by Tim Fok | 21st November 2016
“My name is Tim Fok, and I’m a bag-aholic”, says every filmmaker ever (bar the quirky second name). My vice is camera bags that don’t look like camera bags, and after seeing the latest release of the Manfrotto Windsor line, I was inspired to make a list of my favourite trendy camera bags. You’ve all seen it before: the guy that walks around with the Lowepro bag strapped around his waist, Berghaus and/or NorthFace-clad with the Merrells. Despite my dabble in NorthFace jackets, I’m not that guy. I like to be a little more discreet (wannabe trendy), and my casual kit bags of choice usually revolve around the not so obvious camera bags (definitely a wannabe trendy). Aside from trying to look cool, subtle kit bags can be great for security: they don’t necessarily scream “Take me, I’m full of expensive camera gear.” But let’s cut the faff. Here’s a list of camera bags you may like, that don’t look like camera bags. Manfrotto Windsor The Windsor collection is quite an admirable venture for Manfrotto. Their bold red branding usually finds its way into their bag designs, ending up with something quite garish and reeking of that camera-carrying device stench that unscrupulous types flock towards. The Windsor line is something different, featuring a subtle two tone grey with brown and tartan detailing. You can guarantee function with Manfrotto bags, and the Windsor line is no exception. The Messenger bags feature an easy access zipper to the divided compartment, and the larger Reporter bag sports stylish leather loops that allow for carrying a tripod. The same straps can be found on the backpack version, which is based on a double compartment design for both personal items and camera kit. A side zipper ensures easy access to kit, and the reverse side offers a pocket suitable for your water bottle. All Windsor bags have shock absorbing padded divider compartments made of water repellent materials, and can carry laptops of varying sizes. Manfrotto Windsor Messenger Bag Small Manfrotto Windsor Messenger Bag Medium Manfrotto Windsor Reporter Manfrotto Windsor Laptop Backpack Tenba Messengers Tenba offers a host of Messenger bags, ranging from the more obvious camera-style DNA line (which we’ll skip), to the inconspicuous single leather-look flap of the Switch line. In between these two sits the Cooper range: functional Messengers with a flap-over, single-zip design. There are 4 sizes, ranging from small single mirrorless setups to decent sized DSLR setup and 15” laptop. The padded dividers in all Coopers can be completely removed for full customisation, and the material on the back of the larger versions is useful for connecting up with roller bags when travelling. The Switch series are smaller with a choice of two sizes – the Switch 8 or Switch 10. These are designed primarily for casual mirrorless shooters with a tablet, but not a laptop. The fold down front pocket of the Switch bags is very useful for storing personal items. Unique to the Switch line is the ability to ‘Switch out’ (figure the name) the front flap to a variety of colours and designs. Both Tenba lines feature water repellant materials of differing sorts, as well as complete fold over WeatherWraps for full rain protection. Tenba Cooper 8 Tenba Cooper 15 Tenba Switch 8 Tenba Switch 10 Think Tank Retrospective Aside from producing great rollers, Think Tank is known for their vast array of Messenger bags. Looking at them from a camera bag that-doesn’t-look-like a camera bag perspective, the Retrospective Line is the one you’d pick. Although their established look would probably now be a tell tale sign of a camera bag for anyone with a keen eye, no camera bag article would be the same without a mention to the classic Retrospectives. Now, there’s quite a few, depending on the camera and lens configuration, and all sport a similar vintage look. There’s even a leather series. I own the Lens Changer, which I find to be incredibly useful. It has a separate compartment for each lens, with an organizer pocket at the rear. Silent options for the Velcro points are a great touch for ultimate discretion. The full Retrospective line offers more conventional features for a Messenger bag. The single digit versions are designed for smaller DSLR and mirrorless setups, while double digits bags get your larger lens compatibility and laptop compartments. Think Tank Retrospective 5 Think Tank Retrospective 20 Think Thank Retrospective 50 Think Tank Retrospective Changer Peak Design A recent successful Kickstarter campaign, Peak Design offers a complete range of bags from Messengers, to backpacks to totes. Peak Design offers a variety of colours per bag style, with a design that screams innovation. These will look great with your fixed gear bike in the Bay area. Modern in design, they give off that traveller feel with metal detailing and strong nylon straps. They all feature water repellant coating, and are packed full of really clever little details, like the neat magnetic clasp found across the top of the Tote bag, or the side attachment plate for quick stow of your camera. The triangular flexi dividers are genius, offering an array of options for stacking, storing and separating gear. Peak Design Everyday Messenger Peak Design Everyday Tote Peak Design Everyday Backpack Peak Design Everyday Sling ONA Bags Whilst ONA bags won’t touch Peak Design in terms of innovation, they are still certainly worth taking a good look at. ONA produces a range of backpacks, briefcases, messenger bags and handbags of the highest quality. Simple in function, they include padded compartments for your kit, and larger options include laptop and tablet storage also. I own the Brixton, and love the form factor and simple design. They’re surprisingly roomy with large front pockets, and the quick release clasps are useful on the flap. The magnetic flat pocket at the rear is great for travel documents. The handbag line is particularly interesting, never has a stylish leather bag looked so practical in the Palma. ONA Brixton Messenger ONA The Palma ONA The Leather Clifton ONA Camps Bay Backpack There are of course hundreds of bags out there, each serving a different purpose. If you have any suggestions of your own to add to the list of camera-bags-that-don’t-look-like-camera-bags, feel free to comment below!Read more
by Johnnie Behiri | 30th January 2014
“miggo-Cameras’s best amigo” is a new Kickstarter campaign created by ex-Kata bag executives,Yuval, Guy and Ohad who are a very good friends of mine! The idea of making a “protective camera strap” and a “protective camera hand grip” that will release you from caring an extra bag is a brilliant one and suited for the occasional DSLR/mirrorless shooter/photographer. After completing the general concept of the video, Guy called me to help refine/direct/shoot and edit the product video. I immediately agreed and after using at if for the first time, I was sold. Its simplicity and effectiveness are simply great! For filming I chose working with my Canon 1DC as it is a camera that fits perfectly for such a project from the following reasons: -High quality still photos can always be extract from the video if needed -Ability to crop 4K footage with no quality lose and compensate for the very short shooting time we had forcing me at times to use 1 lens at certain shots. As a tight budget project everything had to be planned ahead in an accurate way as possible and although the weather was not always on our side things went pretty smoothly. Later in editing, when it came to choose a voiceover talent, I’ve used the amazing voice123.com service and after auditioning few good candidates I chose RJ Woessner for the job. The second voiceover part (personal appeal) was done by one of the miggo team and was recorded with Rode NTG 2 in combination with Tascam DR-60D. Audio recording tip: If you are in the field and need an isolated recording environment, try using a car. It’s the best free solution you can have!… Lenses used for this project: Canon 24-105mm f/4 Canon 70-200mm f/4 Samyang 35mm T1.5 Other equipment used for this project: Lexar 128GB UDMA7 Komputerbay 128GB UDMA7 (never again)!!! Glidetrack 0.5m slider Sachtler FSB8 tripod L.C.W fader ND mark II F&V K4000 daylight Atomos Ninja 2 recorder Shape Canon 1DC cage, Shape quick handle, Shape mini shoulder pad Edited on an Editing software: Adobe Premiere CC Colour corrected with film convert Additional filming in China done by Ohad with Sony’s NEX 5r Photos: Yoram Ashim Special effects: Arik Nahum You can find more info in the official press release: One year after Manfrotto began drastically cutting back operations of the Manfrotto Bags division (formerly KATA Bags) in Israel, three former senior employees – the CEO, Head of Marketing, and senior product designer & Digital Manager – have announced the establishment of “miggo” – a new company which will focus on developing inventive new solutions for carrying & protecting cameras and other digital media devices. As of January 30th 2014, “miggo” will be offering its new products for pre-sale on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. This is the place and the opportunity to get your hands on these great new products, and help to kickstart a brand new idea in the field of photography! “miggo” will be unveiling two new unique patented products: miggo Strap & Wrap is an extremely comfortable strap which morphs into a padded protector by wrapping it around the camera. miggo prevents the camera from being scratched or damaged while inside your everyday personal bag, and keeps it snug and protected without having to carry an additional bulky camera bag. Strap & Wrap comes in an assortment of trendy colors and textures, in two sizes: for compact to medium size DSLRs and for Mirrorless (CSC) cameras. miggo Grip & Wrap is a grip that lets you carry your camera safely without worrying about dropping. It morphs into a padded protector by wrapping it around the camera for easy carrying in your personal bag. Grip & Wrap comes in an assortment of trendy colors and textures, in two sizes: for compact to medium size DSLRs and for Mirrorless (CSC) cameras. To the Kickstarter campaign, please click here For more information lease visit www.mymiggo.com For any question please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Most important!, A big thank you to my camera assistant, Danielle Behiri and the amazing miggo team!!!Read more
by Jared Abrams | 23rd July 2010
ThinkTANK Photo makes some really killer camera bags. They are a very forward thinking company with some great ideas behind their gear. The Multimedia 20 Bag has tons of options for a run and gun style setup. There are cable access holes throughout the bag. A nifty cable pouch, a double harness system and a rain cover to boot. To get this bag, simply follow ThinkTANK Photo on Twitter and post the text below in quotes. The winner will be announced Friday July 30th, 2010 via Twitter. “Follow @thinktankphoto via @goforjared to get this Multimedia Wired Up 20 Camera Bag https://www.cinema5d.com/news/?p=4326”Read more
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