New Manfrotto bags include tailor-made drone carrier

Manfrotto Drone Backpack Composite

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.

Aw, just look at those little propellors. Handy pocket lets you carry your drone ready to fly at a moment's notice.
Aw, just look at those little propellors. Handy pocket lets you carry your drone ready to fly at a moment’s notice.

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 BeFree messenger features a (red) pouch for Manfrotto's compact tripod.
The Advanced Be Free messenger features a (rather red) pouch for Manfrotto’s compact tripod if you want to let it all hang out.
The Advanced Pixi Messenger keeps everything out of sight.
The Advanced Pixi Messenger keeps everything out of sight.

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.

Peekaboo flaps allow you to access your gear without putting the bag down.
Peekaboo flaps allow you to access your gear without putting the bag down.

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.

Plenty of room inside for cameras, accessories, laptop and chiropractor.
Plenty of room inside for cameras, accessories, laptop and chiropractor.

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