You gotta have a backpack to carry all those cameras right? You sure do! The good folks at Burton have kept my gear safe and secure year after year year, so I can tell you with confidence the packs work in any and all conditions you find yourself in. Whether I’m making the city trek on a ‘foto mish’ or tackling the ‘mountain environment’ in a variety of ways, the Burton FStop Pack and Zoom Pack pack have me covered. Smart design and good materials have the kit sitting pretty once it’s go time, check the photos below then click on this link or that link for more information.
Talking specifically about the Burton FStop, this is the pack that gets it done for me on snowboarding and skateboarding missions, due to its ability to pack one or two camera kits, a tripod and safety equipment. I can outfit the interior with two DSLR bodies, three to four lenses, two flash triggers, and a pair of Burton Powerstretch Liners, with the inside lid pockets holding my Declan lens cloth, extra memory cards, remote cables and the like. The exterior side pockets hold sunscreen, sunglasses and food items, while the top pocket houses my Mizu water bottle, sandwiches, extra pair of AK gloves and face mask. The long side pockets are built for holding a medium size tripod (my pod of choice is the Manfrotto CXpro3-190, click HERE to view) on one side, with a shovel handle and prop taking up the opposite side long pocket. My shovel blade fits nicely into the lid’s exterior pocket, boom bam, all packed up!
The Zoom Pack sits comfortably on my back when I’m rolling a smaller kit, maybe one DSLR or Mirrorless body, a couple of lens, some water and food. One of those walk around days when you need a bit of camera gear but not the whole shabang. That’s not to say you can’t pack your entire kit!
How you arrange your gear is totally up to you and what works best, what I do recommend with any camera bag is ‘taking up the negative space.‘ What that means is not letting any interior items have the ability to move around once the pack is on and you’re in motion moving from one place to the next. The simple solution is using the extra foam dividers you’ve built up from prior backpacks (if you don’t have any, hit up a buddy or local camera store) to take up that negative place. For example, build up a spot where your 70-200mm will sit, give it a comfy and secure location with zero movement once the pack is zipped up and in motion, then take the time to do this for all of your gear in the bag. Trust me, this makes a huge difference in the life of your gear, and more importantly when you show up to a shoot your gear is ready and working.
Hopefully this read helps you out in deciding what pack is right for you, don’t hesitate to hit up one of the many Burton Flagship and Retail Outlet stores for a run through. Holler! Blotto
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