Petrol Bags intros Cambio system29 April 2010
One of NAB’s highlights for many was an industry first. Petrol Bags’ Cambio convertible equipment bag/camera support system is a carry-on sized smooth-rolling camera carrier that transforms into a lightweight support system for small video camcorders.
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 bag’s front flap in an open position when inserting/removing the camera or converting to the support system.
Petrol’s proprietary sliding pipe system (SPS) secures the camera and keeps it in place. The bag’s 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 leg’s latch paddle. When using the support system, Cambio’s patented heavy duty, jitter-free wheels and axle can be chocked to prevent rotation, adding extra stability.
Additional features include an open side pocket for holding a bottle of water, front and side pockets for additional storage, an exterior zippered front pocket with a personal organizer, removable rigid internal dividers for custom configuration, and polypropylene-injected legs that lift and safeguard the bottom of bag from damage from adverse elements such as dirt or water.
Suggested list price for the new Petrol Cambio (CA001) is $699 for the bag alone and $799 for the full system including a CMH Cambio Micro Head.