There seems to be no end to the gadgets and gear that support the professional photographer who uses small strobes.
Enter the Light Caddy, the brain child of photographer Rob Medina. This looks very much like a golf club bag and works similarly.
You get your light stands loaded up with strobes (it’s designed for use with most speedlights but would support small stands holding small strobes of nearly any type.) You have all your modifiers in place and battery packs charged. Then you throw everything into the Light Caddy and head out.
For moving gear in a convenient and easy fashion around the studio this is a brilliant choice. One of the things I absolutely hate about studio work is the constant setting up and tearing down of the gear. The Light Caddy reduces that problem by allowing me to store the go to stuff in a way that it’s constantly available.
Just like the weekend boater who has to trailer his boat to and from the public dock might be tempted to take a weekend off, I often avoid setting up lights because I am just too lazy to break everything out. This solves that problem.
There are four main compartments on the top for holding your fully assembled gear. There are also custom designed sleeves on the side to hold your umbrellas in addition to the numerous storage pockets for holding strobes, batteries, pocket wizards, diffusers, and any other equipment you need fast access to.
The bag can be carried over your shoulder or rolled. There is a simple fold out support that allows you to leave the bag standing.
In practice, the Light Caddy works well, but has notable limitations. First, make sure the light stand you use will fit. I suspect most of the “strobist” type light stands marketed to and purchased by small camera flash users will fit. But larger stands, such as those often supporting mono lights may not. I suggest contacting the manufacturer to see if your light stand will fit.
I also think the wheels of the unit are a bit on the small side. They offer stability, but I would just FEEL better if they were beefier (i.e., larger & wider) so I know that they can support a full load.
There are no instructions included with the product which is always an oversight in my opinion. You can look at the pictures on the website and figure out how to install the side stand, but still, instructions would help.
In this era of $400 and even $500 camera bags, $179.99 (Plus S&H) seems almost too little for a product like this.
If your light stands are on the small side, I can recommend this product. It’s well made, well thought out and will certainly make your life easier if you find yourself toting around lots of light stands and associated gear.
This post sponsored by the Digital SLR Store