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Independent Reviews of f-stop Camera Bags and Backpacks  

 

We love our camera backpacks and bags, and we think you will, too. Watch or read through the following reviews, and you will find a consistent theme. Independent reviewers rave about f-stop quality, design and materials. In short, f-stop camera backpacks are among the best camera backpacks and camera bags you can find!

 


Ajna DuraDiamond (37L) - Field report by Sebastian Juhn
Photo Schneider

 

by ESCHER NEWS
15th of February 2022

- fstop Ajna DuraDiamond ″ review

- fstop Ajna DuraDiamond ″ review
From the ESCHER NEWS Review:


When the new DuraDiamond series from the F-Stop brand finally came to Austria and I was allowed to hold it in my hands, the first thought was: vacation, mountains, sunshine. In order to be able to test the new Ajna (37L) extensively, I decided to start the vacation in Carinthia. 4 days, 3 tours, 2 ICUs, 1 backpack. What immediately strikes you about the DuraDiamond series is the new design and the exclusive fabric. It was only developed for this backpack series and offers an enormous protection from almost any weather. It is a little lighter and more resistant. So you don't have a bad conscience if the backpack should be put down on the dirty ground. The colors "Cypress" and "Magma" that are now available round off the uniqueness perfectly !

The functionality of the back panel has been significantly improved. Instead of just a small compartment, which was closed with a zipper, there are now magnetic closures. This helps a lot to store small items such as memory cards, passport, batteries or power banks in an orderly manner. In addition, two small, separate compartments with zips have been attached to the small lid compartment to provide even more organization options.

The mesh pockets on the side offer a huge advantage for me. Thus, the tripod or a drinking bottle (in addition to the possibility of using a camelback effectively) can be securely attached. On larger tours, the water supply is a big issue. If the bottle can't be attached to the side of the backpack, the product is already out of the question for me. The newly developed outer zippers are thicker and easier to use even with gloves. However, their color can no longer be customized with the optional color kits.

Since I usually travel with trekking poles, it is important to me that they also have a stable seat on the back of the backpack. The lower bracket has also been improved a lot here. It can now be tied down like the upper loops. The hip belt has been equipped with a new locking system. The plastic variant has been replaced by T6 aluminum, which significantly increases the value. I can definitely recommend this ingenious backpack. He will accompany me on future tours as well as on my daily commute to work.

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THE BEST CAMERA BAG FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS IN 2022

 

by DIY PHOTOGRAPHER
14th of February 2022

- fstop Tilopa DuraDiamond ″ review

From the DIY PHOTOGRAPHER Review:

f-stop bags work with custom Internal Camera Units (ICU for short). This brand was the first to fully develop these into a good working system, something nowadays widely replicated (and perfected) by the competition. You purchase an empty shell and separately get yourself the camera compartment that suits your needs. f-stop also provides bundles for adventurous photographers, with different size camera compartments, accessory straps and rain covers.

With an f-stop bag, you can decide if you want to fill your bag to the top with an XL Pro ICU, or go with a Slope Medium, and fit some extra socks, shirts and thermals alongside your hardware. Getting the freedom to choose as a creator is amazing, making these bags wildly popular with all types of creators. You can fit a full wildlife set in it, and bring a tent and a sleeping bag, or you can fit a RED Cine camera set in there—no problem.

These bags are advertised for the outdoor photographer, though I spot studio-based photographers with them all of the time. This particular bag is a tricky one to start with; the Magma Red colour is recognizable from miles away, which is something I personally love. My favorite part about this color is that no one will accidentally step on it in a dark environment. Unfortunately, not everybody shares my passion for these bright aesthetics.

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The new f-stop Shinn DuraDiamond™

 

by Pia Steen Fotografie Blog
12 th of February 2022

- fstop Shinn DuraDiamond ″ review

-f-stop Shinn DuraDiamond ″ review

From the Pia Steen Fotografie Blog Review:

I have been using f-stop backpacks for over 10 years . If you read my blog regularly, you will find one or the other report. The new Mountain series came out at the end of 2021. This consists of the representatives that have been known for many years and have now been newly imposed: Ajna 37L DuraDiamond™, Tilopa 50L DuraDiamond™, Shinn 80L DuraDiamond™.

As the name suggests, the name of the backpack is followed by a DuraDiamond™. This stands for a new and exclusive fabric of the brand f-stop. The material is more resistant, water-repellent and lighter than its predecessor. If you take a closer look at the surface, you will notice the diamond-like pattern in addition to the partly new colors.

The back panel has finally been revised. There are small pockets with magnetic closures for memory cards and additional pockets with zips on the back, which make it easier to access small items such as cleaning cloth, remote release. Finally a place that makes sense! If you are worried about the magnets and the memory cards: the magnets do not damage the memory cards!

f-stop has implemented many sensible innovations that make the Shinn and backpacks even better than they already were. The new material, the clever division of the spacious compartments and the usual high wearing comfort make the Shinn DuraDiamond™ and the Tilopa DuraDiamond™ my faithful companions on my photo tours.

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Review of Backpack Sukha by f-stop

by Carlo Alberto Conti Blog
February 2022

Sukha 70L Review″ review

Sukha 70L Review″ review

Sukha 70L Review″ review

From the Carlo Alberto Conti Blog review:

Choosing the perfect photo backpack is not easy at all. Today there are so many brands and plenty of models on the market which can satisfy almost all photographers needs!

Nowadays f-stop is definitely one of the leading companies for innovation in adventure camera carry. The Mountain Series range was created for photographers who combine the shooting phase with trekking and camping. Unlike other series, the Mountain range is designed to host the modular “plug-in” called ICU (Internal Camera Unit). These ICU are available in different sizes and capacities, allow you to fully manage your backpack for you adventure.

I realized that having more than one ICU allows me to quickly and easily customize my pack according to time to time needs. So I got two ICUs, one L size, and the other XL size to be more effective managing my pack spaces. At the moment, my equipment consists of a tripod, 4 lenses, two camera bodies, pouches for the plate filters, one drone with radio and various accessories.

Externally it is made of ripstop nylon and thermoplastic polyurethane, which makes it absolutely weather-resistant, but at the same time breathable, thanks to the YKK zippers made of the same materials. It is therefore designed to be your companion for adventure on photo trekking where you need a lot of equipment and a lot of load capacity. The shape of the backpack allows you to distribute weights without having any unbalance problem. I had the opportunity to try it on a trek where I was carrying besides the gear mentioned above also a star tracker,a tent,a sleeping bag, gas, stove and food!

What I love most about these packs is the access to the equipment which can be reached opening it on the part facing your back. It allows quick and wide access to the ICU. f-stop Sukha: it is a really large pack, weather-resistant and above all comfortable.

After more than 15 years of experience in adventure photograpy I can finally say that I have found the perfect pack!

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f-stop Backpack Review | Anja & Tilopa DuraDiamond™ | Rugged Quality, Redefined

by SLRLOUNGE
3rd of January 2022

- fstop Ajna & Tilopa DuraDiamond ″ review

-f-stop Ajna & Tilopa DuraDiamond ″ review

From the SLRLOUNGE Review:

By now, the name f-stop is synonymous with rugged, durable camera backpacks. For many years now, I’ve described their lineup as virtually indestructible quality. The f-stop DuraDiamond backpacks are made of extremely durable materials, with absolutely excellent craftsmanship, and are capable of offering some of the best protection possible for your camera gear. The new versions of these already excellent f-stop backpacks, the DuraDiamond series, are available in Anja 37L, Tilopa 50L, and now the truly gigantic Shinn80L sizes. All three versions boast substantial design changes and material improvements, such as the impressively tear-resistant DuraDiamond material and numerous metal buckles.

The materials, from the special DuraDiamond fabric to the zippers, stitching, and overall quality control, are all truly impressive. You’re getting what you’re paying for! There’s a reason why these backpacks come with a 45-day money-back guarantee and a 20-year warranty.