Launching soon, the photo above shows the f-stop Loka UL: an ultra lightweight backpack aimed at adventure photographers with an appetite to explore every corner of the map. Word is that f-stop Gear are planning a release for mid to late spring with a price point hovering around $225.
When released, there will no doubt be many current Loka owners tempted into an upgrade to the more compact and featherlight Loka UL. We’re in the process of a lengthier review at this moment and with the winter we’ve had up here in the Great White North, it may even be deemed a torture test.
First impressions are great. It’s very well constructed and f-stop have done wonderful work shaving over a 1.25lbs from the original Loka. That might not sound like much but it adds up quickly when setting out for a longer hike. Check back soon for the full review… but I have a feeling you should begin saving now.
Many photographers want to give large format a shot, but carrying a massive 4×5 camera around with you isn’t always practical or realistic. Fortunately for those people, the folks of Wanderlust Cameras have hit Kickstarter with a new invention: the Travelwide 4×5. It’s an affordable, ultralight large-format camera that you can take with you anywhere. Read more…
Here’s a “carry around” tripod for your carry around lens and camera: The ZipShot is a “compact, ultra-light tripod” by Tamrac that has aluminum-alloy legs that resemble the collapsible poles used in tents. While it’s not very useful in windy situations, or with heavy professional gear, it might suffice for most ordinary uses and lighter cameras (supposedly it can hold up to 3lb). The biggest benefits are obviously weight (11oz) and setup time. Here’s a video showing how quickly you can set the thing up:
The ZipShot costs $50, and can be found at most camera equipment retailers online (just search for “zipshot”).