Carry that load?
A 45L rucksack may well be ‘designed to carry’ but the human frame isn’t (‘Gitzo Adventury backpacks revealed’, 7 Days, AP 28 April). I doubt I could even lift a full one off the ground. My ‘small game-hunting’ macro kit consists of a Nikon D7100 and Nikkor 105mm Micro lens with Nikon’s Close-up Speedlight (SB- R200) guns attached. It weighs nearly 2kg, and a couple of hours with that dangling from the wrist is about my limit. Add all the accessories needed for a day’s hike, and there’s a serious weight problem that’s not solved by any bag design.
Trolleys offer a solution. Use one of these and you can hike to a site and arrive reasonably fresh to do some photography. The only one designed for photographers is the Stealth Gear – a beach trolley design useful for many purposes, but rather too bulky for a hike as it cannot negotiate stiles or kissing gates, and its wheelbase is too wide for rough terrain. Standard folding trucks drag your bag through the mud and have independent axles which cause the wheels to twist on anything but flat ground. The festival trolley design is better as it has a raised platform; the cheap wireframe one from motorway service stations works to a point, but the wheels are poor. A better design is an off-roader with pneumatic tyres.
It’s about time camera bag manufacturers turned their attention to trolley design or included an athlete with each of their bags. Darwyn Sumner Interesting suggestions, although a trolley might be less useful for street, documentary or wedding photography, where you need to be able to access your gear quickly when a photo opportunity arises. It’s true though that the onerous weight of SLRs and associated lenses and accessories is a major reason for the increasing popularity of lighter mirrorless systems – Geoff Harris, deputy editor
Darwyn suggests using a trolley rather than a rucksack to carry camera gear