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