I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect combination laptop/camera backpack for about a year now. Traveling with multiple bags can get very old, and Monfrotto apparently understands that.
In this review, we’ll take a quick look at some of the features deemed most important to photographers and videographers on the road, and why this may (or may not) be the bag of choice for you.
When I first came across the Veloce V, I thought it would be too small to carry my laptop and any significant amount of camera equipment. To my surprise, it not only fits my 15″ MacBook Pro, but the cables, mouse, and power brick in addition to my DSLR, light panel, extra lenses, gels, phone, and a backup video camera with ease.
The main internal compartment measures 14.96 x 11.81 x 4.72 inches with a laptop and tripod compartment measured separately. The exterior measurements of the bag are 16.54 x 13.39 x 4.72 inches which is small enough to fit in an airplane’s luggage compartment and yet large enough to store you gear (including a compact tripod).
I love the way this bag looks. It is discrete enough not to be an obvious camera bag as it it looks like any other backpack out there. It’s also blessedly free of parts that hang out and snag on people and objects as you pass by in a crowded space.
The interchangeable interior walls make it easy to customize the bag to fit your needs, including any odd lenses or accessories you add along the way.
There is a buckled panel along the top of the bag that can be quickly released to give you immediate access to your most needed accessories. I do wish it didn’t have three different methods of closure including a big metal buckle, two zippers, and a velcro closure. The buckle also makes a clanging sound if you don’t fasten it.
The side pockets are big enough for a cell phone or perhaps some extra batteries, but not much else.
The primary zippers are placed just behind the shoulder straps making it very difficult for someone to unzip your bag while you’re wearing it. This is a good security feature, though it does make accessing the bag when you need to a bit more of a hassle.
The laptop compartment is roomy enough for a 17″ MacBook Pro and secure enough to keep most 15.4″ laptops in place during travel. Several smaller pockets are also available here for pens, SD cards, and other small accessories you don’t need in the quick-access compartment.
The bag also comes with two removable exterior straps for mounting a larger tripod. They fasten fairly easily though I don’t know if I would get much use out of them as I typically keep tripods in hand or stored somewhere safely.
This bag can be found for anywhere between $50 and $100 depending where you shop. I picked mine up locally, though a little shopping online uncovered one available on Amazon for less than $60.
It’s an excellent multipurpose bag for the price and will almost definitely be my go-to bag for traveling for the foreseeable future.