f-stop Camera Inserts: Arrangements, stacking and hatch-backing

September 14, 2023
SUKHA 70L capacity adventure and travel camera backpack, pack or camera bag, for maximum camera gear with Large Pro Camera Insert
SUKHA 70L in Nasturtium (color discontinued)capacity adventure and travel camera bag, for maximum camera gear

Camera Bag Insert Compatibility Chart

Although many Camera Insert options are available, users are not limited to a single option per bag. This is something we address in this f-stop Tips & Tricks about different options for arranging your gear which we call: Camera Insert stacking and hatch-backing.

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 Camera Insert system ( also known as the Internal Camera Unit (ICU). It enables users the ability to balance their load and compartmentalize their gear. Aside from this, there are different arrangements

Chart showing which f-stop Camera Inserts are compatible with each f-stop camera backpack

Stacking and Hatchbacking Defined

Camera Insert stacking is simply placing one Camera Insert on another. Position the camera units to both be accessible through the rear.

Camera Insert hatch-backing is stacking and rotating a small-sized camera insert for access from the top. One thing to be aware of when stacking the Insert is the size of the opening of your f-stop pack.

For example, a Lotus has a rear access opening the size of a large Camera Insert.

  • Stacking two Medium Camera Inserts on top of each other exceeds the bag panel's opening size. This is not that practical and it is much easier to arrange another way.
  • However, a small Camera Insert paired with another small Camera Insert on top will work just fine. The two equal the size of a large one in terms of height. With this arrangement, you can comfortably access the gear.
Graphic showing the compatibility of Camera Inserts in the Lotus 32 L
compatibility of Camera Inserts in the Lotus 32 L

Rear Panel, Bag Panel opening

The rear panel opening on the Lotus and Kashmir is 16” ( 40.6cm ) while the opening on all of the larger bags is 17” ( 43.2cm ). The depth will vary, but all of the packs are at least 7” in max depth. When choosing a Camera Insert-compatible bag, note that larger bags provide extra volume but also have higher empty weights to support heavier loads.

Please reference the compatibility chart to see what combinations work best with each of our current Mountain Series bags.

f-stop Camera Pack Tilopa with Camera Insert Medium Slope and a Camera Insert Pro Small hatchbacked on top for maximum gear capacity
f-stop Camera Pack Tilopa with Camera Insert Medium Slope and a Camera Insert Pro Small hatch-backed on top
f-stop Camera Pack Ajna with Camera Insert Pro Small and a Camera Insert Pro Small on top
f-stop Camera Pack Ajna with the Pro Small Camera Insert and a second Pro Small Camera Insert stacked on top

Find the perfect Pack & Camera Insert combination

For those needing to utilize the entire main compartment for strictly camera gear that potentially varies, Camera Insert stacking is one of the most efficient methods of doing so. There are countless configurations possible.

The ability to stack and separate different kits could be the optimal setup for your workflow. With different arrangement options, you can choose to bring what you need and adapt it to your specific kit.

Compatibility Chart Camera Packs Graphic
Compatibility Chart Camera Packs Graphic including DuraDiamond Packs and Classic Mountain series packs

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