The Vanguard Alta backpack aims to make traveling with your drone convenient and customizable. The Alta is Vanguard’s most advanced backpack for video equipment to date. As camera setups constantly change and adapt, so do the carrying solutions. So what makes this backpack different? The backpack has multiple camera and lens compartments that can be accessed quicky, including a back compartment for a laptop or tablet, a side compartment for a camera body and larger lenses, and a bottom compartment for more lenses, accessories or personal kit. More importantly, the inserts can be adapted to carry a drone and a camera setup inside the bag for extra protection. Alternatively, there are straps on the outside of the backpack that can hold a drone or a tripod for convenient transportation. All of the compartments are fully customizable with protective inserts depending on your choice of kit, and the backpack has been ergonomically designed for comfort, including a waist strap and a design that allows for airflow. The Vanguard Alta backpack will be available in January 2017, with a price of around €200 to €300.Read more
After the great success of their Kickstarter campaign for their Everyday Messenger bag, Peak Design returns with 4 new bags in their Everyday range. The concept of the Peak Design Everyday Bag seems to be quite simple, really. Expandable, functional and tough camera bags that adapt to the needs and active lifestyles of shooters and muggles alike. Their original Everyday Messenger bag, with its custom made hardware and origami-inspired FlexFold dividers proved to be quite a hit with Kickstarter backers. Now, they are back with another crowdfunding campaign already funded almost 4 times over, and still with a month and a half to go. You can pre-order the Everyday Bags for the prices below. However, Peak Designed has reintroduced limited early bird prices, so you can even knock off another 10 bucks off the price while the early bird offer lasts. The Peak Design campaigns have been very well received by backers on Kickstarter. They certainly have earned the trust of their consumers, offer a lifetime warranty on their products, and are now the most funded active campaign on Kickstarter, so they may be worth a look! Do you own any other Peak Design products? What do you think of them? Let us know in the comments below.Read more
Kata Bags, a staple brand name in the photography accessories industry has announced to merge into sister brand Manfrotto, also a Vitec Group brand. The merge will see an end to the production of Kata products, however both brands assure that the heritage of Kata will continue within new Manfrotto lines. Kata Bags will influence a new camera bag line, the Manfrotto Pro Light sporting the same fabric and level of quality as previous Kata products. From the Kata website: “With this merge we took the opportunity to improve our bags’ internal performances by adding CPS, a Manfrotto protection system that provides a thick layer of structured, shock-absorbing core sectional dividers that safely cushion the valuable equipment you keep at the heart of your bag. This guarantees maximum protection to the gear inside.” Some will consider this an end of an era. Kata bags have had a huge influence over the accessory industry; it’s unlikely you’ll find a hire camera clad in any other soft bag than a Kata, Petrol or Porta Brace. Kata has been a part of the Vitec Group for a while now, and the company seems to refocus their attention to their most well-known brands, bundling more product categories under fewer brand names. The Manfrotto Pro Light series looks good, and are immediately available. The Manfrotto Pro Light line can be found here.Read more
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