Ok so let me begin by saying this is an excellent bag below are my positives from the bag:
- Large compartment in the main area of the bag, which has a seperator. Big enough for my D7100 and 55-300mm lens plus hood.
- Large pocket accessible quickly from the top of the bag
- Great pocket underneath main bag for a mini tripod (or in most cases your sandwiches and a drink)
- The bags quality is very good indeed and I am confident it will withstand the most brutal of trips. I have also had it out in a light shower of rain which it withstood keeping my kit dry as a bone. I don't know how much it is meant to withstand but I would be confident it wouldn't fail at the first sign of water. This is helped by the fabric overlaying the edges nearest the strap which many manufacturers seem to forget.
So why 3 stars, it sounds like I love the bag, well a few little things are quite annoying.
- The zips while made of good metal should have been rubber coated to stop them clinking together all the time, its so annoying in fact that I sometimes partially open it to stop the noise.
- The strap is of good construction, however I am not sure why they have skimped so much on the padding of the strap. It means that if you I have it behind me the shoulder strap sits fine, but if I swivel the bag round to my side my shoulder rests on the black strapping. Saying that the strap does offer massive flexibility for people of all sizes
- The internal comartment is a great size, however it would have been nice if all the sides where felt lined, like many other manfrotto bags, so you could choose where to seperate the compartments. In the current one only a quarter is felt lined to you end up with a giant 3/4 pocket and a small 1/4 pocket.
Overall a great bag with some problems, I wouldn't be deterred from buying manfrotto again, however for the money I feel this bag has some oversights that may annoy some people.