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Petrol Cambio CA002 Camera Carrier/Tripod Bag Reviewed

Petrol Cambio CA002 Camera Carrier/Tripod Bag Reviewed

The Cambio CA002 is a compact, convenient tripod system and rolling camera bag that eliminates the need to carry even more gear bags.


More than Meets the Eye

The Cambio CA002 doesn't initially turn heads. At first glance, it passes as a simple rolling luggage bag. However, the side wheels extend, small wheel chocks rotate down and a tripod leg extends from the frame. The handle rises 52 inches and supports a micro-fluid 75mm ball tripod head and most cameras weighing up to 9.9 pounds. As the bag transforms into a tripod, it certainly attracts attention.

Standing Tall

Extended halfway, the handle support is stable with large and small video cameras. Fully extended with an over 5-pound camera perched atop, it tends to sway at the end of camera moves. Steadying the handle with one hand while steering the tripod head with the other eliminates most unwanted movement. The included tripod head has locking knobs, a small but sturdy no-tools-required mounting plate and just the right amount of resistance to finish camera moves smoothly.

Keep on Rollin'

The Cambio CA002 provides plenty of convenience. The internal compartments store just about everything a camera bag should. The dividers customize in limitless configurations via Velcro edges. It has ample external pockets and rolls easily on large wheels. Generally, it's suited for flat, urban surfaces rather than uneven terrain. This limitation aside, for traveling videographers who want to be able to stop, shoot from a tripod and then keep rolling, this camera/tripod bag has no equal.

Tech Specs

External Dimensions: 23" L x 14.2" W x 11.8" H
Internal Dimensions: 19.7" L x 11.8" W x 7.5" H
6 Internal Repositionable/Removable Dividers
Maximum Column Extends: 56"
Maximum Column Load: 9.9 lbs
Ball Head Mount Adapter: 75mm
Bag Weight: 16.9 lbs

Strengths

  • No need to carry a separate tripod bag
  • Micro-fluid head allows smooth camera movement
  • Fully customizable internal compartments
  • Multiple external, zipper pockets

Weaknesses

  • Tripod head can be unstable at full height

Summary

The Cambio CA002 is a compact, convenient tripod system and rolling camera bag that eliminates the need to carry even more gear bags.

Camera Dynamics Inc.
709 Executive Blvd.
Valley Cottage, NY 10989
www.petrolbags.com
$800

Mike Houghton is a freelance videographer and an independent filmmaker.

Tags:  June 2011
Mike
Houghton
Wed, 06/01/2011 - 12:00am