Carry that load?

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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

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