Monday, August 10, 2009
The High-Tech Camera Bag
Balancing protection for your valuable gear with functionality requires innovative high-tech solutions
Top-loading shoulder bags, like Lowepro’s Toploader Pro AW line, offer streamlined storage and easy access. These bags also are convertible, so they can change from shoulder-style to be worn at the belt or even fitted to the chest—a position in which the top-loading access makes the camera easily accessible for photographers who work in physically demanding situations. A simpler innovation also translates into usability: They’re designed to position the camera on its side, making it easier to grab on the go.
Modern bags are filled with thoughtful innovations that make them infinitely more user-friendly. Kata is a good example of this, designing its bags around a decidedly nontraditional ergonomic fit, utilizing extra material protection built in to corners and edges (for shock- and water-resistance from proprietary TST materials), as well as a bright yellow interior. Why the neon fabric? Because most camera gear is black, and rooting around in a dark interior to find a lens cap or CF card is nobody’s idea of a good time—particularly when the client is waiting. With a bright interior, camera gear no longer can hide.
Photographers out in the elements prefer a popular innovation in modern bags—the weather cover. For years, camera bags utilized DIY weather covers, aka trash bags. But modern dust- and rainproof ponchos are often built in to the bag, making it impossible to leave home without one. Photographers who work out in the weather often prefer another innovation—a style of bag that represents another simple yet inspired innovation: the backpack.
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