Thank you, I did go with a backpack. I thought it would be more versatile.Personally I prefer backpack over a camera bag. When traveling camera bags tend to be a target for high value equipment. It also makes me think really carefully what I intend to shoot to bring only what I need not equipment or lens that I will not use. Most of the time I use a small sling bag (tactical) and a chalk bag for a second lens to make an easy swap without needing to go digging through a bag. Backpack can also be double purpose get use out of it when not shooting.
Post some pics of your pack with gear. I'm interested, love my Tamrac backpack I've had for over 10 years, but I'd like more of a crossover between my drybag backpack and Tamrac camera pack.I've been through several bags over the last decade or so. From big to small. Backpack to Sling style to Messenger style. I've sold them all off except two. Think Tank Trifecta (no longer made), a backpack style, opens from the back, configurable, but not a lot of room for extras, say on a day hike. Was my main/only pack for several years.
I bought a Atlas Adventurer backpack last year and this April went to their office, while visiting family in AZ, and swapped it out for the smaller Athlete pack. Adventurer is bigger, holds more camera gear, but the Athlete holds more non camera gear for hikes/backpacking/etc. It can get pretty small by snugging the straps down. It's built like a pack, not some bag someone just threw shoulder straps and a wanna be waste belt on.
I originally went with the bigger Adventurer pack because I had a gripped body and it would fit better in the camera gear area. But now that I don't shoot sports or portraits I don't really need a grip. Plus the smaller Athlete holds way more non camera gear and works well for my Fuji Mirrorless stuff. Athlete pack fits the requirements for carry on. So does the Adventurer, but you need to remove the frame (easy to do) to comply. Two different size frames for tall or shorter frames. Can even take off the shoulder harness and waste belt (both well padded and robust) if all you wanted was a bag.
Allan (the owner) is a super nice guy to work with.
Not associated with them in anyway...........just a fan and happy customer.