Object of Desire: Manfrotto Manhattan Collection

August 18, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

New York City may consider itself the archetypal metropolis, but Manfrotto’s new Manhattan gear bags will be right at home on any bustling city street. The line consists of the Mover-50 backpack, the Speedy-10 messenger and the Changer-20 shoulder bag. All the bags feature a shape-shifting Flexy Camera Shell divider system that can be molded around your unique collection of gear. The Flexy Shell can be pulled from the bag entirely, too. The bags’ exterior features a hidden tripod strap, plus additional straps and webbing for attaching extra gear. They offer water-repelling exteriors and come with a rain cover. The Mover-50 can hold a DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached and up to four additional lenses, a 15.6-inch laptop and a 10-inch tablet. The Speedy-10 can house a mirrorless camera or smaller DSLR with a zoom attached and a pair of additional lenses. It can also house a 12-inch laptop and an iPad Pro. The Speedy-10’s chest strap doubles as a trolley strap. The Changer-20 is roomy enough for a DSLR with 70-200mm, f/2.8 lens attached and two extra lenses, a 15-inch laptop and a 10-inch tablet. It comes with a shoulder strap but can be converted to a backpack thanks to an extra strap stowed in the back pocket that attaches with the shoulder strap to a pair of rings on the bottom of the bag. Handles tucked away in the side pocket can be pulled out to transform the bag yet again—this time, into that most urban of accoutrements, a tote bag.

PRICE: $100 (Speedy-10); $120 (Changer-20); $160 (Mover-50)