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Raring to Go in Style


Camera bags and cases provide protection plus for your photographic and digital imaging equipment. Built to go, with strength and endurance, they cushion the ride as you traverse sky or highway, keep dust and water at bay as you trek through rugged terrain, or endure the elements. These new wave beasts of burden are equally agile toting digital and film bodies, lenses, and accessories as they are conveying computers and printers to their intended destinations.

Sporting contemporary lines and colors to please every personality and preference, styles range from the simple shoulder strap to hip packs, sling bags, and backpacks. For mobility, there are backpack-style bags on wheels, cases with two- or four-wheel drive, and even those that carry cases stacked on top as you head to and from assignments.

SP&D takes a look at headliners in the bags & cases marketplace. . .

Aluminum Case Co. manufactures aluminum cases for camera and studio lighting equipment, and also produces a line of stock print cases. The cases come in standard sizes and can be customized with a number of features, including fitted interiors, extra reinforcements, casters, handles, and waterproofing. ARMOR BY OTTER
The new Heavy Armor case by Otter Box provides protection for your PDA when you're out in the field or in rugged environs. The Heavy Armor case is waterproof, crushproof, and airtight. The Screen Saver lets you use the PDA while it's inside the case. BESELER
The Charles Beseler Company has introduced a new line of camera bags. The Citipack Carryall, one of 15 new models, can hold a laptop and camera plus accessories. The bag features an interior divider system and an exterior of water-resistant, Ripstop fabric. BILLINGHAM/RTS INC.
Billingham's redesigned 445 camera bag has a main compartment with four extra-full-depth pockets. The newly introduced Tuk Top allows the main zipper to be tucked out of the way when opened. Billingham bags feature a Five Loop Fixing system, so the backpack harness or tripod straps can be readily attached. BUSHWACKER F.64
The new BPAW, Backpack Wheeled Airliner, from f.64 features padded shoulder straps for comfortable carrying and wheels and a telescoping handle for easy rolling. The backpack, which fits in an airliner's overhead compartment, has external webbing for extra storage space. When wheeled, a system of cords pulls the pack straps away from the ground. CRUMPLER/JOBO
Crumpler's Glamour Photo Case, distributed in the U.S. by JOBO, can hold two camera bodies, six lenses, and accessories. Heavy-duty padding and a padded shoulder strap keep your equipment safe and comfortable to carry.
Domke's Urban collection was created with the medium-format photographer in mind. The Curve 10 and Curve 20, ideal for a camera and four to six lenses, feature an ergonomic curved side and are easy to carry. Domke bags are designed for maximum protection, so they're good on the road.
Hakuba has introduced the Pro Series, a line of camera bags and cases for the professional photographer. The Pro System Two Compartment Large Backpack, one of many models in the line, features two large "main" compartments that can each house a camera body and lenses. The Backpack is airline carry-on compatible. Pro Series bags feature durable, water-resistant Ripstop nylon exteriors. KATA/TIFFEN
Kata features camera bags and backpacks, as well as cases for lighting, tripods, and video-editing equipment. Its CBP-3 and CBP-2 Backpack Systems are designed to accommodate heavy loads when working outdoors. The CBP-3 has a modular divider system, six pockets for accessories, and a rain cover. KIPLING/TIFFEN
Kipling photo bags and backpacks are low-key, so they don't announce "photo gear inside." Models range from small cases to backpack-style bags to roomy bags for complete camera outfits. KOPHO/HP MARKETING CORP
Kopho's Harrier bags are made of 2000 D nylon with closed-cell foam dividers for added protection of your photo gear. Most Harrier bags feature a waist strap as well as belt loops, a shoulder strap, and a padded carrying handle. They also feature accessory pockets and a rain flap. LIGHTWARE
Lightware's new MF2012 case packs a bunch of medium-format or 35mm gear in a versatile case sized to fit through the new 9x14x22 template at airport security check-ins. The MF2012 comes with dividers you cut yourself to arrange your equipment in any configuration. Exterior pockets hold flat items; mesh pockets inside the lid hold smaller accessories.
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