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    Best way of attaching a tripod to a F/64 backpack?

    Suggestions and experiences greatly appreciated....

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    Lightbulb Re: Best way of attaching a tripod to a F/64 backpack?

    They're designed to have it strapped to the bottom, oriented horizontally.

    I have several of their BPX packs, which are the largest available.
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._Backpack.html

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    Re: Best way of attaching a tripod to a F/64 backpack?

    Attached is an image of the bottom of my backpack. I strapped my tripod down, but with only one place to attach it to the bottom of the backpack, it just wobbles around till the tripod slips through the strap and hangs down from under the pack. What am I missing here?
    thanks
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    Re: Best way of attaching a tripod to a F/64 backpack?

    Greg, I responded to a similar question a couple of years back here: http://www.largeformatphotography.in...-Backpack-tips
    The pictures I included on the follow-up post may be helpful.

    I understand that newer f.64 packs may lack the loops at the top corners ("shoulders") of the pack. You could either (1) make a loop of parachute cord or
    similar and hang it from the top handle, and hang the tripod from that (using a carabiner), or (2) have someone skilled in sewing attach a D-ring using some web material to the top corner, like the older packs had.

    That, with a short web hold-down using the attachment sites on the side makes for a secure and nicely stable way of securing your tripod.

    BTW, are these packs even imported any more? I can't find much (any) info on the internet about them. I'd like to buy a new waist strap as mine
    is very much showing its age.
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    Re: Best way of attaching a tripod to a F/64 backpack?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe O'Hara View Post
    BTW, are these packs even imported any more? I can't find much (any) info on the internet about them. I'd like to buy a new waist strap as mine
    is very much showing its age.
    The View Camera store and B&H still stock them.

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    Re: Best way of attaching a tripod to a F/64 backpack?

    I have photobackpacks that have loops underneath, but I prefer not to use them for tripod use... I figure that there is strain on the bottom that is pulling the entire pack and contents downward, putting strain on the loops, zippers, padding that might compromise the gear inside, more difficult to rest the bag on it's bottom, tricky to remove tripod, and it's swinging around to and fro hitting me in the butt...

    I prefer a sling case for the pod that goes over one shoulder, and you can still wear the pack... If a longer hike, I would find a backpack frame that the bag can be attached to, and the tripod easily removable facing up...

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    Re: Best way of attaching a tripod to a F/64 backpack?

    I wouldn't want to attach a tripod to the bottom of a pack for reason that it's weight is too hard on your back and the horizontal position can snag on brush, etc. Also the tripod lands on the ground when unsaddling. The best position is in a vertical position at one of the sides of the pack - the one that balances the load. Alternatively you can carry a tripod in a tripod holster attached to your waist: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...ped_fragment_=. Once when hiking the JMT I came across a thru PCT hiker (trail name "color") who was photographing the PCT for a planned book which was eventually published. He carried a tripod in a holster attached to his waist.

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    Re: Best way of attaching a tripod to a F/64 backpack?

    Since I don't use the 4x5 film holder pouches (there's plenty of room in the pack) I attached a smaller open top pouch to the lower side of the pack and a buckled strap on the upper side and carry my tripod on the side of the pack. I don't overnight with this pack or I would use the 4x5 DDS pouches on the sides and would then carry my tripod in a sling case.
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