In a never ending pursuit for the perfect camera bag, I've learned 2 things:
1) There's no such thing.
2) Your gear grows as your skills and needs grow, and, unless you're shooting only one thing in one place all the time, you're going to need a different bag for just about every different situation.
I used to think that I could get one camera pack for at least the majority of the things I do, but there's just no way. I'd take a look at the huge wall of packs at the local shop and be like "why are there so many packs?!" Having one bag worked for the most part but I tend to want to shoot something different everyday, whether it's Monday at the crag, Tuesday in a remote studio set up, Wednesday in the streets, Thursday working from a coffee shop, Friday just going on a long drive. You can see the "usual" stuff I carry with me on a normal day here. One bag grew to 3 smaller ones, then a shoulder carry, then I needed more weatherproofing, then I needed more sport gear capability, then I needed something more, then more, and so began the voyage.
I'd take a look at the huge wall of packs at the local shop and be like "why are there so many packs?!"
The variety of camera packs seem to have really evolved over the last few years. Materials, designs, and functionality has made the photography carryables a real specialty. Case in point, my recent acquiring of the f-stop Fitzroy.
I bought the Fitzroy pack to fulfill a certain size I needed for carrying my minimum camera gear on quick trips around town, as well as to take the place of my smaller bag that didn't fit exactly what I needed. I'm a full-time adventure photographer and shoot everyday- the studio, on the street, in the mountains, on a rope, on hard enduro dirt bikes, or while climbing peaks. The main reason I bought this pack was to have a quick and easy access bag while shooting rock climbing images (while on the rope), as well as immediate access on approaches while the rest of my gear is on my back.
Construction is great, waterproof zippers and TPU laminated fabric is what I need for the 9 months of rain here in Seattle. You can see in my images I have a 5Div with a battery pack and a 100mm 2.8. L. Inside the pack is the 70-200mm 2.8 L ii, while in the padded sections is my fat-butt 11-24mm f4, and my workhorse, the 24-70mm f2.8 mk2. In the other images, I wanted to show that the body and 100mm lens fit in perfectly but had to take the battery grip off. It fit with the grip in to top compartment though.
The Fitzroy is the smaller brother to the Dalston, and is perfect for anyone who wants a well designed, light, and minimalist pack for their gear. Now I have a pack that I can wear around while out on the town, and not feel like a porter or paparazzi.
I've shot with the Fitzroy a couple times now and have found it super functional for the photographer who knows exactly what they need for specific times. I'm lovin' the way it fills the perfect gap.