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Caselogic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling Bag Backpack

One of the main reasons it took me so long to purchase a DSLR was the size and weight factor of these beasts. Not only are they not fun to carry around, they make you stand out and look like a tourist. My first bike ride with my new Nikon, a mere two miles, was miserable. I used the camera bag that came with the camera, not a bad bag, but not what you want to have over your shoulder on a bike ride or a hike. So I did some research and came to the conclusion that I needed a “sling bag.” A sling bag is like a backpack, except that you don’t have to take it off to get the contents out. Based on the reviews of others, I came to the conclusion that many are not waterproof, not easy to use, fall apart, or have no space for a tripod. The one that consistently got good reviews on these four issues, and could be had for well under $100, was the Case Logic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling Bag. I made the purchase and have been using mine for over a week now.

So far the bag has exceeded my expectations. The rotation of the bag works smoothly. I can have my camera out in just seconds.

The SLR suspension system in the main compartment works great. It suspends the camera in the pouch so the camera lens isn’t touching the bag. You don’t even have to put the lens cap back on the camera since the lens isn’t touching anything in the compartment. This allows for even quicker shots. Alternatively, you can take the SLR suspension fabric out (via the velcro fasterner holding it in place), leave the lens hood on, and insert the camera. The SLR suspension does not work with a lens hood. I was happy to see that my D7000 with 18-200mm lens still fits (barely) with the lens hood.

I haven’t tested the sling bag in wet conditions yet, but it seems like it will do just fine. My new tripod easily attaches to the exterior, and the bag can still be slung around with the tripod attached.

This past weekend I went on a 20-mile bike ride with the sling bag and discovered another use of the straps for the tripod. The day started out in the low 50s so I had a jacket on. Halfway through my ride the temperature was in the upper 60s, and I wanted to remove my jacket. I didn’t have my tripod on the bag on the ride so I used the external straps to secure my jacket to it. It worked great. Taking off my jacket was the only time during my entire ride (which included over 200 pictures) in which I took the sling bag off!

There is another, newer model (308) of this bag which appears to have more space for storage. Personally, I’m glad I went with the 205 as it has all the space I will need on most outings and is less than half the weight of the DCB-308.

There is a compartment in the 205 that can be used for an extra lens (or lunch or water bottle if you don’t have another lens like me), another for lens caps and/or filters and/or SD cards, and another that can also be used for such things although I have found it handy thus far for storing my keys. There are also handles in just the right places to sling the camera to your front side or sling it back to the best position on your back.

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Finally, one of the things I like best, is that you don’t look like a tourist with this sling bag. Others won’t even know that you have a camera on you until you take it out. The sling bag looks (and feels) like a mini-backpack, not a bulky camera bag or full-blown backpack. You no longer need to have your DSLR tied around your neck like an anchor.

7 Responses to “Caselogic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling Bag Backpack”

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    So, what do you think of the tripod? I have been wanting one, but too intimidated to buy one.

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    The little Targus tripod that I discuss here: couldn’t support the Nikon with the lens (due to weight and balance issues) so I took it back (still within the 90 days).

    My new Vista I have only used once, and it worked great. For the price (under $20), it can’t be beat. It is substantially bigger and heavier than the Targus, but the Targus wasn’t really an option anymore. One nice thing is the Vista can get very tall for folks like us. The Targus maxed out at 42″. The Vista lists at 60″, but I think it can actually go higher than that as the top portion of the unit cranks even higher. I haven’t measured it at its maximum height.

    I brought my Targus with me everywhere. This one I’ll probably just bring along for night photography or extended video shooting.

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    I have since added a second bag to my arsenal. If you need one that can also carry several lenses and an ipad or netbook but still want to be able to have quick access to your camera without having to take the backpack (sling bag really) off then check this one out:

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    Sarat Babu:

    Thanks for the review. I have decided to buy this bag.

  5. 5

    Anyone know of a slingbag that can hold a DSLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens mounted?

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    Thanks for the review. I was specifically looking around for the water proof part as its a dealbreaker for me, here in Vancouver.

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    I’m not sure if it is fully waterproof. I have it it in mild rain without a problem. My other bag: has a tent of sorts that flips out of it to make it very waterproof so I use it if there is a chance of rain.