The only way I can unequivocally answer with “yes!” would be after actually trying one out. That, given where I live, and the fact that I usually need to order online from overseas with product unseen is a pretty tall order. So the best I can do is look closely at K-Tek’s product shots and video, try to make deductions and ask questions.
When I bought my Tascam DR-70D I looked at a couple of third party bags for it and passed. I did choose the Tascam accessory pack made for the 70D though, the excitingly titled Accessory Pack for DR-70D AK-DR70C. I had read a review where an earlybird DR-70D buyer extolled the virtues of using his on the field in all sorts of weather, almost still wind to blustering, with the AK-DR70C’s fluffy stereo windshield attached.
I saw the Tascam DR-70D as an affordable step up from the indie moviemaking industry standard Zoom H4n and I was right. Had I been able to wait, the recently released Tascam DR-701D would have been an even better choice. The 70D has four channels whereas the 701D has six tracks and those two extras may come in handy. Ah well, the risk of buying too soon.
I chose the 70D for use either beneath my caged, tripod-mounted Panasonic Lumix GH4 or as a standalone recorder with various mics attached as a kind of substitute camera assistant-cum-audio recordist.
With the imminent arrival of a Panasonic Lumix GX8 as second camera to my GH4, both shooting in Leeming LUT One customized Cinelike D photo style for easy color matching, the 70D may see more use sitting beneath the GX8 instead. Main camera handheld or monopod-mounted, second camera tripod-mounted with more mics attached, is one possible solution to richer coverage in single subject short documentaries when the crew consists of me and only me.
Some Questions about the K-Tek KSTG70 Stingray:
- Will the K-Tek KSTG70 Stingray Bag work with the Tascam DR-701D as well?
- If not, is a similar bag for the DR-701D on its way?
- “Roomy interior for XLR and TRS connectors” implies built-in storage space for connectors in both formats. Is that correct and if so, is that referring to the two zipped end pockets?
- “Holes for DR-70D built-in microphones” is excellent for when I use the 70D’s stereo mic arrangement. Is there any windshielding benefit to the case as there is with the accessory kit’s fluffy windshields?
- Like a growing number of indie moviemakers, I have decided to standardize on Røde’s excellent, affordable digital wireless kits. K-Tek shows Sennheiser wireless receivers in use with the bag. Røde’s RX-CAM digital receivers have a larger form factor. Can they be attached to the bag in the same way as Sennheiser’s receivers, as depicted?
- “Full side access” – I chose Remote Audio’s coiled XLR jumper cables to better fit limited space in the backpacks I can carry with my damaged spine and shoulders. Most have right-angle Neutrik connectors at both ends. I picked them for neater, space-saving rigging. It looks like the KSTG70 Stingray is designed only for straight XLR connectors. Is that correct? (If so then I will need to order in a couple of straight XLR connectors.)
From What I See So Far:
Here is what I like from what I see in K-Tek’s movie and photographs:
- MOLLE straps for attaching accessories – I have several bags equipped with MOLLE straps and a few smaller bags that attach to larger ones via the MOLLE system. I like it. I see that K-Tek makes heavy use of the MOLLE system in other Stingray audio gear too. Their KCH2 cable hangers are a smart idea.
- Rigid frame & secure holding – given most camera bags are not really designed for moviemakers’ specific needs, items not used by stills photographers are usually unaccounted when designing bag interiors. Especially audio recorders, microphones, mounts and cables. There is either too much space around audio gear or no room within the camera bag so I often rely on external pockets or suspending smaller bags outside.
- Kick-stand – great for aiding visibility of dials and readout in tight interiors where gear has to be placed on tables instead of its own stands.
- Full access to battery and media compartments – nothing worse than having to dismantle cases, or cages for that matter, when needing to replace either.
- D-Rings, other rigging points and shoulder strap – plenty of times I want to use the DR-70D as an over-the-shoulder field recorder when receding ambient sound so this is perfect. The shoulder strap is not depicted though so I am wondering what it looks like. The pads on too many industry shoulder bags slip and slide incessantly.
- Opening in bag to access tripod mount – I am not so sure I would want to use the recorder in its bag on top of a tripod or monopod very often given the extra weight and bulk, but good to know it can be done easily enough.
K-Teks’ KSTG70 Stingray bag for the Tascam DR-70D (and perhaps Tascam DR-701D?) looks streets ahead of competing products and, provided I can obtain the right answers to my questions, will definitely be on my moviemaking hardware wishlist. Thank you, K-Tek.Is K-Tek’s KSTG70 Stingray Bag for Tascam DR-70D audio recorder what I have been searching for? Click To Tweet
K-Tek KSTG70 Stingray Bag for Tascam DR-7D Audio Recorder
The KSTG70 Stingray Bag is specifically designed for the Tascam DR-70D Audio Recorder:
- Rigid internal vertical frame for strength and stability
- Holds recorder securely
- Full side access
- Built-in kick stand
- Molle straps to attach accessories including transmitters
- Roomy interior for XLR and TRS connectors
- Front flap re-positions for camera use
- Full access to battery and media compartments
- Dedicated opening for tripod mounting or other hardware
- Holes for DR-70D built-in microphones
- Four D-Rings and additional rigging points
- Comes with shoulder strap
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(cover photo credit: snap from K-TEK)