I recently received new gear from my sponsors at Fotacs, the South African distributors for Vanguard Products. Since I will be heading off to Finland for an artist’s residency in October, the addition of the Vanguard VEO 37 Messenger Bag and 235AP Tripod is perfect.
Product Review on the Vanguard VEO 37 Messenger Bag and 235AP Tripod
First of all, this combination of bag and tripod were designed to compliment each other, making it very compact for travel. Secondly, the products are lightweight, yet still allows for maximum storage.
To test the newly received products I headed out onto location in Johannesburg to shoot a commercial test shoot. As I would be shooting constantly I carried my DSLR with a 50mm attached. I was able to hold a 70-200mm lens, light meter and speedlight in the top section of the bag; while the tripod was stored in the dedicated bottom section. Additional accessories like batteries, cards and filters also fit into various pockets designed for their storage. There is also space in the inner lining for my tablet, which I use to reference mood boards and poses. And last but not least, a water bottle with easy access to quench my first while out on my adventure.
The VEO 37 Shoulder Bag is very versatile, as it is totally up to the user how they wish to configure the inner panels. Should you require additional space to carry gear, the tripod can also be strapped to the bottom of the bag. Alternatively, the bag can be converted into a day bag as well. The nifty tripod completely folds into itself. Quick release catches makes it easy to unfold, reaching a maximum height of 1440mm. As with my ABEO Pro tripod the legs have 3 different angle options, while the PH-25 2-way pan and tilt head offers 360° panning motion and front-to-back tilting.
Even though this system is lightweight, the bag becomes quite heavy once packed. I personally wouldn’t be able to cover huge distances with it at my side. However, if you are planning on doing some cycling as I am, it will be the perfect fit for a basket. The Vanguard VEO Collection is a great companion for travel, location work and events; allowing you to carry all you may need to capture your imagination.