Shimoda Action X50 backpack review

Never mind the weather with Shimoda’s Action X50 backpack features highly flexible internal configurations and a number of very handy convenience features

Shimoda Action X50
(Image: © Shimoda)

Digital Camera World Verdict

There are a lot of demands on a photo backpack, especially if you’re really going to test it by taking loads of gear into difficult locations with challenging conditions like snow, rain or dust. Shimoda’s Action X50 is up to the job in terms of effectively protecting your equipment and also maximizing both comfort and convenience. There are also a number of clever photo backpack designs on the market, but X50’s many nifty features, big and small, are all about enhancing flexibility and practicality. The perfect photo backpack is almost certainly mythical, but the Action X50 gets pretty close.


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    Rear & side access

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    Fully adjustable harness


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    You could be forgiven for  wondering whether we really need another brand of camera bag when there’s already a bewildering array of makes and models on the  market. Good point, but there’s always room for something  different and, in fact, it’s what’s needed if you’re going to get noticed at all. Shimoda’s Action X50 photo backpack has quite a number of design elements and features worthy of noticing.

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    Paul Burrows

    Paul has been writing about cameras, photography and photographers for 40 years. He joined Australian Camera as an editorial assistant in 1982, subsequently becoming the magazine’s technical editor, and has been editor since 1998. He is also the editor of sister publication ProPhoto, a position he has held since 1989. In 2011, Paul was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute Of Australian Photography (AIPP) in recognition of his long-term contribution to the Australian photo industry. Outside of his magazine work, he is the editor of the Contemporary Photographers: Australia series of monographs which document the lives of Australia’s most important photographers.