Gear Stories


reflections Photo Challenge with christina tan

In this week’s Photo Challenge, f-stop Ambassador Christina Tan is challenging you to show her your best atmospheric landscape photos.

Christina Tan is an Indonesian-based photographe...Read More


Atmospheric Landscape Photo Challenge with Erin Babnik

In this week’s Photo Challenge, f-stop Ambassador Erin Babnik is challenging you to show her your best atmospheric landscape photos.

Erin Babnik is a full-time adventure landscape photographer, photography educator, writer, and speake...Read More


environmental portrait Photo Challenge With dylan goldby

In this week’s Photo Challenge, f-stop Ambassador Dylan Goldby is challenging you to show him your best environmental portrait photos.

Dylan Goldby is an Australian photographer based in Seoul, South Korea. He is passionate about documenting cultures and tr...Read More


Mountain Biking Photo Challenge With Scott Markewitz

In this week’s photo challenge, f-stop ICON Ambassador Scott Markewitz is challenging you to show him your best mountain biking photos.

Scott Markewitz is a sports and lifestyle photographer based in Salt Lake City, UT and Provence, France. Throughout his career he h...Read More


Silhouette photo challenge with etienne bossot

In this week’s photo challenge, f-stop Ambassador Etienne Bossot from Pics of Asia is challenging you to show him your best silhouette photos.

Etienne is a Travel Photographer based in Vietnam for over 10 years. After successfully...Read More


Wildlife photo challenge with nicolas rakotopare


Welcome to the our new Photo Challenge! 

For our sixt Photo Challenge, we have teamed up with f-stop Nicolas Rakotopare to challenge you to show us your best wildlife photo. 

Nicolas Rakotopare aka <...Read More


landscape photo challenge with Ken sklute


For our fifth photo challenge we have teamed up with f-stop Icon Ken Sklute to share some of his best tips for improving your landscape photography. 

Ken Sklute has been honored as one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, a designation shared by only ...Read More


Portrait photo challenge with henry ck


New week, new challenge!


This week we have teamed up with f-stop Ambassador Henry CK to invite you to our fourth photo challenge. This time, the topic of the photo challenge is Portrait Photography.

Hen...Read More


Trail Running Photo Challenge with Harald Wisthaler


For our third Photo Challenge, we have teamed up with f-stop Ambassador Harald Wisthaler to challenge you to submit your best trail running photo.

Harald was born in 1986 at the foot of the Dolomites. Starting at a young age, Harald tried all kinds of winter sp...Read More


Climbing Photo Challenge with Truc Allen

As a climber of 30 years, with experience across many disciplines and adventures around the world, Truc Allen specializes in the art of climbing photography. His work has been published in several publications and he has worked for many outdoor industry brands over the years.

&...Read More


Weekly photo challenge with Danil Kolodin

We’re happy to announce our first Weekly Photo Challenge.
Join us every week for a chance to win an f-stop prize and an opportunity to hear some tips & tricks from the professionals in the field.

This week, our photo challenge is presented by f-stop Amb...Read More


5 tips to improve your timelapse photography with matthew vandeputte

f-stop Ambassador Matthew Vandeputte (@Matjoez) is a timelapse photographer and YouTuber who specializes in the 'niche within a niche' called hyperlapse photography. Creating this unique engaging content started as a hobby which got out of hand, and now he is commission...Read More


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.

He’s been using an “Underwood Instanto” camera, manufactured by E & T Underwood at th...Read More


#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 th...Read More


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 b...Read More


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 ...Read More


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.

Elizabeth spends her time documenting athletes and recordi...Read More


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 compart...Read More


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 Sw...Read More


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 req...Read More


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.

Since the advent of mirrorless cameras Athena has been making her kit lighter to enable her to captu...Read More


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.

As a result we had an amazing opportunity to do something a little different, something with one of our amazing Staff Pro team, s...Read More


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...Read More


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...Read More


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 involve...Read More


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 ...Read More


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. Her...Read More


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 th...Read More


PACKING JIGSAW: craig kolesky and his guru UL

f-stop Ambassador Craig Kolesky previously showed us his 70L Sukha when he's heavily loaded, but this time he's giving us the packing tour of his 25L Guru UL pack. The Guru UL is designed for active shooters who want a simple and lightweight carry solution, and in ...Read More



Knowledge is power, so in this Gear Corner story, we are peeling back the layers to understand the fabric that we use for the Mountain Series and Urban Series and answering some of ...Read More


PAcking Jigsaw: SURF MISSIONS WITH mark croker and f-stop sukha 

Multi-talented f-stop Ambassador Mark Croker is a no stranger to tools for making things happen, whether it's behind the camera in the surf, in his carpentry workshop crafting furniture or even becoming something of a celebrity in his native Australia on the property r...Read More


PACKING JIGSAW: craig kolesky and his Sukha

The f-stop Sukha is the go-to pack for both creatives on the go carrying additional travel gear, and pros using big glass and multiple body set ups.

Craig Kolesky ticks both those boxes, so we're taking a dive into his Sukha to check out his camera gear for a...Read More



Ambassador Jason Nugent is traversing Canada with the Canadian Rally Championship as part of the official media team. He has been shooting rally for the last four years and for Jason the appeal of shooting the races is not just the speed and act...Read More



This gear story comes from Ambassador Nicolas Rakotopare who got in touch to tell us a story with simple message: it's always good to talk to new people. Recovering from every photographer's nightmare situation of having all his gear stolen, a chance connection has lead to a crea...Read More



If the devil is in the details, the zippers on your pack can be the difference between an epic success or catastrophic mess. In this Gear Corner story we examine the ways we choose and integrate zippers in the Mountain Series packs, and answer some technical questions. We’ll...Read More



Outdooor adventure shoots and big gear lists always go hand in hand, but this is especially true for f-stop Ambassador Ming Poon's latest epic multi-sport adventure in the Sierra Nevada wi...Read More



What do you pack when you are heading far off the beaten path? See what f-stop Ambassador Gustavo Cherro packs in his Sukha for a personal shooting project in the wilds of the Ibera wetlands in Argentina. The the second-largest wetland in the world, this area is home to diverse...Read More



In this third installment of our Gear Corner 'deep dives' into how we engineer your camera bags, we are looking at hardware. The buckles, clips and snaps that secure your gear, and enable your bag to fit and function. From compressing a half-full bag in order to keep your gear st...Read More



Every year Red Bull Rampage produces some of the most jaw-dropping images of mountain biking. Here f-stop Icon Scott Markewitz talks us through what is going in his bag for Rampage this year, along with the shots taken with that set up over the years. This year R...Read More


packing jigsaw: STORYTELLING with nicolai brix AND HIS DALSTON

f-stop Ambassador Nicolai Brix is a storyteller who works on stories of all sizes, from global projects to the local scale. His gear has to adapt to these situations too. His gear has to adapt accordingly, from a fully loaded 80L Read More


packing jigsaw: USING THE URBAN SERIES DALSTON AND FITZROY WITH Karim and maria sahai

f-stop Ambassador and Fujifilm X-Photographer Maria Sahai is known for her images of frozen landscapes of the Arctic region. Karim Sahai is an award-winning photographer with a deep love of nature, wildlife and the Arctic, and whose passion for crafting compelling images has spanne...Read More


packing jigsaw: Hong Kong skyscrapers to bali beaches with christiaan hart

Australian photographer Christiaan Hart has traveled throughout Asia to cover international sporting events such as Grand Prix, professional golf tournaments, ATP Tennis, and Rugby Sevens.  

Aside from sports, Christiaan also specialises in commercial and corpora...Read More


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