Hiking photographers

In Blog, Featured, Reviews by Pedro Kin5 Comments

Has a hiker and a photographer I struggled to find the best combo between carrying my camera gear and my hiking gear, I used to have a F-stop bag when I had an SLR but removing the bag every time I wanted to take a shot was problem, so I “fixed” it by getting a a Peak Design capture Pro clip but while that option was good the camera was unprotected from the elements. Also the F-stop bag was too big for me and I couldn’t adjust the back like on normal hiking backpacks.
The more I hiked the more I’m conscious of the weight I’m carrying, I often hike for several days so I need to take tent/sleeping bag, food water etc.
Once I decided to go ultralight I struggled to find a good way to carry my Sony a6500, until I found the Zpacks 4 in 1 the bag is ultralight (57g) being made from cuben fiber makes this bag waterproof.

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As you can see in the picture above I’m using it while climbing a waterfall. I takes me 30s to take a picture and I love this new bag, I use it as a chest pack as you can see, I decided to put the camera inside a zip lock bag just to be certain that water wouldn’t come in, but I is not necessary, the zipper is also waterproof and after walking on the rain for 6h and going up waterfalls the day after, the camera didn’t have one single drop. Another thing I like on this bag is that I attach it totally to the backpack and I do not have to have it “on me”. The pack is big enough for my Sony a6500 with a 10-18 or with my 24-70, I can use either lens that they simply fit without any issues.
This is not a standard review but it is my view on this bag from a photographers perspective.

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  • strike freedom

    do you think it can fit a canon t5i (rebel size) + 18-55 kit?

    • I’m not sure if it does, currently I’m on Holidays and will only return sometime around next weekend. And I can surely try and let you know 🙂
      Checking the dimensions of the Sony (Approx. 120.0 mm x 66.9 mm x 53.3 mm, Approx. 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 1/8 inches) vs the Canon (Approx. 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 in.
      Approx. 133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8mm) I would say it would fit, but I can’t be entirely sure, I can tell you that I can fit the Sony and there is still free space for other small things. You will feel awkward at the start of using the bag and might seem not good, but once you really use it in the field you will see that you made a great decision. According to Zpacks the size of the bag is Dimensions: Roughly 9″ wide x 8″ tall x 3″ deep (23cm x 20cm x 7.5 cm)

    • Pedro Kin Tavares

      I wrote this comment the way you asked the question but I’m not sure if you ever got my reply.
      I’m not sure if it does, currently I’m on Holidays and will only return sometime around next weekend. And I can surely try and let you know 🙂
      Checking the dimensions of the Sony (Approx. 120.0 mm x 66.9 mm x 53.3 mm, Approx. 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 1/8 inches) vs the Canon (Approx. 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 in.
      Approx. 133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8mm) I would say it would fit, but I can’t be entirely sure, I can tell you that I can fit the Sony and there is still free space for other small things. You will feel awkward at the start of using the bag and might seem not good, but once you really use it in the field you will see that you made a great decision. According to Zpacks the size of the bag is Dimensions: Roughly 9″ wide x 8″ tall x 3″ deep (23cm x 20cm x 7.5 cm)

      • strike freedom

        Thanks for the answer! I’ll prob end up getting it. Seems like a good bag to have just to carry some important/expensive items when walking away from the campsite.

        • Pedro Kin Tavares

          For sure, it’s very handy for many things, snacks, water, even the headlamp I usually put there before it gets dark, even with my camera I end up putting snacks and headlamp there and whatever else I might need, the way you can strap in a few different ways is very cool