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4.0 out of 5 stars No frills backpack with great usability, March 24, 2012
This review is from: AmazonBasics Sling Backpack for SLR Cameras (Camera)
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UPDATE: May 21, 2017 - Seriously guys, I can't believe this backpack is being sold for as little money as it is. The backpack has exceeded all my expectations by a huge margin. I use the very same backpack that I bought 5 years ago. I use it a lot and it still looks and works as good today as it did the day I received it. A fantastic value and worth much more to me than what I paid for it. I've purchased tiny cases for my small point & shoot cameras that cost more than this DSLR backpack. I'm adding a couple still shots of the backpack to show you that what I say is true.

UPDATE: Aug 31, 2016 - It's been 4.5 years since I first reviewed this backpack for DSLR's. I'm still using it and it is literally still as good as the day I got it. The zippers work well and there is nothing wrong with the backpack. I've used it a lot. It's my main camera bag and I still love the functionality.
The AmazonBasics sling backpack for DSLR cameras is a no frills solution for taking a reasonable amount of photo gear with you when you don't want or need to lug your larger case with you. It's a great solution when you are hiking, skiing or just want a more compact way to take your essential camera gear with you.

The backpack is entirely black, no color accents or embellishment whatsoever. The backpack has a functional shoulder sling that allows you to pivot the pack to the front of your body for easy access to your camera gear when you need it. It's a fairly comfortable, sling backpack with adequate shoulder strap padding and an additional lower waist strap. There is a smaller zippered upper compartment with enough room for a good sized flash and room to spare for batteries, lens cleaning tools or maybe a PB&J for an extended hike. The main zippered compartment can be configured to your needs using a series of velcro pads of various sizes. There is also a velcro strap that can be used in whatever way you can figure out how to use it. Depending on the lenses you wish to carry and whether you want to carry the camera body with no lens attached, you can move the pads around to accommodate your needs.

I was easily able to fit my Nikon D300 with attached 80-200 f2.8 lens and flash in the main compartment, with a second 17-55 f2.8 lens in the smaller top compartment along with some other odds and ends.

The bottom of the pack has two rubber "feet" which protect the bottom nylon panel from wear and tear. However, the case is really designed as a backpack and will not reliably stand on its own when fully loaded. It's not intended to be a supportive pack that can sit upright on a floor.

Overall the pack seems reasonably well made and does provide a great way to carry a camera body, couple lenses, flash and assorted odds and ends with ease. I love it for when I'm hiking and don't want to carry a conventional camera bag with me. It's easy to swing the pack around to gain access to your camera when you need it. I do like I can carry a compact tripod or monopod on the outside of the backpack and the "hidden" pouch that tucks away to hold the tripod/monopod leg is a nice feature. The zippers seem beefy enough to withstand some good use and the quick release buckles on the straps function well.

I like the backpack and the price is just about right for what you are getting in my opinion.

UPDATE: 1/10/2013 - If you're thinking this might be a bit too large for you, take a look at the recently released AmazonBasics Sling Backpack for SLR Cameras (Black)which I've reviewed here
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Initial post: Mar 29, 2012, 1:12:51 PM PDT
C. Hill says:
This is very helpful video review!

Posted on Mar 31, 2012, 8:02:02 PM PDT
J. J. Burtch says:
Thanks for the great review, coupled with a good video.

I've got a FujiFilm HS20, not really an SLR, but similar in size to some smaller SLR cameras. I've been just lugging it around in a bag that's just barely big enough for it, but I wanted something that I could also dump my car keys, extra batteries, a charger, and a cell phone into...not to mention maybe a can of soda or something in a zip-lock bag.

This review has convinced me to give the Sling a try!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012, 8:04:55 PM PDT
M. Erb says:
@J.J. I think you'll like it for what you describe. It's not too big, not too small. Good versatility.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012, 7:20:37 PM PDT
Super review. You convinced me to buy it for my Sony A57 that is on its way soon! Thanks so much for your time and input.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012, 9:08:31 AM PDT
Akttor says:
hi M, liked your video review, very helpful. Do you think I this pack would be able to accommodate an EOS 500D with a 70-300mm lens fitted? I use this set up for capturing motor racing and am looking for a decent, cheap bag. Total distance from back of body to end of lens is approximately 190mm/8 inches.

If so, I am very tempted to go ahead with the Slingshot.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012, 7:18:07 PM PDT
M. Erb says:
@fablefish. Thanks. The camera + lens in my video was 10 inches so I would have to say yes as to whether your setup would fit. Only unknown for me is the body size, but I imagine it's similar to my D300 w/battery pack.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012, 11:09:41 PM PDT
Akttor says:
Hi M, that's great, thanks for the swift response. Am going to order one now.

Posted on May 30, 2012, 5:28:52 PM PDT
Skipped the written review but found the video pretty helpful. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012, 7:22:10 PM PDT
M. Erb says:
@Lillian Thanks. But by skipping the written review, you missed the clue for finding the million dollar prize. Don't skip the written review next time :-) Just kidding of course. Thanks for the comment.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012, 8:13:27 PM PDT
Eric Judka says:
Just wanted to confirm that you did have a battery pack attached to the bottom of your DSLR? I have a Canon T1i with a battery pack and a Tamrom 18-270 lens always attached and i think it may just fit in here? Thanks in advance - great review and video...
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