What type of backpack do you use

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  1. martin henson

    martin henson Admin Staff Member Registered User

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    I would be interested in what type of backpack you use for 4x5 and say two lens, film holders etc, I use an old lowpro one but looks like the backpack straps are coming loose and getting so I no longer can trust it.
     
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    I have a Tenba bag bought for £20 at a camera fair in mint condition, it's a £180-£200 bag but it's quite large/heavy (when full). It holds my Wista, 5 or 6 lenses, 2 meters, a dozen dark-slides, filters etc and the tripod can be strapped to it as well. Before I bought it I just used a regular camping backpack for over 25 years.

    When weight's an issue I use a regular sports backpack, two or three lenses, Wista or Super Graphic, 6 DDS, meter and 120 film, I've had my 6x17 camera and a TLR in it as well when I visited Olympia Greece (no tripods permitted). The 5x4 camera is wrapped in a small dark-cloth and I use small light weight lenses, while shooting the camera stays on the tripod (when permitted). It's nice to be able to work light weight.

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    I have a Photobackpacker frame (basically, a Kelty P2) that I swap in/out camera outfits, as needed. One of my 5x4 cameras (fold-up wooden box style) is in a Pb camera case, along with a few lenses in a separate Pb lens case. My Arca-Swiss 5x4 and several lenses are all contained in an F-Stop ICU (large) that fits perfectly in the backpack. When I need/want the 10x8, empty the backpack and load with camera case, lens case, etc. All very modular and convenient; took me years to arrive at these configurations. Film holders--both 5x4 and 10x8--are carried in Pb accordion-style cases.
     
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    Large f64 Backpack for me.

    It takes my Ebony 5x4, 5 lenses on boards, 9 DDS, darkcloth, meter, filters, notebook and foam mat.

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    Tenba no longer make a backpack similar to the one I use. The important factor is size which is usually measured in litres, I'd guess mine is 50l. What ever the backpack I prefer to have a couple of zipped pockets on the back or side for things like filters, spare cable releases etc.

    For purely photographic use I don't really need larger than 50 litres, which is approx 60cmm (H), 40cm (W) and 20cm (D) I can get all my 5x4 kit in easily. I have used much larger regular backpacks when food, water, needs carrying as well

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