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Oct 24, 2012 09:48 |  #1

So, my old Promaster tripod bag is falling apart, and I need something new for my pod. Currently, my setup is Gitzo 3541LS with RRS TA 3 leveling base holding up an Arca-Swiss Z1 with an RRS lever clamp.

I was looking at the RRS bag, but I don't know if the Gitzo will fit into it as the interior dimentions are listed as 4.7", and I measure the Gitzo to be 5". Also, even though it looks like a stellar bag, I'm not really keen on the big RRS logo on the side that advertises an expensive pod inside.

What does everyone else use? I want quality, but I would like it to be as small as possible and plain outside would be great too. With the head on it, my pod is around 28" collapsed by about 5" around at the spider.

I am not really concerned about buget, but would like to keep it under $150 unless more $ is justified.

Thanks for your help


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Oct 24, 2012 10:18 |  #2

I have 2 Pelican bags that I really like and they were under $50.00 too.

They evidently discontinued them recently but they can be found new on ebay still too. They made 3 lengths and though they seem a little like the other cheap crap they are somewhat nicer and heavier duty too.

I like them and will likely pick up another if I find one.


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Oct 24, 2012 10:26 |  #3

I had a very nice Hakuba bag from Amazon (the 32" one I believe) for $40 with Amazon prime. Very spacious with plenty of space for any tripod. It also has a front pocket for accessories such as a Sidekick or an extra head. Now I just use the bag that came with my Induro.


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Oct 24, 2012 11:40 |  #4

I have yet to find a good Gitzo/Manfrotto/RRS quality padded tripod bag that isnt too long for the 3541LS legs. They all seem to be made for longer legs.


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Oct 24, 2012 11:42 |  #5

Seen good reports on this one - it's only $11.70 (says it holds a Gitzo)

http://www.amazon.com …ords=manfrotto+​tripod+bag (external link)




  
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Oct 24, 2012 11:44 |  #6

rick_reno wrote in post #15163511 (external link)
Seen good reports on this one - it's only $11.70 (says it holds a Gitzo)

http://www.amazon.com …ords=manfrotto+​tripod+bag (external link)

I have a small bag like that for a mini on the go off camera lighting kit and its not padded. Just a thin canvas like fabric with a cheap strap and zipper. For my $1k+ support setups I like something built like the Gitzo/RRS/Manfrotto bags. If you havent seen/owned one you should check them out, they are on a whole different level!


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Oct 24, 2012 22:18 |  #7

Well, I've looked around, and not found anything that fts the bill, as all bags seem to be either too long, or not big enough around for the systematic. I called RRS and talked to Spencer, and he had a 3 series Gitzo, but it wasn't the systematic, on hand. He said that it would fit into the RRS Medium bag (which has the perfect length for me) but the fit was really tight. I think that the Syst is wider than the regular 3 seires, so it appears that this won't work, and the Large RRS is a full 7 inches longer, which is 7inches longer than I need.

Has anybody used the Manfrotto 80 padded bag? It looks like it might be gigantic in a couple photos, but not that big in some others. Can anyone tell me if this is a rediculously big bag for my needs?

I really hate to go with something unpadded, as I never leave home without my pod, and I hate to baby it when throwing it into the trunk or back seat or whatever.


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Oct 24, 2012 23:27 as a reply to  @ Jptenberg's post |  #8

I have a Think Tank Big Bazooka and love it. Heavy padding and a lot of interior room. It's no longer in production but there may be places that still have some in stock like this place (at least their site says it's in stock):

http://www.durys.com …nk-Tank-Big-Bazooka-Fits/ (external link)




  
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Oct 24, 2012 23:37 |  #9

ben_r_ wrote in post #15163499 (external link)
I have yet to find a good Gitzo/Manfrotto/RRS quality padded tripod bag that isnt too long for the 3541LS legs. They all seem to be made for longer legs.

I concur with Ben. I have a RRS Large tripod bag and it is about 6 inches to long for my Gitzo 3541. However, I love the build of the RRS bag....just wish it was a little shorter.

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Oct 25, 2012 00:36 |  #10

Jptenberg wrote in post #15162982 (external link)
So, my old Promaster tripod bag is falling apart, and I need something new for my pod. Currently, my setup is Gitzo 3541LS with RRS TA 3 leveling base holding up an Arca-Swiss Z1 with an RRS lever clamp.

I was looking at the RRS bag, but I don't know if the Gitzo will fit into it as the interior dimentions are listed as 4.7", and I measure the Gitzo to be 5". Also, even though it looks like a stellar bag, I'm not really keen on the big RRS logo on the side that advertises an expensive pod inside.

What does everyone else use? I want quality, but I would like it to be as small as possible and plain outside would be great too. With the head on it, my pod is around 28" collapsed by about 5" around at the spider.

I am not really concerned about buget, but would like to keep it under $150 unless more $ is justified.

Thanks for your help

OP, look into the interior bags of the RRS again. I contacted RRS and they state that some of their dimension refer to the THINNER portion of the bag (i.e. for the legs rather than the head). I have a Gitzo 2542LS and ordered the medium sized tripod bag from RRS and very happy with the product. The interior dimensions appeared small but my tripod fit perfectly due to them using the leg dimensions rather than the head dimensions.




  
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Oct 25, 2012 06:44 |  #11

If you are really having this bad a time finding just the right bag???
Look at Porta Brace!

I don't think any other place offers the variety of pro quality bags designed for daily production use and full of features


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Oct 25, 2012 07:29 |  #12

I use a Kinesis bag... it's pretty nice


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Oct 25, 2012 10:30 |  #13

After looking through all of the recommendations (thanks guys) I have decided to try a Medium RRS bag. It will be tight, but I think it will fit. When it shows up next week, I'll update and post some pics.


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Oct 25, 2012 10:36 |  #14

vsg28 wrote in post #15163176 (external link)
I had a very nice Hakuba bag from Amazon (the 32" one I believe) for $40 with Amazon prime. Very spacious with plenty of space for any tripod. It also has a front pocket for accessories such as a Sidekick or an extra head. Now I just use the bag that came with my Induro.


+1 on the Hakuba. The front pocket comes in handy is padded a bit. For the price, it can't be beat. Comes with nylon carry strap and handles.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …PSTC_200_Tripod​_Case.html (external link)


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Oct 27, 2012 07:27 |  #15

I had an older Manfrotto tripod that did not have a bag so I decided to get one. After searching and not finding anything to my liking, I visited an upholstery guy. He made me a nice heavy duty bag from teflon coated marine canvas. I was able to choose the color, type of inside padding and he even added outside pockets to hold the snow shoes and the little allen key and socket that came with the tripod. When I got rid of it, the buyer said that he wanted the bag more than the tripod. I know it cost me under $75 but can't remember the actual price. But it is worth a look for that "perfect" bag!


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