Just got my new camera bag. It's a Stealth Reporter D100AW and it is the smallest in Lowepro's Stealth Reporter line. It takes 1 pro slr or 1 ordinary slr + battery grip with attached lens and 2-3 additional lenses. Click on the pictures if you want to see a larger image and the notes I have added on flickr.
The bag is a shoulder bag and and despite it's name, it isn't very stealthy. It is thicker and shorter than most messenger bags. I'm not sure if it's because I know for a fact that it is
a camera bag but I find it to look distinctively like one. The top flap has a water-proof zipper that allows you to get smaller lenses and items in and out without having to open the main flap and zipper. Useful for smaller stuff but a DSLR cannot be removed this way.
Inside I have my film SLR and external flash(my D80 was taking the pics).
On the front of the bag there are three compartments. The one with the flap is thinly padded and has Lowepro's "brushed-tricot lining" just like the inside of the top flap, it has a soft texture not unlike that of felt and doesn't scratch. Its meant to hold media devices such as photo viewers. The other two compartments are large enough hold miscellaneous items such as filters, bounce cards or manuals.
These are the bag's memory card wallet and accessories bag. The memory card holder holds 12 memory cards altogether and as you can see, I don't have that many yet
It is colour coded with one side for full cards and the other for empty cards. I've put my charger in the accessories bag.
Lowepro says that the bag can take 2-3 lenses in addition to the lens attached to the SLR body and this is probably accurate. However, if your lenses are small(about the size of the 18-135/18-70), you can probably squeeze in 4-5. As you can see, I don't have enough lenses to fill the bag but I hope to change this!
Its worth noting that the flash pictured here is considerably larger than present day flashes. The SLR in the picture has the same dimensions as the D80, give or take 10mm but the D80 is "chunkier" and fills up those dimensions better than the Minolta does.
The bag allows all the padding for the main compartment to be removed. Others have complained that removing this makes the bag useless and unless you use the bag to carry anything other than camera equipment they are probably correct. To be fair, the base padding can be removed while leaving the rest in which makes the back much less rigid and the bag has a slimmer profile if it isn't full. You lose some protection but the bag has the all-weather(AW) cover which is quite "cushy" stored underneath which does give some padding. I wouldn't recommend using that alone though. The bag comes with less dividers than I would have liked. This means that when you have the SLR body stored in the middle, the lenses on either side are not separated and can knock against each other if you store more than 1 on each side. At the moment, I don't see this as a big problem.
A better view of the interior. The bag has a hidden compartment in between the padding and the inner fabric of the bag on the side where the flap joins the bag. It ceases to remain hidden if you remove the padding.
This is the all-weather cover that gives the bag the last two letters of it's name. It folds into a small package that tucks into it's own compartment under the bag. It has two slits on either side for the strap to go through but you will need to remove the strap and reattach both ends before you can carry it around as shown. I would have liked my own all-weather cover(a.k.a. raincoat) included but you can't have everything...
Here you can see the two
straps the bag comes with. The first one is of course, the shoulder strap which is generously padded. The strap attaches to the bag via a solid metal clip and on the side of the bag is a metal D-ring. The second one is a thinner strap that is meant to go around your waist. I would assume that it is meant to stop the bag from falling should the main(non-slip) strap come off. I find it rather odd that the second strap attaches to one side of the bag with a velcro strap that has three layers that need to be secured one time each and a plastic clip that attaches to the other side of the bag. The strap can be released quickly using a plastic clip like the one on the front of the bag only smaller. Oddly enough, the word stealth is embroidered rather "unstealthily" on the back of the bag. Fortunately, it is black so you can't see it.
This bag wasn't my first choice. I actually wanted a Tamrac Adventure Messenger 4 but I am completely happy with this one and would choose it again if I was given the choice. The memory card wallet, second strap and various other things are nice touches, Lowepro seems to have thought of everything. Overall, it's a well designed and thought-out bag and I'm very pleased with it.
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