An alternative to padded camera backpacks like Lowepro, Manfrotto, Peak Design...
Published at : 27 Jan 2021
Padded camera backpacks are typically stiff, boxy, and only designed to carry camera gear. Hiking backpacks are designed for body movement, flexibility and to be light weight. Rather than have a 100% photo-centric backpack, I decided to make a backpack with the features I need from both a hiking bag and a camera bag by making a protective lens caddy. My alternative backpack is much more comfortable to wear on hikes, and I can store things like my bike helmet, or a wet muddy poncho without worry. It is much more discrete when I want to pull my camera out, and less flashy than an expensive looking padded camera backpack when I'm riding the subway. I've considered refining the design of this lens caddy and manufacturing them on my CNC machine. If it's something you'd be interested in, please let me know in the comment section below.