Vanguard's Alta Sky 51D is a spacious backpack for camera gear. It'll carry a laptop in addition to cameras, including the largest DSLR's, but its special characteristic is that it can be configured to carry a quad-copter drone, like a DJI Phantom. Even loaded very heavily, it is comfortable to wear and manages sweat well. It's a heavy-duty backpack for carrying and storing your gear, and it has a lifetime warranty. Highly recommended. More specs and details right here. Photos below the video. https://youtu.be/EYulL9MLbDk … [Read more...] about In Depth Gear Review: Vanguard Alta Sky 51D Backpack For Drones!
For a while now, I’ve been on the lookout for a backpack that will provide me both comfort and ample room for my gear, while looking professional. I do have a few different backpacks that check off some of these boxes. I had yet to find one that met all my requirements. The Peak Design Everyday Backpack (30L) is the closest (so far) in terms of finding a perfect backpack for my situation. Design I was lucky enough to receive an Everyday Backpack. I was impressed by the super clean and minimalist design. If you’re familiar with Peak … [Read more...] about Peak Design Everyday Backpack Provides Minimalist and Clean Design with Function
While it might not officially be the winter season yet, it's still a great time to start preparing for when the sub-zero degree temperatures hit. As photographers, it's of the utmost importance to keep our gear safe and secure in the colder temperatures, not to mention ourselves. Having grown up in Northern Michigan, I know what the frozen tundra feels like. And despite having moved a few hours south, I still know how winter can take its toll on my love of photography. A few years ago I invested in a few pieces of gear that I know consider … [Read more...] about Cold Weather Photography Essentials
A photographer is always looking for new camera bags, but there always seems to be a new one on my mind. I was looking for a camera backpack that I could keep a camera body and lens attached while carrying a few extra lenses and accessories. I don’t use a backpack often, but I have the ThinkTank Shape Shifter and it works well, but I can’t fit a body with a lens attached into that backpack. I had the chance to try out the new Ruggard Thunderhead 35 DSLR & Laptop Backpack courtesy of B&H. The Ruggard Thunderhead 35 is a small camera … [Read more...] about Ruggard Thunderhead 35 DSLR and Laptop Backpack Review
I've long been a fan of Vanguard's bag offerings, as I'm the owner of The Heralder 38 messenger bag as well as The Heralder 46 backpack. Both have long offered me suitable room for my Nikon DSLR body and lenses. But when I switched to a Panasonic mirrorless system earlier this year, I knew I needed something smaller. When Vanguard's new Veo2 series of products came out, I knew that this could potentially be the solution I was looking for — something small and lightweight, but that would still hold my gear. The Vanguard Veo Discover 42 is … [Read more...] about Gear Review: Vanguard Veo Discover 42 Backpack
This bag is simply called Udee, and the simplicity carries through the entire design and delivers a fine bag that will be very good for many photographers. It Looks Good The outer appearance of the Udee is pretty good. It's minimal and the fabric is very nice. Everyone who sees it asks me if it's a Peak Design bag: it has a similar kind of fabric and the slim design is reminiscent. The bottom of the bag is a little blunt, but overall it's a good looking bag. The gray fabric is highlighted with the orange grab handle and one orange … [Read more...] about Gear Review: Udee Backpack–Surprisingly Good
Let's cut straight to it: the Mountainsmith Borealis is a very fine backpack, and it's a very fine camera bag. It's exceptionally well made, logically designed by people who clearly know what photographers need, and I think it'll last a lifetime. I've got just a few caveats, but this is a good backpack. Lifetime Construction I've owned Mountainsmith bags since I was a young mountaineer in Colorado, which is where Mountainsmith are headquartered. I've been using one of their bags for 20 years, and it's still going strong. The reason these … [Read more...] about Camera Bag Review: Borealis Backpack, from Mountainsmith
Back in October during PhotoPlus Expo I had the pleasure of meeting the founders of a new Bag Company that had just been funded on Kickstarter, WANDRD. The two adventurous brothers were displaying a prototype bag called the PRVKE (Provoke), and it caught my interest pretty freaking quick. At the time I had been coming from several months on the road traveling and shooting, and getting pretty frustrated with my bag selection. Albeit huge, I was still lacking in that perfect travel kit bag that fit all my gear, felt comfortable, and looked better … [Read more...] about PRVKE Bag by WANDRD – A Stylish and Functional Adventurer Bag!
You might recognize the brand Case Logic because if youve ever been to almost any electronics store, you'll see their bags for computers, cell phones, & other gadgets on display. But Case Logic also makes camera bags. And theyre pretty serious about these bags. The Case Logic claim to fame is two-fold. One: The bags are very high quality for the money. Two: The bags have a plastic (water-resistant/water proof) bottom that is somewhat unique in the industry. They call that the DuraBase bottom. More on those points in a moment. I tried … [Read more...] about Case Logic KDB-101 Kontrast Pro-DSLR Backpack – Mini Review
NOTE: This story was cross-posted at WeShootFuji.com I needed an affordable, reasonably large but reasonably lightweight camera backpack to take with me to Teton National Park. I used the Pelican 1510-004-110 Case with Padded Dividers, Black to get my gear on the plane, but its not a viable solution for trekking around a mountain range. So as is my habit, I used one solution to get my gear TO the field, and one solution while I am IN the field. I usually use the Tamrac 5588 Expedition 8x Photo/Laptop Backpack when I am driving to a location … [Read more...] about AmazonBasics DSLR and Laptop Backpack – Mini Review (Best Photo Bag Ever For The Money)
You can never have too much RAM, too much money or too many photo backbacks. With that in mind, I set out to try the KARACHI OUTPOST from Crumpler. My primary interest in this bag was it's ability to hold a 17" laptop and still fit in an airline overhead. Most camera/computer backpack combos only hold 15" laptops. The Karachi provides a well padded insert that easily holds my new unibody 17" MacBook Pro. The computer sleeve fits on top of the camera compartment. It's well designed and not a kludge like I've seen on other bags. The bag is very … [Read more...] about Mini Review of the Crumpler Karachi Outpost Backpack
EDITOR'S NOTE: This piece was written by guest contributor Liana Lehua from GirlsGoneGeek.TV. Do you know what I like about any good gear bag? When the bag I am using allows me to focus on enjoying whatever I am doing instead of having to fuss with my stuff, I like it. This is true of my purses, gear cases, laptop bags, and most recently my photography bags. Yes. Bags. Plural. It is not my intent to flaunt that I have multiple camera and gear bags but to provide some perspective regarding my bag-spertise. As a photography enthusiast, I wanted … [Read more...] about Think Tank’s Rotation 360 Photography Backpack