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Handling and Performance
The Manfrotto Bravo 50 is a large backpack with a removable padded insert that holds a DSLR with an attached standard zoom lens and additional lens. It has a tripod strap, and multiple pockets for your accessories and equipment for a day out. It is available in black, navy and white. We took a look at the black version.
- Protective removable DSLR camera insert - holds a DSLR with an attached standard zoom lens and additional lens
- 15 inch laptop slip pocket
- Accommodates your everyday personal gear
- Plenty of easily accessible pockets both zippered and non-zippered
- Padded back panel
- Adjustable shoulder straps
- External tripod connection
- Water repellant
The adjustable straps and ample back padding make the bag really comfortable to wear, despite its square appearance. It's relatively easy to get to your equipment inside the insert when the bag is empty. It appears that the idea is to take the insert out to access your equipment, as otherwise when the bag is full it will be really difficult to fish around and extract your kit. The size of the bag means that it will be great for fitting in everything you need for a day trip, but the design is let down slightly by the positioning of the padded camera insert within the bag.
Value for moneyThe Bravo 50 costs £84.95, which is a lot of money for a bag which in the end has limited space to stow protected camera equipment. Having said this, it is well made, and does have plenty of space for all the other things that you'll need for your trip. Other bags of a similar size will most likely carry a lot more photo equipment safely, for example the Vanguard UP-Rise 46, which retails for £77.98 and will hold a DSLR with attached lens, four extra lenses and a flash unit. Kata also provide good quality bags that have space for other accessories. The Kata 465-DL costs £62.30 and will hold a DSLR, 2 lenses and a flash unit.
Manfrotto Bravo 50 Backpack ProsSpacious
Protects gear well
Lots of pockets for all your things
Manfrotto Bravo 50 Backpack ConsNot much camera equipment space for the size of the bag
Camera insert will be difficult to access when bag is full
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Manfrotto Bravo 50 Backpack Specifications