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    I'm looking for a large photo rucksack for some specific purposes, and am looking for any comments and suggestions. I've never used a big photo bag before.

    It must fit within the BA carry-on limits (56 x 45 x 25cm / 22 x 18 x 10in) and it needs to carry 2 x M1ii bodies, 300 Pro, 40-150 Pro, 12-100 Pro, a wide and standard prime or two, assorted converters/filters/tubes/batteries/chargers, plus a mini laptop or iPad Pro, medication & valuables, a few spare clothes and other bits and pieces.

    It must have a top opening to a compartment deep enough to hold a Mii/300/EC-14 pushed in vertically (this is for use on safari game drive vehicles). It needs to be strong enough to stand days of kicking around in dusty, crowded vehicles and buses.

    It needs to be a comfortable carry on short hikes when loaded, and I have a reasonably long back.

    I reckon I'll need something between 30 - 40 litres, and weight of the pack itself is not of great importance because BA has no hand baggage weight limit (although lighter is obviously better).

    Having looked up the specs of the current ranges of bags from F-stop, Peak Design, Clik Elite, Manfrotto, Mindshift and Mountainsmith, I reckon the Lowepro ProTactic 350 or 450 AW II have the best balance of cost and boxes ticked for me.

    I do have a range of photo inserts that I could use in a general rucksack, but I don't find the smaller general rucksacks I have at the moment very practically usable like this.

    So, before I go off loaded with gear to a shop to try these out to see if I can get everything in the 350, does anyone please have any personal experience or other suggestions they could share?
    Regards,
    Mark

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    http://www.microcontrast.com
    Too much Oly gear.
    Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
    Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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    Re: Large gear rucsack

    I have the proper backpack harness for my large Billingham. It is not as good as a dedicated backpack but you can't beat it for versatility and it opens up the choice to a more conventional bag that is rugged and more like the shape required for carry-on luggage. Having said all that if you are carrying 40L of stuff (and plenty of water) then you may want a backpack with a hip belt.
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    • #3
      Re: Large gear rucsack

      Originally posted by drmarkf View Post
      I'm looking for a large photo rucksack for some specific purposes, and am looking for any comments and suggestions. I've never used a big photo bag before.

      It must fit within the BA carry-on limits (56 x 45 x 25cm / 22 x 18 x 10in) and it needs to carry 2 x M1ii bodies, 300 Pro, 40-150 Pro, 12-100 Pro, a wide and standard prime or two, assorted converters/filters/tubes/batteries/chargers, plus a mini laptop or iPad Pro, medication & valuables, a few spare clothes and other bits and pieces.

      It must have a top opening to a compartment deep enough to hold a Mii/300/EC-14 pushed in vertically (this is for use on safari game drive vehicles). It needs to be strong enough to stand days of kicking around in dusty, crowded vehicles and buses.

      It needs to be a comfortable carry on short hikes when loaded, and I have a reasonably long back.

      I reckon I'll need something between 30 - 40 litres, and weight of the pack itself is not of great importance because BA has no hand baggage weight limit (although lighter is obviously better).

      Having looked up the specs of the current ranges of bags from F-stop, Peak Design, Clik Elite, Manfrotto, Mindshift and Mountainsmith, I reckon the Lowepro ProTactic 350 or 450 AW II have the best balance of cost and boxes ticked for me.

      I do have a range of photo inserts that I could use in a general rucksack, but I don't find the smaller general rucksacks I have at the moment very practically usable like this.

      So, before I go off loaded with gear to a shop to try these out to see if I can get everything in the 350, does anyone please have any personal experience or other suggestions they could share?
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      • #4
        Re: Large gear rucsack

        Excellent - thanks!
        Regards,
        Mark

        ------------------------------
        http://www.microcontrast.com
        Too much Oly gear.
        Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
        Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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        • #5
          Re: Large gear rucsack

          I should add that, until now, when traveling on long photo-related hols I've taken all my photo and other key items in a semi soft-sided, ultralight Osprey wheeled cabin bag. I protect the photo gear in neoprene/velcro wraps.

          I also take a light Mindshift camera bag along (either a Panorama 180 or an Ultralight Dual) stuffed with socks, underwear etc inside my checked bag.

          I may still stick with that arrangement: the M1ii/300/MC-14 fits OK vertically in the top of both Mindshift bags, and having a smaller backpack along is great for non-game drive photography days when you only need 1 body and 1 - 3 lenses.

          However, some bush plane flights are very sticky about having fully soft-sided bags, and it would be good to explore the options. I could always take a smaller daybag along with the big rucksack in the same sort of way I do now.
          Regards,
          Mark

          ------------------------------
          http://www.microcontrast.com
          Too much Oly gear.
          Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
          Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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          • #6
            Re: Large gear rucsack

            Hi
            This is what I use.
            https://www.wexphotovideo.com/tamrac...kpack-1577939/
            I carry similar to your list although I usually carry a flashgun too.
            having used camera rucksacs for many years this is by far the most comfortable. Easy for long walks.
            Last edited by wanderer; 9th July 2019, 07:04 PM. Reason: forgot attachment
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            • #7
              Re: Large gear rucsack

              Originally posted by wanderer View Post
              Hi
              This is what I use.
              https://www.wexphotovideo.com/tamrac...kpack-1577939/
              I carry similar to your list although I usually carry a flashgun too.
              having used camera rucksacs for many years this is by far the most comfortable. Easy for long walks.
              Regards,
              Mark

              ------------------------------
              http://www.microcontrast.com
              Too much Oly gear.
              Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
              Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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              • #8
                Re: Large gear rucsack

                Worth a look, it is a Kickstarter so time scales may not fit you. Claims to be airline compatible.

                https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...ak-kickstarter

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                • #9
                  Re: Large gear rucsack

                  Originally posted by Invicta View Post
                  Worth a look, it is a Kickstarter so time scales may not fit you. Claims to be airline compatible.

                  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...ak-kickstarter
                  Regards,
                  Mark

                  ------------------------------
                  http://www.microcontrast.com
                  Too much Oly gear.
                  Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
                  Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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                  • #10
                    Regards,
                    Mark

                    ------------------------------
                    http://www.microcontrast.com
                    Too much Oly gear.
                    Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
                    Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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