f-stop Gear Lotus Camera Bag Outer Shell
f-stop Gear Lotus Camera Bag Outer Shell
f-stop Gear Lotus Camera Bag Outer Shell
f-stop Gear Lotus Camera Bag Outer Shell
f-stop Gear Lotus Camera Bag Outer Shell
f-stop Gear Lotus Camera Bag Outer Shell
f-stop Gear Lotus Camera Bag Outer Shell
f-stop Gear Lotus Camera Bag Outer Shell
f-stop Gear Lotus Camera Bag Outer Shell
f-stop Gear Lotus Camera Bag Outer Shell
f-stop Gear Lotus Camera Bag Outer Shell
f-stop Gear Lotus Camera Bag Outer Shell
f-stop Gear Lotus Camera Bag Outer Shell
f-stop Gear Lotus Camera Bag Outer Shell
f-stop Gear Lotus Camera Bag Outer Shell
f-stop Gear

f-stop Gear Lotus Camera Bag Outer Shell

Regular price R 3,499.00
5 in stock

The new Lotus, part of F-stop’s reinvented Mountain Series, is the narrow and nimble everyday mountain pack for minimal shooters. With 32L of volume, the low-profile Lotus blends just as well in urban settings as it does in the mountains. It has a full, but lightweight harness system that offers the comfort and balance of its larger mountain series counterparts. The usual problem with such small packs is that they hang in the middle of your back above the coccyx, causing unpleasant back pain. As can be expected from Fstop, intelligent design ensures that the pack can be adjusted so that the weight is efficiently transferred through your hips and shoulders, whether you're 1.5 metres or 1.9m metres tall. 

If you're a minimalist shooter, you want a light and compact setup from time to time or you're part of the mirrorless movement, the Lotus is the perfect choice. 

Carry-On Compliance - The Lotus is 100% carry-on compliant and you won’t have any trouble going through airports. Always make sure you tighten the compression straps to trim down your backpack’s profile, tuck in all loose straps and belts and try not to let the boarding staff see your backpack unless necessary. 

ICU Compatibility

The Lotus can handle a median variety of ICU's depending on how much camera gear you want to carry and how much of the main compartment you want available for other items like clothing, food or whatever it is you like taking on a shoot. Keep in mind that all Mountain Series shells have a large top-, front- and two side pockets in addition to the main compartment. 

  • The Large Pro is a comfortable fit, but it leaves just enough space in the main compartment for a rain jacket or some snacks. 
  • The Small Pro and Medium ICU's occupy about 50-60% of the main compartment, leaving a decent amount of space for other gear. 

Multipurpose internal sleeve fits up to a 13” laptop.

Specifications

  • Height - 52cm
  • Width - 33cm
  • Depth - 27.9cm
  • Volume - 32 Liters
  • Weight - 1.5kg

Compatible ICUs

  • Medium Slope
  • Medium Shallow
  • Small Pro
  • Large Pro

    If you're new to the f-stop system it can be tricky figuring out what will be suited to your needs. Send us a mail via the contact page with your camera gear and we'll get back to you with a recommendation within 24 hours.   

      Do you have the item in stock? 

      Each product has one of the following stock indicators

      • In stock: We have stock at our local warehouse
      • Special order: We don't carry local stock of this item or it has sold out. Get in touch to confirm stock availability and ETA to place an order. 

      Delivery options and what they cost

      We pride ourselves on FREE lightning fast shipping. Apart from large f-stop gear orders, most of our items ship overnight and the daily cutoff is 14:00. You can read more on the deliveries page or get in touch for a confirmed delivery date and time. 

      Can I collect my parcel? 

      Yes, you can collect your order from our office in Bosman's Crossing, Stellenbosch (09:00 - 17:00). Just choose the collection option at checkout- we'll follow up with the specifics. Please note that we are very strict about payment if collecting. We will not release any goods if we are not 100% comfortable about payment. We accept the following as payment confirmation in order to release the goods. Please call or message Rudolph on 061 468 1931 if you have any questions.

      • Payfast Card Payment (any customers, new or returning)
      • EFT from FNB to FNB, pending fund clearance (any customers, new or returning)
      • Normal EFT from other banks to FNB (return customers only)
      • Instant EFT from other banks to FNB, pending fund clearance (Any customers, new or returning) 
      • Cash (any customers, new or returning)

      What payment options are available?  

      • EFT
      • EFT via Payfast
      • Credit card: VISA & Mastercard

      What is your policy on returns and or exchanges?

      We are more than happy to exchange any product for something else or a full refund* if you feel that the item you chose isn’t quite right for you. See our Return Policy page for more. 

      *If paying with any card, 4.5% of the transaction value goes to the credit card payment facilitation company. "Full Refund" means that we will return the full amount we received after the credit card service fees. If you are at all unsure that what you're buying is ideal for you, rather opt for EFT payment to be safe. 

      Where is my order? How can I track my order?

      You will receive an email with your tracking number once your order has been collected by our couriers. You can also find tracking number for your orders under "My account" 

      You can shop NiSi Filters at the following retailers. 

      Orms Bellville
      Victorian Towers, 2 Palm St, Bellville, Cape Town

      Fritz, 021 910 1380

      Kameraz
      Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

      Martin Wright, 011 880 2885

      Photoquip
      28 Pearce St, Berea, East London

      Damien, 083 574 9134

      Katz
      66 17th Ave, Broadwood, Port Elizabeth
      Lascel, 041 367 4401

      Lime Photo
      Kloof, Durban
      Emil, 084 484 9959

      Photo Freedom
      Ballito, Durban
      Graham, 032 586 1212

      DPC
      Pretoria
      Danie, 072 608 3345

      Why are f-stop Gear products so expensive in SA?

      People like to jump to the conclusion that it is because someone in the local supply chain is making a lot of money, but unfortunately for us, that is not the case. *Photo by Brendon Wainwright

      The real answer is import duty.

      Virtually all backpacks or backpack systems are subject to a whopping 30% import tax. These taxes are supposed to protect local manufacturers by giving them a competitive edge against the rest of the globe. It works well to protect local businesses and jobs, but unfortunately in a situation like this, where there is no local competition for a product like fstop gear, it just enriches the tax collector.

      If you consider the cost of the Tilopa in America at $319, you can calculate the correlating local price by multiplying it by x1.45 (15% VAT + 30% import duty).

      $319*US price x 1.45*tax = $462
      $462 x R14.50*exchange rate = R6 700
      Our price R5 999

      *based on prices and exchange rate as June 2019

      If we took the approach of ‘screw the consumer, we deserve the same margin as other countries’, we would price the Tilopa at R6700 (our price is R5999). Luckily we’re not greedy and we’re incredibly passionate about the brand, so we sacrifice a huge chunk of our margin in order to try and keep the product affordable, despite the local taxes.

      We know it’s tempting to buy it in the US and have it shipped here, but you will be slapped with the same 45% taxes when it has to go through customs. It is also worth noting that in a small market like SA, importers have smaller margins because we cannot benefit from the economy of scale as similar brands can in the large first world markets.

      We barely scrape a profit on this brand - we import it because like most photographers, we tried multiple bags from multiple brands and hated every single one. Fstop gear is the only company that makes a comfortable, practical, high quality backpack for adventurous photographers.