Take Lowepro's Primus AW, the industry's first photo backpack made of mainly recycled material.
"Each bag contains enough recycled material to equal 22.6 soda bottles, and we're donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the backpack to Polar Bears International," says Caballero. "Now that recycled fabric has reached our standard of quality, we'll continue to see more bags developed with eco-friendly materials. Nature provides photographers with infinite opportunities for unforgettable images, and Lowepro is proud to play an integral part in supporting worldwide conservation efforts."
Tamrac's Memory & Battery Management System offers a particularly useful solution in today's digital world. "Unlike using a roll of film, you can't determine if a memory card is full of images or empty just by looking at it," explains Kirk. "Tamrac's patented system consists of small memory-card pockets with red flags to identify available memory cards and batteries from those that are used up. This feature is found in most of Tamrac's shoulder bags and backpacks."
Tamrac is also sensitive to sensor-contamination issues. "For nearly 30 years, the ability to carry a camera with a lens attached has been an important feature of nearly every Tamrac bag," Kirk continues. "Today, this is even more important because of sensor-contamination concerns with digital SLRs. Consequently, nearly every professional Tamrac product allows the photographer to carry not just one, but two SLRs with lenses attached."
Sometimes, the hallmark of quality photographic bags and cases involves keeping it simple.
"We just focus on making well-made, fun, and funky bags that keep your equipment well-padded and nice and secure," says Crumpler's Cousley.
Aluminium Case Company
Using the highest-quality materials and traditional metalwork techniques, Aluminium Case Company manufactures a wide range of portfolio and equipment cases. Popular products include the Portfolio Case, a fully customizable platform for artwork storage and presentation, and the Workstation Case, designed to meet the growing demand from photographers—and other creative professionals—for an equipment case that can safely protect computer and peripherals, providing an ergonomic platform to work on at the same time.
The Hadley Digital is the latest addition to the Billingham Camera Bag line. Handcrafted in the U.K., the bag is designed to provide an active professional with all the room to hold equipment for a full day's shoot. The Hadley Digital is available in Sage Fibrenyte, a nylon/cotton blend that, while extremely wearable, retains the classic Billingham look. In addition to Sage, the bag is available in all the other popular Billingham colors.
Perfectly crafted to hold an Ice Nine portfolio and Arsenal slipcase, the O2 portfolio and laptop bag is made to keep your presentation safely snug inside its neoprene skin. Of course, your laptop may get jealous, but no worries—the O2 accommodates many sizes of laptops, too. To top it off, the front window displays your business card. Also from Case Envy: the Jet Pack portfolio shipping bag, which features a removable divider that holds two Ice Nine portfolios, plus a bumper to keep smaller portfolios in place.