Now back in November, the kind folks at Seaport Digital sent me their new i-Visor Pro LSP
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I have always said having the right gear to assist you with your photography is a must; it makes your life so much easier and allows you to concentrate on capturing the image.
Itís only once or may be twice a year I get really excited about new gear and Iím pleased to say, that having Seaport Digitalís i-Visor Pro LSP laptop bag for the past 7 months this is one of those moments.
For my photography laptop, I have now left at home my trusted and much loved ThinkTank Photo Artificial Intelligence 17 V2.0
laptop bag, plus their Pixel Sunscreen
and Gitzoís G065
tripod platform as they are three separate items to lug around, where Seaport Digitalís i-Visor Pro LSP does it all in one.
I know when I pick up the i-Visor Pro LSP; I have all I need to process images on a shoot.
The main function of the i-Visor Pro LSP is a laptop bag that photographers can keep all your laptop accessories within, now I hear you say, thatís what all laptop bags do. Well the difference with the i-Visor Pro LSP, is the inspirational design and the two additional features. The case comes with a removable metal built in platform so you can mount it on a tripod and that within the case roof are three darkroom panels, (top and sides), that shades your laptop screen from any natural or artificial light, allowing you to view your images on your laptop in the field, including wireless or cable tethered shooting.
As I say in the base of the case is a removable metal platform that fits the standard 3/8Ē tripod collar screw, for safe and secure mounting to any tripod. Because of the way I shoot, I have made one small addition to the bottom of the platform, by adding a removable Really Right Stuff multipurpose rail, (Arca Swiss type), MPR-73
, which allows me to use my quick release, Really Right Stuff support gear and ball heads with the i-Visor Pro LSP.
When you use the case with your laptop, up to 17Ē, it sits on top of two Velcro adjustable secured spacer bars located within the case, which raises the laptop out of the case for easy access and allows air to circulate around the laptop, so its fans are not constantly draining your battery flat.
The i-Visor Pro should stand up to almost anything as itís made from heavy duty nylon with extra strong zips. The attention to detail is great, what I really like, itís a very small detail, is the little pocket to tuck the platform zip puller tidily away, so that the zip puller doesn't get broken or snagged.
Even more inspiring design features are the three large outside zipped compartments, just ideal for your power supply, hard drives and much much more. A nice touch is the larger oversize pocket which easily holds documents, magazines, brochures, well I use it to hold and transport my Wacom Intuos 4 Medium tablet, and you wonít know itís even there!
Now what do I get in my i-Visor Pro LSP;
Sizes and Weights;
- Laptop 17Ē
- Power supply for laptop with worldwide plugs.
- 2 extra batteries for laptop.
- 2, 1TB portable hard drives and their cables.
- Wacom Intuos 4 Medium tablet, mouse, pen, pen holder and cable.
- Really Right Stuff MPR-73 plate and tools.
- Lens cleaning cloths and screen cleaner.
- With space for much much more....
- Nominal Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz with Platform.
- Nominal Weight: 4 lbs. 14 oz without Platform.
- Nominal Outside Dimensions: 19" x 13" x 4".
The guys at Seaport digital have also thought about your investment in their gear, the i-Visor Pro LSP comes with its own protection, a weather proof case for while you are carrying it around and a separate dust jacket for while itís not being used.
The only negative I can report on and itís really small, if you are a flying photographer, the weight with the removable platform is nearly 7lbs, so it could eat up a large amount of any luggage allowance, as I said the platform is removable, so this part of the laptop bag could be left at home, go with your checked luggage in the belly of any plane with your tripods, or as I do, said it ahead of time with UPS / FedEx.
I have thrown a lot at my i-Visor, in our out of cars and vans, in the rain and itís worn well, with very little show of wear, so Iím pleased to say I will get years of use out of it.
I will never leave home without my photographic laptop in itís i-Visor Pro LSP laptop bag as itís now been a permanent part of my day to day photographic life for the last 7 months.
I would recommend to any photographer, whom wants to see their images on their laptop as they shoot, to invest in an i-Visor Pro LSP.
Images supplied by Seaport Digital