Purchased this Wolverine Photographers backpack last year. It holds up to 1 15.4 inch notebook in the back, 4 lenses and 2 cameras in a customizable bottom section, as well as a top sections for clothes and the like. Also holds tripod and much more. Used it on my last trip and wouldn't take anything else.
check it out here.
I'm looking at the same pack and was wondering if you found it too heavy to carry around once it was "loaded up"? Some of the reviews I've read have said that while it is great for packing stuff in, the problem is once it's full it's very uncomfortable to walk with for prolonged distances. I know I could just put less in, but I's prefer to go with just one one bag. Was this the only bag you took?
#2 beachgirl has been a member since 25/4/2009. Posts: 8
Well from using the bag, if its packed full It can be heavy but the waist straps relieve much of the weight. However a female freind of mine tried using it and her being a petite 5'5 105lbs soaking wet, it was way to heavy for daily use. So i would say it is a heavy bag empty and if it has a laptop, camera, lenses etc, after a while you would start to feel the weight of it on your shoulders.
point being it fits everything a backpacker with an ear towards photography could want, however that comes with the cost of a heavy bag that gets the job done.
So if your fit and able to carry it its well worth it, but it is a heavy bag non theless.
I think think87 is on the money on this. The more you put in the pack, the heavier it gets! If you're worried about how heavy it is, perhaps look at two bags -- one like the one above and a second, smaller bag that you can use for perhaps some of the camera gizmos you won't be using on a daily basis.
It does look like a good pack though -- we'll be adding a write-up on it shortly in an upcoming new bit of the Travelfish site.
I would also like to add that the bottom padded compartment can be removed. ( see customer added photos from link in first post )
essentially making it one really big backpack with a secret laptop compartment. so even for those not going to carry a SLR camera and 3 lenses, it is still the bag i would recommend. when i bought mine they were 159.99 at amazon. with them now only 99.99, when this bag goes im going to buy another one. ( and who knows when that will be, not a single stitch is worn after a thailand and japan trip. )
all in all your paying for a high quality pack geard towards photography that will last years, not just paying for a brand name.
I have a 15.4 in laptop that fits but a 17in imho would not fit.