Designed for comfort, strength and affordability, Manfrotto’s new Pro Light Bumblebee series of bags debuts with four new models, two backpacks offered as a hiking solution for video and photography professionals working often in harsh or inclement conditions, plus two new messengers that can be used for smaller camera systems or for drones and peripherals. The Italian company is known for sleek product design, and all four new Pro Light Bumblebee bags are fairly versatile for their size and price point, featuring a new innovation from the company: The XtraSecure easy-access gimbal strap. Sized for handheld gimbals, the stretchable XtraSecure band will hold moving parts so that they can be accessed immediately when needed.
The same area can be used as lens compartment if not needed for drone systems. The padded internals can also be removed for use as a normal bag, too, and a stopper will divide the inner compartment into upper- and lower-deck storage compartments for even more configuration. The DuoFace sun and rain cover is doubly useful to keep packed goods dry as well as cool thanks to the reflective surface. An included NoiseFree Velcro silencer can be added to the quick-access flap to muffle noise, and it sports two bungee cords under the front flap for smaller tripods, monopods, and collapsible boom or selfie poles.
The configurable, removable divider set, called the CPS Camera Protection System, distributes weight evenly so that tension to the body is mitigated. Similarly, the neck and lower back are safeguarded by an adjustable sternum support, EasyGrip buckle for quickly maneuvering the bag’s strap, shaped hip-and-waist supports, and breathable, 3-point AirSupport harness and back panel. There’s a side handle to assist in removing and carrying the bag when fully loaded with heavy gear. Exterior pockets are elastic to carry water bottles safely on the exterior, away from inner electronics. A “NeverLose” tripod connection will secure tripods of a variety of lengths to the side.
The Pro Light Bumblebee family joins Manfrotto’s Pro Light collection of camcorder bags and element/rain covers, will accommodate up to medium-sized systems like the Canon EOS C500, JVC GY-HM750, Panasonic AJ-PX270, or Sony NEX-FS700. From backpacks to roller bags to holsters, they have several other lines of camera bags for video and still systems as well as drones.
Manfrotto Pro Light Bumblebee Camera Bag New Models:
• The $279 Bumblebee-230 PL backpack holds a disassembled modular camcorder like the Canon C100 with multiple lenses and accessories as well as 17" laptop in padded compartment. It can also house a gripped DSLR with a 70-200mm (f/2.8) lens attached and up to 10 additional lenses or attached 400mm (f/2.8) with five lenses. There is also an extra lens pouch that will attach to the waist belt.
• The $229 Bumblebee-130 PL backpack fits disassembled modular camcorders like a Sony PXW-FS5. It also fits a 15" laptop in its own padded compartment and can store a high-end CSC or a DSLR with a 70-200mm (f/2.8) lens attached plus eight additional lenses or unattached 400mm (f/2.8) with three lenses.
• The $149 Bumblebee M-30 PL Messenger carries a DSLR with a 70-200mm (f/2.8) lens and three additional lenses, a handheld gimbal (such as the DJI Osmo) plus accessories and 15" laptop in its own padded compartment.
• The $129 Bumblebee M-10 PL Messenger stows a CSC/DSLR with a 24-70mm (f/4) lens attached and two lenses up to a 70-200 (f/2.8). It can also handle a handheld gimbal and 13" laptop, each in their own padded compartments. It’s also sized for a full-set DJI Mavic plus the Osmo gimbal camera.
Manfrotto also offers a number of tripods, tripod heads, portable LED solutions, and optical filters. They are part of the Imaging Division for Vitec Group, which owns the associated and complementary brands Gitzo, Lastolite by Manfrotto, and Avenger. They’re the U.S. distributor for the Bowens, Gossen, Metz, 360Rize, Shoulderpod and National Geographic brands, as well.