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Small, Perhaps Too Small
on May 11, 2012
This is a small sling bag for SLR cameras. The main compartment is big enough (7" x 7") to hold a camera with a medium-sized lens attached. If you use small lenses, you might be able to carry an extra lens in the main compartment as well, in one of the two adjustable side pockets (2 ¼" each). There is also an arched compartment at top of the bag (7" x 4 ½" at the peak). On the front of the bag there is a zippered pocket. Inside the pocket is a mesh pouch as well as an inner zippered pocket. And there is a smaller zippered compartment on the outside of the pocket. According to the picture on the label, the single strap is designed to go over your head and rest on your left shoulder. To access the bag, you lift up with your left hand, pulling the bag under your right arm, putting the main compartment within easy reach of your left hand. Thus, this bag is particularly good for lefties, although it's not really inconvenient for righties either. The bag is well padded throughout, and feels reasonably water resistant, although it does not include a waterproof cover. The pull tabs on the zippers are strips of nylon attached with metal rings to the zipper heads.
I like the concept of this bag a lot, but its extremely small size makes it almost too small to be useable. Most of the time, I carry a Nikon D90 with an 18 x 200 mm lens attached that is 72 mm wide and 4" long. With the lens attached to the camera, it barely fits in this bag, and I have to jam the strap into the bag--it takes a bit of effort to get the zipper closed over the strap. There is no room for the lens hood if it is on the lens--I have to take it off and slip it sideways into one of the side compartments. Even without the lens hood in a side compartment, I can't fit my other favorite lens in the main compartment of the bag, a 70 x 300 mm lens that is 62 mm wide. I can't zipper the main compartment shut at all with that lens on the camera--at 5" long, it just won't fit. So if I want to take that lens along, it has to go in the upper compartment, where it rolls about unsecured. Not good. I do like the pockets on the front of the bag, though. They provide plenty of room for extra batteries and memory chips, perhaps a pencil or pen, even room for a cell phone or other small device, all well secured in mesh or zipped spaces. And overall, the bag is extremely light, so it's quite comfortable to carry.
The single strap is well padded, but it lacks any kind of stability strap on the side, so the bag tends to slide around. If I'm kneeling down, trying to get a close up shot, the bag often slips around and jams my left elbow just as I'm ready to click the shutter. On the other hand, the single strap comes with a very long piece of strap extension, that is secured with a strong Velcro loop. The straps have led me to try an off-label use--tying the bag to my bicycle handlebars for quick front access to my camera while riding. I've been searching for a good camera handlebar bag for several years with no success. Only one company seems to make anything resembling a camera handlebar bag, and even that one is only an insert, where you have to buy a general use bag, then buy a camera insert separately. With its single padded strap, long strap extender, and Velcro loop, this bag can be attached very securely to bicycle handlebars and provide amply padded, secure yet handy camera storage for bikers. And when you get to your destination, simply unloop the straps from the handlebars and throw the bag over your shoulder--nice! In sum, many folks may find this bag too small for general use, but it is a great find for lefties and bikers.