Best backpack / rucksack for hiking photographers

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Bobthearch
Bobthearch Veteran Member • Posts: 8,985
Re: Best backpack / rucksack for hiking photographers
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I've been searching for solutions over the years and have also come to this same conclusion:

BOTTOM LINE: PHOTO BACKPACKS (STILL) DO NOT WORK FOR SERIOUS HIKING

Crappy packs not actually made for hiking;

No space for hiking gear and the Ten Essentials;

Inaccessibility to camera gear;

Grossly overpriced bags;

Have to take the pack off to access camera...  etc., etc., etc.

The solution I've settled on for the indefinite future, two bags.  A daypack / backpack and a shoulder camera bag.  I can reach my camera, quickly stow it, browse the bag contents, pull the weather cover on, change lenses... instantly, without fumbling, without taking anything off, and while maintaining complete segregation from water jugs and other hiking gear.

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