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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Gadget Bag: Photo Backpacks

For trekking into the backcountry of a national park, a backpack is the best way to haul your photo gear

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Naneu Echo-X
The Naneu Echo-X is a messenger-style sling pack with a single over-the-shoulder strap that allows full rotation from back to front for convenient accessibility to the camera compartment via the water-repellent zippered side opening. The Echo-X is made of water-resistant ballistic nylon and incorporates military-inspired features for added equipment security. The padded strap features an adjustable Velcro® closure for easy dismount and provides a quick disconnect buckle for complete security. The sternum strap stows away in its own compartment. Despite its compact configuration, the Echo-X fits a pro DSLR in the Nikon D3 or Canon EOS-1D Mark III class with a lens up to nine inches long attached, plus three additional lenses, flash
and accessories.

Domke F-3
The Domke F-3 Backpack is configured exactly like the popular Domke F-3X Super Compact shoulder bag, but with extra room at the top for accessories. Like most Domke bags, the F-3 is made of long-lasting, flexible cotton canvas with special foam padding in the bottom to protect equipment from impact. The inside is divided into two sections for lenses (or accessories) and two sections for pro camera bodies. There’s a zippered mesh pocket for filters or caps, and a zippered front pocket. Plus, three additional exterior pockets hold accessories of various sizes. The backpack harness has thick foam padding and a sternum strap.

Clik Elite JetPack
The rugged Clik Elite JetPack is constructed of 1680D ballistic and 420D high-tenacity nylon fabrics, and is built to withstand extreme use. It will protect a 17-inch notebook computer, compact DSLR, extra lens, flash and accessories. Your camera nestles into the Camera Capsule, a cleverly designed padded cradle that can be removed from the JetPack, zipped closed and used separately to shelter the camera gear. With the Capsule removed, the JetPack becomes a roomy overnight pack. It features internal mesh pockets to organize small items, an expanding internal zipper pouch and a large front pocket that holds items like a phone or GPS. Mesh side pockets provide a home for water bottles or MREs, and a small tripod or monopod can be lashed to the JetPack’s side using the hide-away tripod strap.

Calumet BP-1500
Gura Gear Kiboko
The Calumet BP1500 Large Backpack will stow two DSLRs with lenses attached, another body, five or six lenses, flash and much more. And you can carry it easily, thanks to the BP1500’s fully adjustable suspension system, which includes padded shoulder straps, an adjustable waist belt, and a comfortable chest cinch strap. The outer top pocket provides three levels of storage for personal items, and the waist belt features two compartments for GPS and cell phone.

The Kiboko Bag from Gura Gear is only four pounds, but is large enough to pack pro DSLRs (or larger) and lenses up to 600mm. Thanks to a high-tech Dimension Polyant VX-21 fiber, the Kiboko is tough and resists abrasion, and it looks good, too. Inside you’ll find enough room for most anything you’d need and extra dividers to keep everything organized and secure. There’s also a weather cover for extra protection from rain and snow.

(800) 223-2500

(800) 453-2550

Clik Elite
(888) 532-2545

Domke (Tiffen)
(800) 645-2522
Gura Gear
(832) 295-0709


(201) 818-9500

(800) 800-LOWE

(800) 551-5889
(866) 258-6469

National Geographic
(201) 818-9500

Petrol Bags (Camera Dynamics Inc.)
(845) 268-0100
(800) 662-0717

(914) 347-3300

Think Tank Photo
(866) 558-4465


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