In an economic environment dominated by huge global corporations, it’s wonderful to see that family-owned companies can not only survive, but also thrive and do so for many generations. Such is the story of Hunt’s Photo & Video, New England’s Largest Photography Retailer, with locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island and operated by the third generation of the Farber family.
Although corporations do their best to provide personalized customer service, you can be assured that the people at Hunt’s are experts at helping each customer find the photo and/or video equipment they want and at a very competitive price, plus these people that know their stuff. They have an enormous selection of camera bags, backpacks and other equipment-carrying products, but any of the 5 below is sure to please every photographer on your holiday gift list.
1.Think Tank Photo Airport Roller Derby Carry-on Camera Bag
The Think Tank Photo Airport Roller Derby Carry-on Camera Bag (#TT514) is designed and built to make your journeys much easier, reduce the fatigue of carrying equipment and allow you to concentrate on your project or assignment. This 10.5–11-lb bag sits equally balanced on 4 sets of dual wheels to roll easily through a crowded airport, onto a plane and into an overhead compartment, as it conforms to US domestic and most international carry-on requirements. The interior is well padded to accommodate 2 APS-C DSLRs with lenses attached or 1 APS-C DSLR and 1 full-frame camera body; 6–7 standard zoom lenses or flash heads; a tripod mount; and as much as a 15-inch laptop and a tablet in separate interior slots. Remove the laptop and the Think Tank Roller Derby has room for a 400mm f/2.8 unattached. For security, the zippers can be locked and the bag includes a lock and cable system.
2.Manfrotto “Advanced Travel Backpack” #MB MA-BP-TRV
When you carry the Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack, you’re a totally independent photographer because there are dedicated spaces for your personal items, plenty of photo equipment, a 13-inch laptop and a tripod. Pack the top section with your personal belongings: clothing, toiletries, etc. and the bottom section with a full-frame DSLR and lens attached, 1–2 additional lenses, a flash and all the necessary accessories. Plus, you won’t have to remove or dig through your personal items for your gear because the bottom section offers accessibility through a zippered side flap. Your tripod options are a front attachment point or the extendable side pocket, which also accommodates a BeFree tripod. Want more room for gear or to convert the Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack to a general carryall? Just the remove the dividers and unzip the built-in divider that separates the top and bottom sections. Another feature that makes this Manfrotto product an “advanced” travel backpack is that it conforms to carry-on luggage regulations and includes a moisture-resistant coating to the outside of the bag and rain cover for an additional layer of protection.
3.Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW Professional Camera Backpack
This is the backpack for the professional photographer, photojournalist or urban street shooter who is always on the go, but doesn’t want a bulky or heavy bag. Empty, its weighs just 6 lbs. and its exterior dimensions are a compact 13 x 10.4 x 17.9 inches. Within this tidy space, however, you can securely pack a full-frame DSLR with as much as a 300mm f/2.8 lens attached, 4–6 lenses or flashes, accessories, as large as a 17” laptop and a tripod or monopod in the cleverly designed Hideaway Tripod Mount™ system. The entire front of the Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW unzips to provide you with immediate access to every piece of gear as well as personal items. Since Lowepro knew the photographers who would want this bag could often be outdoors, the company added its patent, All Weather AW Cover™ that is built into the bag’s design. Plus, the front pocket is large enough to carry a light jacket, cell phone and MP3 player and there is zippered document pocket. You’ll be able to carry the LowePro ProTactic 450 AW all day with its padded mesh backpad, 5-way adjustable thickly padded shoulder straps and a padded waist belt.
4.Lowepro Toploader PRO 75 AW II Holster Bag for Digital SLRs
When you’re in the middle of the action – next to the track, the diamond or the field or following wildlife on the run – you need instant access to your camera and assured that it is fully protected as you move to a new shooting position. The Lowepro Toploader PRO 75 AW II Holster Bag gives you all this and much more. First, its contour design matches the exact shape of a full-frame DSLR with as much as a 70–200mm lens attached. Second, the Lowepro Toploader opens to the side, so you can grab your camera quickly and bring it to your eye. Third, the quick-release buckle protects your camera, but doesn’t require that you zip the bag completely closed. Lowepro also designed three ways to use the Toploader: attached to the 3-point harness system that places it over your shoulder holster-style; secured to Lowepro’s Street & Field™ belt system; or Lowepro’s Topload Chest Harness (both Lowepro systems sold separately). The Lowepro Toploader is also designed like a mini-camera bag, with a side pocket for accessories and personal items, Lowepro’s exclusive SlipLock™ attachment system to add more gear and an adjustable divider system, so you can include a smaller lens.
5.Vanguard “The Heralder” 51T Rolling Backpack
If you’re a professional photographer who is always traveling to assignments or a serious amateur who likes to take your gear wherever you go, then the only way to roll is with the Vanguard “The Heralder” 51T Rolling Backpack. Nothing is more important than total protection of your camera, lenses and accessories and The Heralder delivers with its 1000D Polyester exterior fabric and 150D Polyester + Velvet interior material. Pack this baby with as much as 36.15 lbs. of equipment, including one full-frame DSLR with a grip and as much as a 300mm f/2.8 lens attached, one additional body, 4–6 lenses, 2 flash units, a complete array of accessories, as much as a 14-inch laptop and a tripod. Now, you’re ready for any shooting or travel challenge. Roll The Heralder through the airport on its 4 durable trolley wheels, carry it as a backpack and remove the interior divider compartment to use it as regular luggage. What could be more versatile or convenient?
These 5 tripods are just a very few of an incredible selection of tripods from all the major manufacturers and thousands of cameras, lenses, bags and backpacks, printers, lighting equipment accessories of every kind and description and a multitude of other products. The sooner you visit the Hunt’s Photo & Video Website – huntsphotoandvideo.com – the sooner any of these 5 tripods will arrive at your door. Plus, Hunt’s excellent customer service will help make sure you are totally satisfied with your purchase.
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Photo Plus Expo | October 30- November 1 2014
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