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05/18/2015 11:23:30 AM · #1
We're taking a cruise to Bermuda in June. Unlike other cruise ship destinations, I actually feel comfortable taking my DSLR and a couple lenses off of the ship with me in Bermuda. My problem is, I currently have a backpack bag that's heavy and a pain in the tookus when I want to swap lenses and such (take it off, lay it down, unzip it, get out the lens, swap the lens, put the other one back in, rezip it, put it back on, shoot). I'd like something that I could just swing around and make a quick swap. I'll probably be carrying my 60D with Canon 15-85mm attached, and also want to have the Canon 55-250mm and my 6.5mm fisheye in the bag.

I'm looking at the Lowepro Passport Sling III. Does anyone have any experience with this bag? My concern is that it looks physically pretty big, but the specs indicate it's pretty lightweight.

Any other suggestions? I don't want to spend a ton of cash.

05/18/2015 01:30:07 PM · #2
I'll be taking a cruise to Bermuda in June, when are you going?

that bag doesn't look very big for carrying around three lenses. that said, I'm not sure what use you'd have for the 55-250 unless you plan to shoot wildlife. I mainly used the 10-22 when i was there last and also a 28-75 on occasion.

05/18/2015 01:37:34 PM · #3
Originally posted by Mike:

I'll be taking a cruise to Bermuda in June, when are you going?

that bag doesn't look very big for carrying around three lenses. that said, I'm not sure what use you'd have for the 55-250 unless you plan to shoot wildlife. I mainly used the 10-22 when i was there last and also a 28-75 on occasion.


June 14, Celebrity Summit out of Bayonne

You're probably right about the 55-250, but you know, as soon as I didn't have it, I'd want it.
05/18/2015 01:52:19 PM · #4
I have the Vanguard BIIN 47 (might be 37). I can carry D7000, 18-55mm, 12-24mm, 70-300mm. Plus batteries, filters (3pks). Love the way it's divided out...only downside - no tripod carrier/strap...If I have more lens if I'm carrying my camera around my neck (out). I've hiked, traveled to Europe and used it in several attractions all day long...it's comfortable and accessible. Another advantage the lens/camera interior is adjustable.

Message edited by author 2015-05-18 13:55:09.
05/18/2015 02:24:47 PM · #5
Originally posted by LN13:

Originally posted by Mike:

I'll be taking a cruise to Bermuda in June, when are you going?

that bag doesn't look very big for carrying around three lenses. that said, I'm not sure what use you'd have for the 55-250 unless you plan to shoot wildlife. I mainly used the 10-22 when i was there last and also a 28-75 on occasion.


June 14, Celebrity Summit out of Bayonne

You're probably right about the 55-250, but you know, as soon as I didn't have it, I'd want it.


I'll be the week after, same boat and port. enjoy!
05/18/2015 09:44:01 PM · #6
Originally posted by LN13:

I'm looking at the Lowepro Passport Sling III. Does anyone have any experience with this bag? My concern is that it looks physically pretty big, but the specs indicate it's pretty lightweight.

My wife has one. I can do some measurements and test fits for you, if you like. It does expand.

I like my Lowepro Slingshot I have the medium size model, which holds a 50D and a 300mm zoom quite conveniently, plus a bunch of other accessories. I can carry a third lens and a flash if desired. But it's not huge. Great walkaround bag. Stays out of the way on my back when not wanted, but swings around to the side for easy access and convenient lens changes. Lots of pockets and places to put things.
05/18/2015 11:06:23 PM · #7
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

I like my Lowepro Slingshot I have the medium size model, which holds a 50D and a 300mm zoom quite conveniently, plus a bunch of other accessories. I can carry a third lens and a flash if desired. But it's not huge. Great walkaround bag. Stays out of the way on my back when not wanted, but swings around to the side for easy access and convenient lens changes. Lots of pockets and places to put things.


I have the same SlingShot 202 AW. As already mentioned, not a large bag but I think it's a good size day bag. I wouldn't want it to be any bigger for a walk around. The tucked-away all weather cover is nice too.
05/19/2015 09:09:06 AM · #8
I seem to have every bag ever made. :)

I have the Fastpack series backpack, and I thought I'd mention it. It opens up like a sling, the only difference is you have to remove it from one shoulder first. But you don't have to take it off. I have the 350AW, but they also have smaller ones.

The advantage is that it's a backpack style, which I think is more comfortable for hiking, because it doesn't slide around, and stays behind you. I have 3 different Tamrac Velocity slings, and while I like those they don't really stay put on your back unless you use the waist belt. (Though I know Scalvert has one and he says it does.) So maybe it's mainly the small one that doesn't--I rarely use the bigger ones because I find them awkward given their size.)

The bag you're looking at looks very good but it looks like it would be problematic to keep behind you (without moving around) for hiking etc. Certainly my Tamrac Velocity 5 won't stay behind me and stay put. But it's so small it can stay on my side like a very comfortable shoulder bag, and I don't even notice it. (If you want a really small bag I do recommend that--it's just not going to stay behind you well--but it holds my D7100 with 18-200 and the Sigma 10-20, and I can even stretch the pocket to hold the 10.5mm Nikon fisheye. I love that bag--but it doesn't really stay behind you hiking).

Message edited by author 2015-05-19 10:26:05.
05/19/2015 10:03:52 AM · #9
I recently got this and I am very happy with it. Photo Recon most of the reviews I found were of their older versions, which they have made some changes in the newest design. The major change is which shoulder its designed to be on. If you wear it over the left shoulder, when you swing it around it will have the access pointing up. While it does allow for either shoulder (can switch around the straps) the access to the interior is only pointing up when swinging it around when on the left shoulder. Hope all that makes sense. Because I prefer using water bladders I got a sleeve that attaches to the outside and works great.

Forgot, I picked mine up from Amazon for around $80, which I feel is really reasonable (especially given the quality of this bag).

Message edited by author 2015-05-19 10:56:52.
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