Matt Golowczynski takes a look at one of Manfrotto's latest pro-oriented backpacks

Manfrotto Pro Light Redbee-210 backpack at a glance:

  • Backpack designed to fit two pro bodies and up to eight lenses
  • Water-repellent cover included
  • Separate laptop and tablet compartments
  • Price: £89
  • Website: www.manfrotto.co.uk

Manfrotto aims the Manfrotto Pro Light RedBee-210 at pro photographers, specifically those who have two bodies to carry, one of which is attached to a 400mm (or similar) lens. The main compartment can fit a further seven lenses.

The primary dividers are both generously cushioned and slightly rigid, with Velcro-ended straps on hand to keep a telephoto lens down the centre or other items in this area in place.

Users can access the bag’s contents through the top part of its front, as well as via separate zippered doors on either side of the bottom section. Alternatively, everything can be accessed at once through the back panel, which can be unzipped and folded back.

The inside of this panel has compartments for both a 15in laptop and a smaller tablet, and additional mesh pockets for smaller accessories. This is all separated from the main compartment with a see-through zippered divider, which ensures that everything stays in place.

The back is generously cushioned, as are the wide shoulder straps around it, and this means it sits very comfortably on the back. It would, however, be nice to see some form of padding on the waist strap as its basic design and narrowness are felt in use.

Manfrotto Pro Light RedBee-210 open

Manfrotto Pro Light Redbee-210 backpack – key features

Zip openings

Wide-looped zips allow you to open individual compartments quickly.

Luggage mount

A strap on the rear allows the bag to be mounted on rolling luggage.

Padded base

A well-padded base protects gear at the bottom of the bag.

Manfrotto Pro Light Redbee-210 backpack – our verdict

With excellent padding throughout, plenty of internal space and a reasonable price tag, the RedBee-210 is a great option for those wanting to carry a raft of photo kit and computer gear comfortably.

SCORE: 4.5 out of 5

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