From bags, to tripods, and gadgets: were there any standout products that people picked up?
This year, I picked up a new Pelican Air, a Peak Design pouch, and some dongles for my MacBook Pro. A very exciting year, you can see. Looking back, it’s interesting to see which bags and tripods are popular right now, so let’s dig into the data.
The data we have for this article largely came from B&H, who are only counting the final quarter. LensRentals has some interesting insights too, and of course, online recourses like 500px don’t have metadata on the camera bags people are using.
Most Popular Tripods
- Manfrotto MT190XPRO3 three section
- Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 four section
- Manfrotto 190go! w/ twist locks
- Benro TMA38CL Long Mach3 Carbon Fiber w/ twist locks
- Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber
I expected Manfrotto to do well here, although it’s funny that neither the really compact nor heavy duty tripods made it onto the list. I actually own a Manfrotto tripod from this list so I can attest to the popularity in some sense. For the size and weight, they’re incredibly handy and do most of what I need.
Most Popular Bags
- Manfrotto Windsor
- Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW
- Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II
- Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L AW
- Lowepro Flipside 300
I’m a big fan of Lowepro’s backpacks, and the 450 AW is probably my favorite. Still though, I’m surprised that it’s so dominated by a single brand. Where’s Peak Design? Bear in mind that for B&H, Manfrotto and Lowepro have the most amount of available backpacks.
Ruggard and Tenba are killing the shoulder bag game. Again, I'm surprised Peak Design isn't on this list, but I suspect the incredibly affordable options from Ruggard are pushing the competition out. I'll bet lots of people received new cameras in Ruggard cases this Christmas.
Most Popular Monolight
- Godox AD600Pro Witstro All-In-One
- Profoto B10 OCF (single head)
- Godox AD400Pro Witstro All-In-One
- Interfit S1 500Ws
- Interfit Honey Badger 320Ws
Leaving the best for last. Recently, Lee took a look at the Profoto B10 and the Godox AD400Pro, putting them head to head. In my eyes, they’re both at the cream of the crop, and the stats prove it. Which do you prefer?
So that's 2018 wrapped up. Here's to 2019, and the gear that might be released. NAB is in April, but CES starts next week! I’m not holding my breath for a Sony a7S III, but I’d love to see more info on Panasonic’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. Also, will Apple bother to update the MacBook Pro when they’ve just done a decent job with the new Mac Mini? What do you see coming next year?