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    Posted: 20 April 2006 at 21:54
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I was most interested to see from several reviews at cambags.com (thanks to Fuzzbass for the link) that none of those who have reviewed the Lowepro Slingshot 200 AW seem to question the basic layout of the bag, as it comes from the factory, which requires that you open the flap fully to access your lenses - which is not only time-consuming but means risking that all your lenses fall out!

For what its worth, I found an alternative layout in which my lenses are accessible with only half the flap open (Slingshot owners will know what I mean - I hope), and I've been using this arrangement successfully for a few weeks now.

Here's a picture of the bag showing four lenses ready for use. The area in the middle is covered by two flaps which normally...



... would be closed over the lenses like this, so the bag is ready to receive the camera and mounted lens (this is what I would see looking down, when the bag is in the working position in front of me):



And this is what the bag looks like with the 7D in place - there's quite a bit of space, especially on the left, to take the camera's shoulder strap, and there's a little built-in cloth (stowed away for this picture) to protect the LCD.



Finally, here's a pic with everything taken out. The flash and other bits and pieces live in the outside pockets.



In real life the bag looks quite small, it's light enough and comfortable enough to carry around for a couple of hours at a stretch, and it's an absolute pleasure to use - way better than a conventional top-loader, IMHO.

I didn't want to post this review at Cambags.com because they act like Canikon are the only cameras - and I'd like to invite other members to post details and pictures of how you carry your gear in this thread.

Edited by brettania - 13 March 2008 at 23:21
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Great, I've been looking at the slingshot series for a while. Thanks for sharing!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 April 2006 at 22:01
Interesting!
What equipment do you have in your bag?

edit: Now I see=)

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Hi

That setup is needed if you want to carry the beercan (70-210/4).
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I see that you like the LF-12?? lens caps (center pinch snap-ons) - they are getting harder and harder to find with the Minolta/KM name on them. I'm an avid lens hood user and hate to have to take it off to get to the lens cap.

I ordered some of THESE from eBay and they are great (also very cheap).

Just an FYI.

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I'm curious what the original layout was....
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Originally posted by damian.bradley damian.bradley wrote:

I'm curious what the original layout was....

Damian - if you follow the link in my first posting to Cambags and navigate to the Slingshot 200 reviews you'll find LowePro's pictures showing the zippered flap fully open, and the removable inserts in their original configuration. I've tried a couple of times to describe it in words, but... well, you know how much a picture is worth? Suffice it to say the lenses are then positioned across the narrowest dimension of the bag, although the camera is in the same place.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote kiklop Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2006 at 20:13
I certainly like the idea of sharing our "bag view" since this can considerably help other users in selecting the right bag.
Not sure if this should be in a separate thread (because of image sizes ) but here is the bag I do carry most of the time LowePro specialist AW 85
(I'm sorry for bad picture qualities but didn't have the time to do it better :( )

I like the bag since is deep enough to hold my longer tele lens attached and large enough to accommodate 7D with the grip. Also (and this is a big plus for me) it does act as a shoulder bag or as a combined shouldwer/belt pack.



Empty:


With gear inside




With gear and the camera


Contents of the above


Now, I love LowePro product because so called SlipLock mechanism does allow addition of other modular accessories. These are two small lens cases and cokin bag that I carry very often. One lens case is for two additional primes and the other is for coffee. I NEVER go to a longer shooting session without a coffee .. yes, I'm an addicted to it :(

Additional pouches





Contents of the bag with these pounces


And this is just one bag. I still have other bags and backpacks but this is the one I use the most.

Happy carrying !



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mink Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2006 at 21:19
Kiklop - do you use filters with that coffee flask? Does it improve your resolution, and help you to espress yourself? We need details!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote kiklop Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2006 at 21:27
I guess it does act as an human variant of AS mechanism :)

Well, it's one of the better part of going out shooting .. sitting somewhere in some nice angle of the earth, relax and drink a cup of coffee.
Oh .. i only miss my cigarettes now (i needed to stop) since this was part of the ritual :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mink Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2006 at 21:53
It's odd - I love coffee, and I even have a flask like that, but I never thought of taking it out on a shoot with me. I think you've converted me!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Gubbe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2006 at 22:07
Here's my slingshot 200 layout.

The notable thing is that the space on the left I've reserved for the camera. I find it much easier to grab the camera grip, particularly since it's equipped with a wrist strap, when the grip isn't hidden under the right side of the case edge.



This layout looks a bit wasteful and it probably is, but until I add to my lens collection, it serves me just fine. Plus, I don't have to take lens hoods off any of my lenses when storing them in the bag. Even the 70-300 fits with the lens hood on if I want it to and the same applies to the 28-75 when mounted on the camera. I've actually been thinking of getting a UV filter for it and ditching the lens cap altogether. That would make it the ultimate always ready setup.

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Anyone compare the slingshot 200 to the tamrac velocity 9? Thoughts?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mink Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 April 2006 at 10:54
Gubbe - I guess your layout means you store your camera body with no lens on it? I've been thinking of doing that myself - it's much more space-efficient, and it's arguable whether it would mean more lens changing or not...

In my days as a journalist I used to carry lenses with UV filters and no lens-caps. Much quicker. However, today I rarely have to 'grab' a shot - and I've paid MUCH more for my UV filters (mostly B&W), so I'm anxious to protect them too..
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