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  • Molded back panel, contoured shoulder straps and adjustable sternum strap provide all-day comfort and weight distribution
  • Bottom clamshell pocket is padded to protect your cameras and lenses; adjustable dividers allow you to customize the layout for storing your photo gear
  • Padded laptop compartment fits up to a 17 in. screen and has top entry for easy access
  • Compression straps help stabilize the load
  • Front zippered pocket with key clip holds often-used gear; mesh side pockets hold water bottles or snacks
  • Total volume measures 1,050 cu. in.; internal dimensions measure 16.25 x 10.75 x 5.25 in.
  • Mountainsmith Spectrum camera pack is built tough with 100% recycled ReDura™ PET fabric, YKK zippers and ballistic nylon reinforcements

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Specs

Best Use Travel
Material(s) High Tenacity Nylon/polyester/foam
Dimensions 17 x 11.5 x 6 inches
Fits Camera Type DSLR
Weight 2 lbs. 5 oz.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works for me I've only used 2 or 3 times so far. My Nikon D90 with kit lens (18-105mm) fits along with my 55-300mm telephoto lens. I put the telephoto lens under my camera in the camera compartment. I took out the rain cover as it leaves a bulge in the bottom of the bag it you leave it in. (I don't plan on using the pack out in the rain anyway.) Extra battery for Nikon as well as extra SD cards fit easily in the storage pockets in the top. Twenty oz water bottle fits in side pocket. Plenty of room for lunch and/or jacket in top section. The two outside pockets run vertical - it would have been better to have a couple of horizontal zip pockets instead.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good size for smaller DSLRs I use this as a day pack for my trips into the backcountry with my camera. It's a perfect size for a smaller DSLR and a few lenses, plus random extras. My only big issue that the bottom compartment is not quite large enough for bigger camera bodies - my Canon 6D (a small full-frame) is a tight squeeze. The width of the bottom compartment is also a bit narrow for full-frame telephoto lenses. I can fit my body in with short lenses, up to a 24-105mm, but a body with a longer telephoto, say a 70-200mm, is too long to fit. My backup camera, a Nikon D5100, fits the bottom compartment almost perfectly, even with a 55-200mm telephoto lens, so users with smaller cameras won't have any issues. Another small issue is that there's not really a good way to attach a tripod to the pack. It's not a big deal for me, but it may be for some people. Overall I'm very happy with the pack. It's a very sleek design, with only the basics, unlike some of Mountainsmith's older packs which sometimes felt like they tried to fit too many accessory pockets and outside straps, ending up feeling bulky. It's no problem to throw my camera with a few lenses and accessories in with a snack and some water. The built in rain cover is great for my winter trips in the snow, even though it does take up some interior space. I don't really use the laptop/tablet sleeve, but it should fit small and medium laptops and tablets with no problems,
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had no idea how much we'd love this bag! We purchased these bags at the store, but thought it'd be worthwhile to leave a review here since we benefit so much from others' reviews online. We cycled through several competing products, some that were from dedicated "camera bag" outfits, and were really unhappy with the results. Almost in desperation we purchased two Spectrum bags (one each) a little over a year ago, and it was soon clear that these bags were not going to be returned like the others. Since then we have taken them trekking in Iceland, all over the Front Range in Colorado, up several mountains, and even to the US Virgin Islands. The bags look like we just bought them yesterday even though we've had them for over a year and used them extensively, often times in physically-abusive conditions (hiking/trekking). The build quality and finish are amazing. They are really tough bags, and while the design may seem simple, it actually works really well. My wife stores her large telephoto lens easily in the side pocket, and I use this to stash the requisite GoPro, extra batteries, etc. that we always bring along in addition to our DSLRs. The bags are stiff enough to protect the camera and gear well, and they feel very compact and space-conscious when wearing them (not bulky at all). We are truly amazed at how well the bags were engineered to hold all of our gear, and we have easily found room for everything, not just camera stuff; no more carrying two bags (one for camera stuff, one for everything else). We also appreciate that these bags were made to be fairly compact (so that they easily fit under an airplane seat), while still miraculously carrying everything we need. We love that we can stash the quick-access stuff (camera + attached lens) in the top and have easy access, while still being able to take our laptop and other sundries in the various side pockets. Really great design, at first glance you wouldn't think this bag could hold so much stuff. (I was actually really skeptical when my wife brought hers home - but soon I had to get one myself.) Can't say enough good things about these bags! We are very value-conscious folks so felt it was appropriate to reach out and drop a review. We feel this was definitely money well spent.
Date published: 2016-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact but roomy Like the pack because it hold a computer, camera and a couple of lenses. It also has some small pockets for gadgets AND it has a place for a water bottle. It den's hold a ton of gear but works well for a specific shoot or for travel through the airport.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from sleek but camera compartment small for most DSLRs UPDATE. I decided to keep it. I would give it 4 or 4.5 stars if it was not marketed as a DSLR camera. It is a nice, good looking backpack. solid materials. But too small to carry efficiently a DSLR kit like a Nikon D610, unless in the top compartment (not camera specific). It is very comfortable on the back. The lower star rating is specific to the small camera compartment. PROS: Materials, looks, very comfortable on the back. yellow interior makes see things easy. feels very waterproof. great padding. CONS: Camera compartment is small and a bit narrow. I can use it for my Sony A6000 fine, yet it could have more dividers. Zippers are not the smoothest. The camera compartment would be better with 2 sliders on the zipper. Camera compartment access on the right side seems designed by a left handed person. I would prefer to have it on the left so my right hand would access it more easily when I want to get my camera while the backpack is hanging on my shoulder with one strap. I am unsure if I can count on it as to hold enough stuff for a trip. I wish it was slightly bigger. - I just bought it at BH photo. I did not have my DSRLs with me. Back home I saw that My Nikon D7100 does not really fit in the camera compartment. I can manage to push it in and tuck the straps in, but it is really tight for use in the field. It is a sleek looking bag, and I wanted to have a nice backpack with easy access but the undersized camera compartment defeats the purpose. I am a freelance photographer / photojournalist, I shoot features in NYC and I like the idea of compact camera bags that can also carry a laptop like a Macbook air. The Mountainsmiths seem to have great materials, padding but there is something off with the design. The camera compartment opens on the right side making it less natural to pull out the camera with the right hand. It makes me wonder if the designer was left handed. I can fit the D7100 (i also have a D610 that is slightly larger) on the top compartment, but that defeats the easy access camera compartment purpose. The rain cover also pushes inward compressing the already small camera compartment. Also I wish the camera compartment's zipper had 2 sliders instead of just one. I would love to love this bag, but it makes it hard to use it for a DSLR in the field. But it is good to carry a kit to an assignment location. I am pondering whether returning it or keeping it for my Sony alpha 600 to see if can work as a travel backpack for a smaller kit than my Nikon DSLR in a Lowepro Fastpack 250 (which is amazing, but I wanted something smaller and with a lower profle) This should be marketed for mirrorless / micro 4/3 cameras. I was looking at the Mountainsmith Descent as well, it seems great but there is no room for a laptop (most photojournalists need to carry one, with a charger and a portable hard drive) and the battery / memory card compartments on the flap open at the bottom which may make the contents fall into the bag or on the ground. Mountainsmith seems a very good brand with focus on quality, but the designs need some refinement and maybe take some feedback from working photographers.
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Agree with Jan 8, 2014 review Nice bag but too small for a Canon 7D.
Date published: 2014-03-13
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works for me I've only used 2 or 3 times so far. My Nikon D90 with kit lens (18-105mm) fits along with my 55-300mm telephoto lens. I put the telephoto lens under my camera in the camera compartment. I took out the rain cover as it leaves a bulge in the bottom of the bag it you leave it in. (I don't plan on using the pack out in the rain anyway.) Extra battery for Nikon as well as extra SD cards fit easily in the storage pockets in the top. Twenty oz water bottle fits in side pocket. Plenty of room for lunch and/or jacket in top section. The two outside pockets run vertical - it would have been better to have a couple of horizontal zip pockets instead.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good size for smaller DSLRs I use this as a day pack for my trips into the backcountry with my camera. It's a perfect size for a smaller DSLR and a few lenses, plus random extras. My only big issue that the bottom compartment is not quite large enough for bigger camera bodies - my Canon 6D (a small full-frame) is a tight squeeze. The width of the bottom compartment is also a bit narrow for full-frame telephoto lenses. I can fit my body in with short lenses, up to a 24-105mm, but a body with a longer telephoto, say a 70-200mm, is too long to fit. My backup camera, a Nikon D5100, fits the bottom compartment almost perfectly, even with a 55-200mm telephoto lens, so users with smaller cameras won't have any issues. Another small issue is that there's not really a good way to attach a tripod to the pack. It's not a big deal for me, but it may be for some people. Overall I'm very happy with the pack. It's a very sleek design, with only the basics, unlike some of Mountainsmith's older packs which sometimes felt like they tried to fit too many accessory pockets and outside straps, ending up feeling bulky. It's no problem to throw my camera with a few lenses and accessories in with a snack and some water. The built in rain cover is great for my winter trips in the snow, even though it does take up some interior space. I don't really use the laptop/tablet sleeve, but it should fit small and medium laptops and tablets with no problems,
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had no idea how much we'd love this bag! We purchased these bags at the store, but thought it'd be worthwhile to leave a review here since we benefit so much from others' reviews online. We cycled through several competing products, some that were from dedicated "camera bag" outfits, and were really unhappy with the results. Almost in desperation we purchased two Spectrum bags (one each) a little over a year ago, and it was soon clear that these bags were not going to be returned like the others. Since then we have taken them trekking in Iceland, all over the Front Range in Colorado, up several mountains, and even to the US Virgin Islands. The bags look like we just bought them yesterday even though we've had them for over a year and used them extensively, often times in physically-abusive conditions (hiking/trekking). The build quality and finish are amazing. They are really tough bags, and while the design may seem simple, it actually works really well. My wife stores her large telephoto lens easily in the side pocket, and I use this to stash the requisite GoPro, extra batteries, etc. that we always bring along in addition to our DSLRs. The bags are stiff enough to protect the camera and gear well, and they feel very compact and space-conscious when wearing them (not bulky at all). We are truly amazed at how well the bags were engineered to hold all of our gear, and we have easily found room for everything, not just camera stuff; no more carrying two bags (one for camera stuff, one for everything else). We also appreciate that these bags were made to be fairly compact (so that they easily fit under an airplane seat), while still miraculously carrying everything we need. We love that we can stash the quick-access stuff (camera + attached lens) in the top and have easy access, while still being able to take our laptop and other sundries in the various side pockets. Really great design, at first glance you wouldn't think this bag could hold so much stuff. (I was actually really skeptical when my wife brought hers home - but soon I had to get one myself.) Can't say enough good things about these bags! We are very value-conscious folks so felt it was appropriate to reach out and drop a review. We feel this was definitely money well spent.
Date published: 2016-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact but roomy Like the pack because it hold a computer, camera and a couple of lenses. It also has some small pockets for gadgets AND it has a place for a water bottle. It den's hold a ton of gear but works well for a specific shoot or for travel through the airport.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from sleek but camera compartment small for most DSLRs UPDATE. I decided to keep it. I would give it 4 or 4.5 stars if it was not marketed as a DSLR camera. It is a nice, good looking backpack. solid materials. But too small to carry efficiently a DSLR kit like a Nikon D610, unless in the top compartment (not camera specific). It is very comfortable on the back. The lower star rating is specific to the small camera compartment. PROS: Materials, looks, very comfortable on the back. yellow interior makes see things easy. feels very waterproof. great padding. CONS: Camera compartment is small and a bit narrow. I can use it for my Sony A6000 fine, yet it could have more dividers. Zippers are not the smoothest. The camera compartment would be better with 2 sliders on the zipper. Camera compartment access on the right side seems designed by a left handed person. I would prefer to have it on the left so my right hand would access it more easily when I want to get my camera while the backpack is hanging on my shoulder with one strap. I am unsure if I can count on it as to hold enough stuff for a trip. I wish it was slightly bigger. - I just bought it at BH photo. I did not have my DSRLs with me. Back home I saw that My Nikon D7100 does not really fit in the camera compartment. I can manage to push it in and tuck the straps in, but it is really tight for use in the field. It is a sleek looking bag, and I wanted to have a nice backpack with easy access but the undersized camera compartment defeats the purpose. I am a freelance photographer / photojournalist, I shoot features in NYC and I like the idea of compact camera bags that can also carry a laptop like a Macbook air. The Mountainsmiths seem to have great materials, padding but there is something off with the design. The camera compartment opens on the right side making it less natural to pull out the camera with the right hand. It makes me wonder if the designer was left handed. I can fit the D7100 (i also have a D610 that is slightly larger) on the top compartment, but that defeats the easy access camera compartment purpose. The rain cover also pushes inward compressing the already small camera compartment. Also I wish the camera compartment's zipper had 2 sliders instead of just one. I would love to love this bag, but it makes it hard to use it for a DSLR in the field. But it is good to carry a kit to an assignment location. I am pondering whether returning it or keeping it for my Sony alpha 600 to see if can work as a travel backpack for a smaller kit than my Nikon DSLR in a Lowepro Fastpack 250 (which is amazing, but I wanted something smaller and with a lower profle) This should be marketed for mirrorless / micro 4/3 cameras. I was looking at the Mountainsmith Descent as well, it seems great but there is no room for a laptop (most photojournalists need to carry one, with a charger and a portable hard drive) and the battery / memory card compartments on the flap open at the bottom which may make the contents fall into the bag or on the ground. Mountainsmith seems a very good brand with focus on quality, but the designs need some refinement and maybe take some feedback from working photographers.
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Agree with Jan 8, 2014 review Nice bag but too small for a Canon 7D.
Date published: 2014-03-13
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