Manfrotto have just updated their product line with a few new bags, the most interesting of which will allow you to safely stow a drone for travel, then repack it when you’re on location so it’s ready to fly without having to fiddle with zips and velcro. Being able to sling everything on your back will also mean you won’t have to drag a Peli-style wheeled case across country to your take-off point. Zone. Runway? Forgive me, I’m not a flyer myself.
The D1 Drone backpack is part of the new ‘Aviator’ line of bags, and has room for a DSLR-sized camera as well as your flying machine. It’s designed to accept UAVs about the size of the DJI Phantom 3 along with its controller and accessories. It’s available now for £159.95.
The Advanced collection is also being added to, with bags that can accommodate Manfrotto’s Befree and Pixi compact tripods. It’s always nice to be able to reduce the amount of stuff you take with you on location, and although these messenger-style bags are compact, they could be just the job for situations where you don’t want to draw attention by carrying lots of gear. Although perhaps some judicious application of black gaffer tape on the red bits might help maintain a low profile.
Rounding off the company’s new additions and perhaps of more interest to DSLR users is the Redbee-210 backpack. It will carry either two camera bodies with lenses attached or a single body and 400mm lens. There looks to be a decent amount of padding inside and there are also some quick-access panels to get to your gear without having to put the backpack on the ground.
Prices for the new messenger bags and backpack start at £69.95.