Thursday, 5 March 2009

Focus on Imaging 2009 - 3rd Instalment

I've just been comparing the specifications on side access backpacks and even though Lowepro are a longtime favourite, I'm going to try and take a look at the new Kata range of bags as I think they're in the market to give Lowepro a run for their money.

Kata has really ripped up the rulebook because thanks to things like its special TST (Thermo Shield Technology!!) the bags are not only very strong and protective but also incredibly light – but how can you get the best of both worlds? Because TST is a protective foam laminated to high quality ballistic nylon and pressed under heat the result is an incredibly lightweight (because its foam….mostly made up of air) yet massively strong, almost rigid material – you’ve got light and protective! And Kata care about people’s shapes so the bags are designed with this in mind - they look at THE USER and their shape to develop harnesses and straps that are REALLY comfortable and effective at distributing weight….the bag must FIT YOU as well as your gear - this means you don’t end up with a bad back after carrying a whole load of heavy gear around with you! I've just sold a Lowepro Nature Trekker backpack as it weighed nearly as much as the gear I was carrying - not good.

It looks like the Kata D-3N1-30 DPS Sling backpack will be my choice. Once I get the new bag I'll write an evaluation and publish it here.

I did try try and get to the Bogen Imaging stand, but it was like trying to get served in a busy bar on Friday evening! Bogen's stand was one of the larger stands at Focus and they are certainly taking the promotion of their product ranges seriously - Manfrotto, Gitzo, Kata, National Geographic & Visible Dust.

What most of us don't realise is Bogen Imaging UK is part of the Vitec Group a UK based and stock exchange listed worldwide Imaging and Staging, Broadcast Systems and Broadcast Services business.

Shortly, Bogen Imaging will be introducing the innovative Lite Panels products into the UK - a range of low-energy consumption LED daylight lighting fixtures. These will be a real coup for both studio & location photographers - portability, low heat output and high levels of illumination from a compact source. I can't wait to get my hands on some of these for testing. I've a big portrait project starting shortly that Lite Panels would be the ideal light source.

Ian

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