Monday, February 23, 2009
Toolbox: Camera Bags
Protect your gear and carry it in comfort with the latest trends & technology in bag design
All camera bags, backpacks, waist packs and rolling bags differ in the way that they blend six essential characteristics: protection, accessibility, comfort, durability, capacity and cosmetics. There’s a perfect bag for every purpose. The most sensible option is to own more than one style and to match the bag to the situation.
Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home
Kata 3N1 Sling/Backpack
The name says it all: The Kata 3N1 Sling/Backpack is truly three-in-one. It’s the first bag on the market that can be configured as a backpack, left-handed sling pack or right-handed sling pack. Photographers no longer must choose between the comfort of a backpack and the quick-draw accessibility of a sling. With the Kata 3N1, you have all three carrying options, and for lefties (and left-eyed, right-handed photographers), the 3N1 is the solution to an ergonomic nightmare. The Kata 3N1 will carry your SLR with a long zoom attached and up to six additional lenses, depending on bag model. The larger two (models 20 and 30) can be attached to a rolling suitcase handle for added versatility. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $79.
Lowepro Classified AW
The Parallax backpack from Mountainsmith is ideal for carrying multiple cameras and lenses securely on your shoulders. The Parallax is engineered with an alternate back panel entry to the main compartment, good for added security in the field. A great traveling companion for photographers who regularly hike to remote locations, a tripod also can be attached to the Rapid Access tripod mount on the front. The interior is fleece-lined and padded, and the included dividers are adjustable. There’s a removable waist belt pouch for batteries and memory cards, plus a removable storm cover. The Parallax has two front pockets, including a padded laptop sleeve (12.75x10.25x2.25 inches), and the straps are adjustable and contoured for a comfortable journey. The Parallax is available in black or gray. Estimated Street Price: $169.
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