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
miggo just started their second Kickstarter campaign for AGUA, a new and innovative, storm- and waterproof camera bag. Once upon a time there was a very successful bag company by the name “Kata bags”. Kata was acquired by Manfrotto (VITEC group) and earlier last year completely merged into it to become “Manfrotto bags”. The move which resulted in a layoff of hundreds of loyal dedicated Kata employees gave some of the talented designers the opportunity to take destiny into their own hands and found “miggo“. The company was established to equip photography enthusiasts with comfortable, smart and simple carrying solutions for their “real” cameras. miggo’s first product, “Strap & Wrap” was a Kickstarter success story that retrieved more than $80,000 and brought over 1500 backers on board. Now miggo is back with a new interesting product, the “AGUA”. AGUA (“Water” in Spanish) is a storm-proof camera-carrier. It is different than the common waterproof camera bag because it allows intuitive quick-drawing of the camera. The AGUA’s special structure allows the photographer to comfortably carry his camera close to the body in any weather – rain, snow, sandstorm or even in a dense urban environment, without worrying about the fate of his expensive equipment – and draw it quickly and with ease at the right moment to capture a perfect shot. More details about AGUA and miggo’s new kickstarter campaign can be found HERERead more
The Vitec Group made some adjustments recently and decided to end the “Petrol Bags” brand of their popular camera bags. However, they were rebranded to the famous Sachtler brand, most widely known for tripods and the Artemis stabilizer line. Our friend Dan Chung from newsshooter.com spoke to Tobias Keuthen from Sachtler at BVE 2015 about the change and their full new product line (which can also be seen on their website). I personally am a big fan of Petrol Bags and my DSLR trolley has been my main camera bag for many years since I bought the C300 – and it still is faultless. Assuming that Sachtler will maintain the high quality of the Petrol Bags, I am emotionless about the brand name change, however Sachtler certainly rings a bell with more people who know our industry.Read more
Think Tank Photo is known for their quality camera bags and cases mainly targeted at photographers. But here’s a new giant camera case we found quite interesting that might be useful to the more eager videographers out there. With interior measurements of a meter by 35 centimeters this “camera case” is really huge. Of course it can be used for large items like lighting kits or similar, but it also comes with many small separators so it can be used to store a truckload of small gear. Why not? As a video shooter I often find myself carrying 3-4 bags to a shoot and if you are familiar with that situation you might find that the Think Tank Production Manager 40 could be a valid alternative. It certainly isn’t on the budget side in terms of pricing, but comes with Think Tank durability and many features as described in the video above. The Production Manager 40 is $549 and available here. More information on www.thinktankphoto.comRead 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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