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We wanted a camera bag that wouldn't impede movement in busy urban areas or while moving over terrain. The design challenge is that camera gear is very dense and heavy and needs to be properly supported or the bag will swing around too much.
200-600 SIZE GLASS
A simple push or pull and you reconfigure the space. The Athlete is rated for gear as big as a Sony 200-600
No inserts or core units getting in your way. Unzip and have full access to all your gear.
How camera gear fits the
With the Athlete Pack you can expect gear to sit above the height of the dividers and sidewalls. This is expected and normal. It's a super shallow pack!
What fits in the Athlete Pack?
Gripped Sony Alpha + Canon 5D + Canon R5 + Sony Alpha (non grip) + Fuji X100
How deep is the Athlete for camera gear?
You can control the column gaps (horizontal spacing) and also the row spacing (vertical spacing) from 0 to 50px.
How deep does the Athlete Pack measure?
You will find that when the pack is zippered close there is a lot more room inside than one can measure with a ruler. In terms of usage, you can expect tall (6in / 15cm) sized gear to fit. It's important to note that
tall gear should be arranged so that there are no highs and lows.
GM & RF WIDES
ATHLETE PACK: + Gripped Canon R5 Kit with Canon R5 and 70-200 2.8 RF, 600 RF, 15-35 2.8 RF and Mavic Pro and remote.
Now let's get into the glass. The new generation of Athlete Packs means you can drop-in six inch tall glass. Let's talk about glass for a minute. The biggest change to come as it relates to camera gear will happen right here. Big lenses like the a 500 are getting smaller and lighter. Wides and primes are getting heavier, wider and taller. And everything is getting more expensive.
CANON R BODIES W/GRIP
NOTE: GRIP IS UP
In the next set of examples, we've taken a gripped and non-gripped Canon R5 with a 70-200 RF lens and placed it at the bottom of the pack. The thing to note here is that this section of the pack is the tightest and placing tall object here places a lot of pressure on the zipper. Putting a gripped body (of any type) at the bottom of the pack is NOT recommended.
CANON BODIES W/O GRIPS
Here is the exact same kit without the grip. As you can see there is ample head room for both the body and lens now. Please use your judgement when setting up your pack. Move tall items up higher and keep the tension away from the bottom corners.
HOW CAMERA BODIES FIT
The increase in depth means that it's much easier to store gripped bodies in the Athlete Pack, but what about non-gripped bodies and smaller sets of gear.
In this photo above, we have an assortment of camera bodies arranged without lenses. As you can see, the depth of the Athlete Pack is still really shallow and works great with the smaller systems and sets.
**It's important to note the Nikon D850 with an RRS L-bracket attached will now fit in
SONY ALPHA BODIES WITH GRIPS
Let's take a look at a Sony kit with a gripped a7 iii body and 70-200 lens attached. The important thing to note in the above example is how much higher the camera body sits when hot-shoe up. Even though there is enough room, my recommendation is to put gripped bodies in grip side up.
ACCESS SONY ALPHA GRIP-UP IS BEST WORKFLOW
In the above photo you cam see how much shorter the grip-up method is. With the hot shoe up, the eye piece sits well above sidewalls and has a
tendency to pop-off.
Of note: *Without grip the eye-piece on mirrorless bodies goes well under the sidewalls.
Just to make sure I am clear >> In the Athlete Pack you can expect gear to sit above the height of the dividers and sidewalls. This is expected and normal. It's a super shallow pack!
You will find that when the pack is zippered close there is a lot more room inside than one can measure with a ruler. In terms of usage, you can expect tall (6in / 15cm) sized gear to fit. It's important to note that tall gear should be arranged so that there are no highs and lows.
If you do not balance out your setup, your backpanel will have a dip. When balanced out correctly, the backpanel is designed to secure your gear. The fit will feel firm and secure and flush against your back.
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