Lowepro Passport Sling Shoulder Bag for Camera - Mica
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- Capacity: DSLR with attached zoom lens plus 1 extra lens or flash plus personal items
- Fully padded camera box
- Two exterior sash pockets
- Removable sliding shoulder pad
- Doubles as a day bag
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The Trusted Original
Lowepro was born from one daring mountaineer’s desire to capture some of the world’s most unexplored beauty spots, with just a camera in tow. Greg Lowe made it his mission to create only the best in innovative, cutting-edge equipment, to protect extreme sporting lovers’ cameras and cinematography equipment from the heart-pounding elements.
The humble Colorado garage beginning of the world’s first Internal Frame Backpack in 1967 pays tribute to Lowe’s enduring belief that he could be the one to design a close-fitting and supportive backpack to transport camera and recording equipment that had otherwise never been seen before. Climbers, mountain bikers, skiers and hikers could now comfortably carry their equipment to heights that only they had known, capturing intimate sights for the rest of the world to see.
Lowe’s first defying feat paved the way for the original Soft-sided Protective Camera Bag, also to be the first of its time.
And with that, the Lowepro mark took off. Fast forward to today and Lowepro has seen the creation of the first ever waterproof camera backpack, and continues to innovate each year to keep up with the demands of a fast-paced, ever changing world of technology and photography.
The Lowepro Passport Sling and Passport Sling II series provides plenty of storage space for your camera gear and personal belongings - vital for any photographer who is constantly on the go.
The inventive and unique shape of the original Passport Sling offers freedom for your every move, whilst providing reliable protection for your DSLR, and ample space to keep personal gear. Unzip the front to reveal an expansion compartment that adds up to 30% more storage space, suitable for carrying a DSLR with attached zoom lens, an extra lens or flash and additional memory cards.
The Passport Sling II version has a customisable and removable interior camera box which provides superior protection for your DSLR or CSC kit. The easily-removable camera box can be quickly taken out to turn this sling bag into a comfortable day pack.
Both the Passport Sling and Passport Sling II have multiple interior and exterior pockets, detachable shoulder pads and cam lock buckles that adjust for the ideal fit for you. Wear the Passport Sling high or low on the body, depending on the activity you wish to photograph.
Ideal for discreet photographers
The subtle Passport Sling and Passport Sling II series protects a variety of photography and personal gear including DSLR and CSC kits, water bottles, memory cards and accessories without looking like a camera bag. Extremely comfortable and portable, store your photography gear in the spacious interior compartment of the original Sling, or experience the premium protection of the removable camera box available on the Sling II series.
A bag for all occasions, this series is ideal for a range of photographers and can easily be transformed into a stylish and spacious day bag when you want to leave the camera at home. The Passport Sling comes in a range of colour combinations to suit all tastes. Choose from black or mica (dark green camouflage) for the original Sling series, or black/red, mica/green, pink/grey combinations in the Passport Sling II range, which also features a contrasting bright lining to make it easier to locate the items stored inside.
|Passport Sling||Passport Sling II|
|Colours||Black ; Mica||Black/ Red ; Mica/ Green ; Grey/ Pink|
|Dimensions (cm) H x D x W||Internal: 13 x 16 x 38 External: 14.5 x 44 x 41 Camera Compartment: 10.5 x 19 x 19||Internal: 13 x 16 x 38 External: 14.5 x 44 x 41 Camera Compartment: 10.5 x 19 x 19|
|Fits Gear||DSLR with attached zoom lens ; extra lens or flash ; memory card ; personal items||Customised for DSLR: DSLR with attached zoom lens ; 1 extra lens or flash ; water bottle and personal items. Customised for CSC: CSC with attached zoom lens ; 2 extra lenses or 1 lens and 1 flash ; water bottle and personal items|
|Carry-on compatible (based on 56 x 45 x 25 cm restrictions)||✓||✓|
Top customer reviews
So I am not big on taking full camera kit on holiday with me (I find it heavy and spend my time worrying about it being stolen etc). However in this bag I can fit:
Canon 450d with 24-70mm 2.8L attached
10-22mm wide angle lens
Small filter wallet in side pocket with 6 filters & holder
Spare batteries for flash & camera
3 memory cards in their cases in the little pocket on the side of the padded box
+ all the handbag stuff I mentioned above
+ a drinks bottle if needed
Incidentally I like the detatchable box inside which can be removed and I will be putting it (fully loaded) into my Longchamp shoulder bag (which has a bit more room in) for hand-luggage when flying, while less precious stuff like chargers, etc go in the case.
Inside the bag there are 2 pockets - 1 can hold my iPhone and the larger pocket could take my Blackberry in its leather cover if I wanted to think about work while on holiday - I don't, so instead I have spare batteries and a small remote in here.
The grey bag has light grey lining. Also I chose the grey as I thought it would look better with my summer holiday outfits than the black one, but also works with a city outfit! I also love the fact that it is not a boxy-looking typical camera bag and this is more like the kind of bag I would take on a day trip anyway. Fantastic that it has the extra space you can claim by undoing the zip on the side. Also - it is a truly unisex looking bag - am hoping this means my other half might not mind carrying it occasionally!
How could it be improved? (and this is why I only gave it 4 stars)
- More pockets on the inside - while this is doing great at not looking like a camera bag on the outside, it doesnt mean it can't look more like one inside.
- Zips on the middle outside pockets would be welcome
- I would like a little clip on the inside to clip on my Spudz cloth (I could clip it to a zipper pull on the outside, but I don't want to)
- Waterproofing is dubious, however I could fit an umbrella or waterproof in the bag, so I will cope
- A rubber base and/or padding at the base of the bag
By the way, some other reviews said about the lack of padding at the bottom - the box itself is padded as you would expect, but the back is essentially a 'normal' bag. If I wanted protection for gear that did not fit in the box, I would use some bubble wrap, or wrap things in say a t-shirt or scarf. Not needed this though.
(Also - I bought this from Jacobs digital for £30 + p&p.)
It holds everything I need it to ~ quite a little tardis! I've managed to fit in D5000 with 35mm attached, 18-55mm, nestled on top of my Zeicos wide-angle/macro attachment. Also my 55-200 zoom, but this is outside of the padded bit in it's own bag. In the outside pockets I've fitted my Lightscoop, a rubber lens hood, various bits of paper and card that I carry, my portable hard-drive wallet (which actually just holds gubbins, but it shows md I could put the HD in there if I wanted to). The inside pockets hold my spare battery, spirit level, & multiple SD cards. Resting across the top of everything is my small, flexible tripod (like a gorilla pod, but not). And all that is WITHOUT opening up the zip on the end of the bag, that gives the inside even more room! I might have to unzip that when I want to add in baby-change bits & bobs!
- The padded area is a little too snug and you wouldn't get a much bigger camera than mine in there ~ and if you did you wouldn't get a spare lens in too. Shame it wasn't made a bit bigger as there is room for it to be!
- I'd have like the outside pockets to have some kind of fastening (velcro, or popper) just to make them a little more secure. They are deep and I don't feel like things will fall out of them ~ just that hands could easily slip INTO them!
I'll try to add a picture that I've labelled up to show you...
the camera bag looks very stylish (if you like it on the photo, you will love it "in person"). the bag is of good quality. i also like the fact that it is symmetrical: pockets all around the bag - i find it very convenient.
the internal camera compartment is very well padded and it velcro attachable. within the compartment there is a small divider that is also attached by velcro. next to the compartment there is space for your personal things. it also has two additional pockets for keys, mobile and other small items.
the shoulder strap is easy to adjust and long enough for any height. i am 5'8 and the full extended strap keeps the bag at the level of my hips. there is even a small non-detachable strap across to tuck the extra shoulder strap away.
all in all, it is a very well thought through design. it allows you to keep everything in one bag: you camera and your personal items. i consider it a good investment.
thank you lowepro design team!
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