Manfrotto’s latest camera bags battle through the commute, from subway to bike

Camera bags are designed for toting gear through a variety of scenarios from hikes to weddings, but Manfrotto’s latest bag line was inspired by a particular group of photographers: City dwellers. The Manfrotto Manhattan is a new series designed for commuters with a backpack, messenger, and three-way shoulder bag designed for comfort, durability, and urban style.

All three bags use a sleek, water-repellent gray exterior constructed from ballistic fabric. Interchangeable dividers can also be completely removed from the bags while even the smallest in the series still has room for a tripod and a tablet.

The Mover 50 backpack is designed to protect a wide range of gear, with the main opening for cameras and lenses against the user’s back. A quick access opening at the top also offers another entry point, while a laptop or tablet compartment in the front opens from the side. Comfort features include both a chest and waist strap

With the gear dividers removed, the Manfrotto Manhattan backpack doubles as a typical backpack — the tripod straps on the front can even double to strap on items like a bike helmet or even a drone instead. As a camera bag, it’s designed to fit a DSLR with up to a 70-200mm lens attached along with four extra lenses or flashes.

The Manhattan Speedy 10 Messenger is a smaller bag, but it’s still rated to hold a small DSLR or mirrorless camera with three lenses or even DJI’s folding drone, the Mavic Pro, as well as a 12-inch laptop or tablet. The single shoulder strap uses a removable pad and includes a stabilization strap that means commuters can still easily bike with the messenger bag.

The line’s shoulder bag can be carried three ways — as a typical shoulder bag, as a tote, or even as a backpack. The smallest in the series, it’s designed to hold a DSLR or mirrorless camera with up to a 70-200mm lens attached.

All three bags were launched in early May, with the messenger bag staring things off at $99. The three-way bag lists for $119 and the backpack for $159.

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