Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced an exciting new partnership with hard-case manufacturer SKB. Think Tank’s designers have created internal divider sets, organizers, and a backpack designed specifically to fit within 10 SKB hard cases. There are times when you simply have to airline gate-check your most precious photography equipment. At moments like these, nothing will do a better job of protection than a hard case. But one of the downsides of hard cases is that they are basically hard shells with not a lot of other features built into them. Think Tank’s partnership with SKB solves this problem. The result is the best of a hard case with the best of internal organization. Don’t forget that with our special partnership with Think Tank that you receive free gear and free shipping when you order using our special link. Click Here
Performance, Quality & Comfort, Redefined
Manfrotto, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of premium photo, video and lighting support products and accessories, has launched the new Pro Light Bumblebee bags - perfect for professional and amateur photographers and videographers who work outdoors and want a reliable carrying solution. With this collection, users can stay comfortable in the harshest of conditions despite high temperatures, extreme cold or high humidity.
The new Pro Light Bumblebee family is an exceptional assortment of high-performance camera backpacks and messenger bags which perfectly embody Manfrotto’s Italian heritage. This family introduces Manfrotto’s unique-to-the-market breathable harness system that greatly reduces photography gear fatigue, allowing image makers to cover more ground and locate the best spots for the perfect shots.
Inside, the bags’ innovative designs safeguard the latest professional equipment options. The renowned Camera Protection System (CPS) dividers take extra care of camera bodies and lenses. They are fully adjustable and built to distribute weight evenly and avoid tension to the body.
The new Manfrotto Bumblebee backpacks are designed to take stress and heat off the shoulders, neck and lower back and feature Manfrotto’s state-of-the-art AirSupport breathable harness and back panel, adjustable sternum support, shaped hip and waist support systems. A side handle helps users put the pack on or take it off, while elastic side pockets keep water bottles outside the critical gear zone.
The removable Manfrotto CPS insert safeguards equipment right at the heart of the pack and keeps it organized with the efficiency of a portable studio:
· The Bumblebee-230 PL backpack protects a gripped DSLR with a 70-200/2.8 lens attached and 10 additional lenses or an attached 400/2.8 with five additional lenses. In video configuration, it protects a disassembled modular camcorder like the Canon C100 with numerous lenses & accessories. It also fits a 17” laptop in its own padded compartment.
· The Bumblebee-130 PL backpack keeps a high-end CSC or a DSLR safe with a 70-200/2.8 lens attached and eight additional lenses or an unattached 400/2.8 with three additional lenses. In video configuration, it protects disassembled modular camcorders like a SONY FS-5. It also fits a 15” laptop in its own padded compartment.
The entire internal space is padded to protect camera gear but can be also configured to accommodate accessories and personal gear as well. The main zipper comes with four pullers, which can be divided by a stopper into a top and lower compartment. Just open the top zipper for rapid access to frequently used contents from above.
A smart NeverLose tripod connection secures both longer and shorter tripods on the side of the pack. The connection straps are stitched in the side pocket and can be tucked away when not in use for a tidier appearance and to prevent straps getting lost.
The bigger Bumblebee-230 PL also features a lens pouch located in the waist belt. When not in use, the pouch can be flattened by tightening the webbing strap. (This feature is not available in Bumblebee-130 PL.)
Manfrotto’s new Bumblebee Messengers have significantly raised the bar for their category: a combination of flawless design and reliable performance, they meet all the needs of demanding professionals who travel light and fast. Like the backpacks, the messengers’ body-gripping fit and 3-point AirSupport harness system is breathable and perfect for prolonged outdoor use. The length of the strap can be rapidly adjusted using the EasyGrip buckle.
Despite their compact size, they hold a substantial amount of professional gear:
· The Bumblebee M-30 PL Messenger protects a DSLR with a 70-200mm/2.8 lens attached and three additional lenses, a handheld gimbal (such as a DJI Osmo) and a 15” laptop in their own padded compartments, with all the necessary accessories.
· The Bumblebee M-10 PL Messenger keeps a CSC/DSLR safe with a 24-70/4 lens attached and two additional lenses (including 70-200/2.8) and a handheld gimbal (such as a DJI Osmo) and a 13” laptop in their own padded compartments, with all the necessary accessories. It can also carry a full set DJI Mavic plus the Osmo gimbal camera.
These bags introduce the XtraSecure handheld gimbal-carrying solution - a stretchable band that holds the gimbal’s moving parts so it can be taken out quickly. The area can also be used as a traditional lens compartment if there is no gimbal in the bag.
Manfrotto’s Bumblebee Messengers feature a secure silent quick-access flap. When shooting in quiet environments (e.g. during a ceremony), apply the NoiseFree Velcro silencer to keep a low profile. The broad front organizer keeps everything on hand. There are two bungee cord straps to hang a small tripod, monopod or selfie pole, which are also protected by the front flap. The Bumblebee Messengers can hold a gripped DSLR body when you take out the laptop from its compartment.
All the bags of the Bumblebee collection come with a DuoFace sun/rain cover to protect from rain, reflect sunlight and keep the gear cool and dry all day long.
· Breathable design - comfortable carrying solutions for professional and amateur outdoor photography
· Super lightweight construction - carry more lenses and stay comfortable even with prolonged use
· High-performance materials - rip-stop fabric and the Manfrotto Protection System safeguard equipment
The following models are now available nationwide:
MB PL-B-230 Bumblebee-230 PL Backpack $279.99
MB PL-B-130 Bumblebee-130 PL Backpack $229.99
MB PL-BM-30 Bumblebee M-30 PL Messenger $149.99
MB PL-BM-10 Bumblebee M-10 PL Messenger $129.99
About Manfrotto (Vitec Group) – manfrotto.us
Manfrotto is the world leader in the design, production and distribution of professional products for photography, video and entertainment. The company was founded in 1972 based on Lino Manfrotto’s experience, and its mission has always been to support and simplify the work of reporters, photographers and producers. The Imagine More project adds to this historical mission the idea of fuelling the enthusiasm of weekend photographers and supporting the surge of new amateurs. Part of the UK-based Vitec Group since 1989, Manfrotto has now become a worldwide presence. In its nine key markets – Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Hong Kong, the United States and from 2016 in the Netherlands – it is represented by its own direct distribution system, Manfrotto Distribution, whereas in 80 other countries sales are handled by independent distributors.Through the Imaging Division of Vitec Group, Manfrotto Distribution owns the following leading international brands: Manfrotto, Gitzo, Lastolite by Manfrotto, Avenger and is the U.S. distributor of Bowens, Gossen, Metz, 360Rize, Shoulderpod and National Geographic.
Streaming Live, Conference Features Workshops with Renowned Portrait Photographers, Open Shooting Sessions for Participants, Trade Show, and Closing Keynote with Joyce Tenneson
LOS ANGELES – April 27, 2017 – Digital Product Studio and Sue Bryce Education have announced the first “Portrait Masters Conference” to be held at the Miramonte Hotel & Spa in Palm Desert, CA. from September 10-12, 2017. Hosted by renowned portrait photographer and educator Sue Bryce, the two-day conference will be conducted by seven Master portrait photographers including Bryce, Peter Hurley, Lindsay Adler, Joel Grimes, Michele Celentano, Susan Stripling, and Kelly Brown. The closing keynote will be presented by legendary portrait photographer Joyce Tenneson. Attendance will be limited to 400 participants but the event will stream live at ThePortraitMasters.com. Registration fee to attend the conference in Palm Desert is $1,100.
“Organizing and hosting a conference of this type has always been a dream of mine and working alongside some of the world’s most recognized and respected photographers will be an amazing experience for me personally, and everyone in attendance,” explains Sue Bryce. “I am also honored that Joyce Tenneson will present our closing keynote. Joyce is a legend in our industry and someone I’ve idolized for many years.”
“The Portrait Masters Conference is truly a unique event and learning experience for everyone, whether they participate as attendees or view the conference live on the Internet,” says Craig Swanson, co-founder of Digital Product Studio, which specializes in creating digital educational products through online communities and membership sites. “The presenters Sue Bryce has gathered for this conference are second-to-none and their knowledge and inspiration will allow attendees and online viewers to expand their own visions in photography.”
The conference begins with a welcome reception and keynote presentation by Sue Bryce, followed by two full days of intense learning. Conference attendees will be able to apply what they’ve learned during a series of “open shoots” scheduled between seminars each day. In addition, numerous companies will display and demonstrate the latest in imaging technology and software at the conference expo. Expo hours will not overlap with any seminars or keynotes so attendees will be able to participate in every aspect of the conference.
“The Portrait Masters Conference offers the perfect combination of size, education, exhibits, and after-hours networking activities for an incredible 3-day interactive learning experience,” said George Varanakis, co-founder of Digital Product Studio. “Whether you are physically attending the event or watching the presentations from the comfort of your home or studio, the learning curve will spike for everyone.”
With 27 years of experience, Sue Bryce is one of the most recognizable photographers in the imaging industry. Her glamour, fashion and portrait style transcend past stereotypes and has changed the face of portrait photography. Sue Bryce Education (SBE) is one the largest online communities in the photographic industry.
Peter Hurley is a premier portrait and headshot photographer with studios in New York City and Los Angeles. He is known for the genuine expressions he captures in the headshots and executive portraits he takes. Peter is an expert on human facial expression and has spoken on the subject for TEDx, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and GoDaddy to name a few. He is the author of the recently published book, The Headshot, the definitive guide to headshot photography.
Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York. She regularly contributes to a variety of major photo publications, including "Professional Photographer," "Rangefinder Magazine," "Popular Photography," and more. Lindsay teaches thousands of photographers annually on topics ranging from retouching to fashion techniques to studio lighting.
For over 27 years Joel Grimes has worked for many of the top advertising agencies and corporations across the globe for clients such as AARP, Abbott Labs, Archer Daniels Midland, Arizona Office of Tourism, AT&T, and countless others. In 1990 Joel produced his first coffee table book, ‘Navajo, Portrait of a Nation’ which received a number of photographic and design awards and created an eighteen-month solo exhibit at the Smithsonian American History museum. Joel is also an ambassador for the creative process by teaching workshops and lectures around the world. “I feel that by being an open book with my process I have an opportunity to inspire others to follow their dreams and passions to create”.
If you ask Michele Celentano, the most important part of our journey through life are the people we love. And for Michele, the second most important things are the photographs that help us remember those we love when they are no longer with us. Photography has always been more than a job or career to her. Photographs of the people we love the most and the times we spend with them will outlast any material thing we have. It is this emotion and level of importance that is reflected in every photo Michele creates.
Susan Stripling is one of the most respected wedding photographers and educators in the industry. Last year she launched The Wedding School, one of the fastest growing online communities for wedding photography in the world. Hundreds of hours of tutorials have been created to help photographers at all levels learn every aspect of building a successful wedding photography business. Ms. Stripling recently hosted a live workshop titled, “One Real Day” which gave viewers a beginning-to-end, behind-the-scenes look at a client’s wedding day.
Kelly Brown is a Brisbane-based photographer who has become one of the world's most awarded photographers. Her studio, Little Pieces Photography which was established in 2005, has been trusted by thousands of families worldwide to capture their maternity, newborn, and family portraits. This year she opened a state-of-the-art studio in Sumner, Brisbane, where she continues to photograph exquisite portraits. Along with her team of inspired creatives, Little Pieces Photography continues to be dedicated to providing the very best photography experience to each and every client who walks through their door.
Internationally lauded as one of the leading photographers of her generation, Joyce Tenneson’s work has been published in books and major magazines, and exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Her portraits have appeared on covers for magazines such as: Time, Life, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine. Tenneson is the author of sixteen books including the best seller, Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today Show series. She is the recipient of many awards, including Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005 (Lucie Awards), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America in 2012. In addition to her photography exhibits and books, Tenneson has taught master photography classes in the U.S. and Europe for over 40 years.
360Rize, a company specializing in virtual reality 360 video technology, announced its product line is now being distributed by Manfrotto Distribution US, which will now add the 360Rize line of patented 360 Plug-N-Play™to its inventory of professional video and photo products, serving as a reselling resource for dealers.
360Rize’s hardware products serve as 360 video arrays for multiple cameras and allow content creators to film 360-degree videos at resolutions as high as 12,000 x 6,000 pixels. This includes 2D and 3D stereoscopic VR camera mounts and the 360-degree camera systems. Content filmed with these products can be viewed in large projection domes, Mac’s, PC’s, multiple web and 360 media players or with Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard and other virtual reality HMDs (head-mounted displays).
"This is a very exciting step for 360Rize. When it comes to camera and production equipment distribution, Manfrotto Distribution US is one of the most respected names in the industry and we're thrilled to be working with them to help make 360 video technology widely available," said 360Rize CEO and founder Michael Kintner.
"VR and 360 shooting is one of the most exciting new channels in imaging. We are thrilled to be representing 360Rize as their US Distributor. Their products are of the highest quality and help define the category. So, in that sense, they are very much like the Manfrotto brand. That is why they are the perfect partner for us," said Adam Mirabella, President of Manfrotto Distribution US.
This news follows the announcement that 360Rize was awarded a patent and multiple provisional patents for its virtual reality 360 video technology patented 360 Plug-n-Play™ product lines. These systems repurpose small action camera’s like GoPro, Yi Technology and micro-cinematic cameras like Blackmagic Designs and ZCam’s into the unique patented 360 Plug-n-Play™ camera arrays for creating high resolution spherical 360 video. The patent covers the multi-camera holding assemblies that its original 360Heros company brought to the market back in 2012.
About 360Heros Inc/360Rize – 360Rize
360Rize a 360Heros Inc., company specializing in virtual reality 360 video technology, creates 360 spherical video camera systems that capture 360 video content as high as 12K resolution VR content. 360Rize also develops 360 video workflow solutions such as 360CamMan™, the world’s first VR media management software and many other 360 video work flow solutions. Through years of research and innovation, 360Rize is empowering content creators to push the limits of this emerging technology and its unique modular 360 Plug-n-Play product line it allows producers to use the action and cinematic cameras in multi-camera arrays or unplug them and use them as they were intended allowing producers to efficiently camera manage their video equipment for multiple purposes.
About Manfrotto (Vitec Group) – manfrotto.us
Manfrotto is the world leader in the design, production and distribution of professional products for photography, video and entertainment. The company was founded in 1972 based on Lino Manfrotto’s experience, and its mission has always been to support and simplify the work of reporters, photographers and producers. The Imagine More project adds to this historical mission the idea of fueling the enthusiasm of weekend photographers and supporting the surge of new amateurs. Part of the UK-based Vitec Group since 1989, Manfrotto has now become a worldwide presence. In its nine key markets – Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Hong Kong, the United States and from 2016 in the Netherlands – it is represented by its own direct distribution system, Manfrotto Distribution, whereas in 80 other countries sales are handled by independent distributors. Through the Imaging Division of Vitec Group, Manfrotto Distribution owns the following leading international brands: Manfrotto, Gitzo, Lastolite by Manfrotto, Avenger and is the U.S. distributor of Bowens, Gossen, Metz, National Geographic and now 360Rize.
Think Tank Photo’s Airport Helipak V2.0 Backpack Upgraded to Fit the DJI Phantom 4 and Accessories
Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced an upgrade to their popular Airport Helipak V2.0 for DJI Phantom drone backpack. New features include increased depth for Phantom 3 or 4, a new tripod attachment strap added to the side panel, added reinforcement panels where rotors meet the inside lid, and a $40 price reduction over the earlier version. In addition, if you are a DJI Mavic Pro drone user, Think Tank has created a list of shoulder bags and backpacks that will easily hold your new drone. Check out the images of how the Mavic is stored! And don’t forget, with these links you will receive free gear and free shipping with every order over $50.
Santa Rosa, Calif. – As quadcopter design continues to evolve, so does Think Tank Photo’s Airport Helipak V2.0 backpack for DJI Phantom. This newly updated backpack, renowned for its comfort, accommodates a DJI Phantom 4 and similarly sized drones. Its refined design is carry-on compatible for both U.S. domestic or international airline travel. Its custom divider set allows maximum room for extra accessories and gear, including a small camera kit, and features a dedicated 15” laptop compartment.
“We updated the backpack to carry a DJI Phantom 4, a 15” laptop, controller, GoPros, chargers, spare rotors, extra batteries, jacket, tools, and more,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “The contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support, articulated air-channel, removable padded waistbelt, and height-adjustable sternum strap enable comfort for travel into remote areas.”
- YKK RC Fuse zippers, 1680D Ballistic nylon bottom panel, metal hardware, and nylon webbing are the most durable, long-lasting materials on the market
- Side pocket for tripod attachment or water bottle
- Internal see-through mesh pockets for small accessories: rotor blades, screwdriver, cables, and more
- Robust handles ensure rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, and car trunks
- Seam-sealed rain cover helps to protect gear and stows away inside backpack when not in use
Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. The backpack also features YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon bottom panel, 600D polyester, 420D velocity nylon, 3D air mesh, ultra-stretch pockets, Y-buckles, antique finish metal hardware, big hole air mesh, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane-backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, Belly-O mesh pockets, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
- Exterior Dimensions: 13.6” W x 19.7” H x 9.3” D (34.5 x 50 x 23.5 cm)
- Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 19” H x 8.3” D (33 x 47.8 x 21 cm)
- Laptop Compartment: 12.6” W x 17.3” H x 1.4” D (32 x 44 x 3.5 cm)
- Weight (with all accessories): 4.6 lbs. (2.1 kg)
ABOUT THINK TANK PHOTO
Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Think Tank Photo is a group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign.