Nomatic McKinnon Camera Backpack 25L backpack review

The Nomatic McKinnon Camera Backpack 25L is an endlessly adjustable bag for life

Nomatic/Gomatic McKinnon Camera Backpack 25L
(Image: © Nomatic/Gomatic)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Thanks to its ladder system and optional dividers and cubes, this backpack works equally well as a photo backpack and a straightforward bag for daily life, or any mix of the two. It’s durable and really nicely made, comfortable to wear and looks neat and stylish. However, once you add in optional extras, it works out a bit pricey compared to most competing backpacks of a similar size.


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    Clever ladder system

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    Optional cubes

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    Stylish but tough


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    Not supplied with waist strap

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    Works out pricey with extras

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The McKinnon Camera Backpack 25L was designed in collaboration with Canadian photographer Peter McKinnon. It’s the smaller of two backpacks branded as Nomatic in the US and Gomatic in the UK, the larger being the 35L edition. A bag for all reasons and seasons, it’s endlessly customizable and made from a blend of durable, water-resistant materials.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.