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    Re: My new backpack, Seek Outside Exposure 5000

    Camera gear last I checked was about 20-25 lbs. With every, probably close to 50-60. That includes 100 Oz of water to start.

    I'm walking a couple miles every night with it to get into shape for hiking once this crap is eradicated.
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    Re: My new backpack, Seek Outside Exposure 5000

    Folks, I too am in the Southwest, and re:
    I am in the SW so we don't usually have issues with condensation
    by Steven, I have experienced lots of condensation in August at 9,000 ft in NM. I think the best way to deal with condensation is to use a tent which gives you the room you need such that you don't produce a shower in the early morning by hitting the roof/sides.

    Having used a panel-loading pack for my photo gear, and experiencing how easy it was to access everything, I note that S's solution is also a panel-loading pack.
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    The 20 to 25 pounds of photo gear sounds right. That's what my 4x5 Zone VI kit weighs. But I carry it in an old LowePro "Magnum 35: shoulder bag originally designed for 35mm film camera outfits. And I don't actually carry it anymore either. It comes out of the trunk already strapped to a set of luggage wheels.

    I admire and envy your physical ability. I used to do some backpacking back in the 1970s. Made it to the top of Long's Peak twice one summer. That you can get out there like that is wonderful.
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    Re: My new backpack, Seek Outside Exposure 5000

    Thanks. I am not a rock star or hiking, but I refuse to go down. I will do this till I drop.

    As for SW, in AZ I haven't personal had issues with condensation on inside of tent, but my tent is super ventilated so it's hard to buildup heat and moisture on inside. A lot of paces I go too are over a 100F at 2am. Which is better than -15F at 2am!

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    Re: My new backpack, Seek Outside Exposure 5000

    Pack with all camera gear that includes 6 loaded film holders weighs 28 lbs. So, with three days of survival gear, will be about 60lbs. Add a couple lbs for extra film and changing bag.

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    Re: My new backpack, Seek Outside Exposure 5000

    Are they still selling it? This model doesn’t seem to show up on their website.

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    Re: My new backpack, Seek Outside Exposure 5000

    I've asked on their Facebook page, but they haven't answered yet. Maybe we could do a group order.

    When I backpacked with 4x5, a number of years ago, I used a really great backpacking backpack, but it was horrible for photo use. It was a top-loader, and to get to the camera gear was so much work that I rarely took the gear out, as that involved a lot of unpacking/packing.
    I've got good stuff for day hikes, but nothing good for weekend length excursions.
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    Re: My new backpack, Seek Outside Exposure 5000

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    When I backpacked with 4x5, a number of years ago, I used a really great backpacking backpack, but it was horrible for photo use. It was a top-loader, and to get to the camera gear was so much work that I rarely took the gear out, as that involved a lot of unpacking/packing.
    For myself, I wouldn't hang up on top-loaders vs. panel-loaders as much as I would make sure that I had a big enough pack that I could segregate my minimal 4x5 kit--either in a dedicated camera bag--or in my case, an Arc'teryx slingpack. That's an approach I've found very useful here in the Smokies, where it's often the case that the tripod needs to go into a place I don't want to take a fully-loaded backpack. (Another advantage is that the slingpack lets me keep from having the typical "yard sale" on the forest floor--our doghobble can swallow a small donkey, much less a GG protector.) I've also pressed a couple of other pockets into that role: an Ortlieb camera bag, which has the advantage of being waterproof; and a Mystery Ranch top-lid that I've modded so that I can click it off the host pack and use it as a 1000 cu in shoulder bag.

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    Re: My new backpack, Seek Outside Exposure 5000

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    I've asked on their Facebook page, but they haven't answered yet. Maybe we could do a group order.

    When I backpacked with 4x5, a number of years ago, I used a really great backpacking backpack, but it was horrible for photo use. It was a top-loader, and to get to the camera gear was so much work that I rarely took the gear out, as that involved a lot of unpacking/packing.
    I've got good stuff for day hikes, but nothing good for weekend length excursions.
    Let me call them. It would be in their close out section, but I didn't see it. They suggested they could make them to order if interest was shown. Let me see if t hey would tell me how many it would take to do a custom run.

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    Re: My new backpack, Seek Outside Exposure 5000

    As I have written here, I have not backpacked in any significant way for years, so these thoughts are untried and pretty much off the top of my head . . . .

    My 4s5 kit weighs around 25 poundes, which seems to be in the ballpark for this discussion. It has not beenweight-optomized for backpacking by looking at each item for weight reduction. For example, I have a huge 90mm f/8 Nikkor in this kit, not the miniscule Schneider 90mm f/6.8. The photo below also shows an even larger 38ommT ele-Raptar that I have since sold. The whole outfit is packed into a shoulder bag as a Grab-N-Go kit.

    My coffee fueled early AM thinking . . .Could a similar outit be carried along with about any other "serious" hiking backpack, as a strap-on load? In use, ity would be tacked and strapped to the top of the backpack and removed for use . . .without unpacking the main bag. With thought given to exavctly what is in the photo bag, and exactly which photo bag is used, this could be a workable concvept IMHO>

    Below is my 4x5 out fit as packed. Keep in mind that I work fgrtom the trunk of our car and put it on a set of airport luggage wheels.
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