Review of Vanguard “Bag in Bag” Camera Packs – Great for Travel, Storage, Location Setups & More


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On the lookout for digital camera baggage to guard your picture gear when packing it in a suitcase or carry-on bag? Cease utilizing previous crew socks to guard lenses. The brand new Vanguard VEO BIB picture luggage not solely reply the decision for bag-in-bag safety, they’re primo helpful to move gear to location settings, for cupboard storage and even on a regular basis shoulder carry.

The VEO BIB assortment from Vanguard options thin-but-potent dividers, extremely useful designs and excellent building high quality. Each the VEO BIB F and VEO BIB T can be found in a wise choice of sizes (seven in all) so you should purchase the best dimensions on your wants. However I’m getting forward of the story.

What’s Thrilling In regards to the New Vanguard VEO BIB Sequence?
Jay Hathaway, advertising and marketing director for Vanguard USA who has been serving to me navigate Vanguard merchandise for just a few years now, places it this fashion:

“Vanguard BIB system merchandise are a worthwhile addition to any photographer’s equipment conveyance lineup as a result of they’re each travel and storage options in a single unit,” Jay mentioned. “So, you possibly can pack your digital camera gear within the BIB and stow it in your baggage whereas touring, after which take the bag out and use it as a shoulder bag whenever you’re at your vacation spot. Then, whenever you get house, you are taking it out of the suitcase or bigger bag and retailer it neatly away.”

He added, “They stack properly, too, and are constructed powerful.”

We agree. The outside shell is extremely water-proof and the inner parts are what one expects from a tier-one producer. The dividers are thinner than most, however provide simply as a lot safety—and are simpler to reposition. The partitions are yellow-orange, and that makes it simpler to search out black lens caps and different small equipment, and are non-abrasive.


Jay explains it this fashion. “We have additionally up to date our inside divider system to a better design that permits extra flexibility as a result of they’re thinner—nonetheless, they’re simply as powerful and protecting to maintain gear separate, neat and secure contained in the bag.”



Take a Tour: Vanguard VEO BIB T25
We reviewed the most important Vanguard VEO BIB F36 and VEO BIB T25 luggage, however the smaller fashions are basically the identical aside from measurement and (naturally) capability.

The 5-liter Vanguard VEO BIB T25 jogs my memory very a lot of the top-opening prototype of a Sundog digital camera bag that for years I used each time I visited Gateway Nationwide Recreation Space in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, as a result of each present quick access to the contents whereas defending every part from impression, blowing sand and worse.


Weighing in at 1.2 kilos (520g) the T25 mannequin measures 10.9 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches (285 x 140 x 210mm) externally. For comparability, the smallest bag within the T sequence, the two.5-Liter T18, measures 8.3 x 5.2 x 6.8 inches (210 x 130 x 170mm) and suggestions the scales at 11.2 ounces (320g).

It’s a bit deeper than most luggage of this ilk, and that is nice as a result of you possibly can stow a mirrorless or DSLR with a longish lens hooked up. On this configuration you possibly can pack two and even three further lenses, separated from the camera-lens mixture and one another.

The residing, respiration essence of simplicity, the Vanguard BIB T25 and the smaller fashions T22 and T18 will be snugly packed in carry-on or checked baggage, or carried on the shoulder by way of the included adjustable shoulder strap. There’s no bottle holder, nugatory organizer or place to cover your passport (as if you’d do one thing that careless).

08122022Vanguard.VEO%20BIB%20T%20openThe Vanguard VEO BIB T25 has a baggage trolley sleeve on the entrance that may alternatively be zipped closed on the backside and used to retailer quick-reach issues like travel tickets or a really, very skinny diet-cheese quesadilla. On the again we discover a helpful zippered pouch that may be expanded ever so barely to stow lens caps, filters or media playing cards. On prime, a seize deal with. To this picture envision metallic D-rings on both facet to connect the included adjustable shoulder strap. Easy, clear and useful.

As soon as once more, it is a assessment of the most important BIB T (T25) and BIB F (F36) Vanguard VEO BIB luggage, consequently the smaller variations could fluctuate barely.


Tour the Vanguard VEO BIB F36
The outside dimensions of the VEO BIB F36 are 12.6 x 7.7 x 16.1 inches (320 x 195 x 410mm) and he or she weighs 2.3 kilos empty. The smallest mannequin within the F sequence, the 6.5-Liter F27, is 9.4 x 5.7 x 12.4 inches (240 x 145 x 315mm) and weighs 1.2 kilos.


Reminding one in all a photograph backpack with out completely affixed straps, the Vanguard BIB F36 serves as a shoulder bag or as an tailored backpack, relying on how the strap is hooked up. The BIB F36 offers secure harbor for as much as ten lenses plus mirrorless or DSLR with a 70-200 zoom hooked up. It has a 17-Liter capability and accommodates a pill as much as 11 inches.

08122022Vanguard.VEOBIBF36%20openOn the prime are a pair of metal D-rings that accommodate the exceptionally sturdy snaps that connect the two-inch vast adjustable shoulder strap. The bag hangs out of your shoulder vertically. There’s additionally a nonintrusive haul deal with on the underside. As a backpack, the shoulder strap is threaded by way of a loop on the prime and snapped to loops on reverse sides on the backside. Though I’m assured that this methodology is absolutely dependable, I mistrust material loops, so I attempted this configuration solely with the bag empty.

For those who use the Vanguard VEO BIB F36 as a bag-within-a-bag answer, whenever you attain your vacation spot you will be up and working immediately by snapping the shoulder strap into place. For location and studio taking pictures, the BIB F36 opens absolutely to disclose the total contents, making it simple so that you can choose a lens, strobe or digital camera physique.

It’s superb how a lot this comparatively compact bag holds, definitely sufficient for many studio classes, location setups or impromptu occasions. On the within of the duvet there are three zippered pockets, two material and one mesh, very best storage compartments for batteries, cables, filters and media.

The copious provide of orange dividers are thinner than most—however present greater than sufficient safety. I’m not nervous in any respect about lenses colliding in opposition to one another, even after lengthy journeys within the bag. And the orange shade offers a sharply contrasted background for lens caps, filters and whatnot.

08122022Vanguard.VEO%20BIB%20T%20in%20useWithin the Subject
For years I’ve stored a Vanguard tripod at the back of my Subaru always, not solely as a result of it is compact and sturdy; it possesses the entire bodily attributes I search for in a mid-size travel tripod. My experiences with my Vanguard tripod, that has been subjected to tough use and careless storage, made me predisposed to favor the Vanguard BIB sequence.

My analysis centered on the Vanguard VEO BIB luggage of their shoulder-carry software. Each functioned as marketed. The VEO BIB T25 supplied prepared entry to its contents and was simple to hold due to its streamlined form. The backpack-style VEO BIB F36 handles effectively, nevertheless it should be set right down to open. Whereas each have sturdy shoulder straps, neither has a shoulder pad, so occasional slippage was unavoidable.

I additionally used each to carry picture gear inside a non-photo backpack. They’re ideally suited to this function. When you’ve got a backpack or shoulder bag that you simply actually like nevertheless it doesn’t include any digital camera/lens organizers or dividers, these are simply the ticket.

bib1What’s in a Identify?
The place do the mannequin names of digital camera luggage, picture backpacks and their camera- schlepping kin come from? Leftover Scrabble tiles? I’m wondering. Though typically simple and informative (Peak Design On a regular basis Messenger for instance) the labels typically are obscure letter/quantity mixtures (my longtime favourite walk-around bag, the Domke F-5XB as an example) or seemingly unrelated attention-grabbing names (just like the Crumpler Consolation Zone).

The Vanguard VEO BIB F and VEO BIB T have quizzical names, however that’s the solely fault I can discover in them.  “BIB” is the abbreviation for “Bag in Bag” however who would guess that?

Who’s Vanguard?
Based greater than 35 years in the past in 1986, Vanguard is a woman-owned household enterprise that rigorously plans and controls each step within the life cycle of the merchandise they promote. They create and supervise the idea, design, manufacturing, distribution, advertising and marketing and gross sales. Not like some gross sales corporations that opportunistically purchase and resell merchandise that suppliers randomly provide, Vanguard blueprints and manufactures every part they promote. There aren’t any third-party factories, improvement or design companies, or different outsourcing of any sort within the course of. That is distinctive, to say the least, and it offers them 100% management of outcomes.

Along with picture merchandise like digital camera luggage, picture backpacks and tripods, in addition they produce a preferred and profitable line of sporting optics, together with some binoculars which might be on the prime of each value-for-price evaluation.

Vanguard has greater than 1,000 staff and 0 “middlemen.” Which means the value you pay is usually decrease than market as a result of there aren’t any second-tier resellers or different intermediaries to gather a share and drive up the retail value. In an excellent means, they’re a vertical monopoly in that they depend on inside assets at each step as a substitute of paying a 3rd get together to take part. Along with decrease retail costs, this strategy permits better high quality management and total buyer satisfaction.

That is good, prime quality stuff. The Vanguard VEO BIB lineup is superb for lengthy and brief time period transport, storage and plenty of different actions. As talked about above, they’re additionally useful to transform a daily backpack into a photograph backpack. And with seven sizes out there, you must have the ability to match your wants.

The highest-access Vanguard VEO BIB T-series costs vary from $34 for the smallest VEO BIB T18 to $49 for the T25 mannequin reviewed right here. You’ll be able to order straight from Vanguard.

Costs for the backpack-style Vanguard VEO BIB F lineup start at $59 for the smallest F27 as much as $99 for the F36 mannequin we lined right this moment. Order straight from Vanguard and whilst you’re on their web site, try their binoculars and different merchandise.


Not reviewed on this article, Vanguard presents the VEO BIB Divider S-series gear organizers which might be designed to be used as bag-in-bag however not sensible for shoulder carry. The for fashions vary in value from $119 to $199.

—Jon Sienkiewicz

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