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SLR and Accessories Large Camera Bag - Black
Keep your SLR with telephoto lens safe, yet ready at moment's notice with this holster-style SLR and Accessories Large Camera Bag from Monoprice!
This tall case is designed to accomodate an SLR with an attached telephoto lens in the main compartment, plus two additional telephoto lenses in the side compartments. The primary feature is an adjustable camera cradle for the main compartment. The cradle has a hole in the center through which the lens is inserted, front end down. The cradle should be adjusted so that it holds the camera by the body, with the end of the lens hanging free above the bottom of the case. This ensures that no adverse forces are put on your camera body or lens and allows the camera to be quickly pulled out and pointed in one easy motion.
The bag is heavily padded on all sides for both the main compartment and the two side lens compartments. The interior is lined with nylon and faux suede to ensure that your camera and lenses will not be scratched by the bag itself. The top lid for the main compartment is securely closed with two zippers operating from opposite ends of the zipper.
The front of the bag features a medium-sized zippered pocket, with an interior nylon mesh pocket, while the back of the bag features a large, zippered pocket. The adjustable, nylon shoulder strap features an adjustable shoulder pad and can be removed from the bag if needed. The bottom and lower 2" of the bag is weatherized to prevent moisture from seeping in, even if it is set down in a shallow puddle of water!
- Heavy-duty ballistic nylon construction for a lifetime of rugged use
- Thickly padded interior and side pockets provides excellent shock protection
- Adjustable cradle in main compartment suspends camera body without putting pressure on lens assembly
- Includes two padded and cushioned 6.5" deep lens compartments
- Extra thick padding for maximum protection
- Extra large zippered pocket, perfect for stowing lens caps, filters, etc.
- Heavy duty, removable, and adjustable shoulder strap with padded shoulder grip
- Large rubber zipper pulls provide a perfect grip every time
- Exterior Dimensions (HxWxD): 11" x 13" x 7.5"
- Interior Dimensions (HxWxD): 9" x 7" x 4.5"
I originally bought the medium bag 9529 but it was too small for a 200 zoom lens attached to my Canon T3. I like both bags. Good quality stiching. Strong handle. Good price.
PROS: 5 compartments
CONS: Lens compartments may be snug for some
The flap in the main compartment that holds the camera in place is beginning to tear off, however. The hole has ripped around the edges and the flap is about 50% torn off the top stitching. I constantly take the camera in and out of the bag when I'm walking around, so the wear I have put on it may be more than usualand keep in mind that it's been used extensively over more than a month solid of daily and constant usage.
The rubber attachments to the zippers have held up exceptionally well. Aside from some outside wear, the inner flap is the only thing that doesn't look 80% as good as new.
The equipment I have in it (you can look up dimensions):
Main compartment: Pentax K-5IIs w/ Sigma C 17-70 attached
Side pocket 1: Pentax-M 80-200 telephoto lens
Side pocket 2: Pentax-M 50mm f/1.4 + random things (remote, extra battery, memory card wallet, etc.)
Front pocket: filters in a trifold case
Thin back pocket: some small laminated charts
What I like most about this bag is that it is compact and absolutely wonderful to carry around. It's light and doesn't impede your movement at all. It sits nicely on your side, allowing you to shield it from potential thieves, as well as convenient access it quickly.
It also organizes your equipment well and allows you to locate things quickly. Need a lens? You can just pull it out of the side pocket. Want to change filters? Pull it out of the front easily.
The downside is that the side pockets are not all that large and you are limited in what you can carry. You absolutely won't get a 70-200 f/2.8 lens in there. The side pockets are not terribly long or wide, as my compact Pentax 80-200 takes up most of a pocket itself. If the lens were wider, it would still fit, but any more length and it wouldn't work.
If I take the Sigma off (with it's 72mm filter thread), it will fit in the side, but it's a tight fit. Anything that uses a 77mm filter or larger isn't going in there, however. My Pentax DA*300mm also will not fit in either of pockets.
The other downside is that there's limited room for accessories. My filter collection (just three) consumes the front pocket, so the other side pocket contains my 50mm lens, extra battery, and other random things. I don't use the 50 all that much, so it's not inconvenient to put it in the bottom and put the random stuff on top of it. However, if you have three lenses you switch between, you may find this bag not up to your needs.
Even if you don't fill the bag, there's limited room for papers, maps, and pamphlets. If you acquire things during the day, there's really no space for them. There's also not much room for a bottled beverage. What I do is carry it in the center pocket when I have my camera out and then put it back in my hands when I put the camera away. It's not a great system, but it works alright.
Finding a replacement for this bag has been difficult. I'm really going to miss its compact size. I intend to keep this bag and use it when it will fit all my needs. On hikes in the wilderness, I don't always need my long lenses and I don't need extra space for souvenirs, so this bag will still accompany me. The size is just so perfect for that.
PROS: Very compact
Light, delightful to carry around
Organizes your stuff for you
Durable, even if it doesn't look it
CONS: Accommodates only moderately sized lenses
No room to accommodate things you acquire during the day
Very limited space for maps, papers, etc.
Exterior material looks kinda chinsy
PROS: Nicely made.
Fits our Nikon D3100 just great!
CONS: Haven't found any.
PROS: Portable. Lightweight. Sleek yet holds lots.
CONS: So far haven't discovered any
PROS: Good build quality
enough space for a DSLR and two extra lenses
Nice padding which makes me feel confident enough to put it my trunk with camera in it
Fits like a glove for my Nikon D5100 with 18-55/55-200
CONS: Not the prettiest when compared to some of the case logic models. Could improve the looks
PROS: Perfect fit for our Nikon 5200 and D40x. Lightweight. functional pockets. Heavy duty shoulder strap. The price was right. Love the pockets for the lenses and the small ones for extras. We now carry 2 bags, one for camera and minimal accessories and one for everything else!
CONS: The strap did begin to fray at the camera bag top. It appears the material was thin there and pulling on the handle a few times made it separate. Its nylon and has begun to come apart. The handle will function but the cover over the structure is now loose. I will not return it for this reason alone, just a bit of super glue will fix it.
Suggestion: A bag of this style that was perhaps 10-20% larger would be more practical for those with slightly larger gear.
PROS: Well made. Good value.
Probably good for smaller DSLR's, but not a full-frame DSLR with lenses.
CONS: Side pouches are not big enough for even small-to-medium diameter lenses.
Cradle is too small to be of any use unless your camera is really compact. I had to remove my cradle.
If you are a mirrorless user, proceed without caution. You'll love it.