The new Pro Light Bumblebee camera bag series from Manfrotto is an update to the company’s previous line of Bumblebee packs, which in turn updated the legendary Kata Bumblebee bags that were popular when the Kata and Manfrotto bag lines merged. We’ve just received our samples, so look for our hands-on review of the new Bumblebee line shortly.
The versatile lineup—backpacks and messenger bags—are designed for pros and enthusiasts shooting both photos and video on outdoor adventures. Lightweight and breathable, they’re built to keep you comfortable in the elements, even in challenging conditions, from heat to cold to high humidity, so you can stay out longer and keep shooting.
Here’s a quick look at individual specs:
The Bumblebee-230 PL Backpack ($279.99) holds a DSLR with attached 70-200mm F/2.8 lens with 10 additional lenses or attached 400mm F/2.8 with five additional lenses. The backpack can be organized in a video configuration, where it holds a disassembled modular camcorder such as the Canon EOS C100 with lenses and accessories. It can hold a 17-inch laptop in a dedicated padded compartment.
The Bumblebee-130 PL Backpack ($229.99) holds a compact camera system or DSLR with attached 70-200mm F/2.8 lens and eight additional lenses or unattached 400mm F/2.8 with three additional lenses. The backpack can be organized in video configuration, where it holds a disassembled modular camcorder like the Sony FS-5. It can hold a 15-inch laptop in a dedicated padded compartment.
The Bumblebee M-30 PL Messenger ($149.99) holds a DSLR with attached 70-200mm F/2.8 lens and three additional lenses, and a handheld gimbal such as the DJI Osmo and a 15-inch laptop in dedicated padded compartments, plus accessories.
The Bumblebee M-10 PL Messenger ($129.99) holds a compact camera system or DSLR with attached 24-70mm F/4 lens and two additional lenses (including a 70-200mm F/2.8)m and a handheld gimbal (like the DJI Osmo) and a 13-inch laptop in dedicated padded compartments, plus accessories. The M-10 PL also can hold a full-set DJI Mavic and the Osmo gimbal camera.
The Bumblebee Backpacks feature Manfrotto’s state-of-the-art AirSupport breathable harness. Other features include adjustable sternum support, shaped hip and waist support systems, Manfrotto’s Camera Protection System dividers that protect cameras and lenses, and the NeverLose tripod connection that holds tripods on the backpack’s side.
The Bumblebee Messengers feature a 3-point AirSupport breathable harness system, the XtraSecure handheld gimbal-carrying solution and a silent quick-access flap. Two bungee cord straps can secure a small tripod or monopod.
The Bumblebee backpacks and messengers all include Manfrotto’s DuoFace sun/rain cover.
We visited the Manfrotto booth at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show in April 2017, where we covered the new Bumbleee bags and other new product announcements.
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See the press release below:
For Immediate Release
Manfrotto Launches New Pro Light Bumblebee Camera Bag Family
Performance, Quality & Comfort, Redefined
Upper Saddle River, N.J. (June 13, 2017) – Manfrotto, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of premium photo, video and lighting support products and accessories, has launched the new Pro Light Bumblebee bags – perfect for professional and amateur photographers and videographers who work outdoors and want a reliable carrying solution. With this collection, users can stay comfortable in the harshest of conditions despite high temperatures, extreme cold or high humidity.
The new Pro Light Bumblebee family is an exceptional assortment of high-performance camera backpacks and messenger bags, which perfectly embody Manfrotto’s Italian heritage. This family introduces Manfrotto’s unique-to-the-market breathable harness system that greatly reduces photography gear fatigue, allowing image makers to cover more ground and locate the best spots for the perfect shots.
Inside, the bags’ innovative designs safeguard the latest professional equipment options. The renowned Camera Protection System (CPS) dividers take extra care of camera bodies and lenses. They are fully adjustable and built to distribute weight evenly and avoid tension to the body.
The new Manfrotto Bumblebee backpacks are designed to take stress and heat off the shoulders, neck and lower back and feature Manfrotto’s state-of-the-art AirSupport breathable harness and back panel, adjustable sternum support, shaped hip and waist support systems. A side handle helps users put the pack on or take it off, while elastic side pockets keep water bottles outside the critical gear zone.
The removable Manfrotto CPS insert safeguards equipment right at the heart of the pack and keeps it organized with the efficiency of a portable studio:
- The Bumblebee-230 PL backpack protects a gripped DSLR with a 70-200/2.8 lens attached and 10 additional lenses or an attached 400/2.8 with five additional lenses. In video configuration, it protects a disassembled modular camcorder like the Canon C100 with numerous lenses & accessories. It also fits a 17” laptop in its own padded compartment.
- The Bumblebee-130 PL backpack keeps a high-end CSC or a DSLR safe with a 70-200/2.8 lens attached and eight additional lenses or an unattached 400/2.8 with three additional lenses. In video configuration, it protects disassembled modular camcorders like a SONY FS-5. It also fits a 15” laptop in its own padded compartment.
The entire internal space is padded to protect camera gear but can be also configured to accommodate accessories and personal gear as well. The main zipper comes with four pullers, which can be divided by a stopper into a top and lower compartment. Just open the top zipper for rapid access to frequently used contents from above.
A smart NeverLose tripod connection secures both longer and shorter tripods on the side of the pack. The connection straps are stitched in the side pocket and can be tucked away when not in use for a tidier appearance and to prevent straps getting lost.
The bigger Bumblebee-230 PL also features a lens pouch located in the waist belt. When not in use, the pouch can be flattened by tightening the webbing strap. (This feature is not available in Bumblebee-130 PL.)
Manfrotto’s new Bumblebee Messengers have significantly raised the bar for their category: a combination of flawless design and reliable performance, they meet all the needs of demanding professionals who travel light and fast. Like the backpacks, the messengers’ body-gripping fit and 3-point AirSupport harness system is breathable and perfect for prolonged outdoor use. The length of the strap can be rapidly adjusted using the EasyGrip buckle.
Despite their compact size, they hold a substantial amount of professional gear:
- The Bumblebee M-30 PL Messenger protects a DSLR with a 70-200mm/2.8 lens attached and three additional lenses, a handheld gimbal (such as a DJI Osmo) and a 15” laptop in their own padded compartments, with all the necessary accessories.
- The Bumblebee M-10 PL Messenger keeps a CSC/DSLR safe with a 24-70/4 lens attached and two additional lenses (including 70-200/2.8) and a handheld gimbal (such as a DJI Osmo) and a 13” laptop in their own padded compartments, with all the necessary accessories. It can also carry a full set DJI Mavic plus the Osmo gimbal camera.
These bags introduce the XtraSecure handheld gimbal-carrying solution – a stretchable band that holds the gimbal’s moving parts so it can be taken out quickly. The area can also be used as a traditional lens compartment if there is no gimbal in the bag.
Manfrotto’s Bumblebee Messengers feature a secure silent quick-access flap. When shooting in quiet environments (e.g. during a ceremony), apply the NoiseFree Velcro silencer to keep a low profile. The broad front organizer keeps everything on hand. There are two bungee cord straps to hang a small tripod, monopod or selfie pole, which are also protected by the front flap. The Bumblebee Messengers can hold a gripped DSLR body when you take out the laptop from its compartment.
All the bags of the Bumblebee collection come with a DuoFace sun/rain cover to protect from rain, reflect sunlight and keep the gear cool and dry all day long.
- Breathable design – comfortable carrying solutions for professional and amateur outdoor photography
- Super lightweight construction – carry more lenses and stay comfortable even with prolonged use
- High-performance materials – rip-stop fabric and the Manfrotto Protection System safeguard equipment
The following models are now available nationwide:
MB PL-B-230 Bumblebee-230 PL Backpack $279.99
MB PL-B-130 Bumblebee-130 PL Backpack $229.99
MB PL-BM-30 Bumblebee M-30 PL Messenger $149.99
MB PL-BM-10 Bumblebee M-10 PL Messenger $129.99
About Manfrotto (Vitec Group) – manfrotto.us
Manfrotto is the world leader in the design, production and distribution of professional products for photography, video and entertainment. The company was founded in 1972 based on Lino Manfrotto’s experience, and its mission has always been to support and simplify the work of reporters, photographers and producers. The Imagine More project adds to this historical mission the idea of fuelling the enthusiasm of weekend photographers and supporting the surge of new amateurs. Part of the UK-based Vitec Group since 1989, Manfrotto has now become a worldwide presence. In its nine key markets – Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Hong Kong, the United States and from 2016 in the Netherlands – it is represented by its own direct distribution system, Manfrotto Distribution, whereas in 80 other countries sales are handled by independent distributors. Through the Imaging Division of Vitec Group, Manfrotto Distribution owns the following leading international brands: Manfrotto, Gitzo, Lastolite by Manfrotto, Avenger and is the U.S. distributor of Bowens, Gossen, Metz, 360Rize, Shoulderpod and National Geographic.