Kit bags for videography

Kit bags for videography showing the three bags discussed.
Kit bags for videography showing the three bags discussed.

Working as a freelance videographer for over 15 years, I know that the right kit bags for videography have really helped me manage all my kit for filming. I usually film on my own, so being able to transport everything I may need for any shoot safely, securely and in a manageable way is very important to me.

Filming kit bags

Depending on what I’m filming and what equipment I need, I will determine which kit bags or collection of kit packs I will take.

The three bags I’ve used the most over recent years are the Peli 1615 Air, Kata Beetle 282 rucksack, and Think Tank Video Tripod Manager 44. I can manage all three bags fully loaded on my own and get them into a taxi. They can also fit onto public transport if need be.

Kata Beetle 282 rucksack

Showing open but packed Kata Beetle 282 rucksack.
Packed Kata Beetle 282 rucksack.

I purchased this rucksack when I first started working as a freelance videographer, and it’s still in great condition. Unfortunately, it is no longer available. After searching for a link to share, I saw that Kata bags were all rebranded under the Manfrotto label.

I generally use this rucksack to carry my main camera body and a spare camera body, additional lenses, batteries, data cards, lenses, a 7” production monitor, HDMI cables, sound gear, radio mics, headphones, camera sensor and lens cleaning kit. This rucksack has straps that connect at the front chest and waist to help secure heavier loads. The four side pockets are great for keeping anything you might need quickly. A padded space is under the opening lid to store a laptop in its protected area.

Showing an open Kata Beetle 282 rucksack and the kit that fits inside.
Kata Beetle 282 rucksack and the kit that fits inside.

Think Tank Video Tripod Manager 44

Showing full but open packed Think Tank Video Tripod Manager 44
Think Tank Video Tripod Manager 44 packed for filming

This Think Tank Video Tripod Manager 44 is a strong, well-made cushioned case with robust handles on all four sides and robust, smooth wheels. I usually use it to pack all my heavier gear. In this case, I can fit any of my tripods, or even a few of my smaller tripods, for multi-camera shoots and still have room for more gear. I generally use it to pack my grip gear and any lighting I may need.  It comes with a lock and cable, so it can be secured if need be.

Showing empty Think Tank Video Tripod Manager 44 and what kit fits in it.
Think Tank Video Tripod Manager 44 and what kit fits in it.

Peli 1615 Air

This Peli 1615 Air weighs just over 6kg, has a 71L capacity, and has a long retractable handle and wheels. The Air range is 40% lighter, so it’s a great investment, especially when you’re filling it with heavy filming gear. I use it as an empty case with no foam insert, so I can fill it with anything else I need on a more complex shoot.

Other filming kit cases

I also have a Peli 1560 case if I need to take more kit. Some of my kit comes with its own cases with handles, like my tripods, monopod, slider, Glide gear teleprompter, Aputure Amaran RGBWW lights and modifiers, DJI gimbal and Samyang prime lens set.

Filming kit protection

The main point is to ensure that you protect all your expensive filming gear with the most suitable kit bags for videography so that it is not damaged in transit and is always ready for use.

Kit prep the day before

I’ve always found it very helpful to pack my filming kit the day before any filming day. This gives you time to test everything beforehand and ensures you have the time and head space to think about what you might require and need to pack for any shoot. This also means you know what you have with you and where it is, so you can quickly find it to help you film anything efficiently.

If you have any questions about kit bags for videography, please get in touch.

Julian Langham

Julian started his career in media in 1994; shortly after Julian was invited to join the BBC where he was quickly promoted to Editor. Julian left the BBC to develop his freelance career in 2009. Highly-practised and skilled in constructing engaging narratives, Julian’s key strength is his ability to produce strong visually-led stories. In his work, Julian shares his passion for creating powerful synergies between story content, visual rhythm and music.

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