Gear Stories


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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 the best combination for me? Where to start?...

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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. Here we take a look a how f-stop Staff Pro Marc Gasch makes use of the Micro Tiny ICU to add a compact drone set up to his workflow even when he's on the bike: ...

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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 compartmentalize their gear. Although many ICU options are available, users are not limited to a single option per bag. This is something we hope to cover in this f-stop Tips & Tricks - ICU stacking and hatchbacking....

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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 condition. There are simple steps you can take to ensure your pack has both has a long life while still doing its job in the field....

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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 involves embarking on a three day gravel bike expedition to the coolest places around the world....

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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....

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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 their best clients!...

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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....

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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 Swiss Alps with F-stop product director, field-testing new designs that embrace this new mindset. Travelling light in the summer has become an obsession of mine, with some exciting products in development for those who share this style....

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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 required....

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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 but regardless of these fundamentals there is a massive interest from photographers as to what other photographers carry around in their kit bag....

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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 of recent snow I played it smart and headed up to Mount Hood to snow camp at Trillium Lake. I like to avoid places this popular yet camping here in winter you typically have the place to yourself, the best way to enjoy it....

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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....

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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....

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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 was a great opportunity for us to do some backcountry testing with the updated 2015 f-stop Tilopa. Now on its third generation, the 2015 Tilopa has evolved quite a bit over the years becoming to many, the go-to outdoor adventure camera pack....

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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 pulled the trigger....