Tony Sweet Loves His Kiboko

Professional nature photographer & workshop leader Tony Sweet recently travelled to Iceland and brought his trusty Kiboko with him. With all this Iceland love recently, I think Gura Gear will need to make a company trip there soon! He was kind enough to share a few photos with us that his friendDon Rosenberger took. He also posted a bit about Kiboko on his Facebook page.

After struggling with flight weights, I decided to get the Andy Biggs camera bag, which came in 4 lbs less than the other backpacks that I had, allowing me to bring essential camera gear that put me over the limit in the other bags. I was immediately impressed with the weight, smart design, and durability. The two front panels open up to get access to the bag, which means that you never have to lay the open front on wet sand, mud, or any other messy environment. There is an included rain cover, which can also be used to place under the bag to keep it dry in “hostile” environments.
The Kiboko is the best photo backpack out there, and is my new bag of choice.
Highly recommended!

Make sure to check out Tony’s work here. Thanks Tony!

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.