Gear Stories


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GEAR CORNER: HARD WORKING HARDWARE

In this third installment of our Gear Corner 'deep dives' into how we engineer your camera bags, we are looking at hardware. The buckles, clips and snaps that secure your gear, and enable your bag to fit and function. From compressing a half-full bag in order to keep your gear st...Read More

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PACKING JIGSAW: craig kolesky and his guru UL

f-stop Ambassador Craig Kolesky previously showed us his 70L Sukha when he's heavily loaded, but this time he's giving us the packing tour of his 25L Guru UL pack. The Guru UL is designed for active shooters who want a simple and lightweight carry solution, and in ...Read More

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PACKING JIGSAW: INTO THE WILD WITH GUSTAVO CHERRO'S SuKha

What do you pack when you are heading far off the beaten path? See what f-stop Ambassador Gustavo Cherro packs in his Sukha for a personal shooting project in the wilds of the Ibera wetlands in Argentina. The the second-largest wetland in the world, this area is home to diverse...Read More

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PACKING JIGSAW: SPLITBOARDS, CAMERA PACK AND E-MTB'S WITH MING POON

Outdooor adventure shoots and big gear lists always go hand in hand, but this is especially true for f-stop Ambassador Ming Poon's latest epic multi-sport adventure in the Sierra Nevada with&...Read More

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GEAR CORNER: UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF ZIPPERS

If the devil is in the details, the zippers on your pack can be the difference between an epic success or catastrophic mess. In this Gear Corner story we examine the ways we choose and integrate zippers in the Mountain Series packs, and answer some technical questions. We’ll...Read More

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TIMELAPSE GEAR AND THE POWER OF NETWORKING with Nico and matt

This gear story comes from Ambassador Nicolas Rakotopare who got in touch to tell us a story with simple message: it's always good to talk to new people. Recovering from every photographer's nightmare situation of having all his gear stolen, a chance connection has lead to a crea...Read More

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PACKING JIGSAW: SHOOTING RALLY CHAMPS with jason nugent


Ambassador Jason Nugent is traversing Canada with the Canadian Rally Championship as part of the official media team. He has been shooting rally for the last four years and for Jason the appeal of shooting the races is not just the speed and act...Read More

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GEAR CORNER: DECODING THE LAYERS OF THE FABRIC STORY 

Knowledge is power, so in this Gear Corner story, we are peeling back the layers to understand the fabric that we use for the Mountain Series and Urban Series and answering some of the mo...Read More

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PACKING JIGSAW: craig kolesky and his Sukha

The f-stop Sukha is the go-to pack for both creatives on the go carrying additional travel gear, and pros using big glass and multiple body set ups.

Craig Kolesky ticks both those boxes, so we're taking a dive into his Sukha to check out his camera gear for a...Read More

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PAcking Jigsaw: SURF MISSIONS WITH mark croker and f-stop sukha 

Multi-talented f-stop Ambassador Mark Croker is a no stranger to tools for making things happen, whether it's behind the camera in the surf, in his carpentry workshop crafting furniture or even becoming something of a celebrity in his native Australia on the property r...Read More

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FIT GUIDE: Choosing the right ICU and pack for you

Engineered to be an entire transport system for serious photographers, f-stop packs are designed around a modular system of Internal Camera Units (ICUs) offering an endless variety of compatible carrying solutions – but sometimes so much modularity can be confusing. What’s th...Read More

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Packing Pieces: Drones and ICUs - The mICRO TINY

Drones are increasingly becoming indispensable pieces of kit, not just for the 'video guys' but for all kinds of photographers and visual creatives. As technology brings ever-smaller drones, they have become an essential part of the toolkit for mobile story tellers. Her...Read More

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f-stop Tips & Tricks: ICU Stacking & Hatchbacking

Our Mountain Series systems have become widely recognized for their comfort and modularity. A feature our hardware people always speak highly about has been the compatibility with our ICU system (a.k.a. Internal Camera Unit). It enables users the ability to balance their load and compart...Read More

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General instructions on cleaning and maintaining your f-stop gear

f-stop backpacks are designed to carry and protect its contents from rigorous mountain terrain, airborne elements, and moisture. If you are doing battle with these elements, they can cause damage to your bag. Therefore, maintenance is required to ensure your bag is in optimal performing ...Read More

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Three day gravel bike expeditions with Marc Gasch and his Guru UL

We recently got the chance to catch up with our long-time friend and Staff Pro Marc Gasch. Marc has been working as professional photographer for more than 20 years, mainly focusing on mountain biking and snowboarding. Earlier this year he got involved in the XPDTN3 project which involve...Read More

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Ever wondered what “What’s in the pack” image would have looked like a century ago?

Here’s a chance for you to check how our Staff Pro Henry Iddon manages to shoot rock climbing and contemporary landscapes with an antique ultra large format camera.

He’s been using an “Underwood Instanto” camera, manufactured by E & T Underwood at th...Read More

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#Hashtag your way to better photography

For professional photographers who shoot the same subject matter week in, week out, it can be a real challenge to stay creative, to keep trying to see things differently and to fend off the competition from younger, hungrier photographers trying to make a name for themselves and steal th...Read More

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Shooting Sports with Elizabeth Kreutz

Elizabeth Kreutz ia a photographer based out of Austin, Texas. Elizabeth is an award-winning photographer having won major prizes at World Press Photo and POYI. Elizabeth is also a member of the f-stop Global Icon team.

Elizabeth spends her time documenting athletes and recordi...Read More

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Multi-day backpacking in the Swiss Alps; Tim Lloyd and the Loka

2015 was a year when my attitude towards photo gear started to change. Rather than facing every assignment with a full arsenal of pro camera bodies, a lighter approach started to take hold throughout my workflow, trying to capture more with less. I spent a day during the summer in the Sw...Read More

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Shoothing Wild Musk Ox: Roy Mangersnes and the f-stop Shinn

Check out how Wildlife photographer Roy Mangersnes utilises the f-stop Shinn when shooting Musk Ox in their native habitat of Norway.
The Shinn is usually a pack that is used by videographers, but can be just at home with the Long lens shooters when a larger expedition pack is req...Read More

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ShotKit review

One of the fascinations with photography is that fundamentally every camera is exactly the same as it has a lens that focuses light onto an imaging device, that device used to be film but is primarily a digital sensor these days. We all have an opinion on what is the best camera to use b...Read More

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Words from the Pros : 5 Winter Photography Tips

This winter in the Pacific Northwest Mother Nature has been kind and brought us colder snowy weather than last year’s dismal “winter” where I often found myself in a t-shirt while doing outdoor activities in the local mountains. With the avalanche danger high from lots ...Read More

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2015 f-stop Kashmir Tested with Athena Carey

Athena Carey, f-stop Global Icon, made the transition from Portrait to Landscape photography a few years ago and has since been travelling the world capturing amazing locations.

Since the advent of mirrorless cameras Athena has been making her kit lighter to enable her to captu...Read More

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Namibia - Red Bull Ajna

October 2015 saw the formal announcement of the partnership between f-stop and Red Bull photography and the launch of the Red Bull photography Ajna.

As a result we had an amazing opportunity to do something a little different, something with one of our amazing Staff Pro team, s...Read More

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2015 f-stop Tilopa Tested in Norway with Lars Schneider

Freezing temps, skin piercing snow, and wind gust so strong, loose items are constantly tugging for flight... sounds like a perfect testbed for the latest f-stop pack. When adventure photographer and f-stop pro, Lars Schneider, invited us along on a dogsledding trip in Norway, we knew it...Read More

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Lucho and Lotus

Last year Lucho made a choice many professionals are challenged to do. He made a bold life-changing decision and moved his photography business halfway across the globe. Lucho left behind his safety net and everything he has ever known. He set his sights on the larger European market and...Read More