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A disappointing roly-poly
on 13 February 2013
Bought specifically because it will carry a DSLR and small laptop, I loaded my kit into the bag. As others have said, it is a bit short of Velcro dividers - and I was particularly sad that the long tripod slot is smooth-sided and so cannot be subdivided by those, like me, who have a "proper" tripod and no particular wish to buy a compact one just to put into the little slot.
The reason for disappointment, though, is that (loaded with a Nikon 300S, 18-200 lens, Speedlight, spare battery and charger, small bean bag and 14" "thin and light" laptop) the bag becomes a roly-poly dumpling of a bag that is seriously uncomfortable to carry. It is like stapping a medicine ball on your back.
So, despite the bag looking good and well made, it is going back and my search for a good dual-purpose bag continues. I think this bag has a "big brother" that might be worth a try.
They make much of the Easy Access compartment at the top. Fastened by two zips, a strip of Velcro and an enormous plastic clip, this is hardly "easy access"! I quite like the straps for attaching an external tripod (in my case, more often that will be a monopod), disguised as a decorative stripe down the back. The side pockets are just big enough to carry some CDs, out of any packaging but are too small to be of a great deal of use. There is nowhere obvious to carry some of the standard stuff that I want. On a journey, I want a book, a bottle of water and some travel documents to be easily available. I like to keep the instruction manual for the camera in case of need. I need a notebook when out on a photo shoot. All these things can be squeezed in (apart from the water- I'll not put that in beside my camera!) but they don't seem to be at home there.
Sad, because it looks a nice bag!