For a good friend (sounds always funny when they say “I ask for a friend”) I was looking for a set, which should not exceed its budget by 130-150 euro.
The difficult it was, he was looking for not only a photo backpack, but also a small tripod for occasional shooting in the city of architecture. He works with a light system camera by Olympus and has to an objective and also any “stuff” and “Kruscht” (remember that Word?) here.
Phew, that was a real nut I had to crack, because the budget was far from lush for a complete solution from backpack and tripod. I found on Amazon the following set (in my search for my own triangle solution – same manufacturer) and ordered him simply the set with.
Mantona travel set incl. SLR camera backpack azurite
and travel tripod DSLM travel ball head with built-in monopod
What Was the Goal?
He wanted a classic photo backpack with enough space for his Olympus Mirrorless system camera and its perceived 12 lenses to. In addition, gloves, flashlight should and with pure butter sandwich fit. The backpack should have as little as possible on additional bags, so that he is best with only a Pocket everything ran.
First to the Backpack – MANTONA AZURITE Photo BACKPACK
Now, what should I write you to this “classic” photo backpack. He looks bored, he’s boring, he looks comfortable to wear, even if it is full and that he is also. He has a large compartment and many stable persistent internal divisions on the inside. He not insanely huge but is not the smallest representative of the classic photo backpacks with its dimensions of approx. 35 x 26 x 11 cm. For small DSLRs or convenient system cameras, he’s like poured appropriately. The backpack has a rubber system with which you well can store probably a rain jacket or something on the front pocket. How that just go to, has not opened itself to me, I wanted to advance solve my photo buddy but not all puzzles.
The waist strap is padded on the sides and very comfortable but not removable. If you like no hip belt must live with that or “surgically” remove him. The risers are also ample and nicely padded so that it easily can be also if “full” of the classic.
The backpack has two small patch pockets lockable with velcro on the sides. Discreet straps that you well “can include in the small travel Tripod” is located on one the other side of the backpack.
What I very well like to photo bags or even photo backpacks is a carrying handle and the azurite photo backpack from Mantona has this. Thus, it emphasizes the backpack of but faster and more convenient time from place A to place B or in the trunk of his car or in the Head Up compartment on the plane.
In the paper bag backpack also offers you can store well a small 11″ notebook or even a tablet. Batteries, storage, cleaning cloths and purse, and Smartphone as well.
In the photo tray, two to fusing zippered compartments with transparent material, where you can hide cord, filter and hardware well are on the inside of the lid. Also a classic level.
The bottom of the backpack is with two plastic twists (we call them that) equipped, so that the fabric of the backpack in the mud is when you backpack times at the train station or anywhere else just wants to turn off the azurite in the railway.
The Tripod – MANTONA Travel DSLM
(here come the same text as in my contribution to the Mantona triangle bag -it is indeed the same tripod)
My expectations were not the greatest. The complete set of tripod, Ballhead, removable and photo backpack costs considerably less than 150 euro azurite – what should be good because the tripod?
Now, the tripod is not a Gitzo or Berlebach that can carry equipment up to 10 kilos. But still, the tripod is what it should be a very small travel tripod for a DSL (so a mirrorless system camera). The tripod itself weighs approximately 1.6 kg incl. the detachable tow ball. The entire height of if it pulls out all what to take off, is note to then 143 cm, which is a significant height is for a tripod that fits with his pack size of 35 cm in a small bag! This is remarkable. I’ve done tests with my system camera and can confirm that goes and it holds up well. For long exposures, would I not extend the center column, already not even twice, and would make the long exposures rather on about 100 cm height without the center column. Then also shutter speeds of 30 seconds at this small tripod are no problem. The tripod at the bottom of the center column on a tripod hook/Pocket hook does, you can protect the whole set good against vibrations and wind effects.
The ball is no giant, but very suitable for use with his Arca-compatible changer and does exactly what it is – that stable carry camera and adjust. The head has about dragonflies/spirit levels so that one his camera very can align well, even if the stand time is not 100% exactly aligned.
The supplied removable plate is equipped with a backup, so also when the quick change base should solve times, the plate out can nevertheless not the same slip. To remove the removable base, open intentionally quite happened not accidentally. You thought itself to such trifles at this “cheap Tripod”. The plate is in addition to mount Werkzeugfrei on the camera and you will need to mount a hex key in the Pocket to the camera not like very many – even the very expensive system – or to remove the plate from the camera.
The tripod is supplied with a very light and thin protection bag which also even have a belt so that you separately can hang around the tripod or can carry well in the trunk in the protective cover.
The Tripod legs are equipped with rubber feet which can be removed, so that the tripod in nature or in the ice and snow then good can be with the then obliging spikes. For parquet photographers certainly important but not for those who like outdoor shots make, a not insignificant important facility these spikes.
One of the three Tripod legs can be removed and can be combined with the removed Center column (which is double extendible), so that you get a high and moderately stable monopod. To combine the two parts (removed from leg and taken centre column), you must screw a threaded pin supplied with the tripod set into both ends and thus screw the two parts together. The set screw is located in the stand cover. The whole thing is usable but probably rather tricky in practice. It works but perfectly and do therefore not diminish my very positive assessment.
The backpack set – I call it that – is usable! At the end of the discussion.
Of course, this set at this price replaced no 300 or 400 euro expensive backpack from big manufacturers like Manfrotto, Tenba, Lowepro and think tank. Of course, this classic black backpack has not the sex Apeal a compagnon back packs, but we’re talking about a backpack to can easily carry photo equipment on his back, which cost less than 150 euros in a set with a really useful little travel tripod. That exactly fills this set perfectly and without reason to the bleating.
Full of me five by five points.
Greetings – your tripod freak, bag freak and Fotofuzzy – Jörg Langer
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