Carry On Photo Backpacks
Protecting Your Gear In The Overhead Bin
These days, with security
tight and carryon bag restrictions even tighter, all photographers face
a dilemma. In the old days you could check your cameras, albeit in very
strong and secure cases, and even lock them up so no one could get their
hands on your equipment. Now that you can no longer lock luggage, or
carry on more than one bag and a "personal" item, it's
tougher to figure out the best way to bring all your gear along and
get it where you're going safe and sound.
What To Look For
How the pack rides:
The pack should ride comfortably on your back and should fit
you without compromise. When fully loaded, even with tripod attached,
the bag should feel well-balanced, helping to maintain your center of
gravity. (In theory, we try to load a backpack with the heavier stuff
toward the top, for this reason.) An ergonomically contoured harness and
padded airflow back panel with lumbar support add to the comfort factor,
as does the use of a breathable mesh fabric against your back.
Take a good look:
The bag should be padded front to back, top to bottom (without noticeable
gaps) to hold its shape and keep gear intact. Corrugated plastic or board
may be used to reinforce high stress points, usually at the bottom but
also in vertical dividers. Handles and straps, where exposed, should use
"Box" or preferably "Box-X" stitching (cross-stitching
within a stitched box) to withstand tugging. Zippers shouldn't stick.
As for pockets, I like at least one large pocket and lots more inside
and out, which makes the bag more functional. Padded pockets are useful
but tend to add bulk.
Is it right for you?
That's determined by your mode of travel (and the carrier) on each
leg of the trip, how much of the journey will be on foot and over what
type of terrain, personal endurance, and, of course, personal preference.
And don't forget to consider what you like to shoot and the gear
you expect to carry, whether it encompasses such items as bulky macro-flash
units or long, fast optics. And if you use medium or large format, make
sure the bag will accommodate these larger cameras and lenses, along with
film holders. Finally, consider your destination, especially on international
travel, and the return trip home.
A Photo Vest: Handy
Investment For Keeping Things Handy
Avoid Getting Carried
Away With Carryon
III Standard Backpack
Phoenix Corp. Of America/Ultimate
Series XL Rolling Photo Backpack
Wildlife Research Photography/MP-1
Split-Level Photo Daypacks
f.64/BPR Medium Backpack
M-Rock/The Great Smoky
Overnighter Photo Daypacks
K-2 Deluxe 18" Backpack
Computer Photo Packs
Camera Care Systems/Tripos
Rucksack With Tripod (Model 682)
Designs & Sling Bags
Gexar Action Camera
Systems/Hard Body Backpack
Websites For Traveling
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