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Vanguard Kinray Lite 45Bk Medium Backpack With Removable Padded Camera Insert And Quick Side Access And Rain Cover - Black
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- Versatile - Photo insert is removable, converting the bag to a useful daypack
- Monopod/ walking stick holding system
- Ergonomic Harness for carrying comfort
- Fast side access
- Rain Cover Included
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Photo-video backpack with removable padded camera insert, monopod/walking stick holding system, ergonomic harness system, quick side access, inter. dimensions 200x130x230mm, max loading 4,5 kg, Weight 0.81 kg, Rain cover included
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Ran cover cleverly concealed in the base, which fits over the backpack in a second
Additional straps and loops to carry tripods etc on the outside of the bag
Two separate ways to access equipment in the main bag area - namely standard zip at the top, and side zip for quick access.
This allows you to have 2 separate compartments (with removable padded inserts - so easily convertible into one big compartment). You can have your camera equipment in the bottom (with quick side access) and batteries, cables etc or lenses in the top. If you are looking for a versatile backpack which will protect your equipment and also allow quick access then this is a good option.
However, I wanted something smaller and lighter as a day bag and this Vanguard is exactly what it's name suggests 'Lite'. It really is extremely light but yet very durable.
It has a couple of features that the Fastpack doesn't have - it has a couple of loops on the bottom to hold a tri or mono-pod, it has an easy-to-pull out rain cover as well, which is excellent and gives that additional reassurance in damp weather.
I found the zips on the Vanguard much easier than on the Fastpack so actually, albeit in terms of seconds, the Kinray Lite is actually faster than the Fastpack for access to the camera.
It works well as a day bag where you aren't going to be carrying too much kit. Similar to the Fastpack it has space on the top to carry sandwiches etc. I managed to fit almost all the gear that I take in my Fastpack (except things like AA battery charger, camera charger. If you were going to take two lenses, other than a 50mm and say an 18-105 then you'd be stuck. One would have to go in with your sandwiches!
So in terms of quality, this is absolutely excellent. If you want to use it just as a day pack, whether out on holiday etc and you've got no more than 2 lenses, then this comes highly recommended.
It isn't cheap, however, and the Fastpack is a good £20 cheaper at the moment. So if you are an amateur photographer and want a bag to store all your gear then I would recommend the Fastpack 200 (the 250 just has a pocket for laptop). However, if you're more interested in carrying a minimal amount of gear plus some sandwiches while on holiday or a day trip then this is definitely the one to go for.
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That aside, it is very well designed and of good quality - but again, if you want a camera + day bag combo. The lower padded compartment has a side entry pocket allowing you to sling the bag around your waist to get the camera out rather than taking it off your back. To do this you have to lengthen one of the straps and put your head through it rather than wearing it like a regular rucksack, but its still comfortable and feels stable when worn in this mode.
As I mentioned earlier the upper compartment is completely unpadded, so not suitable for delicate kit - think food, maps, other bits and pieces (and maybe memory cards, batteries etc - there's an elasticated pouch inside which could hold those). The top and bottom compartments are separated by a velcro secured flap which you can detach to take the padded cell out altogether, or to turn it around so that the camera is accessed from the top of the bag rather than the side (but realistically you then lose the top compartment). But it's a clever design because you can convert it from being a camera bag into a regular rucksack with a single large compartment very easily.
The padded cell seems reasonably generous in size - I managed to fit my wife's Nikon D3100 with an 18-200 Nikon VR lens attached with ease. My D300 + large 18-55 F2.8 also fitted easily enough (with the hood on backwards). However I don't think I could comfortably carry my D300 and extra lenses in this compartment unless they were small. But a fair sized flash (e.g. Nikon SB700) would fit easily down the side next to the camera.
Other storage options include a mesh pocket on one side for drinks or a small flash, plus a central zip pocket on the back designed for towels or perhaps a light weight rain mac. There are also bungee fittings on each side for attaching extra bits and pieces that you might need to have handy without having to open a zip.
So in summary, an excellent bag, well designed given its aim to be both a camera bag and day bag in one. My only criticism really is the price - I think it is a little steep for what it is.
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