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It's In The Bag



Gone are the days when you could just carry a camera or two to a shoot. More often than not, you're toting a laptop PC or Mac, PDA, and cell phone in addition to camera bodies, lenses, flashes, and accessories… not to mention a portable studio full of lights, stands, backgrounds, and other essentials for setting up on location.

The good news is camera bag and case manufacturers have been expanding their product lines to house more equipment, different types of equipment such as computers, ergonomic and environmentally hardy features, and stylish designs.

Depending on the shoot, you might require a fanny pack-style one day, a backpack another, and a rollable case the third. Like many photographers, you probably have an extensive collection of bags and cases to suit the equipment you need at the time, as well as the conditions in which you'll find yourself shooting.

If you're the globetrotting type, good, strong, shipping cases with lots of padding offer important protection from the hazards of traveling by ground, air, or sea. Specially made waterproof cases are essential when shooting on the high seas, shoreline, and for underwater photographers.

Cases Plus stocks cases from a variety of manufacturers, including North American Case and Underwater Kinetics. They also offer custom case service should you not find a stock item that fits your needs. As an FYI, two makers of camera bags and cases discontinued their lines this year: Rimowa cases and Kopho bags, distributed by HP Marketing Corp. and Charles Beseler.

Take a look at some of the new products SP&D found in the marketplace…

Amabilia

Amabilia cases have class, featuring a mix of fine finishes, sleek Euro-styling and quality construction. Amabilia Curved Select cases come in a range of colors, including a high-profile red. The cases offer a mix of padded modular interior dividers for customization, rubber gaskets to seal out moisture, and exterior hinges for the ultimate in protection for your valuable gear.

Axio by Harodesign

AXIO by Harodesign launched a unique collection of hardshell backpacks this year. The "Hardpacks," as they're called, offer lightweight protection mixed with an eye-catching design. The Teckno Hardpack- available in three colors-with its thickly padded and lined interior, offers plenty of protection for a laptop and other delicate electronics.

Clipper Carts

If you're traveling with multiple cases, you might want to look into stacking them on a cart, and make fewer trips. Clipper Carts are made of durable and lightweight, and range in load capacity from 180 to 400 pounds. Some models feature an upper tray for a working platform.

Crumpler

Crumpler, the company from Down Under, added several backpacks to its line of fun bags born to be loaded with cameras, laptop, and accessories. Also new is the School Hymn, a slim-fitting case that will keep your laptop snug and dry. Made of tough, water-resistant ripstop-nylon, in brilliant colors, these swanky bags definitely don't scream "camera gear."

Delsey

Delsey's new PRO Digital Backpack 31 offers a lot of padded storage space within its compartments. The backpack also has a padded adjustable harness system, extreme weather cover, and Delsey's triangular wings, which offer added security and protection for your digital gear.

Domke

A limited edition Domke White House Bag, designed for the White House News Photographers' Association Awards Dinner, is richly embroidered with the White House insignia. The versatile bag can be used as a camera bag or waist pack/belt bag.

F. 64 Camera Bags

F. 64 Camera Bags offers a line of bags and cases for all of your photographic carrying needs, whether you're trekking into the wilderness with a large-format camera in their Extra Large Backpack or just want to keep a 35mm camera accessible in one of the two Waist Packs.

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