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Manfrotto Bumblebee-220 PL Pro-Light Camera Backpack

B&H # MAPLB220 Mfr # MB PL-B-220
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Product Highlights
  • Holds 2 to 3 DSLRs, 8 Lenses Up to 500mm
  • Fits Flash and Accessories
  • Dedicated Compartment for 17" Laptop
  • Front and Bottom Access Pockets
  • Tripod Holder / Modular CPS Dividers
  • Rear Trolley Sleeve
  • Water Repellent
  • Removable Rain Cover
  • External Organizer Pockets
  • Modular Removable Cocoon Pouches

The Bumblebee-220 PL Pro-Light Camera Backpack from Manfrotto is an ideal solution for carrying around a full DSLR camera system with a 17" laptop or tablet. It can hold two to three DSLR camera bodies, up to eight lenses including a 500mm with its tripod mount dismantled, as well as flashes and accessories.

A unique design and access pocket allow you to rotate the backpack to your front and get to your camera without removing the bag from your body. The front of the bag unzips to reveal the main compartment and its modular Camera Protection System (CPS). The CPS is made from three layers to provide maximum protection: a brushed-fabric exterior, a shock-absorbing foam, and a structural reinforcement board. The CPS's design concentrates its protection in the center of the bag, where it is needed the most.

Built around the CPS in the main compartment are movable dividers so that you can customize the interior to suit your needs. Two modular removable cocoon pouches help organize and protect your gear. On the top of the bag is an external organizer for a phone, wallet, pens or other small items, and there are three other external pockets giving you plenty of accessory storage.

Two detachable pockets and straps on the side and front of the bag can each be used to hold a tripod or monopod.
Flexi dividers have the option to fold out of the way when needed, or to be pulled out to protect your equipment.
A rain protector is included to help keep your gear dry. One side of it is silver to deflect direct sunshine and help prevent your gear from overheating.
A sleeve on the back of the pack slides over a trolley handle so you can pull the pack along with your luggage.
A sternum strap and a padded waist belt provide additional support for heavy loads.
A buckle on the front of the bag prevents the entire front from unzipping if you are only accessing the top or bottom half of the main compartment.
The shoulder straps stow away into a compartment on the back of the bag for easier use with a trolley handle.
Type of Closure Zippers, straps
Exterior Dimensions 13.4 x 11.0 x 20.5" (34 x 28 x 52 cm)
Interior Dimensions 12.6 x 7.1 x 19.7" (32 x 18 x 50 cm)
Laptop Compartment Dimensions 18.9 x 12.6 x 1.6" (48 x 32 x 4 cm)
Tripod Holder Yes, 2
Waist Belt Yes
Carrying/Transport Options Top and side handles, backpack shoulder straps, trolley sleeve
Weight 6.5 lb (3 kg)
Manfrotto Bumblebee-220 PL Pro-Light Camera Backpack
  • 2 x Tripod Holder Attachments
  • 2 x Cocoon Pouches
  • Rain Protector
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty Extendable to 5 Years with Online Registration
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    ManfrottoBumblebee-220 PL Pro-Light Camera Backpack
     
    4.6

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (5)
    • Attractive (3)
    • Comfortable (3)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Pretty and Spacious: Not for a Long Haul

      Introduction:
      Manfrotto's redesign of the classic Kata bags has seen a handful of slick improvements in the Bumblebee (I mean, other than the name) - notably the reinforced spine to keep your...Read complete review

      Introduction:
      Manfrotto's redesign of the classic Kata bags has seen a handful of slick improvements in the Bumblebee (I mean, other than the name) - notably the reinforced spine to keep your gear from being crushed, well placed pockets, and a very deep and spacious interior that remains fully customizable.

      PROS:

      Spacious:
      The sheer volume of the bag is impressive. I'm a solo shooter, and enjoy having all of my essentials in one place and in a -specific - place so I can get at 'em right away. The Bumblebee is perfect in this regard. Two frames, a 70-200, two other short lenses, two speed lights, triggers, batteries, backups, and a full sized laptop all hide in here without bulging, or awkward imbalances.

      Pretty:
      The dang thing is pretty... just look at it. A nice symmetry, high quality and innovative zippers (that allow you to open from multiple locations), nice trim, water resistant... pretty.

      Great Hand Holds:
      The hand straps on the bag - for carrying it down by your side, hoisting it up into position, or generally moving it around - are superior. Grippy, well placed, and strong.

      CONS:

      High Profile:
      You'll feel like a Ninja Turtle wearing this thing around. The full mass rides high on your back - hey, it's a back pack, I get it - but fully loaded up, it's almost a foot deep. (That's a little over 30cm for the rest of the normal world.) Be careful or you'll be knocking people over as you turn for a shot. Incidentally, it's billed as being "Airline Carry-On Sized," but you won't easily fit the Bumblebee under the seat, let alone the overhead compartment... and you certainly won't gate check your gear, right? Right.

      Heavy:
      The aforementioned spaciousness is awesome when the Bumblebee is on the ground, but remember, you'll have to lift it eventually. Clearly, this is not a flaw in a fairly light weight bag, but I mention it as a segue to my next point.

      Straps:
      This was, ultimately, the fatal flaw in the 220 for me. The straps that bind the bag to your back are well placed, adjustable, and very secure. (You could count on the Bumblebee to stick with you in most any situation.) However, the straps are made out of a rubbery, grippy substance best described as Pain Balm. They're narrow and have a great deal of bite when the bag is even moderately loaded. I suspect that these were created so as to avoid slipping off of a shooter's shoulders, but the net effect is a very, very uncomfortable pressure right over the clavicles... that will not let go. (What ever the straps are made out of is really, really effective... it -grips- I tell yas.) This, however, was just too much for me. If I have to wear this bag for more than six minutes, I'm in trouble. The previous KATA bags had wide straps that were exceedingly comfy.

      Summary:
      If anything, this is an even more well constructed bag than its KATA predecessors; spacious, pleasing to the eye, and with nifty customization possibilities. However, putting it up on your back fully loaded is, quite simply, painful. The grippy straps are just too narrow and unyielding to provide any sustained comfort.

      Conclusion:
      I returned my shiny new Bumblebee, and went back to my shallower (but exceedingly comfortable) KATA bag.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Nice construction but ...

      This is a very nice and comfortable bag. The lens and other accessories can be stowed away in pouches of their own. Very nice when the entire bag needs to be emptied in some...Read complete review

      This is a very nice and comfortable bag. The lens and other accessories can be stowed away in pouches of their own. Very nice when the entire bag needs to be emptied in some Asian airports. The bag fits really well. I have not gone on long treks with this, but have walked a fair bit in a city setting with a bagful of stuff - 5D mkIII, 24-70mm/2.8L II, 70-200/2.8L II, 17-40mm/4L, 135mm/2L and a Speedlight 600. Should be weighing in at about some 30 odd lbs.

      Couple of con I am seeing in this bag is the shoulder pad is very supple, but some extra padding could have helped. Also with all the lenses and the lens hoods the bag appears a little too narrow (this may be related to how I am packing and i will keep experimenting)..

      Overall very nice construct, but the extra padding on the shoulder straps would have helped..

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      5.0

      Wonderful bag!

      By AKS

      from Frederick, Maryland

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Great Features
      • Roomy

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto Bumblebee-220 PL Pro-Light Camera Backpack:

          Ample storage for the pro-photographer too. Enough room for a Full frame body, 2 flashes, 4 lenses (including something as big as the Sigma 150-500), laptop and other accessories. The only negative feedback that I have is that the price of this bag went up around $ after Kata merged with Manfrotto! That's ridiculous

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          4.0

          What all the buzz is about

          By f-stop

          from New York, NY

          About Me Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Great Features
          • Lightweight
          • Roomy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Hiking
            • Outdoor Photography
            • Travel

            Comments about Manfrotto Bumblebee-220 PL Pro-Light Camera Backpack:

            I just returned from Europe having used the Bumblebee-220 Pro-Light Camera Backpack to transport two DSLR cameras and assorted lenses. The pack provided excellent protection during flights and daily driving/hiking activities, and was comfortable to wear for prolonged periods. The waist belt, which is removable, was especially useful in distributing the weight for comfort.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great Bag!

            By KP

            from Jacksonville FL

            Comments about Manfrotto Bumblebee-220 PL Pro-Light Camera Backpack:

            This is a wonderful bag, well made and great styling! Considering the weight carried the bag feels incredibly light. As usual the customer service from B&H is top notch!

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            5.0

            Best Bag I've Owned!

            By mb23

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Career

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Comfortable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto Bumblebee-220 PL Pro-Light Camera Backpack:

                I've been using my Bumblebee for a few weeks now, and I gotta say, I love it. The weight distribution makes all of my heavy gear feel ridiculously light. And everything is so customizable, I literally have no complaints about it. I love that you can remove the waist and chest straps. I never used those and had no purpose for them, so I just took them off! Easy peasy.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                CARRY ON, CARRY ON

                By Gareth The Reaper

                from New York City

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Manfrotto Bumblebee-220 PL Pro-Light Camera Backpack:

                  This bag ... This beauty has saved me. I used to have to find other bags to lug all my equipment around, I was given the option of either the LowePro or this, there was no comparison. This case fits 3 bodies (Cameras, not actual!) , a Sigma 150-500mm lens, Sigma 70-300mm, Standard Sony Alpha lens, a old Konica minolta 70mm lens, 3 filters, 4 battery packs, a monopod, tripod and even has space for more !!! Very very happy with this purchase.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Pretty and Spacious: Not for a Long Haul

                  By Troy from iNk

                  from Grand Island, NE

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Pretty
                  • Spacious
                  • Well designed

                  Cons

                  • Heavy bulky
                  • High Profile
                  • Painful Straps

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto Bumblebee-220 PL Pro-Light Camera Backpack:

                    Introduction:
                    Manfrotto's redesign of the classic Kata bags has seen a handful of slick improvements in the Bumblebee (I mean, other than the name) - notably the reinforced spine to keep your gear from being crushed, well placed pockets, and a very deep and spacious interior that remains fully customizable.

                    PROS:

                    Spacious:
                    The sheer volume of the bag is impressive. I'm a solo shooter, and enjoy having all of my essentials in one place and in a -specific - place so I can get at 'em right away. The Bumblebee is perfect in this regard. Two frames, a 70-200, two other short lenses, two speed lights, triggers, batteries, backups, and a full sized laptop all hide in here without bulging, or awkward imbalances.

                    Pretty:
                    The dang thing is pretty... just look at it. A nice symmetry, high quality and innovative zippers (that allow you to open from multiple locations), nice trim, water resistant... pretty.

                    Great Hand Holds:
                    The hand straps on the bag - for carrying it down by your side, hoisting it up into position, or generally moving it around - are superior. Grippy, well placed, and strong.

                    CONS:

                    High Profile:
                    You'll feel like a Ninja Turtle wearing this thing around. The full mass rides high on your back - hey, it's a back pack, I get it - but fully loaded up, it's almost a foot deep. (That's a little over 30cm for the rest of the normal world.) Be careful or you'll be knocking people over as you turn for a shot. Incidentally, it's billed as being "Airline Carry-On Sized," but you won't easily fit the Bumblebee under the seat, let alone the overhead compartment... and you certainly won't gate check your gear, right? Right.

                    Heavy:
                    The aforementioned spaciousness is awesome when the Bumblebee is on the ground, but remember, you'll have to lift it eventually. Clearly, this is not a flaw in a fairly light weight bag, but I mention it as a segue to my next point.

                    Straps:
                    This was, ultimately, the fatal flaw in the 220 for me. The straps that bind the bag to your back are well placed, adjustable, and very secure. (You could count on the Bumblebee to stick with you in most any situation.) However, the straps are made out of a rubbery, grippy substance best described as Pain Balm. They're narrow and have a great deal of bite when the bag is even moderately loaded. I suspect that these were created so as to avoid slipping off of a shooter's shoulders, but the net effect is a very, very uncomfortable pressure right over the clavicles... that will not let go. (What ever the straps are made out of is really, really effective... it -grips- I tell yas.) This, however, was just too much for me. If I have to wear this bag for more than six minutes, I'm in trouble. The previous KATA bags had wide straps that were exceedingly comfy.

                    Summary:
                    If anything, this is an even more well constructed bag than its KATA predecessors; spacious, pleasing to the eye, and with nifty customization possibilities. However, putting it up on your back fully loaded is, quite simply, painful. The grippy straps are just too narrow and unyielding to provide any sustained comfort.

                    Conclusion:
                    I returned my shiny new Bumblebee, and went back to my shallower (but exceedingly comfortable) KATA bag.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good backpack

                    By Brandon

                    from California

                    Comments about Manfrotto Bumblebee-220 PL Pro-Light Camera Backpack:

                    I enjoy the backpack very much. It holds all my gear with no problems and I use it mainly to travel internationally because it fits perfect into the overhead bin.

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                    5.0

                    Large bag

                    By Mace

                    from Boston

                    Comments about Manfrotto Bumblebee-220 PL Pro-Light Camera Backpack:

                    This bag fits all of my camera gear. I have a Nikon D4,D810, 14-24, 24-70, 70-200, and a 50. All of this fits in my bag along with pocket wizards and a few extras.

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                    3.0

                    Nice construction but ...

                    By Xenos1963

                    from Fremont, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Narrow
                    • Needs Padding On Straps

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Manfrotto Bumblebee-220 PL Pro-Light Camera Backpack:

                    This is a very nice and comfortable bag. The lens and other accessories can be stowed away in pouches of their own. Very nice when the entire bag needs to be emptied in some Asian airports. The bag fits really well. I have not gone on long treks with this, but have walked a fair bit in a city setting with a bagful of stuff - 5D mkIII, 24-70mm/2.8L II, 70-200/2.8L II, 17-40mm/4L, 135mm/2L and a Speedlight 600. Should be weighing in at about some 30 odd lbs.

                    Couple of con I am seeing in this bag is the shoulder pad is very supple, but some extra padding could have helped. Also with all the lenses and the lens hoods the bag appears a little too narrow (this may be related to how I am packing and i will keep experimenting)..

                    Overall very nice construct, but the extra padding on the shoulder straps would have helped..

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Perfection for the Outdoor Photographer

                    By Airbrier

                    from Seattle, Washington

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Design
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Protection

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Manfrotto Bumblebee-220 PL Pro-Light Camera Backpack:

                      The Bumblebee from Manfrotto is a perfect example of why "Italian made" means the best in quality and design. Perfectly designed, with attention to small details like the stitching, multiple zippers and easy to use zipper pulls make the Bumblebee stand out. Shoulder straps are well padded, and there are multiple adjustments to fit for comfort.

                      Inside,storage is incredible, with room for two DSLRs, multiple lenses(including full frame telephotos)and accessories. I've never seen a better protection system in a camera bag or such well thought out design for interior storage.

                      This is a BIG backpack, and if that's what you're looking for, the Bumblebee is for you. It allows you to literally take it ALL with you. You won't find a better designed or more perfectly executed camera/accessories backpack.

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                      • No

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