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Anyone who has a camera back pack understands the frustration of having to remove your pack to access your gear. It’s frustrating and can be cumbersome when you are trying to capture that unexpected photo opportunity, and then your really upset when you missed the shot! UGH Who hasn’t been in that situation?
Since I am in the market in replacing my 13 year old day pack, I thought I should considered a sling pack instead. My current pack, although 13 years old has held up very well I am seeking a sling bag for convenience and easy access to my camera.
My top two picks is the Altura Photo Camera Sling Backpack Bag and the Lowepro Passport Sling III – A Protective Sling Bag for a Compact DSLR or CSC. The gear is easily accessible and based on the measurements would fit the gear I use when out walking around and attempting to capture that perfect photo.
- Curved, padded sling strap allows bag to rotate to front of body without removing
- Designed to fit DSLR cameras and lenses, mirrorless cameras, DJI Mavic Pro Drone and accessories
- Side-zippered main compartment with customizable, sturdy, padded dividers
- Top compartment for flashes and other shooting essentials
- Mesh interior pockets for smaller items
- Tripod/monopod holder on exterior
- Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.5" x 16" (LxWxH)
Lowepro Passport Sling III – A Protective Sling Bag for a Compact DSLR or CSCFits Gear: CSC (such as Sony NEX 6 or similar) OR compact DSLR (such as Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm lens) ; Extra lens or flash ; Tablet ; Smartphone; Personal items. This one even has a pocket for a water bottle. Dimensions: 17.3 x 5.7 x 16.1 inches. Space for your camera. Space for your personal gear. Space for your tablet. That’s what you get with the discreet, protective and versatile Passport Sling III. The impact-resistant, removable camera insert adjusts to fit a compact DSLR or CSC, and the expandable compartment increases interior storage by 30% with a quick unzipping. The CradleFit System tablet pocket with floating-foam construction suspends and protects your device within the pack, while the interior zip mesh pocket secures smaller items within bag. The adjustable shoulder strap with cam lock buckle and removable shoulder pad allows for extra wearing comfort. The outer pockets are roomy enough to store water bottle or other quick-grab items. The Passport Sling III fits a CSC (such as Sony NEX 6 or similar) or compact DSLR (such as Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm lens), extra lens or flash, tablet, smartphone and personal items. – Information copied from product company
Next is Paul lightweight sling is great if you are wanting to carry your tripod and are not need a lot of space
The DSLR Camera Bag Waterproof Camera Sling Backpack with Rain Cover Outdoor Travel Backpack Camera Bag Case for Laptop Canon Nikon Sony Pentax DSLR Cameras,Lens,Tripod and Accessories – ◆Multi compartments to keep things organized: This camera Sling backpack provides spacious room for handy storage and convenient organization. Inner camera bag size: 9. 4*5. 5*14. 2in, Fits 1 camera body, 2 lenses, Chargers and accessories; The front Velcro pocket for your memory cards, batteries and small things; 1 side mesh pocket for water bottle, the other side pocket for your phone up to 6″; the back pocket for mini iPad up to 9. 7″; the tripod can be fixed at the bottom detachable strap.◆Well made to offer premium protection: The DSLR camera bag is made from highly dense nylon material which is dustproof, waterproof, anti-pressure, reinforced stitching at stress points, smoothly track Dual metal zippers and the padding on this sling backpack is super thick to fully protect the camera, lens, laptop from accidental shocks and scratches. The included waterproof rain cover which stored in the back bottom pocket to protect the sling camera backpack from heavy rain.◆Adjustable padded dividers to fit your needs: The inside padded dividers of the sling camera bag is adjustable to suite the layout your want, fit all kinds of DSLR camera body, camera lens, battery and other accessories. You could also take the cushioned dividers out to convert the DSLR camera Sling backpack into leisure outdoor travel backpack bag to storing your various daily objects such as iPad, umbrella, cellphones, wallets and other daily necessities.◆Padded shoulder strap for comfortable fit: adjustable soft padded CROSSBODY shoulder strap provides a comfortable fit for wide range of people sizes, makes this sling camera backpack with laptop compartment suitable for men and women At any ages. The extra detachable chest strap adds stability for your gear by minimizing camera movement during activity. Breathable mesh cotton back support to keep your back cool and dry.◆100% Satisfied: zipper with thickened metal, high dense & Scratch-resistant & waterproof nylon material, strong stitching at stress points will you a perfect protection of your camera and accessories. We believe our camera case is the best out there and that you will be 100% satisfied with it. If the waterproof camera bag could not meet your expectations. Information copied from product company.
I am leaning more toward the Lowepro Passport because it offers more space and its expandable. I can carry a few additional personal items which is important to me since I tend to use my current camera backpack as a purse to hold my cell, keys, and sunglass, which is a must have feature for me.