Manfrotto has quietly released a new bag range. Called the Manfrotto Pro Light Cineloader, it’s designed for professional videographers, filmmakers and crew. The bags actually started popping up at retailers last month to absolutely no fanfare whatsoever.
Manfrotto says that the bags are designed for freelance videographers who need to carry “a whole studio in a bag”, journalists that need to grab a bag and run to the next story, and small video production needs.
Manfrotto Pro Light Cineloader
The Manfrotto Pro Light Cineloader is available in three sizes of small, medium and large. Each is designed, obviously, for different gear carrying needs. If you’re shooting a small mirrorless rig, you might not need a huge bag. But if you’re shooting something like a Sony FX6 (buy here) or URSA Mini (buy here), you’re going to need a bit more space.
|Cineloader Small||Cineloader Medium||Cineloader Large|
All the bags feature reinforced side walls and a thermoformed protective lid that allows bags to be stacked. Underneath this lid are zip pockets, allowing you to store small items such as memory cards, lens filters, gaffer tape, etc. that you need access to often or in a hurry.
Not just for cameras!
Manfrotto is also targeting the bags towards drone pilots and audio engineers, suggesting that the bag would ideally suit either of them. I have to admit, I’m tempted by the small one to replace my existing portable audio bag.
I mean, hypothetically, you could use it to do your shopping. It’s a bag. But the design features that benefit cameras, also benefit drone pilots and engineers who also have expensive and delicate equipment to transport.
Internally, the Cineloader bags are split using Manfrotto’s M-Guard divider system. Manfrotto says they offer the “ultimate protection for professional gear”. The M-Guard system is now offered with all of the company’s new bags, including their camera backpacks.
It’s made of high density EVA foam with “unique folding patterns” that Manfrotto says “allow maximum versatility to fully protect your camera gear, while maximising use of space”. Basically, they’re thinner and stiffer than the old foam dividers while offering more protection.