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coverage of the Daka Rally, they are constructed of 900D and ballistic nylon fabrics (which sound amazing, even if I don’t really know what they are) and lovingly cushion their contents in layers of soft padded red fabric. Portabrace has something similar. The Camera Hive Backpack and Slinger uses a honeycomb system of removable padded lens cups to maximize space and protection. Lens cups can be used to support and stabilize equipment or they can be fi lled with lenses, fl ashes, light meters or other accessories. The thick padding and soft interior lining keep everything shipshape and Bristol fashion. The new Peli U160 Half Case Camera Backpack is interesting too. It incorporates a large waterproof, crushproof case to protect cameras and lenses and has moveable cushioned dividers to protect each piece of camera kit. In the hard case category, the same company has “responded to popular demand” this year with the launch of a pink version of its watertight, crushproof and dust proof Peli 1510 wheeled case. Not only an extreme colour, it comes with an extendable handle and rugged wheels and carries the company’s “you break it, we replace it” lifetime guarantee. 44 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 88 APRIL 2014 Audio For sound recordists and production sound mixers, K-Tek has a new audio bag designed specifi cally for the Sound Devices 633 and Zaxcom MAXX mixers. The Stingray features a rigid internal frame that protects its contents and a rigid exterior frame that allows the user to mount wireless receiver pouches or a battery distribution box on the outside. A removable clear cover protects the top of the bag. Transport As its tough-sounding name suggests, the BullDog Field Fiber Transport System is another sturdily constructed innovation. I fi rst saw this at IBC but it is now shipping and will be on show at NAB. BullDog allows camera operators to signifi cantly extend the transmission distance of multiple camera signals, including HD-SDI video, audio, intercom, control data, Ethernet, GPIOs, tally and power. As its maker, Multidyne, points out, it has a rugged enclosure “designed to withstand the harsh environments of sports and ENG applications” and can either operate on a lightweight battery pack or via an optional MultiDyne JUICE power supply. Portabrace also has new bags for the 633 (and indeed the 664 and 788) and the MAXX as well as the Zoom ZH-6. Monitors This isn’t really for extreme conditions but it did catch my eye. At NAB Transvideo will unveil StarliteHD, a new on-board fi eld monitor for cinematographers that is about the size of a smartphone. The 3G-SDI HD OLED device is 5-inches big and includes a high-resolution waveform monitor and a precision vectorscope as well as an embedded recorder for delivering dailies in H.264 on to SD cards. Carefully ‘ruggedized’ it looks capable of withstanding most things, even a client meltdown. Tripods It goes without saying that, by default, tripods have to be sturdy and, as such, manufacturers are always looking for improvements. Sachtler is one such company. At NAB it will show a new aluminium addition to its product line, the ENG 75/2 D HD. This Bear Grylls of the tripod world supports a payload range up to 35kg (77.2lbs), weighs just 3.1 kg (6.8 lbs) and is the “ideal companion” for the company’s FSB fl uid heads. Most interesting for this article, it has been built to operate temperatures ranging from -40 to +60 degrees Celsius.