One of the most important pieces of equipment we carry is a camera bag. Maybe you think the bag is less important than the camera – and that’s certainly true to some extent. But the fact is, if you can’t carry your gear, you’re not going anywhere at all. So, having a reliable pack is essential. For landscape photographers, the pack needs to be tough and durable, have lots of space for equipment, and be comfortable to carry over long distances. That’s a lot to ask, and we’ve carried lots of different bags over the years. Some were better than others.
Right now, we’re carrying Loka bags from F-stop. They’re more expensive than some – but they’ll also last a lot longer. And this isn’t a bag you’ll find yourself kicking yourself for wasting money on. Nope. The Loka does it’s job – and then some.
One of the best features is the rear access. It allows you to get to your equipment without putting the bag down on the ground – which is essential when you are shooting in the middle of a river, in knee-deep swamps, or in the mud on a rainy day. And it’s not just about getting at your gear easily. When you spin the bag around, you can use it as a work surface – for changing lens or putting on filters… whatever you need to do. To add icing to the cake – if it’s raining, you can access your gear without having to fumble around with the rain cover (this is an optional – and highly recommended – accessory). The cover stays on while you open and close the bag.
Since we get so many questions about how this works, we put together a little video for you. Here she is – world-renowned actress and accomplished ventriloquist Varina Patel – playing the part of the oblivious photographer pretending to be unaware that she’s being filmed.