Product Review: Calumet RC2065 Rolling Camera Case
Product Reviewed by DC Area Photographer Jonathan Thorpe.
The Calumet RC2065 is quite an exceptional bag. I’ve used several types of camera bags and styles from backpacks, to messenger bags, finally coming to the realization that a rolling bag would be perfect for me.
First off, I will preface this by saying I need a rolling bag. I have pretty terrible back issues, so anything I can do to keep weight off my shoulders is embraced with open arms. Also using a rolling bag can deter potential thieves from stealing your things. More often than not they’ll assume it’s just a luggage bag, and leave it alone. So functionality and being as practical as possible are both two things that are very important to me.
I can nearly fit EVERY piece of my gear in this bag at one time, including multiple cameras, lenses, and my video gear. Seen pictured here, I’ll go through all of the gear that I would normally carry on a shoot: (keep in mind all of the inserts in the bag are customizable so your own bag variation may be different, but this is what works for me.)
(2) Camera bodies. The bag I’m sure can fit even more than two if needed, but in this setup two professional bodies fit easily
(1) Gopro Hero3 Black edition
I also have a Paul c buff, vagabond mini battery and charger in the center; I can actually fit two of these batteries at once.
In addition to the photo specific gear in the bag, I can also easily fit several pieces of my video gear, including an external Rode mic, wireless mic lavaliere system with headphones, follow focus, gear box with 15mm rails, and two 7 inch external monitors.
The inside pockets all house my camera batteries (6), external monitor batteries (4), various chargers, 5 wireless flash receivers/triggers, and filters. (There’s also a small leather pack that’s hanging on the side of my bag in the picture, which is not included with the RC2065 and hold my business cards)
The RC2065 bag can also store my 15-inch Mac book and my iPad2 in the pockets on the front. The bag has a retractable handle that’s been incredibly durable in use, and if so inclined, the bag even has traditional backpack straps, should you want to carry the bag on your back.
With all of this equipment inside, the bag is still small enough to be a carry-on on an airplane, a huge plus in my book, the last thing I want to have to do, is check my camera bag on an airplane. (Always confirm with your airline on bag specifications for carry-on items, especially for international travel).
Overall, I’ve been extremely happy with the RC2065. The bags versatility and durability have far exceeded my expectations and have set a new standard for rolling camera bags in my book. I remember carrying my bag down some stairs once, when the handle slipped from my hand and the bag tumbled down at least 10 stairs. I was sure my equipment inside would be damaged, but when opening the bag, everything remained in its particular place in the bag, and nothing
was broken. If that’s not enough to make you be excited about a camera bag, then I don’t know what else you would need in a bag.