GUIDES & SUPPLEMENTS
BY DONNA ROGERS
The sun glistened off the shiny Tarmac as the black bag made
several slow revolutions through the air before making a kamikaze
descent onto the truck waiting to move luggage at the Monaco
airport. From where he was standing, Beverly Hills photographer Joe
Buissink witnessed the whole thing. Destruction was extensive.
Inside his bag, the batteries had split apart, and the head was
ripped off of one of the tripods.
Fear not, globe-trotting photographers. For durability, portability, and protection, there are a host of virtually indestructible cases — waterproof, dustproof, corrosionproof, insulated, and shock-absorbent — that sport features such as ball-bearing in-line-skate wheels and four-wheel drive. Take that, you baggage handlers!
Bogen's Manfrotto 3285/3286 hard tripod cases, made of heavy-duty, high-density polyethylene, feature aluminum tongue-and-groove
The new Hakuba, USA, line of professional camera bags harken back to the age of adventure and exploration. The Blackrock Pro Series comes in two sizes, in black and desert green. Constructed of tough polycanvas and genuine leather, heavily padded and board-reinforced, and equipped with padded, nonslip shoulder straps. Patented Hakuba Shoulder Stopper adds support and comfort.
HP Marketing XTreme Cases
Lightware's Multi-Format Cases have a rigid inner shell that is lightweight, insulated, shock-absorbent, and molded into a unibody shell. Made from a high-density, expanded closed-cell foam, sandwiched between a high-impact polymer skin. New MF2012 case packs a bunch of medium-format, 35mm, or digital camera gear in a case sized to fit through the new 9x14x22-inch template at airport security check-in points. Three Multi-Mate add-on models turn your Multi- Format carry-on into a rolling case.
Lowepro's Pro Roller Mini is a rolling case that fits under airline seats
(it's 13x8.5x19.75 inches). Made of 2000D Ballistic nylon, it has a removable bungee-cord storage system with metal clips on the front and removable inserts to carry two SLR bodies and multiple lenses. Sturdy, telescopic pull handle locks in place, durable in-line-skate wheels, and extended bumpers. Pro Roller 1 and 2 are larger versions in the same series.
Mascot Metropolitan Inc.,
The Tutto Office on Wheels, featuring four-wheel drive, no-tip stability, and 100-pound exterior, top-weight capability, comes in a briefcase size that's perfect for laptops, a medium size that fits under the seat for a laptop computer, printer, projector, etc., a large, check-in size for lighting equipment. All cases have telescoping puller bar that inserts into the frame, a stretch cord for securing stacked items, and adjustable, removable dividers.
Pelican: All But Indestructible
Pelican Protector Equipment cases come in 17 sizes and are watertight, airtight, virtually unbreakable, corrosionproof, and meet the Mil spec drop test (at 48 inches) and stacking (400 pounds). The new Model 1610 has retractable extension handle, 2-inch "quiet roll" urethane wheels, and optional Pick 'N Pluck foam dividers. Pelican's laptop computer case, Model 1490, is molded of high-impact copolymer resin and includes a padded lid organizer and shock-absorbing tray, keyed locking latches, atmospheric purge valve, o-ring seal, and padded fold-down handle. Unconditional guarantee.
Photogenic's Equipment To Go
Porter Case: A Little Roller
Tamrac's Rolling StrongBox
and Expedition-Style Pack