The features your customers are looking for in their camera bags, backpacks, cases, carts, and portfolios are as unique as their shooting styles. Some customers may be searching for the most durable, water-resistant neoprene/rubber combo that’s out there; others may be on the hunt for carry-on convenience, preferring that their bag can fit into the overhead compartment on an airplane; and still others may need a separate easy-access compartment for an MP3 player. There are plenty of carrying vessels to go around, in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and styles. Read on for some of the great new camera/computer bags and cases hitting the market.
From across the pond comes the Hadley Digital, the latest addition to the Billingham Camera Bag line. The bag is designed to provide an active photographer with all the room to hold equipment for a full day’s shoot.
Ample, easily accessible front pockets are secured with robust, color-coordinated snaps. The top protective rain flap completely covers the bag’s interior and the front pocket and is secured to the bag with Billingham’s Quick Release System.
The new Camargo Wagon has a load capacity of 300 pounds and can pull or push gear—helpful when you’ve got a lot to transport. With a locking handle and wheels, it can fold flat for space-saving storage. The Camargo Wagon is a workhorse capable of moving a large stack of equipment cases with ease.
The Brazillion Dollar Home is a photo/laptop case intended to be piggy-backed on trolley handles, worn over the shoulder, or used as a backpack. This bag is suitable for two pro D-SLRs with zoom lenses attached; spare lenses; speedlights; up to a 17-inch laptop; and more. The Brazillion Dollar Home features a water-resistant lining and 22 configurable inserts inside. The bag comes in gun metal/black/orange.
Brought to America by Minox/USA, Delsey Camera Bags just introduced the ODC 61 trolley, a practical, modern approach to answering the needs of photographers on the go. The sleek ODC 61 comes with a removable, customizable photo insert and zippered mesh cover. Ball-bearing in-line wheels and a heavy-duty telescoping handle make it easy to maneuver. A strongly padded notebook section, up to 17 inches, also has been provided.
The Storm Case iM3075, built from Hardigg’s patented and extremely resilient HPX resin, is designed to protect sensitive equipment from the hazards of transport. Generous interior dimensions — 29.8" x 20.8" x 17.8", including a 4" lid—ensure that everything from computers, LCDs, photography systems, and video equipment arrives on the scene in one piece, ready to go. Padded dividers provide flexible cavities to hold all gear securely in place, while custom-cut foam can be designed for complex equipment configurations. Other features include a telescoping handle, in-line wheels, and four double-layered soft-grip handles.
The OC-84 is a great general purpose camera/gear bag. The main compartment can be customized for photo, video, or other gear, and it comes standard with an Insertrolley for easy wheeling, and is designed to fit in overhead compartments for air travel. The bag also provides a padded pocket and separate sleeve for holding a laptop—almost a required feature. Two strong, padded handles allow for top and side carrying.
Lightware has a complete line of equipment and computer cases for photographers and videographers that are lightweight yet airline-shippable. By making use of a variety of combinations of lightweight, shock-absorbing foams, plastics, and fabric, Lightware cases are strong enough and protective enough to survive almost all the hazards and abuses of travel for years to come.
The Vertex series of backpacks deliver comfort without bulk and are capable of carrying up to two pro digital SLRs, a large 35mm or medium-format system, multiple lenses, flash, and accessories. Exterior features include an adjustable Glide-Lock accessory attachment system for securing tripods and other outdoor accessories, two outer pockets, and a mid-pocket laptop compartment.
Mobile Edge introduces two new vertical messenger bags: the Mini-Messenger (perfect for smaller digital camera and electronic equipment) and the Notebook Messenger (a larger bag that can accommodate a laptop up to 15.4", along with camera equipment and other essentials). Both come with two padded compartments, three mesh pockets, an easy-access cellphone pocket, and even a side mesh water-bottle pocket (hey, even photographers need an H2O break!).
The defining feature of Mountainsmith’s Traverse AT camera/photo pack is its waterproof rubber bottom, which protects gear from the outdoor elements. The main compartment is padded with adjustable dividers, while two zippered front pockets have internal organization. On the outside, there are tuck-away compression straps, rapid-access tripod mounts, contoured adjustable shoulder straps, rubber-molded haul handles, and an adjustable sternum strap. Mesh side pockets can carry water or snacks, and a removable storm cover completes the package.
M-Rock’s new Extreme line includes 22 unique camera bags, including mini point-and-shoot digital camera bags, medium digital camera and digital camcorder bags, lens bags, V-shaped top-load holster bags, square gadget SLR bags, backpacks, and sling bags, as well as accessory items such as a modular belt, camera strap, memory card wallet, and a padded, U-shaped lens cradle.
The K3L is constructed of water-resistant 1680D ballistic nylon and features an AirFlow Suspension System that keeps the backpack from coming in contact with the user’s back, allowing air to circulate better. The top section is suitable for day gear and the bottom for camera gear; the divider between them is removable to create one large compartment for general use. The K3L features a dedicated padded compartment for most 15.4" laptops. The K3L also has two hidden features: a rain cover and a tripod carrying system that folds down from the center of the backpack.