Time to win with another Orms Connect Monthly Giveaway! Up for grabs is a Manfrotto camera bag – enter now!

Update 23 September 13:30
And the winner is… Ernst Fox Linde. Congratulations Ernst!

Ernst’s favourite feature of the Manfrotto STILE Veloce VII seems to be the extra 6,8 million cubic millimeters he will gain over his old bag!
“This bag is 80mm taller than my current bag, it doesn’t sound like much but if you times that by 340mm and 250mm it adds up to a whack of cubic millimeters. I also love the fact that it is not over branded, looks neat and keeps a slim profile.”

Once again, thanks for all the entries, and remember to check back next month for our October Giveaway!


Update 23 September 12:00
The competition is now closed! Thanks for all the entries and feedback for the awesome Manfrotto STILE Veloce VII. The winner will be announced this afternoon!


Hi all, and welcome to our September giveaway! This month one lucky winner will receive a Manfrotto STILE Veloce VII camera bag worth R1,105! This backpack was created with the serious photographer in mind, offering space for everything you need while on the move. The bag can hold a DSLR with a grip and a 70-200mm mounted, as well as 3-4 other lenses, a flash, accessories and a 17″ notebook computer!

How to enter:
If you aren’t already a fan of the Orms Direct Facebook page, please like it and then return to Orms Connect and leave a comment on this blog post, answering the question: “In your opinion, what is the most useful feature of the Manfrotto STILE Veloce VII?”

1) The competition is open to all South African residents, 18 or older.
2) The winner will be selected randomly, and will need to be a fan of Orms Direct on Facebook.
3) Only one comment/entry per person will count. If you leave more than one comment, it will only count as one entry.
4) Competition closes Friday 23 September 2011 at 12:00 PM.

Please note: We make use of Random.org to randomly generate a number corresponding to the eventual winner’s comment. We run the number generator once – the first number is the winner. All comments get checked for duplicates first and listed with a post number, starting from oldest comment first. The nature of this random system ensures that everyone has a fair chance of winning, which is very important to us. If you post under an anonymous nickname, we will attempt to maintain your anonymity.


Connect Giveaway: Manfrotto STILE Veloce VII

  1. I find that the fact that this bag has a gap for a laptop and tripod is great! Being a photographer who specialises in off-road biking events, who spends days out in the bush and mountains, having my laptop with me to upload my shots is a huge convenience with me, and if I can have all my equipment with me, as well as my lappy, the better!
    Great bag, great features and great space – everything you need in one storage product 🙂

  2. As much as its already been said, holding a 17″ laptop AND a 70 – 200 attached to go with my 1D is by far the best, and with shooting extreme sports in the middle of no where, its a huge plus!

  3. The bag caters for all your equipment needs. It is difficult to find a fairly compact camera bag that will hold the essentials. The STILE Veloce VII allows a photographer to pack everything inside the bag , where with many you need to strap the tripod on the outside. You can see they have thought the layout through at length and it is a definite must for any mobile photographer.

  4. This bag looks like a “quick” easy access , Light and small bag for those small photo shoots. and takes everything to get the job done. Nice i like it 🙂 (random generator please pick me !)

  5. This bag is puuurfectly put together for any photographer, especially myself who loves taking pictures overseas, and locally of course.  Nobody will realise that you actually have your photographic equipment in the bag.  The fact that it can hold my laptop is a bonus, then I can download my photo’s immediately in case I run out of SD space.  Much thought has gone into putting this bag together .. Puuuurfect for any tog! 😀

  6. Besides the space for all the goodies. That one can retrieve your camera with lens attached without having to open the entire bag in crowded or even quieter areas, that is a real security bonus.  

  7. Being able to easily access my camera without exposing the rest of my equipment is essential.  Even more so when working in a public area where anything can happen. Because of this I was unable to carry all the gear I needed and had to settle for the basics.  The security feature in Manfrotto’s STILE Veloce VII is perfect for solving this problem.

  8. This bag is 80mm taller than my current bag, it doesn’t sound like much but if you times that by 340mm and 250mm it adds up to a whack of cubic millimeters. I also love the fact that it is not over branded, looks neat and keeps a slim profile. 

  9. I love how it’s so much more accessible compared to my old Lowepro camera bag, which had a dropdown section for the lenses, body, etc.. This Manfrotto is far more stylish, practical & versatile than most other bags that I’ve seen! I’m sure my equipment would love being housed in this great backpack! 🙂

  10. It is big enough to take all my gear, including my laptop, but small enough to be a backpack, making it the ideal anywhere photographic gear pack.  Another nice feature is theat there is also space for my tripod.  An excellent go anywhere protective bag!! 

  11. Love this bag…mine is getting old and I might loose my gear if I carry on with the old bag.. Orms gives me so much! I love all the gadgets and gear from them! This one’s a keeper!
    Thanks Orms!

  12. The best feature about this bag is that you can load just about any piece of photographic equipment into it and that means on tripod hanging around on the outside. Big plus for me… Now if only I had one of these bags…hmm…

  13. Just LOVE this Manfrotto STILE Veloce VII…..I really need one!  
    Being a travel photographer, I require a bag that I can keep on my back at all times……. my gear needs to be ready for Action (capital A) and it’s safely attached to my back while I travel.  While this bag looks compact, the amount of space inside is amazing and it has quick easy access with strong zips.  Best of all are the space dividers, everything stays in it’s own little pigeon hole,  protecting my Nikon gear from harm.  With my previous experience of Manfrotto bags, the fabric will also be extremely durable and well wearing.  Please let me Win this awesome give away!!!

  14. This is an awesome bag! manfrotto products are always the best for the job! i love the fact that you can fit your camera with its grip on comfortable in the bag as well as a 17inch laptop. Orms your are the best and thank you for always have these amazing competitions! it really helps if you are a student haha 🙂 

  15. Everything, including the laptop, all in one place. Hang it on my back and away I go. No having to try and keep an eye on a camera bag and a laptop bag when travelling. No getting to where you’re going and finding that the lens you left at home, to save space, is the one you really need, because with this you can pretty much pack everything.

  16. Well more than anything else its amazing to see a tripod fitting inside the bag! That’s something amazing along with everything else that can be carried comfortably. All of this in one compact package just hits the spot!

  17. I would love to have one bag that I could put all my gear in… Esp usefull when flying, can stash it in the overhead luggage compartment – cause who wants to be far from their gear

  18. Besides having space for all my gear including tripod and laptop, for me the best feature living in Cape Town is the fact the bag is water repellant, keeping all my gear safe and dry.

  19. Let face it, this is the ALL IN ONE BAG, for those on the move and it gets you more excited than finding a R200 note in your jeans after it’s come back from the wash. Ergonomic, stylish, and fits better on my back then my comfiest pair of briefs. Why would I not want one?

  20. Wow Awesome Bag, really love the build quality of Manfrotto gear, Thanks Orms for these great competitions. The Manfrotto STILE Veloce VII’s best feature is that it can hold a 70-200mm mounted

  21. Looks like a really useful bag to have! Would do wonders fro me when I go traveling next year in South America. Easy access to all my photo and technical gear.
    Thanks ORMS for the great competitions!

  22. People say I have incredible talent,
    that I must do photography full time,
    that I am going to be famous!!!
    Orms and Manfrotto say the STILE Veloce VII will help me do it!!
    I believe in you! 
    I love what I do!
    and to all I say
    A Mighty Thank You!!! 

  23. The fact that this bag has space your camera and notebook makes it a must have especially if you have to pass through airport security when you have unpack your notebook  and camera equipment from two bags to pass through the x-ray search. With this, everything fits into one bag which makes it alot easier and it is only one bag you need to use as carry-on luggage.

  24. This bag looks great – the fact that you can fit camera, lenses, medium tripod and laptop all in one bag.  Most useful feature – the little pen/pencil and phone/calculator pockets!

  25. This is one awesome bag! Love the fact that you can keep everything in one place and not often is there also place for a laptop. The most useful feature would have to be the internal laptop compartment and the interchangeable dividers allowing you to custom fit the inside of the bag. Wow, got to get one of these! 🙂 🙂

  26. This bag is the future for efficiency! Not only does it have loads of protective space for your camera equipment – it has a handy laptop pouch too! Perfect for easy travel! Gone are the days of sling bags and damaged goods!

  27. Besides the fact that it’s a Manfrotto, the most awesome thing about this bag is the fact that it can hold a laptop. Perfect for those long weekends where you can actually download and see your images in the field! Great idea for a competition! 
    *holds thumbs*

  28. There isn’t any one best feature of this bag – the bag as a whole is amazing! Camera, lenses, flashes, accessories and then still your laptop! All this in a stylish, comfortable package offered by a well known leader in the Camera equipment market. I want it!

  29. This bag is so cool. I love the fact that I can have my camera with a grip fit in comfortably and a 17″ laptop which I have. trust me finding a bag to fit that beast into is a mission. so perfect for my line of work. hope I win this time :-)…fingers crossed

  30. Manfrotto products are a must, I have a number of their reliable, sturdy, trustworthy products, back packs work, my current slingshot is too small for all my equipment purchased at ORMS!  love being organised!   Manfrotto and Orms ROCK

  31. I would LOVE to have one of these bags! Most useful feature is it opening at the back & for me, not having to take a 70-200 lens off my camera every time I want to pack it away!

  32. I love Manfrotto, have had their products for years now. This backpack is superb. I love it that it can hold a smaller tripod and even my laptop – fantastic for overseas travel. Sort of takes care of everything!! Thanks Orms for another great competition!! You guys are the best!

  33. INNOVATIVE! A tripod fits into the camera bag! WOW! This bag is truly amazing!!!! Finally a bag that also fits a 17″ laptop, never-mind the fact that a tripod fits too! Very thoughtful for us photographers. We need free hands to be able to carry all other equipment and this bag sure helps you do that! I would love to have one. Definitely a winning bag!

  34. We just had a baby and I purchased a Canon 600d to capture the precious memories so I am a complete novice / “idiot” when it comes to any gear. This bag is awesome and I would like to own one because all my money is spend on buying disposable nappies at the moment. Keep up the great competitions ORMS

  35. I currently have a Lowepro Fastpack 250 and it can hold my two bodies, lenses, flashes and laptop. It unfortunately does not have space for a small tripod/monopod/lightstand. This makes the Veloce VII a pretty good replacement.

  36. The best feature would be storage for a mini tripod in the Monfrotto bag; accompanied by storage for a laptop; which is great for protection against bad weather elements or photographers on-the-go.!

  37. this bag rocks! I have been looking for a camera bag that I like everywhere… Hongkong, Dubai, and Germany, but nothing close to perfection like this manfrotto style bag! its perfect!!!

  38. Seriously like the ability to retrieve camera (with lens attached) without having to
    open the entire bag – as you say in your write-up, “In the middle of a crowd, that’s a real security
    bonus.” As a Joburg Photowalker, who often walks for hours on end in some very, shall we say “interesting” places, what can I say – this is brilliant

    Plus, of course, since it is Manfrotto – one needs that ability to strap a tripod to the back – and one assumes this is done a whole lot better than other camera backpack.

  39. The Manfrotto STILE Velice VII has so much space to allow me to carry alot of my gear whether I’m hiking up a mountain, on my motorbike.. No need to being two bags with anymore!

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