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03/19/2017 04:53:40 PM · #1

To put it succinctly: I am looking for a solution that will enable me to carry some minimal camera gear as well as food and water. But, also have some flexibility for other stuff (see below).

I have a 14 mile day hike planned with a couple families. I've gone hiking many times before and I'm no stranger to it. I've taken my camera and my canon backpack all throughout day trips including locally, Freiburg Germany, Bern Switzerland, France, etc. Walking through a city for a day is different than a hike through the woods because I can always get a bit to eat and drink.

With all that said, if I'm to spend money on a backpack that will meet the minimal objective above, it would be good to also have the flexibility to carry the following, should I ever need to pack for a return photo trip where I want to take more extensive photos:

Food and water
6D Camera with 24-105 lens attached
100-400 lens
Macro lens
other misc things (filters, batteries, etc.)

That is not to say I'll be carrying that on this trip. But there have certainly been shorter trips I wish I had brought additional equipment.

Typically, I walk around with an R strap which has been quite nice. But, from time to time, I'd like to put it away.

Thank you.
03/20/2017 07:35:20 AM · #2
Here is a website you might find useful (CamBags.com). Several of the reviews have pictures by the actual users.

I have the Lowepro Fastpack 350. I don't know if it will hold all of the gear you listed. I have found that I have easy side access to my camera when I remove my right arm from the shoulder strap and swing it around wearing just the left shoulder strap.

03/20/2017 01:22:03 PM · #3
Hi. I purchased a LowePro Photo Sport BP 200 AW for a trip to Maine last year.

The selling feature for me was being able to carry my camelbak in the hydro-sleeve. I was able to carry a camera and medium size lens in the side pocket and added more gear to the internal pocket. I've owned more camera bags than I can count, and this is one of the most comfortable ones I've owned.

Some other nice features on it as well. Not sure if it would work for what you need or not, but certainly worth a look. They also sell a larger 300 series model.

Good luck, and enjoy your trip.

Oh ... one other thing; I use the Cotton Carrier setup and one of the items is a backpack strap attachment - I had this on vacation with the bag mentioned above. I put this on when I know I'll want the camera handy (handier than grabbing from the side compartment of the bag). Something to consider. I have the belt and also the chest harness (for different scenarios). Nice product. R-Straps are nice too! :-)
03/20/2017 03:57:53 PM · #4
Thanks. I'll look at these links. There are some things on F-Stop as well which look pretty good, but may be a bit too big for day hikes.
03/20/2017 09:28:10 PM · #5
I bought and love the F-Stop Guru UL. It's fantastic for day trips and travel in general. I am taking a trip to UK and Italy soon and it's what I am using. Very light and very well built. One unique thing is the ability to change out the lens/camera compartment (ICU) (Internal Camera Unit) with a different one. If you have different gear for different shooting needs, you have the ability to set up an ICU with each set up and easily remove and replace inside the pack. This pack has a hydration pocket for a good size water container. One really nice feature I like how you open the pack to access your gear, it's on the inside, the side that touches your lower back. When you take it off and lay it on the ground, the part that touches your back does not get all dirty because it's facing up. Very quick and easy to get your gear out. I also have a Lowe Pro that opens from the back side so I know and understand the difference in each design. The Guru does not have a dedicated spot for the tripod, but if you have a small travel tripod, you can strap to the side and be just fine. Plenty of room in a top compartment for your lunch too, and filters, and rocket blower.
03/20/2017 09:58:15 PM · #6
Wonderful. Thanks for the suggestion. I certainly have some good options to look at. The most important is room for the hydration pack. Short or long hike, walking or biking, I need an easy way to carry gear and water.
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