Written by Seajee
Recently I was looking for a new practical camera bag since the shoulder pouch I was using before isn’t very practical and comfortable to wear. So I was suggested to get a Lowepro Slingshot. It is the perfect combination between carrying comfort and accessibility. The internet and a well known auction site are full of great offers on these bags. You just have to take your time and search for the best offer you can find. After a bit of search, I could get my hands on one for roughly half the price I would have paid in the local electronics store.
As all Lowepro bags, it is very well made from tough synthetic fibre. On the outside it measures 44 x 24 x 18 cm and the inside main compartment measures a good 22 x 15 x 30 cm. When empty it weighs around 950grms. Loaded up with everything I carry around, it weighs around 5kgs.
The advantage of the Slingshot bags is their single carrying belt which allow you to swing it around your shoulder and get access to your gear without taking the bag off.
Although the material is water resistant and the zips can also take some drizzle, it isn’t waterproof. To protect your gear from water, the bag comes with a (patented) all-weather cover which can be put over the bag.
Next to the main camera compartment, there’s a smaller compartment for other accessories on the top and a small pocket for filters, batteries and such on the front. The main compartment can take a large D-SLR and up to 3-4 additional lenses.
Here’s what I carry around in mine:
The inside can be divided by taking out or rearranging the foam padded dividers.
In the middle, you find a microfibre cloth inside a netting pouch you can use to protect the LCD screen of your camera.
After a little rearranging, I could easily pack everything I need inside.
Inside the main compartment, there’s also a small pouch for memory cards. It can take up to 4 CF cards or several SD cards. I also use it to carry my remote control.
The front pouch is rather small and has some divided pockets inside so you can organize everything neatly. The largest pocket can easily take an instruction manual for a camera.
The top compartment has no dividers apart from a small netting pouch in the back. I use the latter to carry my spare batteries and use the main compartment for gloves, face mask, and some cables in a small bag. On the 200 it is a bit too small to carry a 0.5l water bottle. But you can also use it to carry some food since it is completely separated from the camera compartment, so there is no risk of any “dirt” getting on your camera.
The bag also has three latches on the outside which allow you to attach other pouches or lens cases if you take an additional lens with you. The carrying belt also has such a latch which I use to attach the pouch of the LED Lenser.
So all in all, the Lowepro Slingshot 200 AW is a great flexible bag to carry a standard camera equipment. If you have more lenses or things you carry around, I would suggest to get the 300 or even the 350 which also has a compartment for a wide screen laptop. The 300 and 350 also have a waist belt which help distribute the weight evenly on the body.
Which leads me to a little negative point of the Slingshot. Since it only has one belt, your shoulder can get sore when you carry heavy equipment for a longer time.
I’ve used it on only one explore now, but I’m very satisfied with it and it is a huge upgrade from the shoulder pouch I had before.