UltraLight Dual 36L
– On an adventure with Sam Mossop –
Sam Mossop – a great photographer who works at one of our specialist photographic retailers – Wilkinson Cameras in Kendal, gave us his thoughts on the MindShift Gear UltraLight Dual 36L.
Before we do check out these beautiful shots taken by Sam –
Broken jetty at Pooley Bridge, Ullswater, sunshine and warmth during the pre sunset, temperature dropped drastically when sun set but I had all warm clothing in my bag with all the gear.
Isthmus Bay, Keswick at sunset, balancing on rocks in the water was helped by slinging back on to shoulder to set up tripod and filters for long exposure of sunset.
Rydal Water at night, Milky Way visible, short hike to the water itself, plus climb up to Rydal Caves and Loughrigg Fell.
What does Sam think of the MindShift Gear UltraLight Dual 36L?
I have been using the MindShift UltraLight Dual 36L for some time now and have found it to be an incredibly versatile bag for general photography trips and longer walking in the hills. The first thing that strikes me about this bag is just how light it is for a 36L bag, this is even with the additional inserted case for camera equipment, it really lives up to the UltraLight name. The camera bag is split into two main sections, an upper section for personal equipment or photographic gear and a lower section with a removable padded case intended for photographic equipment. This insert can be removed to function as an external camera bag in its own right slung over your shoulder with the supplied strap, I found removing the insert and using it as a base to swap lenses quickly was very useful especially in wildlife and scenic areas where you never know what is round the next corner and are changing lenses frequently.
“it really lives up to the UltraLight name”
I have been using the bag for walking in the Lake District and for photography trips around the local area. Being able to pack in all the photographic equipment I need including my camera + 1-3 extra lenses along with my filter system and a tripod and then be able to also carry a 3L water bladder and waterproof coat and trousers, food, first aid and survival equipment is absolutely invaluable. The weather on higher ground is incredibly variable and so packing everything you need is essential especially for winter walking. The tripod holder is on the outside centre of the bag which is key for longer walks as the weight of the tripod is not pulling down on one particular side.
The Mindshift UltraLight bag is made of a lightweight but tough, water resistant material on the outside and a high quality durable inner material. The advantage of the bag being made of rugged water resistant material is that even if you do need to put the bag down you know it will be fine on any wet ground and will not soak through in the minute or two you need to access the bag. With the adjustable chest and waist strap you can really tailor the fit of the bag to make it comfortable for long periods of time. The bag comes supplied with waterproof covers for the bag itself and the removable case so you can be safe from rain in all scenarios, the waterproof cover will also fit over a tripod mounted on to the bag.
“In short, the bag is light weight, practical, versatile and comfortable even when loaded with equipment”
How much gear does Sam pack?
Well, this much…
- Sony A7ii body + attached Sony FE 16-35 F4 ZA OSS
- Canon EF 70-200 F4L USM + attached Sigma MC11 adapter
- Cokin 100MM filter system bag
- Giottos Tripod
- Sony Remote Release
- CamelBak 3L hydration reservoir
- LED Torch
- LED Headtorch
- Survival Bag
- Winter Gloves
- Polar Buff
- Thermal Hat
- Waterproof Coat
- Spare batteries/cards/cleaning cloth
- First Aid Box
- Bags Waterproof Cover
- Waterproof Trousers
In the next video Sam packed his astrophotography camera equipment:
- Sony A7ii + attached Sony FE 16-35 F4 ZA OSS
- Sony FE 28MM F2
- Samyang 14MM F2.8 + attached Nikon adapter
- Canon EF 70-200MM F4L USM + attached Sigma MC11
Click here for more info on the MindShift Gear UltraLight Dual 36L
It’s like winter clothing for your gear… .
I used the bag for a night time walk to Rydal up to Rydal caves and then on to Loughrigg in just below 0 degree temperatures. The bag kept my equipment relatively warm even though the outside of the bag was actually being coated in condensation when I stopped, due to the temperature. For several shots and extended periods of time the bag was on the floor and no moisture got inside the bag, I could just rely on the bag and carry on taking photographs.
Whilst walking up Helm Crag and around the Easedale Horseshoe as thick cloud and snow closed in on me being able to carry all my photography equipment comfortably and safely, being protected from the elements and still able to navigate with map and compass and keep warm in the winter clothing I was able to pack meant that a potentially miserable situation was actually fairly enjoyable. Even if there was very little photographic opportunity with 5 metres visibility.
If you’d like to meet Sam you’ll find him at Wilkinson Cameras Kendal. Where you can also find stock of MindShift Gear bags and accessories.
If you want to see more of Sam’s work find him on…
(Click on the logo’s to be directed to his page)