Bags, Cases, And Vests
All Purpose Carriers For All Sorts Of Gear
To detail all the new bags
that are introduced at a single show would take up at least one issue
of Shutterbug, so what follows is a brief (believe it or not), alphabetical
review of the highlights at PMA, with a small rant by way of preface.
If you want more information on introductions not described here, check
out the web sites.
Ambico had three new lines,
mostly for digital cameras, and all in black, some with color accents.
Interestingly, Ambico carefully explained to me how they use real nylon
instead of plastic imitation nylon.
Phoenix had three new lines,
the Black Diamond, the Ultimate, and the Blue Dot. They also had two new
smaller bags in their Professional series and a new size tripod bag. Most
impressive was a backpack, built to accommodate a 600mm lens. It has a
plastic outer wall, closed cell foam inner wall, and removable lumbar
Tenba were celebrating their
25th anniversary this PMA. Good news for smaller photographers: they are
now making their photographer's vest in small and extra small. They
have also redesigned their little 161 Photo Vision Backpack. The hanging
compartment inside is now removable, a zipper around the front allows
access to the lower section of the pack. Compression straps take up any
slack. It even comes with a water bottle. A larger backpack (the 616 I
think) was also introduced: the design was so new that they had no printed
information. Among its features are feet which allow it to stand up; a
substantially hidden compartment on the bottom for documents; a removable
compartment for a laptop; and of course plenty of room for camera gear.
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