Manfrotto also announced today its new line of Pro Light camera bags for professional photographers and filmmakers. In this case, “professional” literally means that it is that person’s profession. That photography and cinema are what they do day in and day out to keep a roof over their heads. These bags are designed for the work flow and the high demands of work equipment.
There are six different models in the new Pro Light range. There are the Flexloader, Multiloader, Frontloader, Backloader M and Backloader S backpacks, each offering different ways to access your gear depending on your needs and workflow, and the Pro Light Tough when your gear needs it. serious protection.
The Manfrotto Pro Light Backloader is available in two sizes: small and medium. Access to the main compartment is safe from the rear, although there is also a second top access point for grabbing your most useful items. The front part contains small accessories and there is also a slot on the back to hold a laptop up to 15 inches.
The Backloader models have a built-in DuoFace rain cover when you find yourself in less than ideal weather and the rain cover also acts as a heat reflector when you are in very hot conditions, helping to keep your gear in good condition. little cooler inside your bag. With the number of overheating issues that seem to plague some brands, this will be welcome for a lot of people.
The Manfrotto Pro Light front loader opens from the front rather than the rear. This allows for easy access to gear when it can’t be easily removed from the back and placed on the floor – at least it can if there are two of you. One can access it while the other is wearing it. A side access panel also provides easy access to your most frequently used items.
As with the Backloader, the Frontloader also provides a slot for laptops up to 15 ″. You also get the DuoFace cover to protect your back and its contents from the rain and heat of the sun. Frontloader and Backloader models also feature a side handle for mounting on a rolling suitcase.
When it comes to versatility and supporting different amounts and types of equipment, the Pro Light Flexloader is almost certainly the king of this collection. It can carry the usual range of DSLRs and mirrorless gear, but also has multiple attachment points for tripods and even camera sliders. There are also a number of pockets for storing small items, an accessory storage pouch and the DuoFace sun / rain cover.
On the back of the bag you have the usual laptop slot, which you can see in the images above, but next to it is another expandable pocket that can hold items as large as a 3-way motorized gimbal. axles – like the Manfrotto 300XM announced early today. Of course, some gimbals are bigger than others, so they may not hold all 3-axis motorized gimbals. When you add the ability to attach a slider and a few tripods to this thing at the same time, it makes for a fantastic adventure flick.
The latest model in the range is the Pro Light Multiloader. The Multiloader offers four access points for maximum flexibility in accessing your equipment. The main front access opens to the padded main compartment while two side doors allow easy access to your most useful kit – a few separate camera setups, for example, for easy switching.
The modular bag allows three different modes of transport, in the same way as the Manfrotto Advanced2 hybrid backpack. This allows you to transport it in the way that best suits your equipment depending on the access panels you need …
A side mount lets you load a full-size tripod (up to something the size of Manfrotto’s 055 series) and a front mount adds the ability to carry up to two monopods or small light stands. And, of course, you get that 15-inch laptop slot and the DuoFace sun and rain cover.
The Pro Light Tough is a trio of new rolling cases. Two of them (TL55 and TH55) were specially designed to comply with the most common restrictions on airline carry-on baggage, while the third (TH83) was created for checked baggage. They are rigid suitcases, with airtight compartments, a telescopic handle and padlock compatible points for increased security.
The housings are dust and moisture resistant and offer an IP67 rating as well as impact resistance and shock absorption. They come with Manfrotto CPS dividers or foam in various forms to protect the material stored inside. So they might even resist the wrath of a porter who is having a bad day.
As with the other Manfrotto items announced today, there is no word on pricing or release dates yet, but we’ll update this article as we hear more.