I have been professionally engaged in reportage photography for 6 years, and during this time I managed to go through fire and water in matters of carrying photographic equipment, and most photographers will understand me. Initially, I used a compact bag for this purpose, in which only a camera with a small lens was placed. On the one hand, it did not take up much space, but on the other hand, it was categorically impossible to put something extra inside. Then the lens was upgraded to 10x zoom, and the device no longer fits in this case — I had to buy a bigger bag. And again, even an external flash or an additional lens did not fit in it, but at the same time, it began to noticeably interfere with work. Next, there was a very large bag that already contained additional accessories, but no more. So, in order to quickly send a photo, I had to carry a laptop in another bag. And with these two suitcases, I already took up twice as much space, and it was not very convenient to take off.
Further, I decided to fundamentally change the approach and began to use ordinary backpacks. But even here I was disappointed. Yes, all photographic equipment and even a laptop fit in there, but if you put it all there just like that, then in a week the expensive equipment will turn its head, especially in our densely populated metro. Therefore, I had to put a carrying bag inside the backpack, and already put the equipment in it. In fact, in principle, this, of course, removed the issue of carrying, but there were several nuances: you had to spend a lot of time just getting the camera, additional accessories moved around the backpack, and if you put the bag on the ground (which you have to do quite often during the shooting, it quickly got dirty.And then, actually by accident, I stumbled upon a specialized backpack for carrying photographic equipment Case Logic SLRC-206-BLACK with an additional compartment for a laptop.At first, it caused certain doubts, because there was no large compartment, where you can load some things that are not related to shooting, and it is not very cheap compared to traditional backpacks (from 6,000 rubles).But curiosity got the better of me, and now I want to share my opinion about this new acquisition.
This backpack is made of durable nylon, which is almost impossible to tear, and abrasion occurs very slowly, in addition, the material resists moisture and dirt. It is classic black with small bright orange accents. Its dimensions are 43x32x20 cm. I agree that large-sized cargoes will not fit in this one, but, what is much more important, it becomes noticeably more difficult to hit someone in the face in a dense formation of photographers. Another nice constructive moment for which I want to shake hands with designers is a rigid polyurethane bottom. Not only will it not rub off, as is often the case with ordinary backpacks, but it can even be put in a puddle — it will not let water in, and a couple of quick movements with a napkin will clear the bottom of dirt. The walls are quite thick and absorb the blows of fate on the bag.
The backpack has four zippered compartments. Outside there is a small square pocket (20×20 cm) with two locks. This is an excellent storage for any small things: pens, business cards, memory cards, filters and other useful things. I use it for tablet. Inside there are special pockets that help put things in their places. It is noteworthy that the entire interior decoration, pleasing to the eye, is bright orange.
The next section is the most important, it is here that all our photographic equipment will lie. He also has two locks, and there are Velcro stops on the sides that allow you to get to the camera with one movement, but if you want to change the lens or get to charging, then you already need to unfasten the compartment to the end. The top section is actually a regular camera bag with a lens and two support pads. Additionally, there is a Velcro pad on top with a slit in the center, which keeps the camera from moving. The closing cover has a pad made of soft material to protect the camera screen from damage during transportation. Unfastening the compartment to the end, we find a cell structure: two vertical partitions (which are a continuation of the supporting pads of the chamber) and 6 horizontal ones. Everything is very soft, so it will protect the lenses well from damage. But the coolest thing about all this is that you can easily change the location of the partitions, optimizing the space for your accessories. The parts are attached to each other with Velcro. If desired, you can completely get rid of them, freeing up space, say, for a lunchbox. In other words, you yourself make such a configuration of this compartment that you need at a given time. On the flip side there is a convenient pocket for small things.
On the left side of the backpack there is another flat compartment with a zipper, and inside it there are a couple of pockets. Perfect for phone or other flat devices. There is no pocket on the right, but there are two straps that can be used to secure a tripod, well, or a bottle of water if desired.
Finally, a flat laptop compartment with two locks runs along the back. It will fit an ultrabook or laptop with a diagonal of up to 17 inches. But if you ask for a backpack very well, then he eats the 18-inch model. Like all other compartments, everything inside is orange and very soft.
A common problem with such products is low wearing comfort. Here everything is done to make you feel comfortable. First, since there is a laptop in the back compartment, a flat wall is adjacent to the back. Secondly, there are three soft pillows on the back side, which further reduce the load on the back. The straps here are also soft and durable, and the extra adjustment straps roll into the roller and are fixed with Velcro, and do not hang restless, like most backpacks. For carrying with one hand, there is a soft handle, although quite small.
What I liked most about this backpack is the ability to change its configuration to your liking. There is enough space to fit a huge telephoto inside, and if you wish, you can remove everything altogether and use the space for completely different tasks. Another great solution is quick access to the camera. Sometimes, even a couple of seconds of delay can mean the absence of the desired picture, but here the seconds to prepare the camera are reduced to a minimum. The next feature I like is the hard, durable bottom. Now you really can not be afraid to put the bag on the ground, and even in the rain it will not get wet. Unlike simple backpacks, all departments here have soft impact protection. There are many compartments where you can distribute a lot of photo accessories and not only them. Finally, the Case Logic SLRC-206 is simply comfortable to wear — it almost does not interfere with others, and the load on the shoulders and back is minimal due to pillows.
This method of carrying turned out to be the most convenient of all that I have tried, so if you are serious about photography, then do not spare the money — get a special backpack, it will save your nerves and make life much easier. Photo equipment is very expensive equipment, and it should be presented with a good and comfortable home. Case Logic SLRC-206-BLACK will be a good choice, being a thoughtful, convenient and high-quality solution.