In my few years of being a freelance photographer I have gone through a revolving door of camera and laptop bags. I can sheepishly admit to purchasing ones that looked cool, ones that could fit all the gear I owned when first starting and some that provided one type of usage. I have (hopefully), grown wiser and am now constantly dealing with a weak back. I can understand the value of a good camera bag. I require at least 2 lenses when I’m out, my rotolights and my Canon 5DmkII. Because of their weight, I need an abundance of padding to keep comfortable and pain free - without making the bag feel too heavy.
Macinbag.com sent me the Booq Python Pack 2012 DSLR Camera BackPack to test out and it’s been my go-to bag ever since. I haven’t used anything else. The bag is designed to fit 1-2 DSLRs, 4+ lenses, a tripod, a 15” laptop/tablet and more. Below you can view all the content I was able to comfortably store in the backpack. I have a tripod, 4 Canon Lenses, the Canon 5DmkII, Rotolights, a Kobo, a 15” Macbook Pro, B&W Headphones, Canon 580 EXII, a Gary Fong, BlackRapid R-Strap and Batteries.
Two things I love the most about this Booq Python Pack 2012 is the design and comfort. Storing your gear in the main side pouch allows you to drop a strap like a sling bag to swing it in front of you. This allows you easy and quick access to your equipment with a top loading zipper. No matter how much I’ve packed in this bag, it never feels heavy on my shoulders or back. That says a lot coming from someone who’s currently working through massage therapy and chiropractor visits. While recovering this has been my bag consistently for moving through the city. If I’m carrying anything more than my kobo, phone and wallet this has been the only bag I’ve used. It’s just that much easier on me.
I’ve owned a camera backpack before and I’ve felt like a turtle with a giant shell on my back. The Python pack is different. The structure is so well built and padded that the shape never changes - only the weight. Whether it’s memory cards, extra batteries, chargers, lenses, filters, lights, wallet, keys, headphones - I’ve been able to organize my accessories exactly where I want them. There’s never a “junk-pouch”. The only downside I could see is with that many options, it’s up to the user to remember where they stored everything.