Every time I buy a new camera, it comes at a price. It’s not just the camera—it’s the cost of the whole workflow—lenses, batteries, carrying cases and more! Will my tripod support this new camera? Will my current stock of memory cards work? Do I need a new bag?
I upgraded from the Canon 5D Mark III DSLR to the larger Canon C100 Mark II video camera last year. While the upgrade was an easy transition for my lenses (thank goodness), I still had to purchase new batteries and memory cards and upgrade my carrying cases. While the C100 breaks down to become quite small, it’s still larger than the DSLR body. Plus, I found it to be impractical to break the camera down every time I wanted to transport it. It was time to rethink the packing process, and I didn’t have a great solution.
What I ended up doing most of the time, is carrying the camera around “as is”, at the mercy of all life’s bumps and bruises. And, when you’re busy running and gunning and moving quickly between locations, it’s a hard knock life. I buckled it into the passenger seat of my car, I stashed it on the floor behind the driver’s seat next to a cooler, and built a little fort of equipment cases to surround it in the trunk. There was never a really good safe place to put it.
Enter the almighty Manfrotto Pro Light Camcorder Case 192N—a bag that was made for the C100 and family. It was designed with the C100, C300, and C500 in mind, and it fits like a glove. Hallelujah! After my months of struggle, meeting the Manfrotto Pro Light Camcorder Case 192N was a true homecoming—and it feels great to be home sweet home!
The 192N is easy to open and close. The two zippers on top offer a wide opening, which allows your camera to slide right in. You simply pull one handle to zip both sides simultaneously.
Three large handles make the bag easy to transport—you’ve got places to grip the bag on the sides and on top, which works when you’re pulling it from the shelf, placing it on a rolling cart, or putting it in the car.
Being a part of the Pro Light collection, the 192N performs just like other bags in the family, outfitted with water-repellent ripstop nylon and a padded interior. Flexible dividers can be arranged as you wish, giving your lenses a hug, and there’s a little pillow for your lens! There are two side pockets on the outside of the bag (one that is expandable). It also comes with a shoulder strap, though I usually opt to keep mine packed away. I often place the bag on a rolling cart between locations or use a portable trolley so I can roll right through the airport. This bag has a special connection for that, too!
The bag is compact and efficient, with a smart design to maximize the space.
Quick tip: I like to label my lenses, lens covers and lens caps with pink gaffer tape so I know which ones are mine. This helps a ton when you’re working with multiple shooters or renting gear.
I recently had a shoot in Chicago and brought my C100. The 192N fit in the airplane overhead compartment! Technically, according to the specs, it was supposed to be an inch too wide, but I took a chance, and look, ma, it made it! The trick is, don’t put anything in the side pockets or it will quickly become too fat to fit. Of course, I can’t make any promises for future travels—some smaller planes have smaller overhead compartment spaces than others, so no guarantees!
For bigger shoots where I want to bring the whole kit and caboodle—lenses, additional cameras, and accessories—I like to bring the Manfrotto Professional roller bag or one of my many Manfrotto backpacks in addition to the 192N, so I’m ready for anything and everything!
As a travel filmmaker, I have been a busy busy bee this summer traveling around with my camera gear in tow. The 192N has been the perfect companion, allowing me to travel with my C100 Mark II to places near and far. Whether telling stories in the city or filming high above the sea in the Rocky Mountains, the 192N helps me keep up with the pace. It gives my camera the protection it needs and allows me the ability to pack and unpack my camera at a moment’s notice—which means I won’t miss the shot. I save time transitioning between locations with less set up and tear down time. It’s also much easier to pack for a shoot. I build my camera just the way I need it and stick it in the bag. Bada bing, bada boom, I’m ready to go. 🙂
See what I get up to on my travel adventures! Subscribe to TravelingJules on YouTube to watch some of my travel videos.
Glamorous as it may seem, a day filming on the snow is never easy. Skiing and snowboarding is a whole lot more difficult when you’ve got your camera gear in tow. Getting the shot means you need to be mobile on the mountain, and being able to carry what you need is vital! On top of that, you have the weather. It could be a blizzard or a bluebird day, so you have to come prepared for anything. Luckily, you don’t have to worry about leaving something behind, because the Manfrotto 3N1 is one thing you can always count on.
I’ve been traveling with this pack for years. I used the smaller version of the bag, the 3N1-25PL, on Viator’s Dream Travel Job adventure and carried a small camera kit around the country. I could easily fit a camera, a GoPro, a lavaliere mic, a small light and extra batteries into one compact pack. These days, I find myself bringing a bit more than the basics, opting for a larger camera, multiple lenses, a couple GoPros and more mounts. For larger loads like this, the Manfrotto 3N1-35PL offers a bit more space.
This time, I’m on assignment for Colorado Ski Country, filming travel stories on snow. Our goal is to travel around the state, seeing various ski resorts through the eyes of the visitors who love their mountains dearly.
It’s not unusual to see me shredding down the slopes with a couple cameras in hand. 😛 But, there’s a reason for my madness. I like to be able to shoot interviews, film action shots from a distance, add in artistic elements, and be able to capture steady ski shots while on the move. I like to have it all and be ready for anything!
The Manfrotto 3N1 is just as versatile as I am. You can store and access your gear from a number of compartments. You can also customize the straps to you liking—choosing from a sling option on the right or left side, crossing the straps to make an “x”, or wearing it like a traditional backpack—with a waist strap to help share the load. With ample padding, this pack offers protection from any bumps along the way. There’s also a tripod connection for times when you need a steady shot.
The modular design is really smart. The top pouch is a great place to store things you want easy access to, like a hat, gloves, or personal items. These days, I’ve been finding it a perfect place to put my GoPros and mounts. There’s a zipper compartment to safely store memory cards, along with additional pockets to stay organized. I even found a space for my selfie stick in the laptop compartment.
The small side pouches are a great place to store for batteries. I like to keep fresh batteries on one side of the pack, and empty batteries on the other side.
The bottom half of the bag is an ideal place to pack your DSLR camera and lenses. There are versatile dividers as well, so you can customize the bag any way you want.
On this adventure, I had the opportunity to test the Manfrotto 3N1’s water repellent fabric as well! And it passed the test!
Sunlight Mountain offers both skiing and snowmobiling tours, so I was able to strap my pack to the back of the seat, and blast off. We zoomed through trails in the forest and experienced pristine fields of powder. My pack got a bit snowy, but it wasn’t a problem. The bag also comes with a protective rain cover to protect your gear from moisture.
The Manfrotto 3N1 was a great companion for this snowy Colorado adventure. It’s a smart choice for situations where you want to stay organized, stay mobile, and be ready for anything. Remember, this bag comes in two sizes, so there’s a great option for any sized adventure ahead.
Here’s a video series I created for Colorado Ski Country featuring some of Colorado’s ski resorts through the eyes of visitors. We travel to beautiful ski like Telluride, Steamboat, Copper Mountain and Winter Park—with more to come!
As a travel filmmaker, I just never know what to expect. One minute I’m filming from the back of an ostrich, in a helicopter, or behind the wheel of an ATV—and the next minute, I’m setting up my editing station at a local coffee shop. There’s nothing worse than feeling “I wish I brought XXX,” except, the feeling, “Oh man, why did I bring all this stuff I don’t need.” Finding the perfect balance of gear is never easy, which is why choosing the right bag is critical.
I’ve tested a lot of camera bags—some too flimsy, some too small, some too painful. You know what they say, you can’t have it all. But when I met the Manfrotto Bumblebee, I learned, yes you can.
If you’re like me, someone who likes to come prepared for ANYTHING and EVERYTHING, the Manfrotto Bumblebee takes the cake. It’s a bag that you can carry multiple camera bodies and a number of lenses and a 17” laptop computer! You can also attach a small tripod to the exterior. All of your stuff travels safely, comfortably, and fits in the airplane overhead compartment. The padded design means less stress about things getting bumped around on the adventures ahead. I trust my gear in here, and I know my precious things like expensive camera lenses, my Oakley sunglasses and a sandwich will all be safe inside.
The Manfrotto Bumblebee is a really well made bag with a smart design. There’s a comfortable hip strap to shift the weight from your back to your hips, with additional ways to adjust the straps at the top and bottom of the pack. On the outside, you’ll find a smart pocket on top for the things you want easy access to, like your lens cloth and puffer, pens, wallet and lip gloss. There’s a second pocket on bottom for extra storage, where I keep extra batteries, hard drives and cords. And, there are additional pockets on the sides. Inside, the padded walls are easy to rearrange and customize, including two zip-up pouches for lenses as well. I often substitute additional lenses for audio gear when I’m shooting solo as a one-woman band, but, if there is no interview, bring on the lenses!
While traveling, you often need to stop to download footage, and when deadlines are tight, you’re editing on the road. Setting up camp in your hotel room or at a nearby coffee shop has never been easier. Your computer, card reader, external hard drive and power cord can all come to the party.
Now, I’m a pretty good packer. I‘m also excellent at Tetris. I can squeeze just about anything into my bag. So, I often change bags depending on the job so I don’t get bogged down bringing extra stuff. When I know I’m going to be indoors or in a more professional setting, I like to roll with the Manfrotto Pro Roller Bag 70. On the other hand, when I’m snowboarding while filming at Colorado ski resorts, I need to be light on my feet! For times like this, I choose a smaller bag, like the 3N1-35 PL or 3N1-25 PL. However, for jobs when I need to bring it all—the whole kitten caboodle: camera, lenses and computer kit, and be airplane-ready—the Bumblebee is my jam!
Here’s a series I created for TedXRiNo featuring six small businesses in Denver’s hip and up-and-coming RiNo neighborhood: TedXRiNo: Neighborhood Video Series
Special thanks and photo credit to Josh Barrett of Ignite Images for the beautiful photography.