MP-3 / 3c Photopack
The MP-3 and MP-3c are unique photopacks designed with the sports, photojournalist, int’l traveler or landscape photographer in mind (though obviously anybody can use it). There are no photopacks like these in the world! We think you’ll find this your perfect “smaller” photopack. It might be smaller, but you can see just how much gear they can hold! Since their introduction in 2004, more than 4000 have traveled the globe. Note: The MP-3 is a specialized photo pack for the experienced photographer. If you’re looking for an over padded camera pack, the MP-3 is not for you. In fact, the compartment flaps have no padding at all!
Why two models?
There are two models, the MP-3 and MP-3c, both having the same photopack with one having an additional detachable computer case. The MP-3 is a straight forward photopack. It has no attach points to accept the computer case. The MP-3c is the MP-3 with attach points to accept the computer case. (The MP-3 comes in Kelty Green or Black, the MP-3c comes in just Kelty Green and the computer case is black).
The MP-3c is for the digital photographer or a photographer wanting to carry a notebook in addition to their gear while not using two separate bags. Those photographers who don’t shoot digital or carry a notebook, they don’t need to have the attach points nor pay for a computer case so they would make use of the MP-3.
The Design & Construction
Like the MP-1, the MP-3/3c works on the same concept of transporting all of your gear safely while being able to fit in the smallest overhead of any plane (computer case must be removed for this on the MP-3c). What makes the MP-3c truly unique is its detachable computer case. While going through security or boarding on a plane, the MP-3c counts as one piece of carry-on. But once on board, you can remove the computer case so your camera gear can safely and easily fit in the overhead.
The MP-3/3c has two shoulder straps. These can be detached and hidden inside the back flap. My preferred method is to have the right strap inside the flap and just carry the MP-3 with the left strap on my left shoulder. There is no waistbelt since this is a smaller bag carrying a smaller load. The MP-3 does have the side and top handle as well as the passport pocket on the top (with ID holder).
You might be wondering why I didn’t incorporate the carrying of the computer into the actual pack like so many other manufacturers. Well, camera gear is heavy and if that lands on top of your computer, especially the monitor side, you’ve got damage. The only way around that is to add lot of padding which then means your camera bag won’t fit in the overhead. For maximum protection of your computer and the ability of fitting in the overhead, I came up with the MP-3c system.
The MP-3 is L20” x W14” x D8” and is able on the long lens side to hold a lens as large as a 600f4 with no body attached. We don’t recommend this and if this is your intent, get the MP-1. The 3 series is designed to hold a 200-400VR, 500f4, 400f2.8 or 300f2.8 with body attached. The short lens side can hold all the gear you see pictured above which includes seven lenses, extra body, flash and batteries. While empty, the MP-3 weighs 3lbs and the MP-3c weighs 4lbs empty, as packed above it comes in at 38lbs. The Computer Case on the MP-3c is 17x12x3″ comfortably holding a notebook computer up to 17″ in length.
The MP-3/3c are constructed just like the MP-1 out of 1000 Cordura. The MP-3′s back, bottom and sides are padded with a special high density foam (the front flaps are not padded). The interior dividers (all adjustable to fit your gear) are padded with the exact same high density foam. The MP-3/3c comes with five dividers plus two mesh pockets so you can custom fit the MP-3/3c to your gear.
The computer case can hold the largest to smallest notebook on the market. If using a smaller notebook, a padded spacer is included to make up the volume. The computer case comes with a shoulder strap so when the computer case is removed from the MP-3c, you can carry it easily. While the computer case has a couple zippered pockets, they are not designed to carry any bulky items. The computer case has its own business card holder.
You can order the MP-3 or MP-3c from us via our webstore. The MP-3 is $305 (which includes $20 S&H FedEx ground) and the MP-3c is $400 (which includes $20 S&H FedEx ground). Or you can call direct 760.924.8632.
Note: The MP series of photopacks has one main common trait, fitting in the overheads of the smallest planes while safely carrying massive amounts of camera gear. Some folks have wondered why we don’t have wheels on our packs. Wheels on packs make them impossible to fit in many overheads, defeating the whole design principle of the MP series. If you require wheels, you can do what many MP owners have done. They simply buy a wheelie cart and attach the MP to the cart. But we won’t be coming out with any packs with wheels, sorry!
The MP-3/3c can be returned if it is done within 30 days of receipt and is returned in new condition with all accessories included. Return Authorization must be obtained prior to returning in order to receive a refund.
The MP-3/3c is guaranteed against any material or workmanship defects as long as you own the bag. Problems from abnormal wear or abuse, determined by the manufacturer and/or distributor is not guaranteed and all repairs are the responsibility of the bag owner. Any damage caused to gear being transported in the MP-3/3c caused by any reason is not covered and is not the responsibility of the manufacturer or distributor.