And the journey to find the right bag seems to be never ending. I needed to find a backpack to carry my gear rather than a messenger style shoulder bag to take pressure off my back. I saw this bag a while back but kept coming up with excuses why it wouldn’t work for me. It seemed kind of gimmicky to me because of how it is designed. After doing months and months of research I kept coming back to this bag. 

Friday (yesterday) I decided to go to Arlington Camera to check it out again in person with my camera. After trying several bags they had in Stock I, again kept coming back to this bag. I finally decided this is the one that it was going to be. One problem though… The only color they had in the 30L was the ash. I wanted the charcoal grey…

I got on the cell phone and googled other places around me that might sell this bag. I finally landed on REI, and they had the color in stock… 

This bag fits my medium format Bronica ETRS with the grip, prism, and lens all attached. If you know anything about that camera you know that takes up quite a bit of real estate compared to a full framr DSLR, even with a grip. I can also carry a couple of lenses, a flash, a couple of film backs, and film. My everyday carry stuff will fit nicely as well such as my Macbook Air, a small note pad, pens, my Swiss army knife, and I usually keep some allergy and headache medication on me as well. 

If I wanted to use this as a light travel bag this would work too. A couple of pairs of shoes and a couple of outfits would easily fit with room to spare. 
If you’re interested in a backpack that is very versatile the Peak Design everyday backpack is a good place to start.