One good thing to come out of the weekend was finally getting to put my camera bag through some proper carry time. Previously, I’d never carried it for more than 20 minutes at a time so I was reluctant to say it was a bag or a bag of sh…
On Saturday, that all changed.
But first, the bag itself!
The Lowepro Slingshot 100 AW
Manufactured by Lowepro, the Lowepro Slingshot 100 Shoulder Bag is their entry level sling bag.
This came as an upgrade option for the camera kit I purchased, and at the time I was nervous about it, but though it looked a little more sturdy than the standard Jessops bag.
According to Lowepro, it’s possible to store a “Digital SLR with attached lens; 1 – 2 extra lenses and personal accessories”. Mine currently holds a Digital SLR with 18 – 55 lens, a 55 – 200 lens, a flash gun, a UV filter, a polarizing filter, a Cokin filter kit (with filter box), all the manuals, the extra lens caps, a sun doofer for the end of a lens, that sandisk card holder I mentioned last week, a spare battery, a sink, 2 towels and an emergency 4 star Radisson SAS hotel*.
Now before I begin, let me just point out I’m a big bloke. not big as in a little tall, or a little overweight. I mean big as in I have my own gravity well – small objects keep sticking to me! “Where I walk, I blot out the sun”, that sort of size.
So anyway, Saturday saw me on an open boat (yes, the one in the picture from last week) and out for the day to Inishfree. Not the island from the poem, the one in the Atlantic, the one which if you miss the next stop is some island with a big copper woman with a book and a torch on it. I had the bag in it’s backpack position and was pleased to see that not only did the straps fit me (with some slack) but also that it was incredibly comfortable to wear. It felt light and I wasn’t restricted in any way.
Upon beaching on Inishfree, a single click of a strap and the bag shifted from my back to my side, with the camera in a handy position to just lift out as needed. All the kit I needed was easy to get whilst still feeling secure. Watching other people on the island looking for a dry, clean spot to start rooting in their bags I was left feeling all superior – Well done Lowepro!
The handy little extras on their bag where great too. The screen cloth attached in the bag was a life saver for dealing with pesky rain drops and the water proof cover meant the kit all arrived back to base dry and snug – unlike its owner.
By my reckoning, I had the bag on my person for maybe 5 hours on Saturday. not once did I find it a burden. I was so impressed and comfortable with the bag that I ended up out walking on Sunday again to see if I could steal something from the weekends shooting.
To be honest, with the amount of kit I’d bought I was contemplating a new camera bag in the very near future. Now, I think I’ll keep the 100 AW and maybe just buy something to keep the bits I don’t need on a day out and about.
I don’t plan on rating kit on this site, but if you’re looking for a cheap camera bag and don’t have a lot of kit to haul, this one might be for you.
* OK, so I was exaggerating about the sink, towels and hotel.