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Not as good as the orginal
on 18 November 2011
I bought the original to this bag a few years ago (slingshot 100), and it's been spot on.
It's allowed me to get my DSLR Sony Alpha 350, body kit lens, 75-300mm lens and a portrait lens, flash gun and filters all nicely secured. I upgraded my camera to one that was physically smaller, and it still all fits well, with nothing moving about as you wear the bag.
So I had no hesitation in recommending this bag to someone else, who had the same setup of kit, exactly.
When she went to purchase, we were told the bag had been replaced by a newer version (102AW), and that it was new and improved. So the purchase was made, and usual, delivered quickly by Amazon. However, upon trying to fit the camera kit into it, we realised, sadly, Lowepro have changed a vital part of the bag.
Internally, to get the camera and lenses where you want them, you move padded dividers around inside, which have velcro pieces attached. You stick these to velcro pieces on the walls/base of the bag, to create your compartments.
This, on the original bag (Slingshot 100) was fine, and very versatile. But for some reason, Lowepro have taken to reducing the amount of velco inside, and making the dividers smaller, and with less places to attach to. The result of this is that large lenses cannot be accommodated anymore, and in the case of 1 camera, 3 lenses (1 small, 1 medium, 1 large), you cannot house them securely in the bag. We are not even able to house just the camera body and kit lens that well either, the dimensions seem suited to larger older DSLR's.
As a result, I can no longer recommend this bag. The addition of the tripod holder on the outside is a nice idea, but the rearrangement of the internals has totally ruined the use of this bag.
The plus points are that it is very well constructed, it feels comfortable to wear, and it is every bit as well built as the original was. Lowepro kit, in my opinion always feels of good quality. The tripod holder on the side is a welcome addition, but these changes are not enough to distract from the main point of the bag.
The original version of this bag is still available, and I would recommend this instead: [...]