Lowepro Camera bag - review
So a while back I bought a Lowepro camera SlingShot 202 AW bag. http://www.lowepro.com/slingshot If you remember, I previously bought the massive UpRise 48 mkII (still for sale) that turned out too big for what I was actually comfortable dragging around while traveling.
So looking around for a different bag, I decided that I still really liked the idea of slinging the bag to my front for easy access, and that is what got me hooked for the Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW bag.
To me the best thing about a SlingShot bag design(besides the obvious quick access), is that the bag is on your bag again and out of the way when you want to shoot without having to take off the bag of your back. This means no need to put your equipment on the ground in muddy places, or only having one hand free because of acrobatics involved in shooting and holding bag, and best of all, no bag flopping around on your hip while walking. I should mention that the Lowepro SlingShot bag also has a cross strap to further secure it, but likely this is mostly a feature for cyclists?
I feel quit comfortable without the extra strap, and so I just pack it away when I use it.
Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW Technical Specifications:
Internal Dimensions: 22.5 x 14 x 28 cm (8.86 x 5.51 x 11.02 in)
External Dimensions: 25 x 25.5 x 45 cm (9.84 x 10.04 x 17.72 in)
Weight: 0.9 kg (1.98 lbs)
This bag will fit my Canon 6D with 24-70mm lens, a flash, and 85mm lens and the top compartment is still free for wallet, SD cards lens cleaning etc. There is also a strap for a small tripod, the standard Lowepro rain cover is included and on top of that there is still the external pockets for lens filters and what have you.
But wait! there is more!
So, when traveling and blogging/writing/editing images on the move, you really need to bring your laptop. Now this bag is really not meant to fit anything else, but low and behold, my Macbook Air 11” with protective cover fits without hindering the quick access to the camera. (・ω・)ノ
Okay okay, so it is a fairly tight fit, but a fit none the less. and although the laptop is not closest to your back and “protected” by your 1000+$ camera, it is still protected by the padding on the bag flap, and I feel quite comfortable with this level of protection.
“But did you not just change gear to M43 Lumix GX7 and a Hakuba bag??”
Well, … yes I did, and for my everyday work setup, that is what I use, but if I were to go on vacation with my girlfriend, or simply needed my full frame camera with me this would be the bag to bring. Especially if I want my laptop with me as that will not fit in the Hakuba bag.