THE HERALDER 38
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The Heralder Series is a fast-action messenger bag for on-the-move photographers, such as photojournalists and event photographers. With The Heralders Quick Top Access, photographers will never miss a beat of the action, or be scooped by the competition, because it eliminates fumbling with gear.



  • Extremely comfortable, padded anti-slip shoulder strap that distributes weight evenly on your shoulder
  • For 1-2 DSLRs,5-6 Lenses (up to 300 f/4)
  • Padded,15" Laptop Compartment
  • Quick Top Zippered Access
  • Built-in Tripod Sling
  • Detachable Inner Pouch
  • Removable Rain Cover
  • Numerous Accessory Pocket

Availability: In stock

$149.99
# 0X90431

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The Heralder Series is a fast-action messenger bag for on-the-move photographers, such as photojournalists and event photographers. With The Heralder's Quick Top Access, photographers will never miss a beat of the action, or be scooped by the competition, because it eliminates fumbling with gear. With just one quick zip, you'll be shooting in a split second! One of The Heralder's greatest features is a convenient tripod holder, perfect for today's video-driven photojournalist. A tripod can be easily secured to The Heralder's built-in tripod sling. Vanguard's designers know that a great bag is one you want to carry even when you're off the clock. The Heralder's detachable inner pouch lets you remove, and reload, gear in one easy step, giving you a seamless transition from comfortable camera bag to an everyday messenger bag, and back! Other features include an extremely comfortable, padded anti-slip shoulder strap that distributes weight evenly on your shoulders, a padded laptop compartment, numerous accessory pockets to store loose gear and compatibility with other VANGUARD accessories, such as padded lens protectors.

Specs

Body 2
Flash Y
Max Lens 5
Notebook 15"
Shoulder Bag Shoulder bag
Tripod Storage Y
Color Black
Inside Dimensions(LxWxH inches) 15 x 6 1/4 x 11
Outside Dimensions(LxWxH inches) 18 1/2 x 10 5/8 x 13 3/4
Outside Dimensions(LxWxH mm) 470 x 270 x 350
Warranty Limited Lifetime

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Excellent all around bag

by angduque - 5/16/2015
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I am an photography aficionado, looking forward to get better and better. As somebody that's very picky with most things I buy I have always done a thorough research before I purchased each of the camera bags I currently own, which are 4 in total, one of them being the Heralder 38.
I started with my camera gear with a Canon 550D and lens kit, and in the past two years have invested and added a considerable amount of accessories and new lenses, from the large EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II to the compact and neat EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.

Now coming back to the bag it self, as I new that I would expand my camera gear, I looked for a bag that had the following:
- messenger shoulder bag style, with a well padded and comfortable shoulder strap
- could hold and move a considerable amount of gear between cameras, lens, adapters, filters, cables, memory cards, and so on.
- was made of durable nylon with good stitching and would protect it from the weather (had to have a rain cover).
- that was internally well padded and had internal pockets to hold small items
- could hold a middle size laptop like a 13" MacBook Pro
- had external loops or attachment points to expand its cargo capacity with accessory pouches

Well after looking all over amazon and other web sites, I came around this bag which I also checked in some reviews in youtube, so after I was convinced I purchased it and have no regrets. One of the things I like the most is that when the main compartment zipper is fully closed, you can access quickly your camera through a weather sealed zipper atop of the bag flap. This is quite convenient if you want to make a quick draw of your camera, and also don't reveal all of the things you have inside of it. The bag also comes with a well padded sleeve for your laptop that you insert at the back of the main compartment. It also comes with a small pouch to keep small loose accessories like batteries, cables, chargers, etc.

The bag can hold more that it looks it can. Recently I was transferred to work in Mexico, therefore I worried how I could bring all my camera stuff to such a great place for photography in one trip. Well after careful packing, I could fit 95% of all the camera gear I own plus a 13" MacBook Pro. I would like to list it all so you can have a better idea:
- EOS 5D Mark III (Main body)
- EOS 550D (back up body)
- Cybershot S95 (portable camera)
- EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
- EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
- EF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM
- EF 135mm f/2L USM
- EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
- EF 85 f/1.8 USM
- EF 50 f/1.4 USM
- Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fish Eye
- Speedlite 430EX II Flash
- 1x wireless remote RC-5, and a wired Timer Remote TC-80N3
- 1 x ThinkTank Pouch holding the 3 camera chargers with cables
- 1 x ThinkTank Pouch holding standard camera straps, loops, ties, velcro straps
- 1 x LowePro pouch (came with my LowePro D300 AW Bag) holding 8xAA rechargable batteries & charger, and 2x back up camera batteries
- 1 x pouch (the one that came with the Heralder bag) holding camera and lens cleaning kit, plus memory card reader
- 1 x LowePro memory card wallet (came with my LowePro D300 AW Bag)
- 1 x filter wallet holding 6 filters of different kinds and sizes
- assorted photography reference guides, plus camera manuals
- pens, slim flashlight, cleaning cloths, etc
- 1x Cooler Bottle in the left side pocket of the bag
Additionally, I added a Vanguard External Attachment pouch, at one of the attachment points that are placed on the right side of the bag, which would allowed me to stuff some extra miscellaneous items.

As you can see, it holds a ton of things, in a very well protected casing, and best of all I was able to bring it with me in the cabin of the plane and easily store it in the overhead bins like any other carry-on bag.

Now, things that could have been done better in the bag, and that annoyed me a little bit are:
- besides the shoulder strap, the bag has a handle I guess in case if you want to lift the bag temporally to move it around, , or which I also use to assist me when I am going to pick it from the floor to wear with the strap over my shoulder. However, this handle is placed far in the back border of the back, which somehow makes it off balance when you use it and you pick it up, especially if the bag is fully loaded. I solved this annoyance by buying an extra generic shoulder strap which I shorten the most possible and then attached to the D-Rings in which the main shoulder strap is attached, by doing so this extra strap can be used as a handle that runs across the longitude of the bag, making it more stable to pick up than when you do it with the original handle.

Well after a lengthy review, I have to say I love this bag, is made of great materials and very well put together... is not a bag to carry around the city on a lets say "photography walk", but is more like a complete bag to store and move your gear from place A to B. If am going on a vacation trip, or a walk around willing to do some street photography I use some smaller bags that I also own.

I hope this review has been useful

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