/ 45-60 Pack with a bottom opening (Winter photography pack)
> plus I like to keep it protected in a padded bag when I'm not shooting in case I fall over etc.
Why do you kep it in the base of your sack where it has the full weight of the sack on it when you put the sack down then? Surely a side or lid pocket would be a better place?
It held up to some very wet mountain biking, you can put a rucksack cover on it, the anja at 40litres might suit, I guess it depends on the nature of your approach to photography, if you are quite considered and are heading to a fixed point to take pictures and aren't to bothered about taking opportunities along the way then protecting your camera can take priority
personly I prefer to have access to my camera and gear relatively quickly
i would also seriously look at the fast and light approach as something to help facilitate your photography, if you take "all" the mountain gear and "all" the photography gear you will compromise both activities, I usually manage to get pretty much a full ML kit with the camera into a 30L f stop bag even in wintertime
if I wanted to go even lighter for ice climbing I would use an Arcteryx fl30l bag with the Olympus omd 5 in a lightweight pouch on my harness and a gorilla pod I could use on an ice axe inside the bag.
as I say I'm giving it some more thought with an upcoming trip to Scotland so watch this space.
Interesting. What do you include in a 'full ML kit'?
When I've camped up on the Ben for a few days of ice climbing I take an LX-7 for the harder routes and an A7 plus a couple of primes for sunsets and easier days. Sunny day shots really benefit from the dynamic range.
ML kit would include
first aid kit
crampons ice axe
confidence rope possibly (depending on whom I'm out with)
spare gloves and mitts
snacks and water
compass maps and phone
I'm sure I've missed something
camera gear would be
Nikon 16-35 f4
Nikon 24-120 f4
possibly one prime
lee filter kit, spare batteries, lens wipes etc
That's for day walks in winter in Wales
Wow, amazed you can fit all that in! Which ICU? Mine fills the bag, can just about squeeze a jacket down the back.
I've got the medium slope ICU, that allows me to get most of the clothes down the front, if I were to take the confidence rope it's a squeeze, for winter the 40l would be better especially big Scottish days out
a Scottish bivvy is on the cards shortly so I'll see how I'm going to pack for that, I'd like to take the full frame so might fall back onto the lowpro pouch and a sperate lens holder in the top of the sack, a gorilla pod and ice axe can be fairly useful but haven't tried it for 30sec star pictures :-/
Just to add to the topic: I carry (at the top of my rucksack) an SLR and zoom in one of the large 'eagle creek specter ecubes', which is a lightweight padded box with a zip lid and a few pockets inside. As the latest cameras and lenses are fairly sealed against moisture, it doesn't worry me that the case is not waterproof as long as the rucksack is fairly waterproof; plus, I am actually more worried about trapping in moisture if I put a 'damp' camera inside a waterproof bag and forget about it for a few weeks ...
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