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Wildly Exceeds Expectation
, December 29, 2012
This review is from: Sony LCSBP3 DSLR System Backpack with Laptop Storage, (Black) (Electronics)
I'm not sure who wrote the descriptive information for this item, but the description badly undersells it. The description says it holds camera, PC, and up to three lenses. There is a compartment big enough for an A99 or A900 with vertical grip and a lens up to 8.5 inches long attached. Then there are four additional dedicated lens compartments that will hold lenses up to 7 inches long without extending beyond the dividers. A lens can really be up to 7 3/4 inches long and get by, as I've demonstrated with a 135mm prime with hood on. So that makes 5 lenses, not 3 as the listing says. I had enough room for an A99 with a Zeiss 24-70 zoom WITH LENS HOOD FORWARD. With that in place, I still was able to add another lens compartment in front of the lens hood. Then, I've added one more lens in a Zing pouch sharing the compartment that holds the camera body. There's another compartment in the top that can hold another 5 1/2 inch lens, bringing the total to 8. If you put that last lens in a Zing pouch, there's room for a charger for your camera and computer in the top compartment.
There is a dedicated compartment up top for a big flash like the 58 or 60. The pouch is designed to hold one of these flashes folded forward and turned upside down. You don't need to use your flash's zipper case. The way I have things set up, I don't need pouches for the camera and 6 lenses or the flash. I have to use two pouches to wedge in two more lenses.
I've found that I'm able to leave the lens hoods in the forward position for most lenses, which is nice when you need to change lenses quickly. Only my 70-300G zoom absolutely must have the hood reversed for storage. (I'll admit that the 135mm prime is literally pushing it with the hood in forward position, and I'll probably opt to reverse its hood.)
Look carefully at the pictures. Notice that this is the type of backpack that you can rotate on your left shoulder and remove your camera with your right hand from the side-access zipper without having to put the backpack down. You'll have to experiment with rotating the camera to an optimum position to make extraction quick.
There are lots of little storage places for things like remote controls and filter wallets. The pictures show the provision for strapping on a tripod.
As far as quality goes, the backpack is excellent in every respect. The materials are strong and lightweight. The stitching is turned in so that it generally doesn't show. The internal materials are soft to avoid marring your equipment by continuous rubbing. The compartments are adjustable with velcro, and there are 3 foam blocks provided with velcro to help you separate and pad things. The internal color is Sony Alpha orange, which makes your black equipment highly visible. I have found no shortcuts or evidence of corner-cutting in the design or the construction.
If there's any bad news here, it's that the backpack is big. I wouldn't want to carry anything bigger on a plane. If it's fully loaded, it's going to be heavy too, especially if you're using full-frame camera equipment. You'll probably want to stick to a 14 inch laptop or smaller. An ultrabook would be ideal. (Larger laptops don't fit well on airplane tray-tables anyway.)
Bottom line: We're accustomed to being overcharged for any accessory that sports a camera manufacturer's logo. On this backpack you're getting what you pay for. I'm not saying it's a steal; I'm saying Sony charged for quality and they delivered quality that is more than commensurate with the price. The worst thing about DSLRs is the bulk and weight they impose, and this is doubly true for full frame DSLRs. For me, if I have to bring the full rig, this is the ideal way to do it.
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