I have just received confirmation that Mountainsmith is due to come out with a dedicated photo backpack in the near future. Could it be -- a real backpack specifically designed for photographers? We'll just have to wait and see! The following is the response from Mountainsmith as well as my initial inquiry:
"Subject: RE: Rumor of New Photo Backpack
You have heard a true rumor! We have designed a camera line that should please all outdoor photographer enthusiasts. We have made various size cases and 3 backpack styles. They all come with water proof zippers. Our largest pack even comes with a rain cover. These packs and all the info on them will be released in June.
Mountainsmith 18301 W. Colfax Ave. Bldg. P Golden, CO 80401 P: (303) 279-5930 ext. 101 F: (303) 278-7739
-----Original Message----- From: Matt Long [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2004 3:06 PM To: Katie Engelking Subject: Rumor of New Photo Backpack
To Whom It May Concern:
I am a professional photographer living in Montana, and like most photographers, I have been looking for the ideal method of carrying my photographic equipment. Naturally, I was quite intrigued when I heard that Mountainsmith is planning to produce a dedicated photo backpack. Is this true or is this simply a rumor produced from wishful thinking?
Over the years, I have tried several different combinations for carrying my camera equipment -- mostly large format (4x5) gear. Probably the most widely used photo backpack is made by LowePro. However, these packs fall way short of meeting the needs of the professional photographer -- the suspensions are really nothing more than beefed-up waistbelts and shoulder straps similar to those found on an ordinary schoolbook pack. The dry weights of the LowePro packs are excessive (up to 12+ lbs.) and the layout of the interior dividers are limiting and lack any thought for those photographers who use medium and large format equipment.
If this is merely a rumor, please consider this message a suggestion for future product development. If Mountainsmith does intend to produce a photo backpack, I eagerly look forward to more information regarding a production and release date of such a product. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Matthew D. Long Matt Long Photography"