Posted by Anura Samara, 3 July 2017
What is the optimum number of camera bags?
What’s the optimum number of camera bags for a photographer? The answer is X = X + 1 where X is the number of bags you already own!
So, here’s my latest addition…
Two things have prompted me to look for a new camera bag.
Firstly, our trip to Europe this year means I need to think about a better way of organising and carrying my camera gear. Previously, I’ve used my trusty old backpack from The Northface which has been fantastic – it particular, a solid waist belt that can really lighten the load on the shoulders. With the Peak Design Capture mounted on one of the straps, it’s a great way of having the camera accessible when walking around. On the negative side, it’s really just one big open compartment (yes, it has a smaller compartment at the top) so when carrying the camera, spare lenses and just everyday gear it all goes into the same compartment – hard to access, and poor protection. I’ve alleviated that by adding a few Thinktank pouches on to the waist belt for easier access, but that’s not a viable option when travelling through airports and on trains.
If I already have the Everyday Messenger, why do I need a new bag? I’ve found the messenger style becomes uncomfortable as you load it up – remember all of the weight is on just one shoulder, although the sternum and waist strap help a bit. The first time I had it fully loaded was in New Zealand, and throw in the tripod and it was too much for a full day out. But I still love all of its features – easy access, well thought out design, good looking. In other words, everything worked except for the carry.
When I saw that Peak Design had launched the Everyday Backpack Kickstarter, I didn’t immediately put down some cash – with something like this, I wanted to see what the reviews said first.
So what did they say? Mostly the reviews where positive but the negatives all related to the carry – in particular, a waist strap that is too light to full transfer the load from the shoulders to the hips, with shoulder straps that lack padding. The only other negative was the price, but I figure that at my age I’m happy to pay a bit more for something that meets my needs.
OK, lets forget all of that and just go with the multiple positive reviews!
These first impressions are after putting all of my gear in the bag, adjusting the various straps and attaching the Capture to one of the shoulder straps:
At the moment, I have it packed with all of my lenses, the flash and minor bits of kits which I mostly left out of the Everyday Messenger bag. So in terms of carrying my gear it’s already a winner. And it also has some spare space at the top to throw in a lightweight top or rain jacket, a cap and our travelling emergency kit.
All up, the Everyday Backpack and feels like a winner despite a few issues that frankly I knew about in advance.
The main thing is that I can stop looking for my next camera bag. For now.