All of the Oscars may have been handed out, but there's still news in the world of cinema. Lowepro just announced a completely redesigned update to their venerable x-Series rollers. And we had a chance to test the Lowepro x300 Pro Roller AW during a week of location shooting with the live action crew from lynda.com.
Led by filmmaker Jacob Cunningham and producer Heather Schuler, the crew packed their Canon EOS C300 Cinema Camcorders, Canon optics, DSLR bodies, audio gear, and accessories into the roomy cargo space of the x300 roller.
"I can't believe how much gear this roller packs," commented Jacob after day 1. "We replaced three bags with the x300."
In addition to its depth and capacity, standout features include: vibration-absorbing, durable wheels with ABEC-5-rated bearings (user replaceable), TSA-approved lock, redesigned MaxFit system that provides maximum protection while taking up less space, sturdy double-rail handle, all weather cover, and removable reserve pack interior.
In the field, I noticed that both tripods and light stands were mounted with the redesigned straps on the side of the bag. And because of its sturdy construction, other bags could be strapped to the extended handle and rolled to location.
The ballistic nylon hardshell exterior offers durable protection all of the gear inside the zipped-up case. Plus, when you're working on location, there's an easy-access front stretch pocket that accommodates a 17" laptop. The no-drop front organizer pocket can handle those small items that you need to get to quickly while on the go.
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