Gear rotation180° Horizon backpack (charcoal color)
$260 U.S.

Every professional and serious amateur photographer loves bags. We do because they’re an essential part of our kit. I’m betting that you have a closet full of camera bags. Just like lenses, different camera bags serve different functions. You probably have one just for event shooting, one for corporate gigs, one for hiking. Am I right?

Actually, I’ll bet you have more than one for each of those gigs. I know I do. When we shop for bags, were often trying to find a bag that hits the camera bag holy trinity: light, roomy, and protection. But let’s add a fourth: it needs to look good.

I’ve had the pleasure of getting my hands on a MindShift Gear rotation180° Horizon backpack (charcoal color) to review and this one hits all four of those points in some respect.

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About Antonio Rosario

I'm a pro photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. My work includes both commercial and fine art photography. Co-owner of the Switch to Manual educational network (SwitchtoManual.com) and co-host of the photography podcast "Street Shots." Along with being a commercial shooter, I'm also a digital imaging and workflow consultant. I train photographers, both advanced amateurs and pros, in the use of Adobe Lightroom, Aperture, and Photoshop as well as various Mac-related software and hardware. Contact me to inquire about my photography training and tutorial programs. I'm also a film maker and video editor.

Urban Xplorer Halfpack RT
Urban Xplorer
Price: $198.00 MSRP

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The Xplorer Halfpack is a high quality backpack that can also be carried as a messenger bag or a briefcase. It’s spacious enough to be used by college students hauling books and electronic devices around, and stylishly casual enough to use for a daily commute to the office. I used it on two weekend trips and found it perfect for carrying a change of clothes, an iPad, an iPod, iPhone, toiletries, medicines, and magazines.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

TRCU-1 Crossover 38-Liter Rolling Carry-On

Thule’s new modest-size rolling backpack has three major outstanding features for just under $300: rugged materials and construction, large and excellent wheels, and backpack straps on the opposite side from the handle and wheels. It also has three uncomfortable features: grab strap handles, shoulder straps, and backpack positioning. Pricing is consistent with product quality, relative to the high-end competition and Thule’s reputation for top-tier merchandise.

Note the unusual backpack and strap positions relative to the wheels and handle frame.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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