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This review is from: Lowepro Nova 180 AW All Weather Shoulder Bag for Digital SLR - Chestnut Brown (Electronics)
I bought this bag to accomodate my Nikon D90 with the 18-105 lens attached, with room for my 70-300 as well. The camera fits perfectly with the smaller lens on it, and the bigger lens easily fits alongside it, in its own space, using the suppled velcro dividers (of which there are six). With the 70-300 lens on, the camera will just fit with the lens pointing to the bottom of the bag, but unless you position the camera in the middle (I have it at the side to make more room), you can't do the zip up fully, though you can still do up the outer clasp. The space remaining is just enough for either another lens or an external flash (I intend to put my Sony HD camcorder there so I can cover every photographic eventuality). There are also numerous pockets for filters, cards etc.
The build is very good - neat, tight stitching, and it has a very comfortable padded handle. The shoulder strap is also well made, and has quality metal carabiners rather than the usual plastic variety.
The only very minor gripe is that due to the squared-off nature of the bag around the area where the zip closure is, it's a two-handed job to zip it shut as you need to make sure that the corners of the 'lid' are properly over the corners of the bag itself before you can attempt to zip it shut. Having said that, you need two hands to fasten the outer clasp anyway. Maybe things will change when it's had more use and is more pliable.
The All Weather cover (the AW bit in its name) seems to be very good, and is easy to stretch over from where it is stored (stays anchored at its storage pouch, and you pull it over the whole bag, and push both parts of the clasp through designated holes so you can still do it up/undo it). I haven't used it in bad weather so far, but it certainly looks like it will do what it's supposed to.
On the whole, after looking at hundreds of bags online, I think I made the right choice - the brown/black colour also looks smart, and makes a pleasant change from the usual drab black bags.
Recommended if you have a similar camera set up (would be too small for full-frame DSLR unless you had nothing else to carry with it).
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Initial post: 3 Jun 2009 23:30:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jun 2009 21:38:33 BDT
A. Hawes says:
I am considering this bag for the same kit as you (D90, 18-105 and 70-300) plus maybe the SB-800 flash when my budget allows. Now that you've had the bag for a few months, could you let me know if you are still happy with it? Many thanks
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