Mountainsmith Spectrum Camera Backpack

Mountainsmith Spectrum Camera Backpack

Mountainsmith Spectrum Camera Backpack

B&H # MOSABG MFR # 14-81220-65
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Product Highlights

  • Holds DSLR with Lens & Accessories
  • Side-Access Sleeve for 15.6" Laptop
  • Quick-Access Side Panel
  • Spacious Top Compartment
  • Anvil Airway Suspension
  • Dual Quick-Release Front Flap Closure
  • Detachable 1" Waist Belt
  • Water-Resistant Exterior
  • Removable Rain Cover
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Mountainsmith 14-81220-65 overview

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The gray, water-resistant Spectrum Camera Backpack holds a DSLR with a lens and accessories inside a camera compartment at the base, which opens with a quick-access side panel. At the back, there is a dedicated zippered compartment with a side entrance that accommodates a standard 15.6" laptop.

Upon opening the dual quick-release closure on the front flap, you will notice a spacious top compartment useful for holding accessories. For holding small accessories or a water bottle, there is also a side slip pocket.

To carry the backpack, there are padded, adjustable, and contoured shoulder straps and a detachable 1" waist belt. For comfort while wearing the backpack, an Anvil Airway Suspension system with an air-mesh back panel consists of ergonomic padding allowing air to circulate. An adjustable sternum strap provides further comfort for carrying a heavy load, and a grip handle at the top allows you to grab your bag and go.

YKK zippers
Bar tack reinforcements
5000mm PU waterproof fabric coating
Front accessory pocket with key leash
Front pouch with interior organizer
Removable rain cover for unpredictable weather
In the Box
Mountainsmith Spectrum Camera Backpack
  • Detachable 1" Waist Belt
  • Removable Rain Cover
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    Mountainsmith 14-81220-65 specs

    Features Laptop Compartment
    Carrying/Transport Options Backpack Straps, Top Handle, Waist Belt
    Camera Support Strap None
    Laptop Compartment Screen Size 17.0"
    Exterior Dimensions 17 x 11.5 x 6" / 43.2 x 29.2 x 15.2 cm
    Exterior Material Nylon
    Type of Closure Quick Release, Zipper
    Water Resistance Rain Cover
    Interior Dimensions 16.3 x 10.8 x 5.3" / 41.3 x 27.3 x 13.3 cm
    Maximum Volume 3.2 gal / 12.00 L
    Weight 2.3 lb / 1.0 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.3 x 11.7 x 6.0"

    Mountainsmith 14-81220-65 reviews

    Spectrum Camera Backpack is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I thought it was the bag. I have been searching for the right backpack to carry my camera gear, a 17 laptop and etc. Pros: Two tone Grey/yellow inserts. Clasps, straps, and all extremely well designed to carry on back. Velcro durable and pads thick/adjustable. Holds a 17 mac pro. Tight. Cons: The top insert is only a flap it is not removeable/adjustable. Therefore, limited on how one can arrange camera gear. The inside of the top closing flap could have benefited with mesh pockets for sd cards, etc. Wasted real estate space. Outside pocket deep but not practical. I personally like to be able to see where everything is and not have to search for it. Only one side access and it is tight. Side zipper seems to catch. Unfortunately, I had to return this bag. I really thought I could make it work but just not a go for traveling overseas for two months. I like how MountainSmith have constructed their products for outdoor and camera gear but they still need a bit more mindful designing. I am going to lean towards a 4 star. For it is practical for the basic gear.
    Date published: 2015-05-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for mirrorless; comfortable for short female I'm 5' tall and need to carry a 13 MacBook Pro, a Sony mirrorless camera, and a few other things. Finding backpacks for my stature is a struggle for me and finding just 1 bag for all of my gear (mouse, power brick, HD, SD cards, water bottle, etc.) was difficult but I've had this bag for 1 month and I love it. I carry it full of gear all day without any problem. The camera section accommodates a mirrorless camera with a 24-70mm lens attached with room to spare. I could probably fit another moderate focal length prime lens and flash in that section, if needed. I like that it doesn't look like I'm carrying a laptop and camera in my backpack. Because of the rain cover in the base, the backpack doesn't sit upright very well (it wants to tip forward), but that's my only small complaint. I'm nicely surprised that I like the 2 vertical pockets on the front. They hold small items that are easy to access. Making a roomier pocket would change the bag's structure and weight. This bag allows me to carry just what I need without weighing me down. I was also happy with B&H customer service and would order from them again.
    Date published: 2016-05-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stylish and good materials but small for Nikon D7100. 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: 2015-10-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful purchase This bag is one of the best products I have ever purchased. It does have limited space but you could defiantly bring it on an adventure trip. The built in rain cover puts this bag over the edge.
    Date published: 2014-09-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Indeed This is my first camera backpack. I've had it about two weeks and have been using it and packing and re-packing it daily, to see what it can take and do. I've owned countless camera cases and bags, and I quickly concluded that a camera backpack better suits my needs. I bought it in preparation for a journey in January to Lapland, to photograph the elusive polar stratospheric (nacreous) clouds. This particular backpack is tightly constructed and has many pleasing features. The camera compartment loads from the lower right side. I have to take the pack off my shoulder to work the zipper, but this is not a problem for me: I use a separate chest strap to stabilize the camera when I need to move about with the camera at ready. The compartment interiors are finished in yellow rather than a dark color, which makes eminent good sense to anyone who has ever fumbled around in a bag for a black accessory in low light. The bag is light and comfortable and rides stably. It could easily double as a computer bag for general use. There are hip and chest straps for further stability, although I don't know that they're really necessary (both are removable). Drawbacks. There is no provision for strapping on a tripod. This may be impracticable with a smaller bag anyway, and on balance it may have been the better decision by Mountainsmith not to try. There are larger bags in the line that have this feature. There is what appears to be an expandable exterior pocket, on the left side, intended for a water bottle. It would be nice to know what other use (if any) it might be put to. The shape of the bag tapers from top to bottom. This is the reverse of the teardrop shape some smaller backpacks have. Perhaps as a result, the pack tips over if set on the floor. Not a deal-killer, but Hex, for example, has realized that a small pack can be made to stand up on its own. This would be a convenience when negotiating transactions that require setting the pack down momentarily.
    Date published: 2016-09-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect if you need to haul a laptop If you're a jack-of-all-trades type who needs a bag with access to both photo gear and your laptop, this thing is wonderful. Everything can be secured well without a long process, and it's small/light enough to be your primary bag. I swapped my laptop bag out for this and haven't looked back.
    Date published: 2015-12-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from If the outside pockets were big enough to hold papers If the outer pocket was big enough to hold letter size and A4 papers and make better use of the cover flap it would have been a keeper.
    Date published: 2016-06-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bag Great day bag for camera gear & laptop.
    Date published: 2017-05-03
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