Professional Gear Backpack by USA Gear

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Posted by Charles Gantt on Monday, December 14, 2015 - 8:00am

Introduction

 

At one point in my life, I tried to make a living at becoming a professional photographer, and was successful at it for about two and a half years. Unfortunately, the so-called “Great Recession” hit my town hard, and after several months of slow business, I was forced to close my studio. With the studio gone, I stuck with photography, shooting family, wedding, and sports sessions on the weekends. This allowed me to retain most of my photo gear, and to further refine my “eye.” 

My studio closed in 2009, and in the six years since, I have struggled to find a good DSLR backpack that was both rugged, and feature rich-enough to fill my needs. Then in 2013 I reviewed the Lowepro Vertex 300 AW, a huge backpack that was able to hold 90% of the camera bodies  and lenses that I would ever need to take with me on location to something like CES, Computex, or even the rare wedding I shoot these days. 

In the two years since reviewing the Vertex 300 AW, I have refined my shooting style even more, and rarely find myself needing more than a single camera body, two lenses, and a speedlite for most of the on-location shoots I do these days. This means that carrying a fully stocked camera backpack with 80lbs of gear inside was silly, so I have rekindled my search for the perfect “on-location” camera backpack. In this review I am going to take a look at a budget DSLR backpack from a company called USA Gear. Be sure to check the Final Thoughts section of this review for a discount coupon code that will save you $10 at checkout on Amazon.com! 

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