on May 28, 2013
First off, the bag is small, and I mean, very small. I have the Nikon D5100 w/18-55 and 70-300 VR lens, with a Nikon SB-910 speedlight. I had to try many different configurations of the bag, to get it all to fit, and feel reasonably assured that it was the "safest" way to protect my gear from bumps or drops. Everything is so tightly packed in the case, that it takes force to remove the camera, and I usually have to remove something (usually the 70-300) to enable me to put the camera back in the bag, even then, it is still a struggle.
Other things I have found bad about bag, the front pouch is just that, a pouch. My former Nikon bag, that lasted more than 10 year (even though my Army days) had pockets in the front pouch, making organizing simple. This new bag, just a big pouch, and things tend to move around, and there is no way to keep it organized to your liking.
The next troublesome part of the bag, is the front closure clips. They are very nice to look at, and over all, it is a good looking bag. But, you have to be very careful with the front closure clips. The adjustable side has a tendency to slide all the way through the closure clip, and if you are not careful, you will lose the male side, and not even know it, until it is too late. I have had to adjust the length of the clips, and sew the strap together, to prevent this from happening again.
The third thing I noticed, right away, is the Nikon emblem on the top, is no where near close to level, probably tweaked a good 10-15 degree's, on a diagonal. This is not a major thing, since it does not effect the over all bag's capability, but you would think for the price you pay, they would at least want the bag to look good, this is so obvious, that it takes away from the rest of the esthetics.
Lastly, the quality of the material. I have serous doubts about the longevity of the bag, the material appears to be made up of some plastic, and I feel confident that it will begin to crack in no time. This refers to the top of the bag, where the emblem is, and the carry handle, they will be cracked/peeling in no time.
With barely enough room for my D5100 and two lens and flash unit, which I would consider a normal DSLR load for average users, this bag just barely makes the cut. I have a range of other items, that I need from time to time, like soft box, hot shoe microphone, that I must carry in a separate bag.
If you have one of the smaller bodied camera's, like the D3200, 3100, 5000, and only one lens, this bag is plenty big enough. But if you are like me, who carry many items, including extra batteries, charger, and a range of filters and lens hood, you are going to find this bag inadequate.
Based on the emblem, I would have returned the bag, but since I had it forwarded to me in the Philippines, there was no way to return/exchange the bag. Buyer beware on this one.