I managed to get all my gear into my Tenba Shootout Medium Backpack to video my friend’s band Fly Pheonix at Chicago’s House of Blues. I love this backpack, but it is one heavy beast when fully loaded (26 lbs!). It has a mid-chest strap as well as an abdomen belt strap, and both were needed to help with this very heavy load. Below you can see I have my DSLR rig velcro’d into where you would normally attach a tripod. And tucked into the laptop pocket, my monopod, which I never ended up using but my back wishes I had.
Below you can see the gear I took to the shoot. Going clockwise, my LED light (packed but not used). Under that was some AA battery packs. Next pocket were spare 3 spare Canon batteries and one extra Sony battery for the monitor. (Ended up not needing these either, as the hour and a half shoot only required one battery each for camera and monitor.) Next pocket a battery tester. Really needed this as the AA batteries I took to the shoot had been charged but not recently, and half of them were dead. Underneath the tester were a few 15mm clamps and mini ball heads. Next pocket on the right is my Sony 5″ monitor and more mini ball heads and a magic arm. Next pocket, the AC power for my Tascam recorder and a bike seat security cable. Finally the bottom middle pocket is my Canon Vixia M500 camcorder (didn’t use). Then in a bag my Tascam DR-40, and finally above that my Canon Vixia R300 (which I handed to the Sax player’s girlfriend to shoot some B-Roll).