Your customers have different needs when it comes to transporting photo gear. Some are pros who need large to protect high-end equipment. Others want a stylish backpack that can help them stay hydrated while out capturing the nature. And some may just be in the market for a compact case for a P&S. Portability, durability, and innovation are all features represented here in the latest lineup of bags, cases, and backpacks. Read on for more...
• Avenues in Leather
The Sherpa camera case from Avenues in Leather is now available in small and medium-plus styles, in burgundy and blue-trimmed cases.
The Billingham PhotoVest carries enough cameras, lenses, and accessories for location shooting. The vest's pockets can hold cameras and lenses up to 18-inches. Horizontal zip compartments store extra gear, and a flap pocket holds press credentials.
• BODA Lens Bag
BODA Lens Bag launched its second product line. BODA DRY is a fully weatherproof line of bags, in two sizes. The primary bag holds up to five lenses, batteries, and accessories. BODA Junior is a smaller version and will hold two to three primary lenses.
The Python backpack is a hybrid laptop backpack/camera bag that boasts a fully padded laptop compartment; removable camera bag for a DSLR and accessories. The Terralinq service can help track down a lost bag.
• Case Logic
The SLR backpack features an ultra-protective SLR suspension hammock in the upper compartment; an exterior water-bottle pocket; adjustable tripod lashing straps; and padded, adjustable shoulder straps.
The Cork & Fork trolley bag features a "snake" adjustable wall, which can bend in between hardware. Used in conjunction with rigid spine walls and Velcro capping straps, all equipment is secure. The removable insert doubles as a backpack and features padded shoulder straps and an adjustable waist strap.
Delsey's line of Cortex shoulder bags are manufactured with a water-resistant ballistic nylon, over a PVC sponge backing with thickly padded sides. The interior lining provides extra scratch protection.
The bottom of Domke's F-3 backpack is configured exactly like the F-3X super-compact bag, with extra room at the top for accessories. A foam-padded harness with waist and sternum strap distributes weight.
• GoBEE Bags
Designed by photographers Lauren Hillary and Sara France, GoBEE bags offer a modern take on camera gear. The hip clutch organizes CF cards and has a separate compartment to hold a cell phone, and business cards. The card holster was designed by women, "who know what looks good on a man, as well as what a…photographer needs functionally to keep images safe."
• Hardigg Storm
Constructed of Hardigg's HPX resin, the iM2875 ensures that photo gear survives transport undamaged. Multilayered cubed foam holds case contents firmly in place. The iM2875 features Hardigg's unique Press & Pull latches. The case's Vortex valve automatically adjusts air pressure without letting in water or dust.
Kata's new Digital Photo Series line features protective technologies, including Thermo Shield Technology and Yelloop (for scratch and static protection). Kata's new DPS Digital Rucksacks, the DR-467 and DR-465, feature TST structural protection and an ergonomic harness.
The Fastpack backpack's triple-compartment design provides a durable, lightweight carrying solution for a DSLR, extra lenses or flashes, a computer, and accessories. A 180° access panel makes loading and retrieving equipment easy. The backpacks are available in black, arctic blue, and red.
Mountainsmith introduced four lens cases, one pouch, two lumbar packs, and a backpack, plus four cases made from 100% recycled PET polyester with recycled zippers. Many of the bags and cases feature 420-denier velocity nylon and padded, fleece-lined interiors.
The Great Lakes #550 Water Bladder includes an insulated neoprene case and has an approximate liquid capacity of 1.3-1.5 liters. The Great Lakes case includes a shoulder strap and handle, and can be carried separately or put inside the rear compartments of M-Rock's Zion 525 and McKinley 526 backpacks.
• Naneu Pro
The K4L was designed to function as a laptop backpack, camera bag, and travel backpack. The main compartment has a top section suitable for day gear, and a bottom section houses a padded insert for a camera system. The lower compartment houses a pro DSLR with a 4˝-inch lens attached, plus up to four additional lenses and a flash. A heavily padded lateral compartment fits most 17-inch laptops.
• OP/TECH USA
The Computer Sleeve protects computer gear and stretches to fit cables and power supplies, protecting against dust, moisture, and impact. The slim design fits easily in a briefcase or messenger bag.
Large enough to hold many DSLRs or medium-format cameras, plus lenses and accessories, the PCS283 wheeled camera/computer case is carry-on-compatible and features full-grain leather trim on 1680 ballistic-nylon. The computer case holds a 17-inch laptop.
• Porter Case
PCX Lite cases feature a Case-to-Cart conversion feature that carries over 100 pounds. The cases come with a standard interior with adjustable dividers. The case has a 38-inch extension handle and wheels.
The SE920 Hurricane, the largest-capacity, wheeled, hard-sided case fits into the overhead bins of most airlines, and is equipped with safety latches, automatic pressure equalization and noncorrosive, unbreakable hinge and latch pins.
Each shoulder bag or laptop sleeve in the Ballistix Pro series is built with 1680D ballistic nylon. The laptop sleeves are available in 15.4- and 17-inch versions, with a quilted twill-nylon inner lining and rear storage compartments.
The Big Wheels Rolling StrongBox LP2 has a new integrated handle-and-wheel system, yet is still airline carry-on-compatible. The internal dividers accommodate two SLRs with lenses, and accessories. The front pocket accommodates up to a 17-inch laptop.
Roadie rolling cases come in various sizes and configurations, from a compact photo/laptop bag to a 48-inch long tripod/grip case. The Small and Large Photo/Laptop rolling cases hold medium to large pro DSLRs or medium-format camera systems, as well as a laptop.
• Think Tank Photo
Three new and upgraded rolling bags (Airport AirStream, Airport Security V2.0, and Airport International V2.0) feature front and back cable locks, a TSA lock, and the Security Plate "Lost and Found" service, which let you register the serial number at the Lost and Found website.