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Carrying all the equipment you need for field photography can be quite a challenge. Often you wind up wanting to bring both large format and 35 mm on the same trip. This section shows a tr ansport solotion I am quite satisfied with. It has been working well for me for several years now. This solotion may not provide enough carrying capacity if you are planning to spend the night during a hike, but it might still be working as inspiration in your own inventing process where you find the solution that works best for you.
I started off with a bare freighter frame
from Camp Trails (no, I have no connection with this company except for this
Two additions have been made to the freighter
frame, one at shoulder level and one at the lower right corner. The addition
at shoulder level is a length of square aluminium tubing that has been foemed
into a U-bar for the larger part of its length.
On this bar are two large hooks located to mount the larger/heavier
camera bag. I have made a mistake here, the hooks should be placed a little
bit off center (to the left on my frame) in order to balance the weight of
the tripod. According to my original plan, this should have been done by packing
the bags in an unbalanced way. Unfortunately it does not work like that.
The part of the bar that extends on the right side of the frame is acting
as support for the tripod that is strapped to the pack with shock cords.
The pictures show the frame loaded with a larger bag for my 4x5 equipment and a smaller bag for 35 mm equipment. Note that the bags have bands and buckles that secure them to the sides of the frame. The upper bag stands on the bar and hooks and is not supported by the lower bag. When carrying both 35 mm and large format equipment, the former goes on the top and the latter below. The reason for this is that I use 35 mm for the faster actions, like wildlife and birds. The 20 seconds it takes to remove the 35 mm bag from the freighter frame is rarely of any importance when taking a large format picture. I am planning to make a scope bag that will allow me to carry a 35 mm body with the 300 mm (and possibly an extender) attached and easily accessible.
This solution to the carrying problem works
for me. It might not work for you, but it may act as inspiration in finding
a solution that does. I have made extensive day hikes with it carrying weights
around 25 kg. I have never tried to bring along supplies for overnight trips,
although I think it would be possible, even if very heavy.