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On the Case
Manufacturers are outfitting their bags, cases, portfolios, and carts with the latest technologies and convenience features to maximize their functionality and accessibility for photographers on the go.
Designed with input from professional photographers, MountainSmith's 2007 camera bag collection is more technical and performance-oriented than that found in most camera departments, and is differentiated by its proven technical outdoor functionality. Each model has been designed for worry-free protection, easy accessibility, and versatile organization.

New this year: two wheel bags, four packs, three shoulder bags, one holster, one lumbar pack, and six small cases.

"I travel a lot to remote destinations, oftentimes to war zones, and my gear gets banged around far more than average. I've been using MountainSmith packs for around 15 years, so I was psyched when they introduced a line of packs and bags made specifically for photographers. Their dedication to quality, detail, and, more specifically, a photographer's needs, really shows in the field. They've always kept my gear safe and sound."

óDavid Honl, Los Angeles

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The K3L is an updated version of the best-selling Adventure K3. Constructed of a water-resistant 1680D ballistic nylon, itfeatures a unique AirFlow Suspension System that keeps the backpack from coming in contact with the user's back, allowing air to circulate between the back and the pack itself. The K3L's main compartment is composed of a top section suitable for day gear and a bottom section housing a padded insert for a camera system. The divider between the top and bottom areas is removable to offer one large compartment for general use. The K3L has been upgraded to feature a dedicated padded compartment for most 15.4-inch laptops. The K3L has two hidden features: a rain cover and a tripod-carrying system that folds down from the center of the backpack.

Neil EnterprisesNeil Enterprises
The Sony SnapLab bag is made of a high-strength material for durability and features easy-glide wheels, an extendable handle, and numerous compartments with a large main storage area for the SnapLab, media, hand punch, and more. Qualifying buyers will receive the bag free in the Neil Value Package, or it can be purchased separately. User warning: It is not recommended for air travel.

The Soft Pouch-Digital D-Series pouches offer ideal protection against impact, moisture, and dust. These easy-access neoprene cases, designed to fit most film and digital cameras, are lightweight, weather-resistant, and close around the neck strap so that the neck strap is usable. There's no need to carry the bulk of an oversized bag when you can have the protection and convenience of the Soft Pouch-Digital D-Series, which is available in nine different sizes.

Safeguard cameras and images with the durable, crushproof OtterBox case line. Completely sealed to protect from the elementsówater, dust, dirt, and dropsóthe OtterBox is an ideal accessory for photographers on the go. Available in a variety of sizes and colors, OtterBox adds longevity to expensive gear. Cases are also available for iPods, PDAs, Treos, BlackBerrys, laptops, and other valuables.

As Jason McMillan (Oneonta, NY) reached the top of Argentina's Mount Aconcagua, one of the highest mountains in the Western hemisphere, he was thankful that both he and his Panasonic NV-GS400 camcorder survived unscathed. Protected in a rugged, waterproof, airtight OtterBox 2500, McMillan's camcorder was safe and secure during the climb. In spite of freezing temperatures and powerful winds, the OtterBox withstood the challenge.

As he explains, "It may have been tested to 100 feet below sea level, but I can happily say it also has been tested to 22,841 feet above sea level. Despite the extreme conditions, the OtterBox was a perfect travel mate, allowing for extraordinary video of the adventure along the way. I happily give it an A+ for durability, reliability, and strength. I previously damaged my camera climbing Cho Oyo, but on my next adventure, I will definitely take an OtterBox."

óJason McMillan, New York

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