The WANDRD PRVKE 31

I confess. I’m addicted to bags, camera bags that is. I love a bag that is full of feature and functionality. I love bags that look good, but understated. I think as photographers, the camera bag is next on the list of essential equipment next to tripods. How else are we suppose to haul our expensive gears around the field? How else are we suppose to get to a location with all our gears? We spend good money on these bags just for that reason. We need to protect our gear while we’re out in the field. It only makes sense that we’re always on the lookout for the PERFECT camera bag, though whatever that means will be different for everyone.

A few months ago, I was in Penang for a 10-day trip. I brought along the WANDRD PRVKE 31 as my transit bag, along with my Peak Design Everyday Sling. The PRVKE 31 (pronounced provoke) is an absolute beast of a bag. Being 31 litre, it can hold a lot of stuff. Given the fact that the Fujifilm cameras and lenses aren’t exactly big, I was able to fit quite a lot of camera equipment, and then some more. During transit, I was able to pack the following gear -

  • Fujifilm X-T2, with the 16-55mm lense attached

  • Fujifilm 55-200mm

  • Fujifilm 23mmf2

  • Samyang 12mmf2

  • bag of filters

  • MacBook Pro 13’

  • Sirui T-025 Tripod

  • other small items like charger, hard drive, batteries, etc

As you can see, this bag can fit quite a bit of stuff in it. A drawback of this is that it is HEAVY. Once filled to the brimmed, it weighed about 12kg. I don’t usually carry this much equipment when I’m travelling but I wanted to push the limit of this bag (and my back). I’m happy to report that the bag held up well. Having a roll-top design means that I am able to fit even more stuff in it once unrolled.

The shoulder strap has got to be one of the best of all the backpack that I’ve tried. It was wide and soft enough that it didn’t feel like it was digging into my shoulder once loaded up. This was one of my gripes with the Peak Design Everyday Backpack. But what this means is that I am now unable to position my Peak Design Capture Clip where I want to. I had to install the Capture Clip lower than where I would have preferred as the strap tapers off at the bottom.

The WANDRD PRKVE backpack comes with the optional camera cube. I love that it allows me to position the dividers however I wanted it. It came with ample dividers of multiple sizes, allowing you to position the dividers as you please. This is perfect for a mirrorless user as you are able to size the area that holds your camera and lenses.

Front material is made from durable tarpaulin and dobby nylon according to their website. Sure looks and feel durable.

Front material is made from durable tarpaulin and dobby nylon according to their website. Sure looks and feel durable.

These detachable straps can be fixed into one of the many points around interior and the exterior of the bag. Perfect to strap on that extra stuff that you need to carry

These detachable straps can be fixed into one of the many points around interior and the exterior of the bag. Perfect to strap on that extra stuff that you need to carry

Slim profile and sleek looking - can’t go wrong there.

Slim profile and sleek looking - can’t go wrong there.

See that little compartment there?

See that little compartment there?

It’s actually a secret compartment, perfect for storing passport and important documents. This sits against the small of your back and you won’t even feel that it’s there

It’s actually a secret compartment, perfect for storing passport and important documents. This sits against the small of your back and you won’t even feel that it’s there

Benefits of roll top design - ability to pack more stuff than you need. Also has side pocket access, which is a must for someone like me.

Benefits of roll top design - ability to pack more stuff than you need. Also has side pocket access, which is a must for someone like me.

The zip compartment on the side pocket with space for 3 batteries.

The zip compartment on the side pocket with space for 3 batteries.

This is in Wasatch Green. Other options are the Agean Blue or just plain Black. I like the green. It’s very muted and it doesn’t scream LOOK AT MY BAG!!!

This is in Wasatch Green. Other options are the Agean Blue or just plain Black. I like the green. It’s very muted and it doesn’t scream LOOK AT MY BAG!!!

Side pocket to fit tripod or water bottle. Expandable zip to fit bigger tripod or bigger water bottle.

Side pocket to fit tripod or water bottle. Expandable zip to fit bigger tripod or bigger water bottle.

The photography bundle comes with a removable camera cube.

The photography bundle comes with a removable camera cube.

Adjustable/removable dividers.

Adjustable/removable dividers.

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With the Peak Design Capture Pro V2. My absolute favourite piece of accessory when I’m out and about. If you hate using neck straps on your camera, you’ll love this.

With the Peak Design Capture Pro V2. My absolute favourite piece of accessory when I’m out and about. If you hate using neck straps on your camera, you’ll love this.

Out in the field. If you’ve been to a few of our Perth FujiXAus photowalks, you may have seen me with this bag around. Photo courtesy of Leigh Hurn.

Out in the field. If you’ve been to a few of our Perth FujiXAus photowalks, you may have seen me with this bag around. Photo courtesy of Leigh Hurn.

So have I found the PERFECT bag? No. Will I ever? Probably not. I think this comes close to being the perfect travelling bag for me. I have even used this bag for a shoot recently but to be honest, I only needed minimal gear and this was a tad big. I think that is my only complaint about this bag - it’s a tad big at times. They do offer the 21l version as well, so if you don’t usually carry lots of gear, that could be perfect for you.

FXA - PERTH October Long Exposure

Another month, another meet up with the FujiXAus group. Last week we decided to hit up Kings Park at night to try our hands on some long exposure photography. It’s been a while since I had done any long exposure photography so I was eager to see what I could come up with.

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I was surprised to find that we actually had a decent number of people for this turn out, given that it was during the middle of the work week. After getting to know everyone, we then headed to the Kaarta Gar-Up lookout for our first spot. It’s been years since I’ve been to Kings Park at night. Perth city has changed so much in the past few years. I wanted to get detailed shots instead of just a wide angle view of the city, so I pulled out my Fujifilm 55-200mm f3.5-4.8. However, I struggled to get any form of composition that I liked, so instead, I switched back to the Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 and decided to do behind-the-scene shots of the group.

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We then decided to head further down the path to see if we can find another spot that offers a different view. We came upon a clearing in the bush next to the path that offers the view of the freeway. Perfect for light trails! I took a few more behind-the-scene shots and tried a bit of astrophotography as well. After taking a number of shots, I ended up with my favourite shot of the night.

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Switching back to the 55-200mm, I decided to take a crack at capturing some light trails on the freeway. I wanted to capture light trails on both sides of the road, as well as having the train through the middle as well. After taking a few shots, I ended up with my favourite from the night. It’s not exactly as I had envisioned it but it was close enough. I will definitely have to come back and try the shot again.

We were waiting for the train to come through but I ended up mistiming my shot. You can see the train coming in from the bottom of the shot and stopped abruptly 1/3 of the way in. Would have like to have it at least halfway through the photo at least.

We were waiting for the train to come through but I ended up mistiming my shot. You can see the train coming in from the bottom of the shot and stopped abruptly 1/3 of the way in. Would have like to have it at least halfway through the photo at least.

I have always wanted to try this shot for a while now. Just a detailed shot of an office building with all the lights on at night.

I have always wanted to try this shot for a while now. Just a detailed shot of an office building with all the lights on at night.

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All in all it was a good night. It’s always fun to be able to go out and shoot some photography with like-minded people. Thank you again to everyone who came along.

Until next time!

- C