Like everyone, I have been in search of the perfect photography backpack. Unable to find the perfect bag I decided it was time to build my own. A few things that I require from a pack is it has to ride like a good backpack and place the weight on the hips while also fitting comfortably. It also needs to have a place to carry a water bladder, it's hot here in Texas and I need lots of water while out in the swamps. I need something that is adaptable and able to configure for different types of trips and if need, able to handle large loads. It also needs to have the ability to carry other things I need/want in the field like: food, extra cloths, first aid kit, small thin tarp, camouflage netting/cloth and what ever else I could need in the field. If possible I wanted something that would be cool on my back and not cause a lot of sweating. Well, @faithblinded got me into looking at various options available in the world of tactical gear and he was the one who introduced me to the Photo Recon by Hazard 4. I bought one even tho I am not a fan of sling bags and it really is an amazing bag (well built with tank like protection). So that brought up my search for a way to make this great bag more useful for me. That search found the molle 2 gen 4 frame with associated waist belt and shoulder straps and the assembly of FrankinPack started. I just got the frame and shoulder straps in today and I already had a few bags ready to attach to the Photo Recon. This is the initial assembly and I have started a list of stuff I am going to need to complete the first version. I need to get some of the various things that allow you to strap stuff to molle (like D-Rings) and some webbing (thin and some fat) so I can better secure the Recon to the frame. I also need some other small items designed to assist with strapping things down so I have more options for gear storage. I need some more bags to strap to the Recon and the frame because what I have currently is not enough (still need a place for food, extra clothing, tarp, and camouflage netting) Front of pack. Photo Recon is in the center with a water bladder pouch attached to the left side and tripod attached to that. The right side has two brown bags, top has first aid and survival kit and lower one has a can of Off. You can also see the tip of my hunting knife sticking out (it is strapped to the back of the waist belt). FrankinPack 001 by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr Back of pack. You can see the strap of the Recon coming across the back (it does not interfere with wearing the back at all). The two black pouches have my TC's in them but when Hazard 4 releases their small lens pouch I will be getting two to place on the waist belt for my TC's (I do like the ease of where they are but they can get in the way at times). You can also see the tip of my hunting knife again. FrankinPack 002 by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr The left side. You can see the tripod and skimmer pod attached as well as the amount of additional room that is available for more pouches or gear. Once my pieces and parts arrive I will work up a better solution for holding the skimmer pod, but for now it works. FrankinPack 003 by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr Left side of the pack. Closeup of the top area showing better how the skimmer pod is attached and the available room there is in this area. FrankinPack 004 by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr Right side of pack. The top brown pouch holds my first aid and survival kit while the bottom has my can of Off. You can also see my hunting knife and the black pouch for a TC. FrankinPack 005 by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr Right side of pack. A closeup of the lower area showing where my hunting knife is located as well as the additional room that is still available. FrankinPack 006 by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr I still have a lot to do with the pack. Some of the stuff I need will be here Saturday and I just ordered a bunch of other stuff so I can lash down the Recon better. Right now it all rides really well and it sits on the back nicely. Should be pretty cool to wear in the field because only the waist belt and a small area at the top actually touch my back, the rest is open for airflow. I need a few more bags so I can add all the gear I want/need. I think this is really going to work because I can easily take stuff off or add stuff for each trip. The only piece that is going to be hard to remove will be the Recon and removing it will be rare. I am also getting a pouch that will strap to the inside of the frame (will ride between frame and my back) to hold my 357. I think I can put it in a spot that will allow easy access if it is ever needed. I wanted a spot for easy access to the knife but have yet to figure out a good spot, so it is on the belt until I come up with a better place. Oh, the black Recon and black water bladder pouch will get replaced by brown ones very soon. The black Recon will be getting it's strap cut off so I can easily drop it into a dry bag for kayak use and the bladder pouch will go back to the seat of the kayak. This is going to be an ongoing project. For those interested in the Photo Recon I have. - Gripped EM1 with ZD 150mm ƒ2.0 + EC-20 attached - Gripped EM5 with MZ 17mm ƒ2.8 attached - Bower 7.5mm Fisheye - MZ 60mm ƒ2.8 macro - 10 spare batteries (I never need more the 3 or 4 but I like to be prepared) - Lots of small odds and ends that are camera/photography related - There is plenty of room for some additional gear if needed While it is not going to be secured to my satisfaction (Recon to frame), I plan to test it out this weekend at my favorite park.