The Perfect Camera Bag for the Pickiest Person

I'm sure every photographer has gone on a bag quest at some point during their career, many probably haven't completed this quest, and I've been at it myself for a while.

I have several backpacks and sling bags, actually, let me count real quick. 4 Backpacks, 4 sling bags, and they all fit their purpose for certain types of jobs our outings. I've always wanted the perfect day bag, something I could carry a small photo kit inside with room to spare for personal items. My current backpack nearly fits the bill, but it's got a few annoying tidbits that I'm getting tired of. Zipper on the top gets stuck, no built in waterproof cover, it opens weird, would like to have more targeted camera gear space, not a whole lot of ways to attach things to the outside of the pack. the tripod strap is secured via velcro?! 

That's the bag that I'm currently using, I really enjoy it, but as stated above, the tiny little gripes I have with this thing have kept me searching for the perfect day pack. I got that bag for $40 "used", since then it's been discontinued and now retails for over $100, crazy. 

When I checked my email a few days ago, I saw that LowePro had a new bag line coming out, I was immediately intrigued.

Flipside TREK? I still have the original flipside bag, I really like how you access the camera section from the back, and how you don't have to set it down, it's grey, with olive (my favorite colors!) It's got a rain fly inside it, it's got plenty of room for what I'm carrying now with room to spare! Shoulder and waist straps are an added plus. I could see myself using this bag for a majority of my day hikes in the mountains. straps on the back that can be reconfigured, loops to attach more gear, the size looks perfect, and it's got a dedicated tablet sleeve as well. There's nothing about this bag I do not like.

A majority of the bags I own are made by LowePro, they come out with some of the best products when it comes to camera bags. LowePro, It would appear you have designed the bag that I've always wanted, the one I've been searching for, now I'm just waiting for my shipment confirmation.


Welcome to the Family - Panasonic GX8

I honestly had no intention of buying a new camera until the day I was looking around B&H Photo's website. Work was slow and I was curious what was out there since I've been content with my Fuji XT1 for a while now. 

Fuji XT1 after a day at the speedway

I'd purchased a Micro 4/3 camera years ago, a Panasonic GF1, one of the first that helped spark the M43 revolution. A compact system, retro styling, cheaper smaller lenses that didn't sacrifice on quality. I was sold. Having been raised on Canon and having owned an XT1, 30D, 7D, L series lenses etc, I know how heavy and expensive that can get making your way downtown for a day of shooting.

I bought my GF1 looking for something new, something smaller, something I could take anywhere with minimal weight and pack size and it fit the bill for non professional work at the time. it was a great camera and I still have my 14mm and 20mm pancake lenses which I now use on my GX8. I later sold all my canon gear and switched to Fuji, a camera with a similar sized sensor as my old 7D, and picked up 2 lenses that covered the range I needed for motorsports and event photography.

Fast forward a few years and here I am sitting at work staring at a Panasonic Micro 4/3 camera I had never heard of. Hey, it was released a few months ago, looks pretty sweet, especially in SILVER. I was already sold on the looks, I really dig the styling and aesthetics taken from old rangefinder cameras. Feature wise this thing is jammed packed and it had everything and more that I wanted.

I'll take a second here to express my annoyance with Canon, they seem to be turning into the Apple of the camera world. Each new camera they bring out MIGHT have a "new" feature that everyone else has already included in previous camera models. In camera time lapse? my GX8 has that, but when I was rocking my 7D, Canon would rather have you purchase a $130 plus intervalometer which Chinese companies already cloned for less than $20. And that's just one example.


I spent several hours checking reviews of the camera, and then I went back to B&H Photo and did a double take on the price. It was:

Not as expensive as I thought it should be.

Came with a free 12-60mm lens.

Came with a free $150 gift card to B&H Photo

Came with a free extended 3 year warranty on both the lens and camera body.

Free Shipping

Interest free payments for 6 months through paypal. ($0 down and I would have a camera to use for 30 days and if I didn't like it, whatever)


At this point I kinda knew I was going to be buying this thing in the near future until I realized after talking with B&H Photo customer service that this sweet deal ended that night. (never mind the fact I saw the same deal 2 weeks later... but hey. At the time It was a deal you don't see very often, at least for me.

So I clicked Buy Now. 

A few days later and I had myself one damn fine looking camera arrive from the man in the brown truck. I now had a camera that I felt comfortable taking with me everywhere, and I do. My Fuji workhorse stays at home and now I have a second body in case something goes amiss during event coverage. Only thing that is a bit unfortunate is having to build a lens collection for 2 different formats, but I digress.

I'm going to use this thing for a bit and come back with my initial impressions, which so far, have been great.