I love it when a great plan comes together, even if totally by accident.
Recently Gear Diary received a request from LoveCases online camera bag and gear case retailer to pick a bag or two we would like to review. As many of the bags they offer are for photographic gear I was asked if I would like to participate.
I jumped at the chance despite my being smack-dab in the middle of recuperation from right shoulder surgery and at the time could not even pick up a camera let alone shoot with it. As my shoulder progressed so did the wildflower season here in Texas and as I was now becoming able to raise and make images with my cameras once more Mother Nature was putting on quite a show. I did not have to drive far (oh yeah, and I was able to begin driving again as well) to find awesome subject matter. The roadsides and countrysides are just covered in spring flora.
As I was browsing the vast offerings on the LoveCases site I stumbled on a familiar name from years gone by: Case Logic. Wow, I still have Case Logic CD cases in my garage from the “good old days” of cruising around town with my car stereo blaring the likes of ZZ Top and Van Halen (the first time around). My back floorboards and back seat was littered with Case Logic CD cases packed full.
Fast forward a quarter-century and I find Case Logic camera cases available for my choosing along with quite a few other brands.
I settled on the SLRC-206 backpack that offers combination DSLR camera and laptop computer compartments.
The SLRC-206 will accommodate up to 17-inch laptops along with a couple of camera bodies and several lenses not to mention pockets for spare batteries, memory cards, filters and other accessories. A couple of flexible straps on the side of the pack will hold your tripod very nicely as well.
The shell feels like it is made up of something similar to ballistic nylon and a sturdy waterproof EVA base withstands harsh elements and allows the pack to stand on its own when needed. Two padded ergonomic shoulder straps allow for comfortable carrying and there is even memory foam on the backpack lid.
A feature I really like is the “hammock” support system in the upper compartment where a body with lens attached can rest while being easily accessible for quick action.
I packed my test bag with two Nikon HDSLR bodies with baseplates attached. One camera sported a fullrange zoom lens while the other was preloaded with my 105mm macro lens for floral closeups. I also threw my trusty Canon IS Powershot in the bag along with a super clamp with ballhead pre-attached.
My MacBook slid nicely into the padded laptop compartment and I strapped by well-worn tripod to the side.
Along with spare batteries and memory cards I also carried along my portable NOAA weather radio for those nasty spring storms that seem to pop up out of nowhere.
Final items were bottled water and package of the world’s-best turkey jerky from a little place in the Texas Hill Country called Rabke’s and I am off to record spring 2012 in north and central Texas.
While reviewing the Case Logic camera bag I was also testing out a few vehicles that got me to my destinations but will feature those reviews in separate stories.
For those needing a new camera bag or gear case check out LoveCases.co.uk. Perhaps you too will rekindle an old love as I did with Case Logic or maybe this will be the beginning of a beautiful relationship of your own.
Case Logic SLR Camera/Laptop backpack model SLRC-206
Available at: www.lovecases.co.uk
MSRP: £69.99 (sorry, no US conversion online)
What I Like: 25-year warranty; flexible storage system with removable shelves and walls; sturdy construction; Website features a blog that keeps up with the latest camera news.
What Needs Improvement: No online US pricing conversion
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