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Good quality, well designed, versatile and roomy bag
on 5 August 2013
I had spent several hours looking for a backpack style camera case that would meet my requirements:
* Comfortably hold my Nikon DSLR with kit lens, 55-300mm zoom lens, small macro lens, remote shutter release, gorillapod, filters, spare battery, cleaning brush and cloths.
* Allow quick access to the camera and lenses, preferably wearable as a `sling' bag so I could slide it from back to side/front of my body.
* Have space to hold an iPad.
* Cost less than £50 but be of decent quality.
I had all but given up, as bags seemed to come in a couple of types: small sling bags which might hold all my camera gear at a push but would not accommodate an iPad, or larger backpacks which had to be removed to allow access to camera and lenses. There were a few high-end sling types which met most of the requirements but were over budget.
I had almost given up the search when I noticed this USA Gear bag on Amazon. Although it was a few pounds over budget, it was £15-20 cheaper than any others I had seen. It seemed to fit the bill, though I wasn't sure it would slide around and give easy access to the camera but I decided to order it anyway, figuring that it could always be sent back if I was unhappy with it.
As soon as I opened the box it came in, I could see that this was a quality item, made from fairly substantial rip-stop nylon, with joints, seams and zips looking to be of high quality. After a quick inspection I wore the bag in a sling style with the strap over my left shoulder. It was easily pulled round to the front left of my body, and the `side camera access' opening (see product picture #3) was ideally placed to allow access to the main storage compartment. Once unzipped, the cover opened away from my body, just as I had hoped. The cover itself has a soft-lined pocket in the interior side, with a Velcro fastening.
The main interior compartment is roomy enough to hold the main items (Camera body, lenses, gorillapod, the 2 x velvet covered pockets in the main access panel will happily hold filters and cleaning gear, memory cards and iPad photo connector accessory go in the small front compartment, leaving the `large accessory storage' and side zip pocket free. (The large accessory area contains the supplied waterproof cover in an internal mesh pocket.)
Finally, my iPad fits easily into the back padded compartment, which also took my 15inch laptop with ease.
The tripod holder on this bag is better than others I have seen, as it uses a lower round pocket to hold the folded legs and an upper strap to secure close to the tripod head, making for a fairly secure attachment. The downside of this arrangement is that the lower pocket doubles as the water bottle holder, so you cannot carry both but that's not an insurmountable problem.
The case comes with a 3-year Warranty (register online within 30 days), although the warranty terms specify shipping the faulty item back to manufacturer - given that it's "USAGear" I'd be tempted to lodge any claims with Amazon first!
All in all, I'm very happy with a quality, well-designed item available at the right price. :)