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Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Phocal, Oct 12, 2014.
I have a Loka (which is carry on legal) and a Satori (which is probably almost carry on legal but a touch too tall). I have a Small ICU and a shallow small ICU. The shallow is Ok for a minimal kit, but the full depth one is needed to fit the camera sideways (lens mount facing sideways) for my E-M1 and A7r.
The Loka is a perfect ultralighter pack for photo nerds - I fit my E-M1, 7-14, 12-40, 43 50-200, 1.4x teleconverter AND the A7r, 55/1.8, 35/2.8 AND a Sony RX100 in scuba housing in the small. It's tight and not ideal for super quick access and swapping, but works for me. If I don't need the telephoto or the underwater gear, the shallow will fit both bodies and a pair of lenses each with chargers. The Loka is also extremely comfortable for me. Well balanced, tight to the body. A few pics:
Pics of a 'fully loaded' Loka
Feel free to ask for more questions of pictures. I really, really like the F-stop products. The Mindshift Gear stuff is another interesting alternative, but a little less flexible.
I'll try to take some pics tomorrow so you can draw your own conclusions.
I use a Satori and I have two different ICU:s, a shallow medium and an XL pro. I'd say it's pretty good, but avoid loading it with too much heavy gear. I used to walk around with my 500 f/4 in the bag, which caused it to buckle a bit in the lower part, which meant that the hip belt didn't provide much support and all the weight of the gear was on my shoulders, not comfortable. Tightening the hip belt hard somewhat mitigated this, but simply not having that big lens in the bag helped a lot more.
I have the Guru with a medium and a small shallow ICU. With the medium in the Guru, there's not much room on top for other gear. With the small there is a meaningful amount. I find the Guru to be an excellent hiking backpack - comfortable, great waistbelt, lots of attachment points. I have Gatekeepers all over the pack, and strap my tripod, hiking sticks, and other stuff there. The sleeve inside accommodates my Osprey bladder, or liter bottles fit in the mesh side pockets. The waist belt has Molle attachment points which I use for small gadget bags, like the Think Tank Skin 50.
Truly a a great piece of gear.
A few shots of what I mean by too shallow for sideways. First is how I have mine set up right now, second is the E-M with P7-14 inserted sideways as far as it will go in a small shallow ICU:
I have posted this before in some other thread, but here is the XL Pro, filled with nearly all my gear. More recently, I have rearranged the spacers somewhat to make it accommodate the 150/2 at the expense of some of the other lenses. I currently consider adapting it to the 300/2.8 rather than the 500/4. This will likely free up some space.