Filmmaker and VFX artist Mohamad Sofian lost his bag on a flight when someone took it by mistake. It’s frustrating enough as is, but for Mohamad, it was tragic – as it contained not only his expensive gear, but also some unpublished projects. In desperation, he turned to the community for help, and they all joined forces to get his precious gear back.
I feel like I’ve kissed a lot of frogs when it comes to camera bags. Sometimes it feels a little like Goldilocks searching for something ‘just right’. Not too heavy, not too small, room for items besides camera gear, but I need to bring ALL THE GEAR! I’m not sure such a thing actually exists, it may actually be a unicorn. I’ve never yet found The Perfect Camera Bag (yes those capitals are deliberate!).
Perhaps a far better approach then is to find a bag that exactly fits the requirements for a particular type of photography. Most of us do more than one type, and I must say that the requirements of an outdoors adventure photographer will be very different from say, a city-based portraits on-location photographer. With this in mind, I got to test out the Moment Strohl Mountain Light 45L camera backpack and give it a good run through its paces in the outdoors.
Manfrotto has also today announced their new line of Pro Light camera bags for professional photographers and filmmakers. In this instance, “professional” literally means that it’s that person’s profession. That photography and filmmaking is what they do day in and day out to keep a roof over their head. These bags are designed for workflow and the tough demands of working gear.
There are six different models in the new Pro Light lineup. There’s the Flexloader, Multiloader, Frontloader, Backloader M and Backloader S backpacks, with each offering different ways to access your gear depending on your needs and workflow and the Pro Light Tough for when your gear needs serious protection.
Lowepro has completed their PhotoSport III backpack lineup with the announcement of a new range of PhotoSport Pro backpacks. Aimed squarely at adventure and travel photographers that need to pack a lot of gear, the bags come in 55 litre and 70 litre capacities and Lowepro’s “AW” (All Weather) moniker to withstand harsh conditions.
The PhotoSport Pro backpacks join Lowepro’s “Green Line” label, joining the rest of the PhotoSport III series, which Lowepro says covers “all gear carrying solutions […] made from recycled fabrics“, in this case around 85-86% for the backpacks themselves, 84% for the daypack and 47-50% for the modular inserts.
I am notoriously difficult to find backpacks for, as I’ve mentioned on here before. I picked up a Tamrac Cyberpack 6 quite a while ago and it took 16 years to finally find another bag that felt as nice to wear. Now, I’ve found one that blows both of them away in the comfort stakes. Completely. That bag is the Cosyspeed PhotoHiker 44, which was recently launched on Kickstarter (and hasn’t quite ended yet).
What makes it so special? Well, unlike most camera backpacks, it’s a hiking bag that you can carry camera gear in. Rather than a camera gear bag that you can put on your back. This means it’s designed specifically for all-day carrying comfort while still being able to hold a lot of gear. Allow me to explain…
After Gitzo’s Légende recently kicked off with a bag made from 65% recycled materials, it wasn’t much of a surprise that other Vitec-owned brands might be following suit. And it seems that they now have, with Lowepro reporting that their new lightweight and water-resistant PhotoSport AW III adventure photography backpack is made from 75% recycled fabrics.
It’s the third generation of this popular backpack from Lowepro and is their first step towards sustainable products with a new “green line” label which shows what percentage of the product is made from recycled material. The PhotoSport III will initially be available in two sizes with 15-litre and 24-litre capacities. Larger 55-litre and 70-litre capacity versions are expected to follow in autumn.
All too often these days, photography backpacks seem to simply be based around “How much gear can we shove into it?” with things like comfort and actual usability brought on as an afterthought. This is fine if you’re just shifting gear between your car and a client’s location, but what if you’re carrying it all day on a hike?
Well, Cosyspeed’s new Photohiker backpack, made in collaboration with outdoor equipment specialist Vaude, is built specifically for that kind of use. It takes its carrying system design straight from high-end hiking and trekking packs to make carrying a heavy load all day as comfortable as possible while also keeping your camera gear safe and easy for you to access.
The Légende is the newest travel tripod and bag combo from Gitzo, with both products sharing the same name. It’s currently running as an Indiegogo campaign and will go on general sale once it’s over, with the ability to buy either item individually or both as a kit.
I’ve been trying out both the tripod and backpack for a couple of weeks now and putting them through the limited paces I can while we’re still on lockdown here in Scotland, but here are some of my thoughts on Gitzo’s new Légende tripod & backpack combo.
Gitzo is soon to launch a new travel tripod and backpack that will get travel photographers and eco-warriors very interested. Gitzo Légende is a travel tripod and backpack combo that was made partially from recycled materials, and they were made to last. But the best part is probably the unlimited warranty you get for both items.
Wandrd burst onto the scene relatively recently as a new company with a range of new bags for photographers. One particular bag, the Wandrd Duo launched on Kickstarter to a tremendous reception, raising over $650,000. It’s a very interesting bag, offering a unique look at photography backpacks. We caught up with Wandrd at PhotoPlus 2019 to see one in person and find out more about it.