Here’s a review in which our hero finds himself the perfect camera bag for lomo outings. Read on to find out more about this camera bag!
So, since I shoot with a fairly large number of cameras, I decided I needed a bag that would accomodate them. I’d used a regular old messenger bag, but some of the cameras I shoot with are antique and metal. Pair this with toy cameras and you’re asking for things to come out scratched or damaged.
After doing a bit of research I decided upon the Lowepro Slingshot 202 AW. The size sounded right and the functionality of it really sounded like what I wanted in a bag. Oh, and the “AW” stands for all weather (more on that in a bit).
The bag is an over the shoulder style bag. When worn properly, the photographer can “sling” it down off their shoulder to rest in front of him or her so that the large body opening is facing up and the photographer can access his or her cameras. This right here is pure gold and the main reason I went with it rather than another type of bag.
So, you’ve got this immense body compartment. When opened completely you have adequate access to move things about and get your kit organized using the supplied foam separators. The bag was designed with digital camera shooters in mind, which means you could fit the camera body w/ lens attached and maybe an extra lens and a flash setup. As I don’t shoot digital, these rules don’t apply to me. Typically, I can fit two SLRs w/ 28mm lenses as well as a toy camera or two. And that’s just in the main body compartment.
There’s also a small zipper pocket on the front of the bag that is perfect for stashing your film. Then, there’s another compartment at the top of the bag. I like to put my keys, a notebook and pen, sunglasses, spent film, and another toy camera (usually the La Sardina) up there.
But wait, there’s more. On the side opposite the main compartment opening is a tri-pod holster, if you’re into that sort of thing. Also, do you see these funky elasticky straps? If you go to Lowepro’s website, you can find accessories that attach to these straps like water bottle holders, lens cases, or extra compartments. There’s also one of these attachment straps on the front of the bag and one on the shoulder strap.
What more could this already perfect bag offer, you ask? Well, the strap is fully padded and there’s a waist strap to help distribute the weight of everything you’re carrying off of just your shoulders and spread it evenly (and comfortably) about your person. But, my favorite ammenity is the rain poncho that pulls out of the bottom of the bag to wrap all the way over and cover the exposed areas to keep your gear dry.
If you’re looking for a very versatile, spacious, and durable bag check out the Slingshot AW!