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A nearly perfect camera bag with flaws in both design and construction.
on December 7, 2013
This bag is as sturdy as claimed.
Sadly, the 5 zippers are very delicate.
The front one is sewn incorrectly, so that it causes a bind. Also, threads and loose material were left in that area, and they caught in the zip on the first use. I was able to trim them off.
There is one slide rather than two, so when it fails to get past a corner, the whole bag will be lost. The side compartments have similar problems with binding at the corners.
The main compartment can not fail in this manner, as it closes with sturdy plastic and metal fasteners [and velcro!].
After some months, no zipper has entirely failed yet. I really love this bag, as it carries well, and allows instant use of many lenses and accessories without setting it down. I got it for using a variety of Series 1 and Nikkor AIS lenses with a V1 camera, and it is just perfect for that. My longest lenses [ the 75 - 150 f3.5, and the 200 mm f4 ] can fit in, even with the lens hoods in place. The body can be left on either lens, due to the nice, domed lid. Sadly both of the plastic buckles that hold it closed have failed. they pull open when loaded with the slightest force. So, if you lift the bad by the top handle, the bag will open, and let the camera equipment onto the ground. This is a show stopper. it was clever of the makers to try metal female buckles and plastic male buckles. But the experiment is a failure.
Perhaps, I expect too much from manufacturers and camera stores. We require super cheap awesome goods to be produced by methods that border on slave labor. Can I expect such workers to sew each bag to perfection, or a camera store to try every zipper on each bag that they ship? I have updated this review to reflect my longer term satisfaction, and to downplay my initial chagrin at the tiny zippers and poor sewing.