HPRC3500 First Impression Review
Heya! How have you been? It’s been an interesting time for me lately but before sharing anything, I’d like to share with you what I think of my new camera bag. Yup, it is another gear post 😉
I love a well made, reasonably priced and long lasting product. More so when it is something that’ll be used regularly. I am a gear-head but fortunately for my husband, I only purchase gears that I use and it’s got to last my not so gentle ways. Unfortunately for him, I love all the other gears as well, robots, drones and many other new technologies some of which I posted on my instagram and twitter accounts.
So, this is a review of the hardshell backpack case by HPRC, an Italian manufacturer of advanced protective hard cases. Particularly the HPRC3500. I have a need for a durable, protective case or bag to carry my precious gear for adventures. For when my other camera bags does not suit.
So, the specifications:
- External Dimensions : 19.6″ x 14.57″ x 7.28″
- Internal Dimensions : 17.05″ x 12.56″ x 6.65″
- Weight : 3.6kg
- Features : lightweight, watertight, unbreakable
- Country of manufacture : Italy
- Price on Amazon :£235.62
I am a location photographer, a petite one! So for me, size and weight matters. There are so many camera bag options to choose from but one of the most important thing for me is the overall weight, size and durability. A trendy & well known bag brands or gear is not okay for me if it looks good but not really well made, too heavy or too big. With London as my main shooting area, it must be small and easy to carry. Since I am in the United Kingdom and for the occasions where I’m more likely to get rained on, it must be at least rain/splash proof.
As you can see, I do not carry a lot of gear when shooting. Two or three cameras, my pro lenses, a flashgun & triggers are enough to last me for a whole day. Although I did not “carve” the space for extra batteries yet, I have enough space for it in this bag with this configuration.
This piece of kit is well built and durable. The thick foam protects the back from the rigid plastic and the foam shoulder straps for comfort. The shoulder straps are adjustable and the webbing used are high quality. I like the plastic handle at the top, it is solid enough and won’t rip off like one of my canvas made camera bag. The round bit below the handle is what they call the AirEx. The AirEx is the automatic purge valve. It allows for air circulation inside the bag while keeping water, dust, sand and humidity in extreme conditions. This is a new feature, soon I will be able to test how this works at 80-100% humidity. I will update this post after I testing.
The other feature that I like is the ability to secure the bag with my own padlock/wire. No more inexplicable open zip closures, no more worrying about the contents of the back. It’s locked, it’s safe and it’s watertight. The only thing that’s missing is a tracker 😉 Oh! And it would be great to have the option to by the insert separately as well.
I really like this purchase. This is a great reasonably priced and durable product and it is perfect for photographers who travel often.
Thank you for visiting! I hope this short review will inspire you to get one of these. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂
Gear used: Olympus OMD EM5 & 14-42 kit lens, lit by Bowens Gemini 400RX.