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Jun 08, 2008 20:07 |  #1

I've been looking for a camera bag for a while now and finally settled on the Burton 28L Zoom Pack after looking at a wide variety of other options. I wanted a bag that would hold my gear for a days shooting, with enough extra storage to hold my lunch, water, bug spray etc. I also wanted a bag that didn't scream "expensive camera gear in here".

The Zoom Pack seems to be well made and it appears that it will meet my above stated needs. It will be going along to CA with me in a week so I will have a chance to test it more thoroughly then.

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There are two pockets at the top of the pack, a pocket for a laptop directly below those, an expandable pouch at the rear that would easily hold a tripod, three straps for securing gear (the third is tucked away into its hidden storage area), two narrow full length pockets on either side of the bag, a zipper pouch on the left hand side, and a mesh pocket for a water bottle on the right. There are also two small pouches on the waist belt that are the right size for a cell phone, small GPS, or memory cards.

The smaller of the two upper pockets, this pocket is fleece lined and has a small pass-through hole on the right side for a headphone jack:

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The larger of the upper pockets, with my cell phone and keys for scale. The small pouch velcros into the back of this pocket. There is also a mesh zipper pouch here:

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A nice, padded, harness system:

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The access panel to the camera storage area:

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After opening the access panel, two mesh zipper pouches contained here:

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Equipment area fully opened. This contains a 40D with 100mm f2.8 macro attached, a 550EX flash, 50mm f1.4, 28-135mm kit lens, 18-55mm EF-S kit lens, 400mm f5.6 L, battery charger, and off-camera shoe cord. The two vertical padded dividers came from one of the Canon backpacks. The Zoom Pack came with three slightly shorter dividers, they had one going horizontally about 1/4 of the way up from the bottom and the other two were attached vertically between that one and the top of the pack. Although I could get the same gear in with those pads I prefer the layout that I was able to achieve this way.

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Jun 08, 2008 20:07 |  #2

The camera compartment is removable and can be carried as a shoulder bag. I like this because I can transfer it directly into a larger frame pack if I am going on a more serious trip:

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Overall I'm thrilled with this bag. I think it is going to be perfect for my needs. I would have preferred if they had kept the solid orange interior color instead of the retro 80's flashback styling but it's a minor complaint. The bag is also available in a winter/smoke camo design and that one comes with a nice looking yellow interior, the black fit my needs better so I decided to tolerate the uglier interior. I wish they still made this in the green camo that was offered previously but that doesn't seem to be an option.

As some people have noted previously the waist belt does sit a bit high because it is made to be worn while snowboarding, though with some adjusting I was able to get it to sit comfortably on my 6' frame.


  
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Jun 10, 2008 06:23 |  #3

I'm eyeing a Burton for myself. Are there bags that you would estimate this is comparable in size too? I've read that the bag is about the same size as the Dakine Sequence.

Could you take a pic with backpack on to get a sense of how big it is?




  
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Jun 10, 2008 06:47 |  #4

I've got the same bag and I love it!Except I can't get my inside compartment organized the way yours is. That's how I'd like mine done, but the inside dividers don't do that. Is that how yours came or did you get new ones?




  
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Jun 10, 2008 07:52 |  #5

I have the '07 version. It is interesting to see that they have created the removable camera section. Do you have any more shots of it?


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Jun 10, 2008 08:04 |  #6

Andy_Cam wrote in post #5694926 (external link)
I have the '07 version. It is interesting to see that they have created the removable camera section. Do you have any more shots of it?

Do you have pics of yours so we can do a comparo?

Is this an 07 version?

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Dakine vs Burton Zoom
https://photography-on-the.net …t=burton+zoom#p​ost5192793




  
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Jun 10, 2008 08:35 |  #7

Heres a review of the dakine
https://photography-on-the.net …994&highlight=B​urton+zoom



  
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Jun 10, 2008 12:23 |  #8

i must get this bag .. wow.

very nice.

how is the comfort with it fully loaded up? any estimates on weight?


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Jun 10, 2008 20:34 |  #9

I'd be curious to know how it works out for short (half day) hikes where you don't need a ton of gear. Just a few lenses and some food/water. Is it reasonable to wear for 4 or 5 hours.


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Jun 10, 2008 20:57 |  #10

I've got the same bag and I love it!Except I can't get my inside compartment organized the way yours is. That's how I'd like mine done, but the inside dividers don't do that. Is that how yours came or did you get new ones?

As stated in my first post, I pulled the two long dividers out of a Canon made camera backpack. I was able to get the same gear into the bag with the original inserts but I like the arrangement I was able to achieve this way better.

If you browse the images at ebags.com (external link) you can see the layout of the original inserts. It was only due to the length of the 400mm that I chose to mix up the inserts like I did.

I believe it is.

how is the comfort with it fully loaded up? any estimates on weight?

With just the camera gear in that you can see in the photos it is 15lbs. I haven't had a chance to wear it for an extended period yet but trying it around the house it seems to be very comfortable to wear. The bag will be going to CA with me next week and I will be able to give better feedback after that.

I'd be curious to know how it works out for short (half day) hikes where you don't need a ton of gear. Just a few lenses and some food/water. Is it reasonable to wear for 4 or 5 hours.

This is exactly what I got it for and my initial impression is that it will be excellent for this application. I'll report back after my trip.

I'm eyeing a Burton for myself. Are there bags that you would estimate this is comparable in size too? I've read that the bag is about the same size as the Dakine Sequence.

Could you take a pic with backpack on to get a sense of how big it is?

I'll try to get a shot with it on in the near future but here it is next to a typical school size backpack:

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It is interesting to see that they have created the removable camera section. Do you have any more shots of it?

I think the best use for this feature will be for transferring the entire thing into a larger frame pack if I am going on a multi-day hike. Although the removable section has a strap and can be carried as a shoulder bag I don't think I will be doing that. There is enough give to the front panel when it is out of the pack that I would be a bit concerned with things tipping forward past the padded inserts and being able to bang against each other, see the final photo for what I'm talking about.

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The bag is still laying flat on its bottom here, but you can see how much the front panel can "tent" up when I lift on the handle. If I wanted a shoulder bag though I would have bought one, and this isn't an issue if you are placing it into another pack.

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Jun 10, 2008 23:43 |  #11

By the camera body grip, did you just bend the divider? I've been trying to figure out a good way of organizing mine and this looks really nice.


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Jun 11, 2008 20:00 |  #12

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Jun 23, 2008 05:02 |  #13

Bag looks pretty sweet. Could be what I'm after...

One question: What's the size like regarding airline travel? Is it small (read tall) enough to be taken as hand luggage?

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Jun 24, 2008 20:42 |  #14

Just got back from a week in CA and the bag traveled quite well. I didn't get to push it as hard as I thought I would due to several of us being unlucky enough to pass a rather unpleasant stomach bug around and it slowed us down a bit.

I did do some short hikes in the Sequoia Natl. Forest and about a a half day hiking on Santa Cruz island and was quite happy with the performance of the bag. It was quite comfortable to carry with 15-20lbs of gear. Even loaded down with about 35lbs, like when we were going through the airports, I had no complaints.

I was on a total of four flights and had no troubles with the bag as carry-on. I got it into the overhead storage bins on each flight. No problem at all on the 757's or the 737; it was a bit of a squeeze on the CRJ700 that we took on the last leg home but it still fit.

The one thing I may consider adding to my setup is a small pouch for carrying a lens on my belt so if I am swapping out regularly between two lenses I will have it where I can get to it easily.



  
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Aug 10, 2009 00:54 |  #15

Hi, just wondering where you bought your all black backpack from? Couldn't find it on ebags with this color.

I KNOW this is a REALLY old post but just trying to find a good lead on these bags.

thanks


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