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F-Stop Lotus backpack

UPDATE (10 Dec 2018):  I have sold this backpack as I’ve only used it less than 5 times since purchasing it close to 12 months ago. This is my new F-Stop Lotus backpack.  This post is not a full review as I haven’t had enough experience with it as yet.  I’ll just post what I have in it so that it’ll give you an indication on its size and what it can fit. As can be seen in the pictures below… I am using F-Stop’s Medium Shallow Internal Camera Unit (ICU as they call it).  For this example, I have the following gear: Canon 5D Mk III wth EF 35 f1.4L attached. Spare batteries inside Think Tank Photo Battery Holders Canon EF 24-70 F2.8L Canon EF 50 f1.4 Canon EF 40 f2.8 pancake Canon Speedlite 580EX II Canon G7X Mk II. The bag feels very solid.  Everything feels well put together.  Lots of straps, loops, stretchy pockets and other features that you can read on their website. The bag have three compartments.  One small one in front that you can hold jackets and other thin items.  The other compartment is located on top of the bag, this can hold more small items such as keys, snacks, etc. The third (and main) compartment holds the ICUs.  In my case, I bought the medium shallow.  This allows me to fit in a Think Tank Photo My 2nd Brain 15″ Laptop sleeve behind […]

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Tenba DNA 15 Backpack & BYOB 9 backpack insert

UPDATE (Feb 2018):  I have sold the Tenda DNA 15 Backpack.  I’ve replaced it with the F-Stop Guru UL backpack. I’m addicted to camera bags.  While I like dedicated camera bags, like the Think Tank Retro series or Streetwalker backpack series, the most practical type of bag for me right now are bags that can hold minimal camera gear plus some non-camera items. For this, I am still searching for that “perfect” everyday backpack that can hold my camera gear as well as some items that I  need to bring along for my 4 year old son.  And the bag will also need to not be too bulky. A few weeks back, I did a quick overview of Mindshift Gear’s SidePath backpack.  I like that bag when I need a real minimal gear.  It is a very practical bag, very lightweight and small.  In terms of camera gear in the Mindshift, you can either fit: a standard dSLR with a 24-70mm on its own, or a standard dSLR with a 50mm prime and a small point n shoot camera (ie. Canon G7X). And for this reason, I went out to look for a similarly sized bag but can hold slightly more camera gear for those occasions when I want to bring an extra lens and a flash with me as well. I looked at a few options: MindShift Gear Trailscape 18L – love the size but there’s not enough space […]

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