Gura Gear Bataflae 18L Camera Backpack

Gura Gear Bataflae 18L Camera Backpack Review (Podcast 482)

This week we take a look at the Gura Gear Bataflae 18L Camera Backpack, and how I've configured mine for my landscape, cultural and wildlife photography tour in Namibia. Watch the video below for details, but in summary, Gura Gear's Bataflae series of camera backpacks are the best available in my...

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7 Comments
  • DaveT
    Posted at 01:09h, 29 July Reply

    Nice review Martin. Just one question – where do you store the lens hood for the 11-24 wide angle lens? Those lens hoods are always the sticking points for me when packing – but I think they are necessary to prevent lans flare and protect the front element of the lens.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:33h, 29 July Reply

      Thanks Dave! The 11-24mm’s lens hood is actually built in, so there’s nothing to store. For my old 16-35mm, I generally used to just leave it attached, reversed on the front of the lens. If the bag was packed so tightly that this isn’t possible, I would take it off and put it over the back of the lens at an angle, as they take up less room like that.

  • Dudley Warner
    Posted at 00:41h, 02 August Reply

    This was a great overview of the Gura Gear Bataflae 18L. I have owned mine for about a year, and have noticed the same issue you mentioned of the side accessory straps not staying in place. I have looked everywhere for the straps with locking clips you showed, but can not find them. Did you get yours thru a store that sells in the U.S.?

    Thanks –

  • Jens Hauser
    Posted at 21:13h, 02 August Reply

    I use my Chobe bag all the time even on trips to India for Snow Leopards as well as South Africa for wildlife and documentary but it I would liket to have a better sized backpack like the Bataflae. Too bad that I can´t buy them in Sweden.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:47h, 03 August Reply

      Hi Jens,

      I use my Chobe all the time for my laptop, and occasionally for camera gear. It’s a great bag.

      I don’t think you can buy these bags in a camera store anywhere. You’d need to buy from the Gura Gear web site, but they ship all over the world.

      Cheers,
      Martin.

  • Jens Hauser
    Posted at 19:07h, 07 August Reply

    Hi Martin,
    I know that you can buy them at Jama.fr but they get so expensive with the posting. I am actually thinking of taking a short weekend to New York for some museums and pick up some photo gear at the same time. I think the price will get about the same with the bonus of visiting US

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