Once in a blue moon...something comes along that's a game changer. The F-Stop Loka bag for me at least, is just such a game changer. I'd been looking for a camera bag that would work great as a photo day hiking bag but could also be used as a 2-3 night backpacking bag. With the Gatekeeper Straps you can attach a tent and sleeping bag and you are good to go! The bag is light weight, relatively small and appears to be really durable. Have only been using the bag for 6 months but I can't think of one single thing to improve this bag. Unless it comes with its own Llama to carry the bag for you...
So, the land of fire and ice is calling for a return trip and here's a look at what's inside the bag for our adventure to Iceland.
One of the key features I really like about the bag is the ICU (Internal Camera Unit). This allows you to configure the inside of the bag how you like and use different ICU's for different trips. Here you see the camera body with lenses in the Medium Slope ICU along with the filter holder from Mindshift on top.
Another one of the great features of the F-Stop packs is that you enter the pack from the either the top of the pack or, as you see here, from the part of the pack that faces your back. This way, you don't get mud or moisture from the ground on your back when you put the pack back on. Nice!
Above, you see the Canon 5D Mark II and the 4 lenses I'll be taking on the trip to Iceland. I most often am shooting with the 24mm TS-E lens which I love because it's crazy sharp and can create some really hi-res images for large prints. The 70-200mm has to be in the bag followed by the 16-35mm. The 4th lens is the 24-105mm which is the least sharp of the group but has a nice focal range that can come in handy in those rugged areas where human zoom just isn't going to work!
Here you see 5 extra batteries and 72GB of CF card storage. There's a 32GB card in the camera along with a 6th battery. We'll be camping the whole time so not as many opportunities to recharge. Also you see the Hoodman loop, level, lens cloths and two cable releases.
The Mindshift Filter Hive has been another recent addition to the bag which has been working great. It's one pouch that holds the Singh Ray 105 mm Polarizer, Lee Filter Holder, 77mm/82mm filter ring adapters and an assortment of neutral density filters including 2 and 3-stop split ND's, a four stop ND and a 10-stop Big Stopper by Lee.
Above you see the F-Stop rain cover and the special straps for use with the pack. I like to carry a large zip loc bag to cover the camera and lens in the field when it's raining and you see the large green shower cap to cover the polarizer/filter holder in wet conditions. Passport, moleskine notebook and space pen, and a plastic soap container for business cards are all tucked away in the pack.
Last but certainly not least are the maps we'll be using for our adventure. Not included but in the bag for the flight over is a Macbook 11"Air which fits inside an interior sleeve. I won't carry the laptop in the field so didn't include it here. The interior sleeve does work well though for a hydration bag.
Nothing but love for the F-Stop Loka Bag. Just amazingly well made and perfect for the kind of shooting I like to do.
Special thanks to Raynor Czerwinski who put me on this bag back in the Fall. Check out his awesome photography here: