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Lowepro Slingshot 202 DSLR Sling Camera Bag
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- Fits a DSLR with attached standard zoom lens, 3-4 extra lenses or flashes and accessories, a compact tripod or monopod and personal items. DSLR camera models that fit the Slingshot 202 AW include: Canon EOS Rebel SL1/T3/T3i/T5, Nikon D3200, Nikon D3300, Sony Alpha A5000 and Sony Alpha A6000.
- Original camera sling bag design allows for quick rotation from back to front to access your camera
- Hideaway Tripod Mount™ system secures a compact tripod or monopod to side of the sling via foldout holder
- Patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover? protects your camera gear and personal items from the elements
- SlipLock attachment loops expand carrying capacity by adding compatible pouches, cases and bags
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|Item Dimensions||17.7 x 9.8 x 10 inches|
|Item Display Weight||900 grams|
|Item Weight||2.05 pounds|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||Limited Lifetime|
|Shipping Weight||2.05 pounds|
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The Lowepro Slingshot 202 AW: Fast access. Extra space for personal items. Enhanced organization. Plus, space for a tripod. The original camera sling bag design allows for quick rotation from back to front to access gear. The increased volume throughout the design provides additional space for personal items and accessories. Easy-glide zippers offer smooth operation and fast access to all compartments. The camera compartment features a padded and adjustable divider system. The built-in memory card pockets on the inside lid provide quick access to spare memory. The Hideaway Tripod Mount system secures a compact tripod or monopod to the side of the sling. The patented built-in All Weather AW Cover protects gear from the elements. The SlipLock attachment loops expand the carrying capacity. The Slingshot 202 AW fits a DSLR with attached standard zoom lens, 3-4 extra lenses or flashes and accessories, a compact tripod or monopod and personal items. DSLR camera models that fit the Slingshot 202 AW include: Canon EOS Rebel SL1/T3/T3i/T5, Nikon D3200, Nikon D3300, Sony Alpha A5000 and Sony Alpha A6000.
From the Manufacturer
SlingShot 202 AW:
1. Original camera sling bag design
2. Increased volume throughout the sling
3. Easy-glide zippers
4. Main camera compartment with updated divider system
5. Hideaway Tripod Mount system
6. Ergonomic sling strap
7. SlipLock attachment loops
8. Two built-in memory card pockets
9. Repositioned, built-in microfiber cloth
Additional Features & Benefits:
Airline carry-on compatible
Top Customer Reviews
- Sling bag - unlike a backpack, you can access your camera while keeping the bag on your shoulder
- With the additional strap, it is securely attached to your back and does not move when walking or cycling
- Very comfortable
- Weather proof with the cover
- Extra space at the top for glasses and/or a very small bottle of water
- Ability to carry a monopod/tripod
- Lots of pockets to hold a cleaning kit, extra battery, etc...
- The bag is not held straight on your back (at least for me - because of the sling, the bag is tilting sideway). It's ok unless you also carry a monopod/tripod, in which case you have to be careful not to hit someone with your monopod/tripod in narrow spaces like elevators
- There are 3 versions of the bag. I am keeping the 102 but ordered the 202 as well, because I want the side access to both my camera and my 70-300 VC lens. The 102 is a bit small to do this comfortably. If the 70-300 is on the camera, it will too long to fit
- The dividers have velcros but the positioning of the velcros limits your options in term of arranging the configuration of the bag. I would like to have the camera with the lens attached + the other lens to both be accessible from the side, while other elements like wide angle and flash can be accessed by opening the bag completely
None of these cons are real issues.
UPDATE - Comparison of the 102 and the 202
I received the 202 this week. I own a 70-300 lens and I attached it to my Nikon 5200. I took pictures of the 2 bags, with the camera and without the camera. As you can see on the pictures, the 202 is wider, so it can accommodate the camera with the lens on, while the 102 is too narrow for that. Here are some rough measurements of the INSIDE of the bag.
Width = 8 3/4 (202) vs. 6 3/4 (102)
Depth = 5 3/4 (202) vs. 4 1/2 (102)
Height = 11 1/2 (202) vs. 10 1/2 (102)
What I like about the 202 over the 102:
- Can accommodate the camera with the 70-300 lens on
- More space to access both the camera and one lens from the side pocket
- Both of them are very light
All other features are the same. Net, if you are not sure which one to choose, go for the 202.
Because of these needs, the Slingshot series of bags appealed to me. For those unfamiliar with them, they have a unique design - they're a sling, which means that there is one shoulder strap. When you put the bag on your shoulder, it will hang at a canted angle across your back. Then, if you need to access your gear, you reach behind you and slide the bag around under your left arm so it comes to rest sitting across your belly. When you do this, it sits at a perfect horizontal angle, and there is a flap opening on what is now the "top" (the side, when it's on your back) of the bag. Unzipping the flap gives you access to the internal compartment. The flap is a "two position" opening - you can unzip just the side opening or continue opening the zippers all the way across the bag to access the full internal compartment. There are two fastex buckles to prevent you from accidentally opening it all the way, or to hold it from letting all your gear spill out in case you do. The internal compartment is made up of a series of movable panels which are secured with velcro and are easily customizable. I have arranged these dividers so that when the bag is in the "front" position, I can access my camera body with a lens mounted, and a second lens as well. The rest of the gear in the other internal compartments stays secured unless you unzip the opening all the way, which is best done with the bag on a flat surface. This setup allows me to walk for a while with the camera stowed, and then access it and be ready to shoot within a few seconds. I can also do lens changes and the like while standing without setting any gear down, and everything stays nice and safe.
The main compartment is easily large enough for a pro-level DSLR body with a decent lens attached (Mine fits my Canon with a mounted 70-200mm L series lens with room to spare) as well as several spare lenses and a spare body. Also inside the main compartment are a microfiber LCD cleaning cloth (which is attached to the bag) for wiping down the screen on the back of your camera, and several memory card holders mounted just inside the flap opening, so that they're also accessible when the bag is in the "front" position on your belly.
Above the main compartment is a smaller top compartment. This has several elastic loops and mesh pockets for storing various gear, as well as a small zippered pocket on the inside of the flap. I typically carry various cables, card readers, filters, or the like in here. There are also two small-ish zippered pockets on the outside of the bag. One is flat and I use it to carry business cards. The other has some pen loops and such.
The bag itself is typical Lowepro construction - well made, with heavy duty zippers, good high-denier nylon fabric, and solidly put together. I have no doubts that it will hold up and do the job it is intended for. I also know several other working photographers who use the Slingshot bags, and they're more than happy with them.
One thing that may be in the minds of some people looking at this bag is how it compares to the other two bags in the Slingshot series - the 102AW and the 202AW. The obvious difference is size, but there are a few feature differences that people should be aware of as well, and I'll mention those in a second. First, though, comes sizing, as it's the biggest differentiation. The main thing to be aware of is that if you're using longer lenses (my Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS lens for example, which is 6.8 inches long without the hood) you will need the 302AW. I had originally purchased the 202AW, but with that lens mounted on my camera, it was just a little too long for the 202. I could get the bag closed, but the camera and lens were a tight fit that I just wasn't comfortable with. They fit properly in the 302 with room to spare. If you aren't using lenses that are that long, or don't need quite as much space to tote other lenses or a second camera body with you, the 202 would probably do fine. The 102 will fit a body and kit lens, but not much else. The 302 does feel significantly larger than the 202, but the extra storage and knowing my camera and lens aren't quite as susceptible to a side impact are worth the bulk - at least to me.
Now, for those feature differences I mentioned. The first one is that in addition to the shoulder strap, the 302 also has a fairly hefty waist belt. The 102 and 202 don't have a waist belt. Instead, they have a secondary small strap that passes around your right side and under your right arm to buckle on to the main strap. This helps hold the bag securely and keep it from shifting when it's on your back. I would like to have this on my 302, and am actually considering adding one myself. The waist belt on the 302 is nice, but I don't always want to wear it, and I wish there were some way to stow it away. Secondly, the 302 also has a small strap that runs across the bottom of the bag. At first I didn't see a purpose for it, but it's actually intended as a useful grab handle. When the bag is on your back and you want to sling it around to your front, you just reach back with your left arm, grab the strap, and tug. This actually makes shifting the 302 around to the front position a little easier than shifting the other bags in the series.
All in all, this is a great bag with a unique and useful feature of allowing you quick access to your camera and a safe "workspace" when you need it. I am quite happy with it, and am already looking forward to having it with me at a three day event next month.
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