ProMaster is a supplier and producer of photography products. According to their website they have been selling products for over 50 years. ProMaster products are sold in retail stores in America, Canada, and Australia, as well as online.
In 2016/17 I was trying to find a nondescript, spacious bag, with plenty of internal padding and protection for my digital and analog gear. It needed to be budget-friendly and still offer great protection for up to two camera bodies, multiple lenses, audio recording gear, and have extra space to carry my journal and other related stationery, but not look like a ‘camera bag’. The Cityscape 150 had those features, so I purchased one for approximately $139.95 AUD from Michael’s Cameras in Melbourne, Australia.
According to ProMaster’s website the interior section of the Cityscape 150 measures 343 mm wide, 229 mm high, and 145 mm deep. It is spacious. On a recent assignment the bag easily carried my Fuji X-T2 with battery grip, two lenses, a smaller padded bag containing my Rode VideoMic Pro and other audio gear, hard drives, various cables, and a pouch for my lens cleaning cloth, follow-focus rig, etc. I often lay my tripod on top of the bag, and feed the main flap through the tripod legs to secure it in place.
The Cityscape 150 interior is padded with dense foam, and has a surface designed for using hook-and-loop foam inserts with. There is plenty of space inside to customise a layout for your specific needs. The interior also features a separately padded slot for a tablet (I have been able to fit an iPad Pro alongside my camera equipment). In situations where you require regular access to your gear the main flap can be folded up and tucked into the back of the bag,
The exterior front of the bag can hold two Moleskine-sized journals (although this will make the main flap harder to close). Underneath the ‘journal pocket’ is a larger single pocket, and two unpadded card storage pouches (I think the product could be improved with the addition of thin padding here). Beneath this is another compartment which is secured with a zip, and has slots for pens, and other loose items.
The entirety of the bag is made from durable, understated materials and features strong stitching. I have used this bag in sun, rain, mud, and snow, both with and without the included detachable rain cover. The main strap is fastened to the bag with metal loops, and features an adjustable padded shoulder strap which distributes weight effectively, making it comfortable even when walking for many hours with a lot of equipment inside.
ProMaster’s Cityscape 150 is a great example of a product that flies under the radar, but reliably does everything that many other products do not. It is a perfect bag for travel, working in the field, and/or day-to-day use. I recommend the Cityscape 150 to any photographer or filmmaker looking for a quality, reliable bag that protects your valuable stills and video equipment.
[The images below are directly from ProMaster’s website.]
Bryce Wilson is a photographer, filmmaker, and freelance photojournalist from Melbourne, Australia.