The calls for of photographers have modified over time in the case of transporting their gear. For individuals who demand a bag that will get the job achieved and appears nice whereas doing it, there are some nice choices available on the market lately. As we speak we’ll have a look at one such possibility, the f-stop Dyota 20.

As an envoy for f-stop, I’ve had early entry to this bag to be able to give my ideas right here on Fstoppers. All opinions listed here are my very own, and f-stop has not requested for something apart from honesty within the assessment of this bag. 

I’ve been utilizing f-stop luggage since 2012 after I first bought their Satori EXP. I now use a mixture of that bag, my Guru UL, and my Loka UL. Whereas I’ve at all times sworn by their Mountain collection packs, that is the primary of their day packs I’ve tried. It carries over the eye to element and high-quality development of the bigger journey packs, however is designed to be comfortably used for each work and play in city environments. 

The Dyota pulls its heritage from the Dalston pack in f-stop’s City collection and takes each component of that pack to a brand new degree of design and high quality. New supplies have been used, plastic clips have been changed with metallic, and nearly each stitched seam on the bag is gone. Dyota is available in two sizes, the bigger Dyota 20 and the smaller sling-type Dyota 11. I have been testing the 20-liter model, so that is the one we’ll have a look at right here. 

Options

For this new pair of luggage, f-stop has pulled out all stops with new applied sciences to separate this from their different strains and additional push the bar in the case of high quality development. The bag is constructed from a 5-layer materials starting with a 780D energy layer (twice the energy of my Mountain collection packs!) and coated for climate resistance and radio welding.

For me, radio welding is admittedly the massive step ahead right here. Briefly, radio welding is used to bind the completely different items of the bag collectively with out the necessity for stitching. This implies two issues: no pesky seam strains for water to seep in by way of and no seams pulling aside over time (albeit, I haven’t had a single seam pull aside on any of my f-stop luggage, however bettering that sturdiness can solely be factor, proper?).

The subsequent attention-grabbing characteristic that has been added to all sections of this bag is magnetic connectors. Whereas most luggage depend on hook-and-loop Velcro to shut compartments and safe further digicam storage, with this bag, f-stop has included magnets in each the bag and the inner digicam unit (ICU). On the backside of the bag, you’ve got magnets that maintain the ICU in place after which on the finish of the roll-top, there are additionally magnets to carry that closed. These are each welcome for the diminished noise and elevated sturdiness. I hope that we are able to see extra luggage in different kinds making use of magnets sooner or later.

The Dyota 20 is appropriate with f-stop’s Gatekeeper straps (the bag comes with two included), which can be utilized to strap further gear (equivalent to a tripod or small lightstand) to the underside of the bag. It is a nice resolution for conserving the bag wanting clear and conserving the load central (I’ve by no means been a fan of side-mounting tripods on luggage, because it places an excessive amount of weight off to at least one facet).

Storage

The detachable ICU is the middle of what makes this a digicam bag and never only a day bag (though for those who take away the unit, it’s straightforward to stuff the bag filled with no matter you may want for a day journey unrelated to images). For the reason that bag has zips on either side, the ICU is designed to permit for gear to be packed on either side and eliminated by way of the zips moderately than the highest of the bag. That is an attention-grabbing resolution (seen on another City collection packs up to now) that has advantages and pitfalls.

For the reason that high of the bag might be full of no matter else you could need to take with you on the day, facet entry to your gear means you don’t should unpack the bag simply to get to your digicam or lenses. Nonetheless, packing it on either side signifies that you need to keep in mind which facet you set which piece of substances on. I always discovered myself enjoying the USB-port sport and opening the fallacious facet first. These with higher short-term reminiscence could not discover this to be an issue!

The insert itself has house for a primary DSLR equipment or a reasonably sizable mirrorless equipment. In testing, I used to be in a position to stuff nearly each piece of my Fujifilm equipment into the inserts. Two our bodies, 4 primes, the 10-24mm f/4, and the 16-55mm f/2.eight match comfortably within the insert. So, if you really want to pack some gear, there’s loads of house. However, that’s not what this bag is admittedly supposed for. It bought actually heavy actually rapidly (for the reason that shoulder straps are fairly skinny) with a considerable amount of gear plus every thing else I wanted for the day. It’s rather a lot simpler to hold with a small equipment consisting of 1 physique, a few small lenses, after which different electronics and chargers you may want for a time out. It’s value
contemplating how a lot gear you’d need to pack into this bag.


Though this ICU system works properly and makes the bag helpful as a digicam bag or day bag relying on what you’ll be doing, the primary problem I had whereas utilizing it was that it’s slightly troublesome to get to gear within the very backside. For the reason that zips end proper on the backside of the ICU, it’s powerful to open that space of the bag huge sufficient to entry tightly packed gear on the backside. Not a deal-breaker, however an annoyance at instances. I discovered myself lifting up the ICU many instances to get entry to these sections simply. Talking of zips, f-stop have used KCC zips on either side for further sturdiness, and these are radio-welded to the pack for further climate resistance.

In Use

It’s essential to think about what this bag is meant for earlier than how it’s to make use of. From f-stop’s personal web site: “the Dyota is comfy in a board room, espresso store, or out for a fast hike.” It is a bag that’s supposed for brief journeys, as a rule in city environments. It’s positively styled for the city person and appears nice within the metropolis. I’ve the Battleship Gray model of the bag (it is also out there in North Sea (blue) and Rooibos Tea (orange)), and it maintains its modern look in all environments if that’s essential to you. Probably one of the best factor about this look is that it doesn’t scream digicam bag. It seems like every common backpack, so for those who’re strolling by way of a metropolis the place theft is frequent, you could be much less of a goal. That is doubly true as similar to with their different luggage, f-stop hasn’t printed their brand in a big and obnoxious trend. You may discover it on the zips, deal with, and within the black sq. on the entrance of the pack. 

The EVA-molded again piece of the bag supplies good respiratory room and in addition a inflexible floor for the laptop computer compartment behind the bag. This devoted house additionally incorporates just a few further pockets for issues like a passport or further money to be saved safely on a time out. This was nice for my latest journey to the South Jeolla area of Korea, after I wanted my ID, laptop computer, digicam gear, and some days value of clothes in a small package deal.


One factor I did discover on this quick journey was that I actually had to concentrate to how a lot weight was on all sides of the bag. If I did not rearrange the gear after taking one thing out, I discovered that the bag would dig into one shoulder greater than the opposite. Particularly for those who plan to place numerous weight into this bag, it’s value contemplating this as you pack all sides.

The roll-top of the bag was one characteristic I significantly appreciated as soon as I bought this bag out into the sector. Very similar to many suitcases that may be prolonged utilizing a zipper to offer further house when wanted, the Dyota might be as small or as giant as you want it to be by merely rolling or unrolling the highest part. This was helpful on the aforementioned journey, as after I arrived on the location, I unpacked all of my clothes and rolled the highest of the bag down into a way more compact package deal for my day-to-day taking pictures.

One of many largest issues I had with such a classy exterior was conserving it wanting that method over time. Digicam luggage sometimes get taken by way of a gauntlet when utilized by working professionals and rapidly get scuffed and coated in filth. After a few weeks of touring on buses and airplanes from location to location, setting the bag down on sand, rocks, and grass, it didn’t a lot as present a scratch. Even sand didn’t actually persist with the outside, and any marks that did happen from filth or grit alongside the way in which could possibly be wiped off with a moist towel simply on the finish of the day. No matter remedy has been achieved to the supplies, it really works flawlessly.

Who Is It For?

The Dyota fills an attention-grabbing area of interest within the bag market. It’s a stylishly designed bag that’s constructed to f-stop’s excessive requirements. For working photographers who want a small and modern package deal for days out on the town the place they might have a shopper assembly or two after which a fast shoot, this could possibly be the right bag. As a day bag for the informal photographer who spends time within the workplace after which heads out for images after work, this is also a terrific possibility. It will additionally make a terrific possibility for a small run-and-gun video equipment. There’s loads of room for a few lenses, our bodies, batteries, after which a small gentle or gimbal on high. 

In Conclusion

What I Appreciated

  • Glossy design
  • Good for packing a small equipment, but in addition filling with different necessities
  • Suits a 15″ laptop computer
  • Loads of pockets and compartments
  • Doubles as a day bag
  • Radio welding means glorious climate resistance
  • Sturdy supplies which might be straightforward to maintain clear
  • Gatekeeper straps for tripods or lightstands
  • Expandable roll-top

What I Felt Might Be Improved

  • Balancing heavy gear might be powerful
  • Getting gear out from the underside of the ICU is not at all times straightforward
  • Barely extra padding on straps would make it simpler to hold heavier masses

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