My first impression as soon as I open the box was, WOW!
The Manfrotto Pro Light Reloader 55 does not only looks good, but it has a high quality build as you would expect from Manfrotto. Just at a first glance you can tell the Roller was build for all type of occasions, ready to take your gear anywhere you want.
The size of the Manfrotto Pro Light Reloader 55 its great, perfect for the traveler photographer to have it as a carry-on. I love the the combination zipper lock, perfect to keep it all locked and secured. As a 6’2” male it felt comfortable rolling it around, the side handles are placed perfectly for those places hard to roll, and the wheels roll smoothly trough most terrains.
The exterior compartment fits my MacBook Pro and my iPad perfectly and it even has a loop to lock the zipper with a lock. The flexible dividers and exchangeable dividers makes it easy to fit all type of gears from DSLRs to video Camrecorders, and even lights! It will most likely fit all your gear and keep it protected without any problems.
I was able to use the roller in the three different events. One of the events I decided to test the roller was at a concert. Most of concert you have limited time and place to be at, in this case I had all access to move around and the time to do anything I wanted. In this case the Pro Light Reloader 55 was not able to shine because to its size. Even though I had all access, it was hard to move it around from one place to another due to the amount of people around. Instead I decided to take out my two bodies and have different lens while I left the bag in a secure place. Knowing that it was locked and no one could get in it was a peace of mind. Having all my gear easy to get to was great! I was able to take the shots I needed and even do some video.
Let me tell you where this bag shines is at weddings or events alike. After doing countless weddings and sweet fifteens, tired of carrying my gear on my shoulder, the Pro Light Reloader 55 is a life saver! I think at one point all photographers get tired of carrying their heavy gear in their backs and shoulders. Being able to just roll your equipment around to get the job done its a lot easier and convenient. You are no longer limited to two or three lenses, instead now you have the space to have all your lenses and lights to fit all your gear. Limiting yourself to carry your gear is like limiting yourself to get all the images you want. Taking those Macro shot of the details, those wide angles shots of the venue its what makes your work more valuable.
Some people might think is silly to walk around rolling a carry-on size bag everywhere you go, but after spending a few Hundred dollars in Chiropractor after every event, its the smart thing to do. We all know carrying our gear for more than 8 hours can be a little painful at the end of the day.
During this past wedding and sweet fifteen event, I’ve found my self confortable going from one place to another with ease and no issues. The capability of having my gear with me made my job easier, and the best part pain free!
Over all I am extremely happy with the Pro Light Reloader 55. The build quality, the access of the exterior and interior compartments, and the easy to remove and move the dividers. I see my self using this bag for most of my events, my next goal its to fit a moonlight inside with some of my gear for a small photoshoot and see how it goes.
I’ve always encounter a problem traveling with my gear, at least now I know that will no longer be an issue.
My Gear in my Pro Light Reloader 55
Camera: Nikon D810, Nikon D4
Lens: Nikon 12-24mm 4, Nikon 14-24mm 2.8, Nikon 24-70mm 2.8, Nikon 70-200mm 2.8, Nikon 10.5mm 2.8, Nikon 50mm 1.4, Nikon 85mm 1.8, Nikon 105mm 2.8,
Flash: 2 Nikon sb910
Microphone: Nikon ME 1
Accessories: Memory Cards, Batteries, small light LED
Computer: MacBook Pro, iPad Air 2