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Manfrotto Bravo 50 Backpack Review

Manfrotto Bravo 50 Backpack Review - We review the Manfrotto Bravo 50 backpack, it has a protective removable insert for your DSLR and more room for everyday personal gear.

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Category : Bags, Cases and Straps
Product : Manfrotto Bravo 50 Backpack
Price : £49
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Bravo 50 Backpack

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.

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Manfrotto Bravo 50 Backpack Features

  • 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
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Manfrotto Bravo 50 Backpack Handling and Performance

The Manfrotto Bravo 50 is quite a square bag, that's got plenty of space for all your camera and personal accessories. It has zip closure as well as a clip down flap, making it really secure. Inside, the removable camera insert sits in the middle, and is secured by a tab that threads through a loop. As the bag is quite deep, it can be a bit fiddly to get the insert secured. There is also space for a 15 inch laptop that slides into a padded pocket at the back. Under the flap on the front there is a long zippable pocket, two small pockets and some space for stationery. On the sides there are three more pockets and a tripod strap.

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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.

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Value for money

The 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 Verdict

The Manfrotto Bravo 50 is a well made backpack, that has plenty of space for your every day accessories as well as your camera kit. However it is let down slightly by the positioning of the camera insert inside the bag, which is fiddly to attach and detach, and will get buried under all the other things you put in the bag. If your photography equipment is only a low priority on your trip, then this bag will provide you with a robust, protective and comfortable way to carry your things.

Manfrotto Bravo 50 Backpack Pros

Spacious
Protects gear well
Lots of pockets for all your things
Comfortable

Manfrotto Bravo 50 Backpack Cons

Not 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

ManufacturerManfrotto
Bag type
StyleBackpack
MaterialPolyethylene
Dimensions
Weight1280g
Width175mm
Height410mm
Depth340mm

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