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

f-stop Gear Tilopa Camera Bag Outer Shell

Regular price R 5,999.00
9 in stock

The new and updated 50l Tilopa is an important part of the f-stop range and can be considered a crossroad where the models get more serious. At first sight it might be difficult to distinguish from the Ajna as the two are virtually identical in size. So what exactly is the difference between the Tilopa and Ajna? The Tilopa is a bit like the Ajna on steroids and is designed for shooters who test their gear to the limits. 

Hypalon Padding - The first difference is more Hypalon padding on the front and bottom. Hypalon is a virtually indestructible and waterproof material and is strategically placed on the areas of the pack that will be in contact with outdoor surfaces. This gives you peace of mind to put the pack down on any surface without worrying about abrasion or damage.

Additional Mounting Points - The Tilopa features a 3rd set of straps on the front like the ones on either side. Anyone who has hiked before knows that place to mount a tripod, tent, sleeping mat, whatever it may be, is always useful. 

Larger Front Pocket - The front pocket of the Ajna and Lotus does not offer a lot of space and can only be opened on one side. Those of the Tilopa and larger models are of considerable size, can zip open entirely and feature an internal mesh pocket. 

Second Front Pocket - The Tilopa and larger models feature a 2nd front pocket below the main one. It is ideal for supporting the feet of a tripod mounted on the pack or for storing small items that you need quick access to. 

Stronger Harness System - The Tilopa and larger models have a more robust harness system and feature better padding on the shoulder- and hip belts for the best possibe weight distribution of heavy loads. These models also feature a mesh stash-pocket on the hip belt, useful for storing lens cloths, memory cards etc. 

Carry-On Compliance - The Tilopa is just a touch longer and deeper than the allowed carry-on size (56x36x23), but it is so close that we do not hear many stories of photographers getting trouble in airports. It comfortably fits in the overhead lockers of domestic haul planes like the Airbus A320-300. It just fits in the overhead lockers of Airlink’s Embraers, as long as you pull the compression straps nice and tight and you don’t stuff the front compartment of the backpack to the brim as that increases the depth of the bag by up to 5-8cm. 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 airport staff see your backpack.

ICU Compatibility

The Tilopa can handle a wide 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 XL Pro ICU is a comfortable fit, but it leaves just enough space in the main compartment for a rain jacket or some snacks. 
  • The Large Pro ICU is a very good fit, leaving about 30% of the main compartment available for some other gear. 
  • The Small Pro and Medium ICU's occupy about 30-40% of the main compartment, leaving plenty of space for other gear. 

Multipurpose internal sleeve fits up to a 15” laptop.

Specifications

  • Height - 59.7cm
  • Width - 35.6cm
  • Depth - 30.5cm
  • Volume - 50 Liters
  • Weight - 1.9kg

Compatible ICUs

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

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
    • Out of stock: We do not have stock, but there is more on the way. You can get in touch with the chat app or contact form for an ETA.

    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

    Jean-Francois, 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

    Nature's Light
    Kloof, Durban
    Emil, 084 484 9959

    Photo Freedom
    Ballito, Durban
    Graham, 032 586 1212

    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.