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    Shape Shifter backpack

    I was wondering if anyone has used one of these backpacks for their MF gear. This Shapeshifter is relatively new from Think tank. I like the features because it folds fairly flat when empty and it holds a laptop. Any comments appreciated.
    http://www.thinktankphoto.com/ttp_product_ShpShftr.php

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    Re: Shape Shifter backpack

    Mark I was looking at it when I got the Streetwalker pro and it was pretty unique in the design of it. You basically use sleeves to drop the gear in.
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    Re: Shape Shifter backpack

    Mark,

    I bought one when at PMA, because I also liked the concept and ergonomics.

    However, I bought it for a DSLR kit. My Hassy just does not fit into the pockets.

    Sorry,

    Ray

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    Re: Shape Shifter backpack

    Guy and Ray... I was concerned about whether the medium format gear would fit or not and I like to leave my body attached to one lens while hiking. Seems like a great idea but not so great for my needs

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    Mark,

    REALLY won't work with a lens attached, even with a DSLR. It is great to transport, but not set-up to work out of by leaving lenses attached. Once again, it just isn't set-up for any MF gear.

    Best,

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    Re: Shape Shifter backpack

    I am wondering if anyone has compared the F64 to the larger Streetwalker harddrive by thinktank
    http://www.thinktankphoto.com/ttp_product_StWlkrHD.php

    I like the F64 but want something i can fit my gear and laptop when needed. The F64 is a bit wider and it seems like i never have enough space on the wide end. I cannot tolerate much taller since i am not that tall and the F64 length is really perfect for me.

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    Re: Shape Shifter backpack

    Well i settled on a thinktank acceleration v2. It is a bit bigger but I can try not to fill it up. I also like the way the Laptop fits into the case. Good for when i am traveling.

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    Re: Shape Shifter backpack

    I recently crammed a ton of gear into my Gura Gear Kiboko bag:

    http://blog.guragear.com/gura-gear-t...t-shooter.html

    Left Hand Side:

    * Hasselblad 300mm f/4.5
    * Hasselblad 35mm f/3.5
    * Hasselblad 28mm f/4.0
    * Metz flash
    * Sekonic light meter

    Righ Hand Side:

    * Hasselblad H3DII 39 + 80mm f/2.8 lens
    * Hasselblad 150mm f/3.2
    * Hasselblad 1.7x teleconverter
    * Hasselblad 50mm f/3.5
    * Hasselblad Extra battery
    * Pocket Wizard x 2
    * Hasselblad 100mm f/2.2

    Tons o gear!

    (disclaimer: I own Gura Gear)

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    Re: Shape Shifter backpack

    Andy.. I posted on LL that i had considered one of your bags but ---- you said they were out os stock for a few months?

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    Re: Shape Shifter backpack

    When it comes to MF gear transport ... if it ain't got wheels it ain't on the shopping list, or my back and shoulders go on strike.

    I know you Mountain Men types need a backpack ... but man-o-man that is a heap 'o weight to be strapping to your back.

    Kata has an interesting take on the dual need ... it has slip over sleeves and uses their Interfit dolly wheels for full transport.

    I use one of their big system bags for the Hassey along with a smaller shoulder bag with waist harness that also slips over the dolly handle. The smaller bag is international airline sized and can use the same dolly by itself, then be slid off the dolly for shooting transport, or stowing on a smaller airplane. That bag carries a H3D-II with 100/2.2 mounted, a 150mm, 50mm, 28mm (or 35mm), 1.7X extender, 13mm tube, 5 grip batteries, charger, CF wallet, and Metz flash with spare batteries.

    Lots of nice bags to select from these days.

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    Re: Shape Shifter backpack

    Sorry about that, Mark. I actually have a small handful left in inventory for situations when people email or call me and really need a bag. I think I have 5 or 6 sitting around.

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    Re: Shape Shifter backpack

    Marc The Kata bags or any of the backpacks with wheels have too much basal weight. I have some back problems and i do have an thinktank with wheels as well that I tend to take when i am staying close to the car or in an environment where i do not have the trails to contend with. Once you start using dollies etc it gets more complex for airplane travel. I figure i have a few more years...

    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    When it comes to MF gear transport ... if it ain't got wheels it ain't on the shopping list, or my back and shoulders go on strike.

    I know you Mountain Men types need a backpack ... but man-o-man that is a heap 'o weight to be strapping to your back.

    Kata has an interesting take on the dual need ... it has slip over sleeves and uses their Interfit dolly wheels for full transport.

    I use one of their big system bags for the Hassey along with a smaller shoulder bag with waist harness that also slips over the dolly handle. The smaller bag is international airline sized and can use the same dolly by itself, then be slid off the dolly for shooting transport, or stowing on a smaller airplane. That bag carries a H3D-II with 100/2.2 mounted, a 150mm, 50mm, 28mm (or 35mm), 1.7X extender, 13mm tube, 5 grip batteries, charger, CF wallet, and Metz flash with spare batteries.

    Lots of nice bags to select from these days.

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    Re: Shape Shifter backpack

    Now you tell me.. well I will use the one i got yesterday for a bit and if i have issues I will email you. It is not an emergency but I am going to CO in June and since it is tacked on to a family trip to LA, I want to pack as compact as possible to avoid checking any luggage. As a 1K on United i usually can get a bit of wiggle room but the first flight is on an airline i have no status with.

    Andy you should try to distribute your bags such that we can try them on and see how they fit!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Biggs View Post
    Sorry about that, Mark. I actually have a small handful left in inventory for situations when people email or call me and really need a bag. I think I have 5 or 6 sitting around.

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    Re: Shape Shifter backpack

    Andy, that looks like a great bag you have designed. OBTW, I was in London last week and made it a point to go by the Natural History Museum to check out your photo in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Congratulations on winning the Wild Places category with your Skeleton Coast photo. I thoroughly enjoyed your photo as well as the others presented.

    Mark

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