Hopefully this is not just another backpack thread for photo gears.
I ended up with carrying my gear after trying a couple of photo packs (Tamrac Ex treme series 787, LowePro Pro trekker and photo trekker AW) in the past for numerous reasons. I would like to hear some ideas and opinions on my following backpack configuration and logic.
Backpack - Osprey Vertigo (Straight Jacket design: protects gear by frame sheets and pads, can attach a tripod nicely at the center of the backpack, panel loading, 3lb7oz) See additional info at Osprey site.
Inside the backpack (items are listed from top to bottom in the backpack) <ul> <li>A belt system with pouches attached: <ol type=A> <li>includes filters, filter holder, lens shade (one of Eagle creek organizer) <li>includes compass, pen, note, viewing frame (Eagle creek pouch) <li>includes unexposed film in film holders, quickload holder (Calumet film hol der pouch) <li>includes exposed film in film holders, darkcloth (Calumet film holder pouch ) <li>includes light meter, DOF/exposure compensation/tilt/shift calculator </ol> <li>Ballhead wrapped in OP/Tech 15" wrap <li>Lenses mounted on Lensboards wrapped in OP/Tech 11" wraps with different col ors for each lens <li>Camera with a lens mounted, additional film </ul> Outside the backpack <ul> <li>Tripod padded with OP/Tech tripod protector (attached at the center of the p ack) <li>Pouch B: (viewing frame, note, pen, compass) attached on a side of the hipbe lt of the backpack <li>Pouch F: (lightmeter) attached on the other side of the hipbelt </ul>
Some thoughts about Conditions <ol type=1> <li>Each item must be protected with a pouch or wrap unless the item is already in a pouch. <li>An item must be protected with a hard shell padded pouch if outside the back pack. </ol> I like the system overall although I have not tried any belt system yet. Instead I use pouches with beltloops on a normal belt for now. The OP/Tech wraps come with an additional 5" square pad for added protection but the pads are not thick enough to me. Has anyone tried other wraps from Zing and Domke? On the other hand, I like the tripod protector because it comes with Cordura covers (socks) for the foam. The beltloop of Calumet film holder pouch seems a little bit too big and needs some redesign for a bette r balance.
I'm discussing with myself whether I should protect the camera with further prot ection (padded hard shell case, hard shell case, padded case) but this results i n significant volume increase and some weight. For now I justify myself that the camera is protected enough by the other padded items and the back and side padded framesheets of the pack. Any tips you find u seful are appreciated! Related links: <ul> <li>How to pack for Backpacking? (Wee Keng Hor) <li>Using non-photo packs <li>Ba ckpacks for large format cameras <li>Comments on backpacks for large format cameras </ul>