Are You A Medium Format Shooter?

We spent some time in the studio recently, and we will be showing more and more photographs of how our Kiboko bag holds different types of camera gear. In our first example, we have a complete Hasselblad digital outfit. I took photographs of each of the separate left and right hand sides, and then composited them together in a single image for display.

Left Hand Side:

  • Hasselblad 300mm f/4.5
  • Hasselblad 35mm f/3.5
  • Hasselblad 28mm f/4.0
  • Metz flash
  • Sekonic light meter

Righ Hand Side:

  • Hasselblad H3DII 39 + 80mm f/2.8 lens
  • Hasselblad 150mm f/3.2
  • Hasselblad 1.7x teleconverter
  • Hasselblad 50mm f/3.5
  • Hasselblad Extra battery
  • Pocket Wizard x 2
  • Hasselblad 100mm f/2.2

This is a very complete kit for a digital medium format user, and one thing to notice is that the bag has the camera with a lens attached already. With some very small moving around of dividers, one can use the bag to shoot out of with just about any lens attached and ready to go.

FAQ: Why Doesn't The Kiboko Bag Hold A Laptop Computer?

Q: Why doesn’t the Kiboko bag hold a laptop computer?

A: We have thought long and hard about this question, as well as our answer. We anticipate our Kiboko bag holding between 25 and 35, perhaps 40 pounds with camera equipment. A laptop computer can weigh between 3 and 8 pounds, plus a charger. To anticipate the additional weight on our bag, we would need to beef up the bag with more fabric and zippers, thus adding weight.

It is ironic that to be able to hold more weight we would need to add more base weight to the bag, thus negating much of the hard-won weight savings that are already present.

We also believe that carrying a laptop computer in a camera backpack exposes the computer to more potential damage, which concerns us. We do believe that a separate laptop bag is the best approach, as this will have better padding, better distribution of weight between the bags, and the Kiboko bag is much more comfortable to carry around. A dedicated laptop bag is considered a personal item when traveling on airplanes.

We are always looking into new ways to serve our customers, and we will continue to push the boundaries to increase the functionality of our products while staying true to our ‘lightweight and functional’ goal.

Steven Frischling 'Fish' Review Of The Kiboko Bag

Steven Frischling, aka ‘Fish’, has reviewed the Gura Gear Kiboko bag in his latest blog entry. Here are some notable quotes:

”..Picking the Kiboko up empty I could immediately feel the difference in weight between it, and my much loved, used, traveled and abused, Think Tank Airport Addicted (which has logged at least 300,000 flying miles with me on three continents). This bag is almost like lifting air.

”..The ability to secure the straps in the fashion designed for the Kiboko is great when placing a bag under the seat in front of you, in the overhead, or when tossing it on the baggage trolley walking through the airports.”

”..My interest was in having a lightweight bag to pack my cameras/lenses along side a full compact lighting kit that was self-contained. In my set up of the Kiboko bag, the left side contains two bodies, 7 lenses and a set of lens hoods; the right side contains two flashes, two light stands, four Pocket Wizards, a small soft box and other accessories.”

..”Having placed this bag on my back fully loaded I can safely say that the Kiboko backpack isergonomic, well thought out (even the asymetrical side carry handle is ergonomically designed to reduce carry-stress!), comfortable and extremely light! I loaded the same gear into my Think Tank Airport Addicted and the weight difference is obvious.”

Stephen also made a comment on one of the online forums that says it all :”As a heavy traveller, the Gura Gear Kiboko passed one of the hardest tests for me, I was able to stuff it under the seat of a US Airways Express Dash-8 Turbo Prop. Being able to physically push this bag under the seat of a small plane is fantastic!”

You can read Fish’s complete review here:

Gura Gear Kiboko Photo Backpack : A First Look At A Fantastic Bag

Please pay close attention to not only how much gear Fish is carrying in his Kiboko bag, but also what type of gear. Fish is using the bag as a lightweight bag for transporting camera gear and lighting gear, which includes two light stands and flashes.

In summary, he has written a review that illustrates the benefits of using the Kiboko bag for traveling commercial and sports photographers. The ability to carry cameras, lenses, flashes, light stands, a soft box, pocket wizards and accessories is a huge plus.