A question I get a LOT working at Rule is, “How do you guys choose your bags?” The answer is: carefully. When a new line or an interesting item comes on the market, we either take it is as a demo, or we stock it and try it out. If it’s good, we order more. If it’s bad, we never order it again.
With bags, a lot of us here shoot. We have our preferences. We also rely a lot on our client’s referrals for what they use and are happy with. I’m focusing this blog on Petrol because it’s not a new line of bags, but they’ve made several new developments feature-wise that I appreciate, that other companies have not yet adapted.
The first nice thing, is the inclusion of a line of LED lights on the inside of the bag. Night shoots, especially in the fall go after 5PM a lot of the time. Packing up is often done in the dark, even if shooting isn’t. Being able to open up your bag and see where things go without holding a flashlight in the other hand is an immediate bonus.
The other is that Petrol makes really nice lighting bags. They’re not cheap. But if you’re looking for a bag that is SIMPLE, with wheels, and not overdone, Petrol makes a good one similar to the size of the Arri 3-piece light kit, except in soft-case, hard-foam form. They also make a C-Stand bag, which comes in handy because, let’s admit it, C-stands are usually tossed in the van or truck un-cased, and they are awkward to carry around while trying to carry other equipment.
An interesting addition to the Petrol line is the Cambio bag. Prognosis is still out on this. Petrol is trying to be creative by putting a pull-out tripod on a bag, excluding the need for a tripod. This is something that might seem dinky at first, but if you’re traveling up a mountain and now need a tripod and you’ve got one, this might seem like the best idea ever. In everyday situations though, it’s always better to plan out your shots AND your equipment.
A customer favorite is the Deca-Lightweight Audio Bag and the Deca Eargonizer. These are well-designed sound recorder bags. I pair everyone who is using more than just a sound recorder with one of these bags. For example, if you are using a pair of wireless lavs with a sound recorder or mixer, this bag just makes sense. It’s organized with clear material in the right places and balanced with pockets for EVERYTHING so that you’re not fumbling around trying to separate wires and cords.
That is a quick summation! In another few weeks, we will be stocking the Petrol PC104, the PC302, the Decashell Cam Backpack and the PM805. The Decashell Cam Backpack is of specific interest, as it looks like a normal day backpack, yet holds a lot of gear. It is mostly black with only small labels, so it will not draw attention to the equipment if you are going overseas! Also feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org, or any of our sales reps for more information.
Michelle Brooks, Inside Sales, email@example.com