Like a lot of geeks out there, the majority of my money spent is on electronics, and when I buy electronics, I try to treat myself to top of the line equipment when I can. No need to dilly-dally with that mediocre shi…stuff. When I decided that the camera in my life needed an upgrade, go big or go home right? Boom Canon 5D! I like video and photography, and it had the best of both worlds. Now, before too many people start going off on how the 5D is inferior to this camera or that, this review isn’t about that, it’s about protecting that high priced piece of equipment you just purchased.
I have to be honest, when I first purchased my camera, I got a pretty inexpensive camera bag. It was more geared toward the hobbyist cameras than the gigantic in comparison 5D. Don’t get me wrong, the camera bag was great, for a day trip, I just couldn’t fit nearly enough equipment in it for a real shoot.
After searching and searching for the camera bag that fit my needs and wants, shoulder strap, flip top access pouch, plenty or organizational space, I came across the CineBags CB10 Cinematographer. I’ve used a lot of CineBags on shoots, but never the CB10. I’ve never even seen a CineBags Cinematographer bag until some digging on the almighty Google machine lead me to it. And that was the problem, it wasn’t as popular as their Production bag, or their other camera bags, so there wasn’t a whole lot of information on whether or not it was a good bag. Even the pictures I found weren’t all that helpful. Multiple bag models were showing up for CB10 searches, so it made research a bit difficult, and I’m the type of person that researches the hell out of a product before I buy.
I was hesitant. But I decided that since I’ve had great experiences with other CineBags, I would give it a shot, and $229 later (Amazon.com), the leap of faith was taken.
I received the CineBags CB10 Cinematographer bag a couple of days later (Amazon two day shipping doesn’t mess around) and was excited to see if my purchased paid off. The first thing I noticed was the big bold letters on the box “DO NOT OPEN WITH KNIFE”. Thanks for the reminder, because my dumbass has made that mistake before (as I look at my soft case for my lighting kit).
After I carefully opened the package by completely destroying the box with my bare hands out of anticipation, I was pleased with the contents. The CineBags CB10 is of course built with the same quality of other CineBags, and comes with the same heavy-duty strap and clips of all CineBags. There’s also plenty of padding to protect all of your precious equipment. The main pocket has four Velcro (or hook and loop fabric for you sticklers) padded dividers to customize how you want every stored. On the flap of the main pocket, there are two heavy-duty transparent zip up pockets for SD cards, CF cards, batteries or whatever your heart desires.
There’s also a lot more to this bag than the current descriptions or pictures show. The front of the bag flips up to reveal a couple of pen pouches, a large pouch with a Velcro strap to secure it, and another larger heavy-duty transparent zip pocket. It’s all pretty convenient for easy access. Also on that front flap is a large zipper pocket on the outside. And guess what’s right behind that zipper pocket, a larger zipper compartment with yet another zipper compartment inside it. A compartment within a compartment, exactly like Inception. Shut up, it IS exactly like Inception.
On the sides of the CineBag CB10 there are two large pouches that can easily hold a Hytron 100 battery each, and maybe two Dionic HC batteries if you were so inclined. One of these pouches features a flip up ID sleeve, and the other has a PAL system so you can attach more pouches on it if you were so inclined.
The pocket that convinced me to try my luck with this bag, for me at least, was the laptop sleeve on the back. It can hold up to a 17-inch laptop, and there’s a significant amount of padding to protect it. I can pretty much take everything I need to a small shoot in one bag, everything camera wise that is. (I have a separate bag for my G&E stuff.) And even better, on the back of the laptop sleeve, there’s a separator so the bag can be secured to the handle of your rolling bag if you’re traveling. They literally thought of everything when they designed the Cinematographer.
If you’re a cinematographer, you can definitely benefit from the CineBags CB10. There’s plenty of organization to keep everything exactly how you want it, and enough padding to protect it, oh and it’s freakin’ water resistant! I don’t know how water resistant because I don’t want to test it, but given the type of material, it probably does well in the rain, just don’t be pouring buckets on it.
The removable dividers are great to customize the main pocket to whatever camera you desire. My 5D fits in that pocket nice and snug, along with a couple lenses, their hoods, a small LED panel, and a small shotgun mic. This is a great bag, and after about a month of owning it and traveling with it, there isn’t the slightest hint of disappointment with it. The CineBags CB10 is an amazing camera bag.
TheGeekHq Rating: 10/10