The Flash Bag is a camera bag with a built-in reflector—or a reflector with a built-in camera bag.
If you're a lover of gear gadgets, Betabrand's Flash Bag might be right up your alley. A camera bag with a similar design as the Timbuk2 satchel, the Flash Bag features under flaps with reflector material built right in, so if you're in a pinch, you can use it to add a little more light to your subject. It's also a pretty damn good camera bag, made with eight pockets, removable velcro dividers, and 100% water-resistant material.
- Classic messenger-bag style: two side-release buckles + adjustable shoulder strap.
- 100% water-resistant polyurethane (PU) coated nylon.
- Foil print under flap reflects light!
- EIGHT pockets! Zip-secure front flap and patch pockets (two smaller pockets inside), padded zip-secure back pocket (fits a 15” laptop comfortably), two side pockets, and exterior zip-secure flap pocket.
- Removable velcro dividers create custom compartments for all your camera gear.
- Detachable cross-strap.
- Handy built-in handle inside.
- Weighs a paltry two pounds, sports a 17-liter capacity.
Now, while the Flash Bag might be an interesting product, it's not really meant to replace any of your professional/dedicated light modifiers, and there are a bunch of portable modifiers, like a Rogue Flashbender or the Flash Disc from Fstoppers, that are small enough to fit in pretty much any camera bag. However, the Flash Bag meant to provide a possible solution if you find yourself in a situation in which you don't have any other option. So, maybe your actor needs a little more light added to their face, but you've used up all of your bounce cards—"Oh yeah! Grab my Flash Bag!" Or maybe you're a documentarian and you stumble upon an unplanned interview opportunity—you've got your Flash Bag to bounce a little bit of light on your subject so they're not completely obscured by low light.
The Flash Bag retails at $98, but is currently going for $84 while they go through their crowdfunding campaign. If you want to learn more, head on over to Betabrand.