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“Long gone are the days when I was a one-bag kind of dude,” says New York City-based shooter Richard Patterson. “If I’ve got just one bag, I’m on vacation.” Patterson started out as a photojournalist before delving into the motion camerawork that fills his schedule with sports, documentary and commercial gigs now.
As any photographer-turned-cinematographer knows, making the leap to digital video means having even more gear to pack, organize and reconfigure for every shoot. “There’s just so much technology to juggle. It’s unbelievable,” he says. “These days when you pack for a job, you have one item and four things to accompany it—the charger, the battery, the wall plug, and the plug for the wall plug to make it into four plugs.”
While he sometimes packs as many as eight to ten cases for a job, the essential kit Patterson carries fits into just a couple bags. “My go-to bags are the Tenba Roadie Large Roller and Roadie II Hybrid that converts into a backpack if needed, which is really comfortable,” he says. “My equipment breaks down to fit between those two very nicely.” To keep everything in them at his fingertips, Patterson uses Tenba Tools pouches and wallets. He gave us a look inside to see how he keeps it all straight.
Pictured: Patterson’s Tenba collection includes a Transport Air Case (top left), but most of his essential gear fits into his Roadie II Hybrid and Roadie Large Roller (top middle/right). (more…)
November 29th, 2012
Manfrotto has just unveiled two new lines of camera bags, a Pro line and a 12-model Advanced line for more casual photographers who want to be able to carry both camera gear and personal items.
The Pro line features 14 different models in various sizes including: four holster-style bags, five shoulder bags, a trio of backpacks and two roller bags. During a pre-release presentation about the new Pro line, Manfrotto emphasized the sturdiness of the camera dividers offering extra protection internally as well as the Exo-Tough construction of the outer design of the bags.
The former, which Manfrotto calls its Core Protection System, provides more rigid interior dividers, while the latter is compressed layered foam front of the bag, for example. The outer shell is very stiff so Manfrotto used extra padding on the inside of the bag so the gear is further protected from the Exo-Tough structure—which comes in handy when someone accidentally steps on the bag (which has happened to me at Fashion Week).
Be sure to check out the camera bag roundup in the December issue of PDN for a closer look at one of the shoulder bags but, meanwhile, we can say from some hands-on time with the bags, that these are sturdily built and designed with pros in mind. Depending on the individual style of each new Manfrotto bag, you’ll find an assortment of features such as tripod holders, comfortable straps, plenty of room for accessories and tablets/laptops, reinforced feet, rain covers and some nice little touches inside.
Prices start at about $65 for the smallest Holster bag and go up to $370 for the largest Roller. Check the Manfrotto website for more information.
Photo © Frank Ockenfels 3
Are you ever curious to know what other photographers haul with them on assignments or when shooting for themselves? This month, Rangefinder, sister publication of PDN, asked several photographers to open up their camera bags and photograph the contents.
The variety of gear they carry is interesting, naturally. We also got a kick out of how each photographer’s photos reflect their style, personality and packing abilities. Fine-art photographer Lisa Elmaleh lugs one jar each of peanut butter and jelly; fashion photographer Ken Shung usually shoots digital but still carries his Rolleis, he says; Frank Ockenfels 3 brings lots and lots of pens, apparently, and other things “to keep me entertained while I wait…and wait…and wait”; music photographer Paris Visone says, “My camera bag is like my baby. It’s heavy, full of crap, and I’m constantly giving it piggyback rides.”
You can see the photos and gear descriptions from all 10 photographers at www.rangefinderonline.com.