2. MANFROTTO PRO LIGHT CINEMATIC BACKPACK BALANCE £234/$300 manfrotto.com
Manfrotto says its Pro Light Cinematic Backpack Balance is designed for filmmakers who use mirrorless or DSLR cameras, but also want to pack a DJI Ronin M/MX gimbal and laptop inside. That means there is plenty of room– even if you don’t want to carry a motorised gimbal. It expands to swallow up a small cinema camera or a consumer drone, with ample room for a laptop, as well as all the batteries, chargers and other accessories your workflow demands. The exterior has fixings to add on a tripod, light stand, slider or gimbal. The bag is designed to be comfortable to wear – there is a lot of padding, plus ergonomically designed shoulder and sternum straps.
3. TAMRAC ANVIL 27 £220/$270 tamrac.com/intro2020.co.uk
4. LOWEPRO PROTACTIC BP 450 AW II £262/$250 lowepro.com
The Lowepro ProTactic BP 450 AW II is a backpack built for one or two pro DSLR or mirrorless cameras, including one carrying a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. Updated to improve protection and versatility, the bag also holds up to eight additional lenses, as well as a tripod and a 15-inch laptop. There are four access points at the top, sides and back, helping organise your gear and providing swift access. You can customise the interior with Lowepro’s SlipLock-compatible strap system and adjustable interior dividers. The backpack’s harness provides comfort and support, including a waist belt that’s easily removed for storage and travel. It comes with a built-in, all-weather cover, as well as modular accessories, including a water bottle pouch, accessory case, tripod cup and two cinch straps.
Tamrac was one of the first brands to realise shoulder bags weren’t the perfect solution for carrying heavy camera kit – offering a camera rucksack over 30 years ago. The latest version for professional users is this extra-large Anvil 27 backpack, built to carry multiple pro-sized DSLRs or mirrorless cameras with lenses attached, plus accessories. A front-padded pocket holds most 15-inch laptops, while the exterior pockets are ideal for accessories. Quick-release straps fasten on a small tripod, boom or light stand. Plus, there’s a comfortable airflow harness and removable belt system. Despite its name, the Anvil isn’t heavy, tipping the scales at just 2.2kg/4.9lb. It comes with a rain cover, too. Tamrac offers a range of smaller Anvil backpacks at different sizes and price points.
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