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04-11-2012, 07:55 AM   #16
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i wish i could try all of these suggestions right now. this is hiking/camera backpack porn.

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I have the Obscura backpack for about a year and I love it! I was also looking at the Contrejour 35, but it was a little out of my budget.

I'm a small girl, (5'2 & 120lbs), this bag fits nicely and is comfortable. It is great for day trips and I even took it out last year on a 3 day backpacking trip in the Rocky Mountains. Weighing a total of 21 lbs, and I was able to fit my camera gear (2 lenses/1 body + accessories), water, food, sleeping mat, backpacking pillow, clothes, pots, bear spray and some other stuff I can't recall at the moment. I had my sleeping bag attached to the outside and I did not bring my tripod although I could have fit if if I wanted to. The bag has held up well so far.

Wow, thanks guys, didn't know so many choices exited. I only know lowepro photo sports 200AW and click elite....

wish I have ask before I purchase the lowepro.

Jennifer, do you happen to have a picture of fitting all that stuff in the Obscura? I am looking for a backpacking + camera bag. The lowepro photo sport 200AW I had is definitely not going to fit that many things - for a day hike it was OK.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LFLee Quote
Jennifer, do you happen to have a picture of fitting all that stuff in the Obscura? I am looking for a backpacking + camera bag. The lowepro photo sport 200AW I had is definitely not going to fit that many things - for a day hike it was OK.
Sorry no I don't have any photos. If I don't get stuck working, I'm thinking of heading out on an overnighter next weekend. If I do, I'll be sure to take photos of the bag and contents.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JenniferLeigh Quote
Sorry no I don't have any photos. If I don't get stuck working, I'm thinking of heading out on an overnighter next weekend. If I do, I'll be sure to take photos of the bag and contents.
That would be great. I am deciding between Obscura and the Contrejour 35. Wish there is a camera store nearby I can actually try them out...
I like the camera compartment design of the Obscura but like the size of Contrejour 35 (Contrejour 40 seem too big). Would like to get one of these for use in hiking trip...

Video of Contrejour 35:

Contrejour 40:

Obscura:


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That would be great. I am deciding between Obscura and the Contrejour 35. Wish there is a camera store nearby I can actually try them out...
I like the camera compartment design of the Obscura but like the size of Contrejour 35 (Contrejour 40 seem too big). Would like to get one of these for use in hiking trip...
I always assumed that the Contrejour 35 was a 35L pack, but both the Obscura & C-35 are 29.5L. The one thing I really like about the C-35 is access to the back. I don't carry that much gear with me on hikes but it would also be nice for organizing and accessing non-photo gear as well. I usually keep a lens in the side access portal with my body, for easy access and to free up a little more space. I add extra padding using bag inserts from my other camera bags.

My boyfriend and I usually split our load, he takes the tents and anything I can't fit, he has a massive bag! Our trips are usually 1-2 nights.

I took a chance on the Obscura as I couldn't find it locally either.
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Jennifer, do you happen to have a picture of fitting all that stuff in the Obscura? I am looking for a backpacking + camera bag. The lowepro photo sport 200AW I had is definitely not going to fit that many things - for a day hike it was OK.
We went on an overnight hike last weekend, and I took these shots just for you! The hike was suppose to be an easy one... but we took the wrong trail We never made it to our destination (a beautiful 3-tier waterfall) as it was getting too late and we had to set up camp.

Anyways, on to the goods. I packed my bag a little differently this time, my sleeping bag was stuffed in the bottom, and on the outside I carried my chair, sleeping mat, water shoes and tripod. The bag weighted 21lbs.




- Sleeping Bag
- Percolator & Coffee
- Water Bottle (outside side mesh pocket)
- 1 jacket, sweater, tank, pants, underwear and two extra pairs of socks
- Sunscreen
- Chair (under camera)
- Sleeping mat (under camera)
- Piece o' crap tripod (but it's light!)
- Extra shoes
- Pillow
- Utensils
- Flashlight
- 4 x energy bars (not in picture)
- Memory card case
- Filter case (3xfilters)
- Towel (blue in case)
- Lens pen / Microfibre cloth
- Remote
- Pentax KM w/ 55-300
- Pentax K5 w/16-45 (not in picture)

As you can see, it was pretty tight fit. I could have saved some room by attaching my sleeping bag to the back, like I have in the past. It would be nice to get a bigger bag, and I will eventually. For now, for the occasional overnighter - this works for me because my boyfriend can take anything I can't fit. On this trip, he carried our cooking gear, food and tent. It would be nice to get the Access Chest Port.

Despite being stuffed full, and a little abused, this bag has held up really well. The quality is solid.

You'll probably want something bigger if your looking for a backpacking bag, unless you travel with very minimal gear.

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