1 perfect bag, there are a lot of bags that do something really well and the other stuff ok. So it's always a compromise when picking one.
I will say that given how much the kiboko will hold, it is extremely light while empty, build quality seems excellent too. The strap retention/hideaway mechanism is a little fussy, but not sure how often i would hide the straps anyway. I'm still trying to decide how i will use this bag, i think it is great in getting me and my gear to my destination while travelling, not sure about what to do when i get there, i like to walk around and shoot, and it seems awkward as a day-pack.