Digital Home Thoughts

Digital Home Thoughts - News & Reviews for the Digital Home

Register in our forums so you're ready for our next giveaway contest...


Zune Thoughts

Loading feed...

Apple Thoughts

Loading feed...

Laptop Thoughts

Loading feed...




Go Back   Thoughts Media Forums > DIGITAL HOME THOUGHTS > Digital Home Hardware & Accessories

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-16-2009, 03:00 PM
Jason Dunn
Executive Editor
Jason Dunn's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 29,160
Default Carry it All with the Lowepro SlingShot AW350

<p>If you've got a DSLR and more than one lens, odds are you're using some sort of camera bag that allows you to carry your gear. Whether you're a pro going off to a shoot, or an amateur wanting to carrying your gear on vacation, a good camera bag is essential. I've tried a few over the years, including some good ones, and some <a href="http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/31505/kata-camera-bag-looks-great-but-hard-to-open.html" target="_blank">not so good ones</a>. A couple of years back I had purchased a <a href="http://products.lowepro.com/product/SlingShot-200-AW,2035,4.htm" target="_blank">SlingShot 200AW</a>, and I really liked it - until it became too small to hold all my glass. The logical upgrade was to look at the bigger version of the same product line, so I went for the biggest one they had: the <a href="http://products.lowepro.com/product/SlingShot-350-AW,2117,4.htm" target="_blank">SlingShot AW350</a>. And so here we are!</p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1252694839.usr1.jpg" style="border: 0;" /></p><p><em>Above: That's a stock photo, because I sure as heck don't own a Macbook!</em></p><p>Let's talk specs for a minute. The AW350 is made from 420D and 840D Nylon, and 600D Polyester. Translation? It's pretty rugged, though not indestructible like <a href="http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/31505/kata-camera-bag-looks-great-but-hard-to-open.html" target="_blank">KATA bags</a>. Unlike the KATA bags, however, the AW350 is fast and easy to get open. It's a sling bag, meaning it has a single shoulder strap. It has wrap-around waist stabilization straps, and when you want to access what's in the bag you undo the waist straps and shift the bag down and across your waist. It sounds a bit awkward, but it works really well. <a href="http://products.lowepro.com//CatalogImages/18-2117-IMG9L.jpeg" target="_blank">Here's what it looks like</a>. Being able to quickly access your camera, swap lenses, or grab a new memory card is critical to anyone who's serious about getting great pictures. <MORE /></p><p>I'll say this though: the 200AW is small enough that even when fully loaded, the bag doesn't weigh that much and is easy to swing around to access. A fully loaded 350AW? Not so much - I loaded it up with nearly all my glass (including the uber-heavy Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 and five other lenses), my Nikon D300, my SB-600 flash, and a few accessories (including a JOBY Gorillapod)...and was amazed at how heavy it was. Sometimes a smaller bag is a blessing in disguise: sure, you can't carry as much, but that means you're less likely to carry "just in case" lenses and are more likely to use what you pack. The AW350 allowed me to be a bit lazy, frankly, and pack everything - regardless of whether or not I needed it. The AW350 brings something to the table that the AW200 lacks: a pouch large enough for a laptop. I was able to fit my Dell XPS M1330 (13.3 inch screen) in there, humptastic battery and all, without any issues. When I travel I tend to pack a laptop bag (typically a <a href="http://www.skoobadesign.com" target="_blank">Skooba Design</a> bag) and a camera bag. In a pinch, I might be able to use the AW350 and nothing else.</p><p>The AW350 is a great bag - it boasts quality construction, nice fit and finish, and enough small pockets and pouches to carry everything you need. And, ultimately, that may be the problem. Unless you really need to carry a lot of glass (and a laptop) with you to every shoot, I'd recommend one of the smaller bags in this line. But you need to "go big" and unify all your gear into a single bag, the AW350 is worth a look. The SlingShot AW350 can be <a href="http://astore.amazon.com/digitalhomethoughts-20/detail/B001E07NY6" target="_blank">purchased from Amazon.com for $144.95 USD</a>.</p><p><em>Jason Dunn owns and operates <a href="http://www.thoughtsmedia.com/" target="_blank">Thoughts Media Inc.</a>, a company dedicated to creating the best in online communities. He enjoys <a href="http://photos.jasondunn.com/" target="_blank">photography</a>, mobile devices, <a href="http://www.jasondunn.com/" target="_blank">blogging</a>, digital media content creation/editing, and pretty much all technology. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his lovely wife, his son Logan, and his sometimes obedient dog. He wishes the really nice lenses weren't so darn expensive.</em></p><p><em></em><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com//ppct/auto/1240336793.usr1.gif" /></p><p><strong>Do you enjoy using new hardware, software and accessories, then sharing your experience with others? Then join us on the <a href="http://www.thoughtsmedia.com/reviewteam.php" target="_blank">Thoughts Media Review Team</a>! We're looking for individuals who find it fun to test new gear and give their honest opinions about the experience. It's a volunteer role with some great perks. Interested? <a href="http://www.thoughtsmedia.com/reviewteam.php" target="_blank">Then click here for more information.</a></strong></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com//ppct/auto/1240336793.usr1.gif" /></p>
__________________
Want to contact me personally? Use this. Want to read my personal blog? Check it out. Want to follow me on Twitter? Here you go.
 
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-21-2009, 02:11 AM
Lee Yuan Sheng
Contributing Editor
Lee Yuan Sheng's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 2,503

Lowepro has the new Classified Slings out; I'm currently trying out the 180AW (there's the much larger 220AW), which has a flap for netbooks (but fits my Thinkpad X61 very nicely). While still looking very dorky, it is very nicely made, with a lot of ergonomic touches (except for the tripod holder).
__________________
Baka. Soku. Zan. - The justice behind the dysORDer.
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 03:48 AM.