Not your typical look. The Urban Quiver ($225.00) from Blackstone Bags is made for use as a day excursion pack. The bag’s tubular shape holds camera gear more efficiently, taking the shapes and contours of your camera gear into mind. Designed especially for the urban environment, the bag reduces the chances of gear theft by restricting access to the main compartment while you’re wearing the bag , perfect for amongst crowds or riding public transportation. The main compartment opening peels entirely back, giving complete, unhindered access to the inside. Carry-on approved for the majority of global airlines. The bag is designed, developed and manufactured in Portland, OR.
Simplicity, efficiency and agility. The Incase Sling Pack ($79.95) is designed to carry and protect a DSLR camera with lenses and accessories. The case is made from water-resistant nylon with a padded interior. It has 3 interior removable, padded dividers that make a variable camera and lens compartment. It has a full length interior zippered mesh pocket, a small interior pocket for cables or a side stash pocket. The pack is carried by side handles and an attached, adjustable sling-type shoulder strap.
Slings and hammocks. Caselogic’s SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling ($89.99) is designed to keep you ready to shoot wherever your journey takes you. You can wear the sling cross-body, then simply swing the case to the front for immediate access to your camera and accessories. The camera compartment provides ultimate protection for your DSLR. The innovative suspension hammock system suspends the camera body preventing impact with the bottom of the case. The compartment lid is lined with scratch-resistant memory foam to help prevent screen damage. Three additional compartments store smaller items such as extra battery, cords, memory cards or keys. Strap system on the front of the case secures a tripod or other bulky gear with industrial strength hook-and loop. Adjustable shoulder and waist straps ensure a comfortable fit.
In case of emergency, pull here. The Kata LighTri-317 PL Torso Pack ($165) keeps your DSLR camera in quick-draw position at all times, and the top flap features both a right and left “pull to shoot” opening. The bag is designed to carry and protect a DSLR camera body with a 70-200mm lens attached, up to 2 lenses, flash and accessories. It can be carried either on the back or on the torso and simply switch from one position to the other by swinging the bag from back to front to grab the camera for shooting. The pack is made from light, durable ripstop nylon and polyester mesh with a “Thermo-Shield-Technology” that gives the perfect protection for the digital equipment while creating an extremely light product and Aeriform foam perforated super light laminated and reinforced EVA and EPE foams.
Out on the water? In raincountry? Need to keep your gear dry? The Camera Armor Seattle Sling Dry Bag ($139.99) is a waterproof, nylon and PVC sling-type bag designed to protect photo gear from that evil substance known as water. The bag has no zippers, simply roll it 3 times and close with a touch fastener. Inside the waterproof dry bag, the Seattle Sling incorporates a padded equipment box with four adjustable dividers. These adjustable safeguards allow for lenses, cameras, batteries and accessories to be protected from elements and impact. On the outside, the Seattle Sling maximizes its compact size with straps that wrap around larger equipment, such as a tripod, and clip securely to the outside of the bag.
Sleek. Black. Functional. The dA PRO Camera Bag ($74.95) by deviantWEAR (a.k.a. deviantART) is an affordable one shoulder strap that is the perfect size and the perfect look for a day of photography out on the streets. The bag is designed with a with a dual zipper top-loading camera access panel which allows you to quickly draw your camera out from the bag. It is sized to fit a DSLR camera and up to four lenses or two camera bodies and three lenses with room for flash. It also comes with the standard camera bag accouterments such as a rain proof cover, place for your phone/ipod and straps to attach a tripod.
There is something appealing about the fast access to camera gear that sling bags offer. Hama’s “Katoomba” 170RL (~$150) offers the convenience of traditional sling bags but also goes a step farther with its “two-shoulder sliding system.” The system allows you to move the carrying strap to the left or right, allowing the bag to be worn on either shoulder. A great solution to relieving shoulder strain on long photo missions or to accommodate the needs of the ambidextrous photographers amongst us. The bag has space for a DSLR camera with lens, four additional lenses/flashes and other small accessories. To make sure your gear doesn’t fall out the “Double protective function” prevents the main compartment from being opened too far. A light and flexible option with fast access to your camera equipment.