I never thought that I would give that much attention to a camera bag rather than just walk into the next store, see if it probably fits my camera with some other stuff and then just buy it.
After shooting a little more intensive lately, and seeing my gear grow, I learned that I have to give this a more serious thought.
There are a couple of demands I had on a new camera bag as you can see in the list below this video.
- I wanted a bag that fits my camera with the 70-200 2.8 mounted and would prefer the lens hood in position so that I can take it out and shoot without a hassle.
- It had to be a sling back that I could easily wear over my left or right shoulder. Switching from one side to the other shouldn’t be a hassle as well.
- It should be as small as possible yet firm. I tried more thick and fluffy sling backs and even though they were convenient, they just were too large.
- The camera should always be on top when I sling it to my front, no matter if I would wear the bag over my left or right shoulder.
- Thinking on my visits to my Brooklyn sister I wanted to have one bag that can take all the stuff I normally took in little bags, stuffed in one larger. Plus the laptop bag of course.
- For obvious reasons it shouldn’t wear the name of one of the large camera brands on it.
The Think Tank Sling-O-Matic 30 fulfilled all this needs and more as you can see in my video. I really thought a while about purchasing it for a while as I wasn’t a friend of spending that amount of money for a camera/laptop bag but I already see that this bag will be a very good companion for a long time.