Petrol Bags Introduced Camio Camera Carrier/Support System

Petrol Bags introduces an industry first the Cambio convertible equipment bag/camera support system. A carry-on sized smooth-rolling camera carrier that transforms into a lightweight support system for small video camcorders, Cambio allows users to travel lighter, avoid waiting for baggage, and set up quickly once they arrive on location.

The Cambio camera carrier has an ultra-wide U-shaped opening for quick and easy access. Inside the main compartment there is ample room for a camera, tripod head, and important accessories. Twin straps of hook & loop material anchor the bags front flap in an open position when inserting/removing the camera or converting to the support system.

Petrols proprietary sliding pipe system (SPS) secures the camera and keeps it in place. The bags interior is fully padded for maximum equipment protection.

Within the Cambio is an expandable (up to 56/142cm) rigid, nickel-plated center steel column. The column can accommodate cameras weighing up to 9.9 lbs. (4.5kg) which allows use of Video DSLR cameras, as well as HD DV models. Cast magnesium lever clamps ensure fast and sure column adjustment. The bag is equipped with a patent-pending frame and axle support trolley with integral handle and camera platform with 75mm ball head mount adapter. An optional lightweight micro-fluid head allows for quick attachment and conventional pan and tilt movements.

The freestanding Cambio is braced by a self-latching extendable aluminum double-bar tube leg. The leg expands and retracts quickly and easily with just the touch of the legs latch paddle. When using the support system, Cambios patented heavy duty, jitter-free wheels and axle can be chocked to prevent rotation, adding extra stability. Check out our interview with the people from Petrol about this product after the break.

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