Do you find it annoying to carry an extra backpack to go along with your photography set up? Isn’t it pestering to carry a bag that keeps losing its shape due to its limited customisation? We might be closer to the solution more than you believe. Nomatic, with the collaboration of Peter Mckinnon has come up with a camera pack design. It offers a solution to cater your requirements of accommodating your camera and clothing set up in a single camera-pack. Let’s take a look at the features in this Nomatic x Peter Mckinnon camera backpack review.
Nomatic x Peter McKinnon Camera Backpack Review
Let’s dive into components of the camera backpack and analyse how it delivers on its promises.
The main 35L camera pack comes with two sections. It comes with a customisable, dedicated section to accommodate your photography gear. The customisation and adjustable dividers allow you to place multiple camera bodies, prime/zoom lens, drones etc. on one side of the bag. The opposite side has a tablet sleeve and internal organisation to carry different accessories.
If you flip the entire bag over, it opens up a compartment with compression straps to hold your clothing accessories in place. Furthermore, this comes with ample internal organisation to accommodate documents, mobile accessories etc.
If necessary, this section can expand into a 42L pack by unlocking a zip, which can accommodate extra clothing. The exterior side has pockets to hold tripods, bottle with a magnetic closure to keep them intact. This bag comes with a dedicated magnetic RFID safe pocket for passport/documents. An external sleeve to hold a 16-inch laptop. The bag comes with side access, which enables quick access to your main camera inside the backpack.
McKinnon Cube Pack 7L/21L Review
The camera back-pack comes with a 7L cube pack, which can fit into the camera gear of the bag. This cube pack can accommodate a camera, a lens and the accessories like charger, flash etc.
The 7L bag opens up into a 21L day backpack with shoulder straps and sufficient space for personal gear. This cube pack lets you leave your 35L backpack behind for a small day trip. Nevertheless, allows you to carry the camera of your choice.
- Detachable waist straps: The waist strap offers extra support. But if you feel the waist strap is unnecessary or uncomfortable for a lightweight day, one can detach it from its holder. The easy detach/re-attach Velcro holder simplifies the process.
- Accessory Case: The accessory case has a semi-hard padded case to maintain its shape and fit into the entire bag. The accessory case that comes with the pack has room for storing spare batteries, wired accessories, chargers, adaptors etc.
- Memory Case: The memory card has sufficient space to accommodate different type of storage cards. MicroSD, flash memory cards, SD cards etc. can fit into this protective case which has a magnetic lock.
- Battery Case: The dedicated battery case has room for three batteries with markers to denote the empty/full ones. The markers can be handy in terms of reducing the time taken to differentiate the empty batteries from the recharged ones.
- Filter Case: The filter case can accommodate six filters. The case is compact, occupies minimum space and it is foam-padded to protect the case from any accidental damage.
- Customisable dividers: The main compartment is a customisable design. It comes with multiple magnetic dividers to organise the section according to your travel requirements. Nomatic and Peter Mckinnon understand that every trip doesn’t have to be the same.
- Rain cover: While the bag uses durable material which can offer weather resistance, the rain cover comes as a part of the camera pack. It offers additional protection to the gear and the bag in itself during extreme weather conditions.
Nomatic x Peter McKinnon Camera Pack Specifications:
- 22-inches tall x 13.5-inches wide x 9-inches deep 35 L Camera pack is expandable to accommodate up to 42L.
- Weight: 5.75 lbs.
- Interior: 21-inches x 12.5-inches x 5.25-inches
Nomatic x Peter McKinnon Cube Pack Specifications:
- 7L Cube pack dimensions: 5-inches tall x 13.25-inches wide x 7.25-inches deep
- Expanded 21L Cube pack dimensions: 17.5-inches tall x 13.25-inches wide x 7.25-inches deep
- Weight: 1.36lbs
Nomatic Camera Pack Review
Build quality: Every component of the Nomatic x Peter McKinnon backpack is a product of planning and utmost attention. From the durable water-resistant body to firm-padded magnetic customisable dividers reaffirm the detailing went into the design. The aluminium stays keep the bags physical shape intact. The water-resistant material zipper enclosures, padded protective cases with magnetic closures, breathable EVA foam channels makes this bag a complete product.
Weight: Photography gears including DSLR cameras, drones can get heavier. The bag requires high quality padded materials to offer long-lasting protection, which results in increasing the weight of the bag. The camera pack weighs 5.75 lbs, while the addition of cube pack takes it to 7 lbs. The ergonomic design of the bag ensures the weight gets distributed across the body and minimises the inconvenience of carrying it for sustained periods.
Ease of Use: The side access on one of the side of the camera pack gives access to the main compartment to reach the camera. It is an advantage for photographers because anything can catch their imagination and vanish within the matter of a few seconds. It’s a blessing to avoid the inconvenience of finding the place and time to open the entire backpack. This camera pack has handles on four sides, which gives them the freedom to carry the bag in any way one wishes. Along with the other features, the RFID safe pocket, bottle holder, tripod holder and the external laptop sleeve exemplify a thought-out design.
Ergonomics: Thick shoulder pads, detachable waist straps, sternum straps, adjustable shoulder tension-straps optimises the distribution of weight across the back. The breathable foam channels ensure air circulation to reduce the stickiness.
Safety: The camera backpack has a dedicated RFID passport holder, which can protect you from data theft. The zippers of this pack are lockable. The bag has one-way restricted access. There is no access to the bag from the backside if it is on someone’s shoulders. It prevents the attempts of theft while navigating crowded places.
Design: The camera gear section offers customisation for multiple combinations of gear with its customisable firm dividers. The internal organization in the clothing section allows room for segregation. Cube pack is a snug fit inside the main compartment, keeping the shape intact. It allows the freedom of having a daypack, equipment, all inside a single backpack. The luggage pass-through slot keeps your hands and shoulders free, despite having multiple luggage. The bag can fit into the overhead compartment in your flight, making it an effective carry-on bag.
What could’ve been better?
The bag serves its purpose. If one has to nitpick an otherwise impeccable design, it is the filter case. The filter case fits circular filters and doesn’t work for square filters. Since it is on the heavier side, a fully-packed bag might be a concern with the carry-on luggage weight restrictions.
NOMATIC started as a small project by Jon Richards and Jacob Durham with the design of an innovative wallet. It launched a campaign to raise funds through a crowdfunding platform “Kickstarter”. Their design was an instant hit. The initial success inspired the duo to innovate multiple products through Kickstarter. NOMATIC prioritises quality in material and design for creating functional/durable products. Interactions with the customers give them a thorough understanding of the requirements, which acts as integral input for their design.
Who is Peter Mckinnon?
Peter Mckinnon is a photographer from Canada, who shot to fame through his YouTube channel. His understanding of the requirements of a photographer served as an input for the design of this camera backpack. This camera backpack is a product of the synergetic effort of Peter Mckinnon and Nomatic.
Who is the Nomatic x Peter McKinnon Camera bag suited for?
If you are a photographer travelling for any duration that is less than a week, this Nomatic x Peter Mckinnon suits you perfectly. There is no strong reason to look for options beyond this bag unless the price seems to be a constraint. The bag caters to professionals photographers as much as it for amateur hobbyists. Adding a roll-on luggage pack to this bag is a solution to your long term travel requirements.
Who is this bag not suited for?
This bag falls short as a value for money product if the intention is to use this as an everyday carry bag. Backpackers without any photography gear may find this bag ill-suited for the purpose and an injustice to the bag.
Nomatic x Peter McKinnon Camera Backpack Review Verdict
A clear portrait of one’s requirement is essential before analysing and evaluating a product. There is no one-size-fits-everyone solution for every backpack requirement. This Nomatic x Peter McKinnon camera backpack is trying to find its place in a photographer’s arsenal, offering solutions for short trips. The durability of the material, the quality of design, customizability of the movable dividers is impressive. In addition to that, the capacity to address intricate requirements increase the chances of Nomatic x Peter Mckinnon being a hit among the photographers.