So for this episode of “I am still desperately trying to find the right photography gear bag for myself”; I am focusing on a new bag just released by Manfrotto.
Although specifically designed to accommodate a fully set up Ronin M/MX, the Manfrotto Pro Light Cinematic Backpack Balance seems to be a bag that may also work well for my DSLR with the extended battery grip attached, and with either my Sigma 70-200mm or Canon 24-105mm attached. Of course I always walk with additional gear for both photo and video opportunities, so the additional space is great.
This bag is still relatively compact, and is touted to meet most aircraft carry-on requirements. Internally, it is lined with 3D shock absorbing foam and structural reinforcement board. The fabric is soft so that it will not scratch the gear. It is made of “water-repellent ripstop nylon/polyester, with hollowed ITW Nexus buckles and Duraflex hardware”. There are external accessory pockets to hold various accessories, including straps to carry a tripod or monopod. There is also a dedicated compartment for your laptop, and a sun/rain cover is included to “seal” the deal.
The Manfrotto Pro Light Cinematic Backpack Balance can be purchased from B&H Photo Video for $279.99.