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Old November 23rd, 2003, 06:02 AM   #1
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XL1/s Backpack

At present I carry my XL1 set up with manual 16x lens and MA200 adapter in a Tamrac 2249 bag. That generally goes over one shoulder. After using the few additional pockets on the 2249, other equipment, mainly an assortment of Canon EF lenses, standard 16x lens, 3x lens and additional plate with support rods goes in a Lowpro Mini Trekker on my back. My Vinten Pro 5 tripod I carry over my other shoulder. Then there's the non photographc stuff like drink and food which sometimes just gets left in a coolbox in the car for my return. I suppose I could always carry a little less but I always like to be prepared for the unexpected so end up taking everything.

I film any kind of wildlife and can find myself walking miles and miles and all this uneven weight distribution does my back in sometimes so I'm looking for a backpack that's designed to carry the lot and give it excellent protection. Oh, and keep my back in one piece.

I've read the other threads and the larger lowepro bags seem quite good but at the moment the Kata CPB 3 has caught my eye with the additional outdoor kit you can attach to it. Anyone used this bag and what do you think of it?


On the downside the bigger bag you have the less likely you are going to get it on as carry on luggage which I think this Kata bag and the larger Lowepro bags fall into.

Any suggestions much appreciated.

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Old November 23rd, 2003, 01:40 PM   #2
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Lowe has been making quality trekking packs for years. IMO they have a a more supportive and adjustable harness system and waist belt with the higher end packs.I personally use the Nature trekker and it stores my entire VX2k kit plus has an add on daypack that can be used for extra gear. The pack transfers the weight nicely to your hips allowing for longer hikes without shoulder fatigue..I own a kata ccc-3333 shoulder bag which I dont even use since buying the Lowe and I feel the Lowepro is built much better as well. Just my 2 worth.
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