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Lowepro Nova 3 AW Shoulder Bag For SLR & 3-4 Lenses - Black
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For those who like a more compact system, Nova 3 AW has a sleek look, hi-tech materials and an All Weather Cover. Movable dividers adjust the interior for your equipment. Film and accessories go in the inner and outer mesh pockets, security pocket and front NoDrop Pocket. Includes an OverLap Zipper rugged metal hardware a curved, pressed-foam shoulder strap and padded handle.
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I have managed to fit my DSLR camera and kit lens (D60), plus my compact (Canon Ixus 75), both battery chargers, 5 memory cards, USB leads, spare battery, and even a book (loose in the top) into this bag and it's still only half full. The lens pockets are a handy size for other things and there are loads of pockets and slots for all the equipment I will buy in the future.
The bag is well made, using good quality materials. I like the design as it is practical and not too big to carry as a shoulder bag when travelling etc.
ALL MY FILTERS,CLEANING KIT FOR LENSES AND CAMERA SCREEN,PLUS 2 CF CARDS,AND ALSO I GOT SPACE FOR CAMERA MANUAL,I LOVE THE DESIGN,IT'S NOT TOO BIG OR TOO HEAVY TO
CARRY ON SHOULDER,DEAFINITELY A GREAT BUY PRODUCT,MORE IMPORTANT COST ME HALF THE PRICE COMPARING TO LOCAL SHOPS.
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1) Check the product dimensions. This bag is pretty bulky in my opinion. I wanted to carry the camera and a change of batteries. If you are looking to hold all of your accessories also, this will be a good fit for you.
2) Check the return policy of the shipper. I bought this from seller DBRoth and it turns out they charge a 10% restocking fee on returns, so I'll be keeping this bag instead of finding a smaller bag from them.
The good thing about this bag is that it is well padded and will protect the camera. There is also more than ample room (I don't have an extra flash or extra lenses though). It seems to be well constructed.
I just don't like the boxy shape and size of the bag. It seems like overkill for me. I use the camera to shoot wildlife and I'd prefer something smaller that would fit only the camera and 4 spare batteries. This one is kind of bulky to carry in the woods. It would be ideal for airport travel.
Anyways, depending on your use, this could be for you. It wasn't right for me, but I might as well keep it rather than pay the restocking fee. Will be looking for a smaller bag from a different seller.
Also impressive is the deceiving amount of space in the inner compartment as well as the various side pockets. I am able to store my Canon 5D Mark ll with 24-105mm lens attached, along with a Canon 430 EX ll Speedlite flash and a 70-200mm L lens. The Nova 3 AW is a very versatile and compact bag but big enough for large-size SLRs. Try the Nova 2 AW if your camera is smaller (such as the Canon Rebel or Canon G10) and you need extra room for a flash or extra lens but still need room for keys, wallet or an iPod. You won't be disappointed with either bag. For the price these bags are worth every penny.
Looking for a large bag for two or more SLRs? Well this bag is too small.
If you however have a SLR, 2-3 lenses and a flash, it's just right. I carry my Nikon D70s (with a battery grip attached), 18-70, 70-300VR, and 50mm lenses as well as a SB600 flash in this bag. Any of the three lenses can be attached, and the other two can go along for the ride. The flash cannot fit attached to the camera, but it fits when you disconnect it. I even can throw in the AC adapter, extra batteries, extra compact flash cards, and a memory reader. All of this fits with the top securely zipped shut. The whole setup is a rather large and heavy affair, but it works well as a carry on. It seals well, so it's very weatherproof as is, but there is a raincoat thats stowed in the bottom that covers it even better (I don't think I want to be in a rainstorm that necessitates that). The one thing that can be an issue is that this bag is too much if you're just taking a camera and one lens. I still have a Nova 1, which serves this function well, and the dividers that came with the Nova 1 came in handy, as this bags allotment was sufficient for most uses, but not mine.
The case is excellent in general. It's made of strong material with lots of padding and compartments inside that have flexible dimensions (left and right)based on movable dividers. You can divide the interior into 1 to 3 compartments but if you put in your DSLR with lens attached, plus one spare lens, the remaining room is very tight. You can squeeze some filters or cables in the remaining space (or a flash attachment but not both) but it didn't make me comfortable. I want padding and protection, but didn't want to fill the bag so full that it was stretching the fabric.
There is one zipper pocket inside that would accommodate thin items like notes and flash memory spares, but probably nothing with much thickness including filters or batteries.
There are three pockets on the outside of the bag. One on the cover as it flips over to latch, and another on the back body, both about the same as the inside cover. A third pocket is attched to the outside front body of the case that is more robust and could accommodate some additional bulk.
On both sides of the case some flexible net-like material is available for quick easy access.
The closure clips and the strap connections are all plastic, but seem reasonably substantial to me if you don't put 50lbs of equipment in the bag.
I really like this bag but felt it was somewhat too small for me. If you like to pack and repack for specific situations then it might be for you.
I was impressed by the quality of the case so much that I bought a larger Nova 4AW and it meets all my needs, but it is a larger case. Both the 2AW and the 4AW will comfortably "carry-on" if you need to bring a camera with you on trips that include flying.
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