Earlier this month, we were contacted by a new company called Miggo. They told us they have a new revolutionary camera bag which they’ll start fundraising on Kickstarter very soon. And asked if we are interested to try out their early samples.
So I watched their introduction videos, and it is really quite an interesting new idea, so I said yeah I would be keen to give it a try and a box with some pre-production Miggos arrived my door the following week.
Miggo was started by people who have previously designed bags for KATA. I’ve used quite a few KATA bags so I’m pretty interested to find out what the Miggo team came up with.
The concept behind Miggo is actually pretty simple. Usually when we go out with a camera, we carry a camera bag to protect the camera, but we might also carry another bag for the our normal daily items and it means we end up carrying two separate bags which is just cumbersome. While there are some camera bags that are designed as a multi purpose bags, they are usually camera focused and not the most suitable design for you to carry your non-camera items. So the team at Miggo came up with the idea which works the other way round, instead of putting your camera into your camera bag, you still use your normal day bag and you put your camera inside it. But your camera will be wrapped around and protected by the Miggo which is also a camera strap.
Miggo has designed two products. One called “Strap and Wrap” and the other called “Grip and Wrap”. As the one I received are early pre-production samples, they came with no packaging or instructions but Ohad from Miggo has also sent me some video instructions on how to use the Miggos. To be honest even without the instructions, its still not hard to figure out it by myself.
Miggo Strap and Wrap
The “Strap and Wrap” is a bit like a camera neck strap, with the camera attached to one end using the camera’s tripod mount and provided steel screw. There is a little pocket on the strap for you to store your lens cap when you are shooting. But the most clever thing about the Strap and Wrap is the big zip in the middle which allows you to transform it from a neck strap into a long wrap so you can wrap the camera inside it in literally a few seconds. You can then put the wrapped camera into a normal bag and no need to worry about it being damaged or scratched.
It’s a neck strap
And now it’s a camera wrap
Even with its unconventional design, the Strap and Warp feels really comfortable when you wear it around your neck. The slightly elastic fabric with the paddings inside and shape of the strap make the Miggo Strap and Wrap one of the most comfortable camera neck strap I’ve ever used, on a cold day at least. On a hot day, my neck does feel a bit uncomfortable.
There are two things I don’t really like with the Miggo strap and wrap. Firstly, the strap near the base of the camera is quite wide ion order to protect the camera, unfortunately it also makes holding the camera a bit harder as the strap is blocking your hand slightly. The second thing is, with my Olympus EM5 attached to the Miggo, the camera has a tendency to point downward or even towards my tummy instead of forward when I’m wearing it around my neck. This is not really a biggie but I just prefer the camera hangs vertically with the lens is pointing forward.
Miggo Grip and Wrap
The Miggo “Grip and Wrap” is quite a bit smaller than the “Strap and Wrap”. Instead of being a neckstrap with a big zip in the middle, it’s much shorter and is a wrist strap. You attach the camera to one end just like the “Strap and Wrap”, and you can put your arm through the big hole in the other hand and the “Grip and Wrap” is your camera wrist strap. When you are not shooting, you can remove the camera from your wrist, and quickly wrapped the camera around with the “Grip and Wrap” and throw it into your normal bag. There is even a little handle so you can just carry the camera by itself if you want. Just like the “Strap and wrap”, there is also a little pocket for you to store your lens cap when you are shooting.
There is also a pocket for storing the lens cap just like the Strap and Wrap
The quality of both Miggos are as good as what you can expect from any leading brands. High quality fabrics, zips and steel screws are used and everything is stitched together professionally. The samples I received are designed for the smaller CSC (mirrorless) cameras but they also have a bigger version for the DSLRs. The DSLR version of the Strap and Wrap is also quite a bit longer so you can wear it like a sling strap.
Frankly the Miggo isn’t the best for photographer who’s carrying multiple lenses, as each time you mount a different size lens, you should adjust the mounting position on the Miggo (and you probably want to use a proper camera bag anyway). But for people who only carry one camera with one lens when they go out, the Miggo is really a great new way to carry your camera. It’s easy and simple to use.
While both Miggos are very creative designs, personally I prefer the “Strap and Wrap” a bit more as I find it more comfortable to use with my Olympus micro four thirds camera.
It’s really good to see people who can think outside the square and came up with innovative ideas on something as common as camera bags/straps which have been around forever. While the Miggoes are not perfect, the guys at Miggo has done a great job designing the Miggo and turning them into actual products. Their kickstarter campaign starts today so if you are interested into getting one, you can go to their website and support them.
Reviewer: Richard Wong
Richard is a multi-award winning wedding/portrait photographer based in Auckland, New Zealand. Richard’s website is www.photobyrichard.com and his facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/PhotoByRichard
Richard is also a contributing writer for the D-Photo magazine. (www.dphoto.co.nz)
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