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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Manfrotto Unica VII Messenger Bag ~ Near Perfect Camera Bag

Posted by Stacie Huckeba in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:17 PM

Product Category: Camera Bag
Manufacturer: Manfrotto
Where to Buy: Best Buy, Amazon
Price: $50 - $99 USD
Holds: DSLR with lens attached as well as 1 to 2 other lenses, 17" Macbook (15.4" laptop) and personal effects.
Specifications: Product Height 12.2", Product Width 7.5", Product Depth18.9",Product Weight 2.2 lbs.

Pros:

  • Lightweight;
  • Cost Effective;
  • Lots of Storage Space.

Cons:

  • Shoulder Pad is not Comfortable;
  • No Regular Tripod Attachment;
  • No Easy Access Side Pockets.

Summary: The Manfrotto Unica VII Messenger Bag is a great camera bag for photographers on the go or who travel frequently. It is stylish and has an easy access top zipper that lets you get to all your gear in a hurry. That same zipper makes it easy to grab your laptop out for airport security checkpoints and, yes, the whole bag is carry-on friendly for both domestic and international flights.

The ability to carry a pro body with a battery pack attached and a 17 inch laptop along with other lenses and equipment without weighing a ton or requiring you to stop and find a place to sit your bag down in order to access your equipment is a lifesaver. The messenger bag style makes it easy to carry around all day and doesn't scream "I have an expensive camera in here!". The price point on this can't be beat - at $50 - $100, it easily compares to bags twice the price. Read more...


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tenba Announces Messenger Mini Photo/Laptop Bag and Small Camera Bag

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:24 AM

http://www.tenba.com/

"Leading the way in carrying solutions for over 30 years, Tenba announces today that is has expanded its urban-inspired Messenger collection to include a new Mini Photo/Laptop Bag and Small Camera Bag. These new bags incorporate the soft, body-hugging and retro-discreet styling of the company's courier-style messenger bags, but in compact sizes for smaller camera systems. The Tenba Messenger Mini Photo/Laptop Bag and Small Camera Bag are constructed of military-grade, 1000 denier nylon: the most time-tested, durable, weather-resistant textile in the outdoor industry. Each model offers a variety of pockets and other storage spaces to keep digital camera equipment and accessories organized and protected. Space is thoughtfully and efficiently laid out for cables and card readers, mobile hard drives, chargers and much more."

I reviewed the small Messenger Photo Bag earlier this year, and overall I quite liked it. Tenba has taken the same basic concept and made it even smaller - pictured above is the Mini Photo/Laptop bag ($84.95 $97.95 USD), and the laptop compartment is appropriate for an iPad or 13" laptop/netbook (just remember it has to be thin). The other bag, dubbed the Small Camera Bag, seems similar, but lacks the space for the laptop. Strangely, it has a higher price tag ($114.95 $131.95), so it must be bigger. Currently, Tenba has neither product up on their Web site, so I'm a little light on details.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Carry it All with the Lowepro SlingShot AW350

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

If you've got a DSLR and more than one lens, odds are you're using some sort of camera bag that allows you to carry your gear. Whether you're a pro going off to a shoot, or an amateur wanting to carrying your gear on vacation, a good camera bag is essential. I've tried a few over the years, including some good ones, and some not so good ones. A couple of years back I had purchased a SlingShot 200AW, and I really liked it - until it became too small to hold all my glass. The logical upgrade was to look at the bigger version of the same product line, so I went for the biggest one they had: the SlingShot AW350. And so here we are!

Above: That's a stock photo, because I sure as heck don't own a Macbook!

Let's talk specs for a minute. The AW350 is made from 420D and 840D Nylon, and 600D Polyester. Translation? It's pretty rugged, though not indestructible like KATA bags. Unlike the KATA bags, however, the AW350 is fast and easy to get open. It's a sling bag, meaning it has a single shoulder strap. It has wrap-around waist stabilization straps, and when you want to access what's in the bag you undo the waist straps and shift the bag down and across your waist. It sounds a bit awkward, but it works really well. Here's what it looks like. Being able to quickly access your camera, swap lenses, or grab a new memory card is critical to anyone who's serious about getting great pictures. Read more...


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Lowepro's Cirrus TLZ 25: Only Small DLRs Need Apply

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Traveling light with a DSLR is somewhat of a paradox, but there are ways you can lighten the load. One way is to minimize the overall weight of what you're carrying is to pack your DSLR and a single lens - that's it. I decided I wanted to do just that, so I contacted Lowepro and requested their Cirrus TLZ 25 bag since it seemed like the best option for carrying only my DSLR with a single lens. The TLZ 25, the biggest version of this bag they offer, is available in black or Ultramarine Blue. I was sent the latter - it's a really nice colour of blue. The MSRP of this bag is $43.95, but it can be purchased from Amazon.com for $29.95 [Affiliate]. The internal pouch measures 6.1 inches wide by 4.1 inches high, and is 8.3 inches deep - and that's where the problems begin. Let me illustrate what works and what doesn't through a series of photos. Read more...


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