Petrol Bags has three new bags for DSLR cameras: the Digiback Jr. DSLR Backpack; the DSLR Campack Plus; and the DigiSuite DSLR Camera Case.
The €155/£130 Digiback Jr. has an upper compartment contoured to fit a DSLR camera with the lens mounted. When outfitted with a telephoto or other extra long lens, the camera can be inserted vertically. The lower chamber has room for many accessories. Removable internal dividers help secure contents and create pockets for holding a mattebox, camera plate, follow focus, extra lenses, and more. Contents are cushioned by layers of padded fabric.
The backpack uses breathable 3D mesh, with padded shoulder straps and adjustable sternum/waist straps for proper weight distribution and easier carrying. Cushioned back support is provided for optimal spinal comfort. There are several pockets for extra storage, a removable rain cover, and a flash memory card mini pouch (holds up to four cards).
The €290/£246 DigiSuite DSLR is a semi-hard suitcase-style carrier that can take two DSLR cameras with lenses attached. Detachable dividers create pockets for storing a mattebox, camera plate, follow focus, camera light, viewfinder, cables, etc. With the dividers removed, it can serve as a regular suitcase. A padded interior pouch can hold a 17-inch laptop.
Twin brackets allow users to quickly connect Petrol’s Snaplock wheel and trolley system (PA1001). Additional features include cold-moulded laminate panels for extra protection, auxiliary zippered storage pouches for accessories, exterior front pocket, top and side carrying handles.
The €320/£270 Campack Plus can hold two video-enabled DSLR cameras with lenses mounted, plus accessories and a 17-inch laptop.
Features include a memory card pouch (up to four cards), exterior front/side accessory pockets, padded top handle, removable rain cover, and exterior straps for carrying a tripod.
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