Covering The Photo Beat; Bags, Cases, And Camera Supports
CineBags' CB-22 HD Backpack LT
HD Backpacks are designed to accommodate medium-sized digital video cameras or similar sized photographic equipment and a laptop computer. The bag features padded customizable interior compartments, a laptop compartment, a padded shoulder harness, organizer pockets, a tripod strap, and an exterior bottle holder. HD Backpacks are crafted from durable waterproof material and are available in gray or black with red webbing. The retail price is $199. Contact: CineBags Inc., 820 Thompson Ave. #29, Glendale, CA 91201; (818) 662-0605; www.cinebags.com.
The PhotoBook By Zookbinders
Designed with the professional photographer in mind, the PhotoBook features a classic black linen hard cover or a customizable cover with wraparound images and durable, lay-flat pages. You can create a book for every occasion and budget with six sizes available: square (7.5x7.5, 6x6, and 4x4) or rectangle (7x10.5, 6x9, and 4x6). Prices start at $40. Contact: Zookbinders Inc., 151-K South Pfingsten Rd., Deerfield, IL 60015; (800) 810-5745; www.zookbinders.com.
Camera Bags & Cases From Jill-E Designs
Jill-E Designs offers a stylish line of top-quality camera bags and laptop/equipment cases designed with the female photographer in mind. The small nylon case is weatherproof and features leather trim, dual carry handles, a padded detachable shoulder strap, dividers that can be configured to suit your needs, and a netted pocket for memory cards or small items. It measures 14x7x8" and has a retail value of $129.99. The rolling laptop/equipment case is weatherproof and features a black leather and suede exterior, dual carry handles, a telescoping handle to convert to rolling position, polka dot interior with adjustable dividers, and a netted pocket for small items. It measures 20x9x15" and has a retail value of $259.99. Contact: Jill-E Designs LLC, 1216 Wellington Dr., Victor, NY 14564; (888) 445-4553; www.jill-e.com.
OmniPro-7 And Camo-Pro7 From OmniPod
OmniPod has introduced their new Pro Model series of camera supports. The OmniPro-7 and Camo-Pro7 were designed with the professional photographer in mind and are made to work well with large equipment. They feature a built-in screwmount so you can easily attach the OmniPod directly to your equipment. The non-skid base allows it to be used both indoors and outdoors on various surfaces and in a variety of positions. The Pro Model series is durable, weather-resistant, and available in either black or camouflage. Contact: OmniPod, PO Box 7174, Hudson, FL 34674; (813) 996-0784; www.Omni-Pod.com.
New Rolling Backpack From Tenba
Tenba's new Rolling Backpack, an addition to their Shootout collection, meets airline carryon requirements yet is large enough to accommodate a D-SLR or medium format camera system with lenses up to 300mm and a laptop computer up to 15". It features adjustable padded interiors, removable accessory pouches, weather-sealed zippers, and a fast drying protection cover. Available in either black with olive trim or silver with black trim, the Rolling Backpack has a retail value of $320. Contact: Tenba, 8 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY 10523; (914) 347-3300; www.tenba.com.
Tamrac's Aero 80 Photo/Laptop Backpack
The Tamrac Model 3380 is a fully functional camera bag, comfortable daypack, and computer backpack in one. It holds camera equipment, personal items, and laptops with up to 17" screens. Key features include a main compartment that is foam-padded to protect a D-SLR with a grip and lens attached plus 2-3 additional lenses and accessories. Completely adjustable foam-padded dividers provide a custom fit to equipment. A separate, completely foam-padded rear compartment provides quick access to 17" laptops, without disturbing photo gear. A large top compartment with internal mesh pockets holds lunch, a light jacket, or other personal items. Mesh pockets on the sides and the front of the pack provide fast access to accessories and water bottles. There's also a foam-padded backpack harness for carrying comfort. Contact: Tamrac, Inc., 9240 Jordan Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311; (800) 662-0717; www.tamrac.com.