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    Posted: 17 July 2021 at 06:41
Don't know how many members know about the Bevis Top Shelf camera bag, available for pre-order now.
Link Bevis Top Shelf camera bag YouTube (3 minutes), plus lots of others including reviews.

Bevis Top Shelf camera bag review YouTube (7 minutes)
Bevis Top Shelf review YouTube (19 minutes).

I've pre-ordered mine (US$100 off on pre-orders, ie US$249 plus shipping), with expected shipping September.
Link to Bevis Gear's site to pre-order https://bevisgear.com.

Great design and construction, very innovative.
Can't wait.

PS - WARNING - I've seen Facebook ads with the official Bevis Gear promo film clip offering sale at a low price. China based sellers that have illegally pirated the product information. Bevis Gear are aware of these and are spending time shutting them down but it's like a game of 'Whack-a mole".



Edited by Jozioau - 17 July 2021 at 07:52
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You're a fan Do you have independent (non-video) descriptions?

I saw this on Petapixel. Does not look like something I am looking for, I would like a better harness. I am interested in the new Shimoda Explore v2 that is also on Kickstarter atm.

Oh, start-up companies without a track record who warn against fakes... Not a good look imho.
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Hi Joe,

Thanks for sharing this - camera bags are so individual (like cameras!) that what suits one person will likely be seen as an anachronism to somebody else. This looks like an extended - but very logically thought through - extension of where the Slingshot was a few years ago, and one of which I wore out; I went back to replace that and found they had 'moved it on' to something much more mainstream and it didn't suit my needs (not just the functionality but how the thing actually operated in practice).

This looks a really interesting development for my needs personally and I hope they will be available in the UK soon for me to at least have a kook at. 'Try before you buy' is an ever present theme where camera bags are concerned!

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Addy,
All I've seen is the video reviews and product descriptions on line. I was prepared to jump in and order on that basis, and take advantage of the US$100 pre-order discount.
I really like the concept, and being optimistic by nature am prepared to take a punt that the mechanical design, finishes and build quality are all as promoted. Having paid via PayPal I am protected by their unconditional money back guarantee should the product fail to meet the description.
I guess I'll be able to report in detail when I've taken delivery.

Neil,
For many years I too have been a very happy user of the LowePro Slingshot 202AW as my favourite walkabout bag when out with my DSLT and several lenses.
Like you, this similarly sized bag strikes me as a logical extension with several significant and innovative improvements.
I would normally wait for it to arrive in retail stores so as to literally get a feel for it, but who knows how long it may take to arrive in Oz? So I've taken the plunge.

Happy to report in after I get it.


Edited by Jozioau - 17 July 2021 at 13:50
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I look forward to your user review. I never liked the "sling" bag. I have a Lowepro Tahoe BP 150 and a couple of traditional Sony camera gear shoulder bags for hikes and around town, that I just haven't been very happy with. The top shelf camera bag looks like it may suit me. I like the idea of open access to get at my gear and not putting the bag down, not a good idea in a marsh or back alley, would be my attraction.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 July 2021 at 16:02
Found this recently posted first impressions unpacking and review by a young US based photographer that's a useful indication of how the bag works First impression and review YouTube (14 minutes).
Main limitation for me is that it won't hold camera with vertical grip attached, but it's not that hard to stow separately and attach as needed.
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A very interesting bag indeed. I did like what I saw but back zipper opening is not my thing.
To be honest I don't even have that much gear, my smaller bags are adequate.
Sometimes all the gear I carry fits in my jacket pockets

Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:


PS - WARNING - I've seen Facebook ads with the official Bevis Gear promo film clip offering sale at a low price. China based sellers that have illegally pirated the product information. Bevis Gear are aware of these and are spending time shutting them down but it's like a game of 'Whack-a mole".


They are wasting their time on this I think, Bevis are not the first one that have been affected by this
Makes me really very sad and to great extent annoyed but not sure how one would stop this.

Worst part is even companies like Amazon do this to some extent.... and I liked peak design's somewhat hilarious response to it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbxWGjQ2szQ

But the problem is really more serious and deep-rooted. I hope people really appreciate the hard work of the creators, how would they feel if their pictures were all stolen??

Edited by nandbytes - 17 July 2021 at 17:41
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Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

A very interesting bag indeed. I did like what I saw but back zipper opening is not my thing.
To be honest I don't even have that much gear, my smaller bags are adequate.
And I was thinking that bag looks bit small for my taste...
Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

Sometimes all the gear I carry fits in my jacket pockets
...although there is of course situations when I want to have a light kit and likewise sometimes I skip taking a bag.
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Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:


And I was thinking that bag looks bit small for my taste...
...although there is of course situations when I want to have a light kit and likewise sometimes I skip taking a bag.


ok its not actually all that big and my current bag is about the the same size.
but I carry more than just cameras in my f-stop Kenti. it fits my gear in its side pockets plus filters etc. I have room on top for jackets, food, bits and bobs etc.

p.s. I also have a separate bag for 200-600mm....but I don't carry that lens everywhere I go. So its not really part of my "standard" gear.
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Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:


And I was thinking that bag looks bit small for my taste...
...although there is of course situations when I want to have a light kit and likewise sometimes I skip taking a bag.


ok its not actually all that big and my current bag is about the the same size.
but I carry more than just cameras in my f-stop Kenti. it fits my gear in its side pockets plus filters etc. I have room on top for jackets, food, bits and bobs etc.

p.s. I also have a separate bag for 200-600mm....but I don't carry that lens everywhere I go. So its not really part of my "standard" gear.
I love my Kenti. Too bad nothing similar but improved is available. That bag has a great harness without being huge.... I hope the smallest of the new Shimoda can fit that space - for a price.
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