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    Posted: 23 December 2019 at 19:16
I've finally purchased an a6600 and the few times I've managed to get out to use it, its certainly worth the investment. The ergonomics are almost as good as the a68 I was (and am still) using so well done Sony.

Anyway, the Tenba Shootout backpack I usually use for carrying my gear around isn't exactly the idea choice when all you need is the mirrorless body with attached short lens (say 50mm F1.8 for example and maybe a travel zoom like the 18-135mm OSS.

So...does anyone have any suggestions for a sling-bag type? I'm already looking at ThinkTank and Mindshift Gear, but I am willing to explore other options as well, if I can get them locally.

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I have a manfrotto NX bag that slings around one shoulder to open along the top side - is that what you mean? It has a camera section which will take a camera plus lens and a second (small) lens and you can put other stuff in the rest (magazine or tablet, sandwiches, glasses :-). I use that a lot.


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I also have small thinktank (mirrorless mover 2.5l) that fits the Nex 6 and has comaprtments for several other thin lenses, but it still much smaller than most other gadget bags with those features. But that's an actual gadget bag.


The pics at thinktank 25 are misleading - there is not room for two E-mount lenses side by side but there is room for three plus Nex along the length.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote balacau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 December 2019 at 20:19
Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

I have a manfrotto NX bag that slings around one shoulder to open along the top side - is that what you mean? It has a camera section which will take a camera plus lens and a second (small) lens and you can put other stuff in the rest (magazine or tablet, sandwiches, glasses :-). I use that a lot.


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That does look a very promising design and yes, very similar to what I'm thinking would be ideal for my a6600 with a couple of lenses plus the usual extras like batteries, SD cards and so on. Nice one, I'll look into that a bit more. I've never had a Manfrotto bag of any kind so that will be a bit of new territory for me. Manfrotto also do a smaller, somewhat different design called the NX CSC Messenger which perhaps is also worth looking at.

Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

I also have small thinktank (mirrorless mover 2.5l) that fits the Nex 6 and has comaprtments for several other thin lenses, but it still much smaller than most other gadget bags with those features. But that's an actual gadget bag.


The pics at thinktank 25 are misleading - there is not room for two E-mount lenses side by side but there is room for three plus Nex along the length.


That one reminds me of my old Tamrac Rally 4 bag, it was okay for walking short distances but tended to swing around alot on my shoulder which made it rather unsuitable for scrambling around. Very decent for quick access to camera and it didn't really look much like a camera bag either which is a plus.

ThinkTank has their "Turnstyle" range and the Turnstyle 10 has really caught my eye, along with the similar Mindshift Gear Photocross 10. I've had both of those on my radar for a while as possible purchases when I entered the e-mount world - and since that has finally happened I suppose that brings them up the list of priorities just a bit.

Thank you for your suggestions Miranda. It has been most helpful.
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I've been using a Wotancraft "sling"-bag for last 2 years, very happy about it as a daily camera bag.
https://www.wotancraft.tw/creations/camera-bags
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Post Options Post Options   Quote balacau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 January 2020 at 12:03
Looks like a nice range of bags and backpacks there. Most of those look nothing like camera bags which is a nice touch. Not a company I've heard of before but worth looking further into I think.

I've also added the smallest bag of the Think Tank sling bags to the short list. It'll hold the a6600 plus attached lens and a spare lens too. Nice. 🙂

Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

I've been using a Wotancraft "sling"-bag for last 2 years, very happy about it as a daily camera bag.
https://www.wotancraft.tw/creations/camera-bags
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Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

I've been using a Wotancraft "sling"-bag for last 2 years, very happy about it as a daily camera bag.
https://www.wotancraft.tw/creations/camera-bags


I just love how cheap these are

@OP: I don't use sling bags but I hear the peak design everyday sling is excellent for small mirrorless systems.

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Funny you should mention Peak Design as I've just been looking at the "Everyday Sling 6L" which is the meduim sized model in the range.

Peak Design Everyday Sling bags

It looks promising but as far as the pictures are concerned, it is lacking one thing - a stabilising strap that goes around the waist to stop the bag from sliding around on your back when on the move. After using LowePro's older Slingshot series for a while, I've certainly come to realise just how important such a little feature can really be. Otherwise the 6L model looks really decent and perfect for the job. Who knows...maybe it does have a waist strap, it just isn't showing in the pictures.

Thanks.

Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

@OP: I don't use sling bags but I hear the peak design everyday sling is excellent for small mirrorless systems.
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I have an older version of a Lowepro. It is top quality, easy to use. I use it when shooting on the beach or whenever I do not want to set my bag down. I have found Lowepro over the near 20 years I have used their various bags to be an exceptionally good company. They have been true to their lifetime warranty, replacing a very large bag with a failed zipper, no questions asked.
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Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

I have an older version of a Lowepro. It is top quality, easy to use. I use it when shooting on the beach or whenever I do not want to set my bag down.
Since Lowepro offers few significantly different sling bag models, which one you have? I can vouch that their Passport Sling (mine is the original version) is quite nice for situations when you want to carry only a small camera kit - after all the camera compartment has just two slots.
Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

I have found Lowepro over the near 20 years I have used their various bags to be an exceptionally good company. They have been true to their lifetime warranty, replacing a very large bag with a failed zipper, no questions asked.
I think there might be some variation in warranty terms in different countries. And although I do have some Lowepro products I'm not sure I find their whole product portfolio that tempting.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote balacau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2020 at 21:05
I've had some experience with LowePro and their range of camera bags, including the Photo Traveler 150, Toploader Zoom 55AW and Slingshot 202AW. I wouldn't say any of them were top quality (especially not when compared to my current backpack, the Tenba Shootout 18L) and I'd certainly not recommend using the Photo Traveler 150 in any kind of persistent rain but they had their pro's as well.

The 202AW sling bag was a new experience to me at the time, as the idea of a sling bag wasn't even something I'd considered. I was only looking at backpacks at the time. The concept certainly proved its worth over the years - until I foolishly overloaded it and suffered accordingly!

As an update, the only two bags which I'm currently watching with interest are the Mindshift Gear Photocross 10 and the Thank Tank Photo Turnstyle 10 V2.0. They both should fit the a6600 with an attached short lens and another beside it without too much hassle. They have the added benefit of also featuring a waist/stabilisation strap which stops the bag swinging around so much when walking. I can purchase both of them locally which is a big plus I think.

I may have another look at LowePro again, I'm not sure. Has their quality changed for the better since their -II range was introduced a few years ago? Their prices certainly increased a bit.

Thanks.

Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

[QUOTE=Roger Rex] I have an older version of a Lowepro. It is top quality, easy to use. I use it when shooting on the beach or whenever I do not want to set my bag down.
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