A&P Opinion on slingshot backpack?

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  1. GregFarz78

    GregFarz78 New Member

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    Anyone have one of these? Do they work as well as they claim? Looking at something like this...

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    or should I just get a traditional backpack :dunno:
     
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    I hear they work great, problem is they dont have a lot of space..ive been considering one for he longest time..but I think im gonna go with a full on modular belt system
     
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    Says it holds 3-4 lens I doubt I would ever carry that many I'd mainly use this for day trips or when I'm travelling so not to weigh myself down a lot. Just cant decide if I should get a 2 strap backpack instead, this one doesnt have anything to attach a tripod either :hs: I kinda like the Lowepro Mini Trekker also
     
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    Cobber Wanna touch my bunny hole?

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    If you get a traditional 2 strap back pack you could always take one strap off ... with that one you are stuck with only one strap.
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    I don't think you understand the point of a slingshot pack.....

    My cousin has one, and I've borrowed it a few times, it takes a little time to get used to swinging it around the front to open, but once you get the hange of it it's really nice... alot better than taking the pack off every time you want to get into it.
     
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    Cobber Wanna touch my bunny hole?

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    :dunno: I guess not ... I'm more of an oldschool bag guy
     
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    hmm I wonder if I can fit two cameras in this thing

    one camera with a 70-200, another with the 28-75 and one flash

    that's about all I need for photojournalism duties
     
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    I have one, the bigger of the two they offer, and it's really great. I absolutely love how to swing it to get your stuff out. When you put the waist strap, it's solid and doesn't move around even when heavy.

    I had someone stitch straps to hold my tripod on it, i could show you pictures it's fairly simple and very effective, altough it unbalances it a little when I don't have the waist strap attached.
     
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    i have the aw200. the 'sling' action works good when you want to switch lenses on the fly. it kinda hurts your shoulder after awhile, when there's more than 2 lenses + body. the 70-200 fits if mounted on the camera. but you'll have to place it *vertically, removing half of the cushion dividers. so you can fit 70-200 mounted, plus two more lenses, as well as flash unit and accessories.
     
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    me to.. I prefer my backpack over this, although I need a bigger one.
     
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    the aw300 looks huge that might fit 2 cams :dunno:
     
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    i have a velocity 9 from tamrac and its pretty nice
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    those that own these types of backpacks..any chance you could post pics of them with a few lenses?

    I read that people with a bad shoulder shouldn't use them, as the weight isn't evenly distributed.
     
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    Check out the website they have more pics http://www.lowepro.com/Products/Sling_Bags/Designed_for_Digital/SlingShot_200_AW.aspx

    I'm concerned about my one shoulder getting sore too :hs: these might not be a great idea if I'm riding a bike either dont want this thing flipping around one me while I'm riding
     
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    I use the Velocity 8 since I didn't need the bigger size of the 9. The 8 fits the 1D MKII with the 70-200 f/2.8L IS (lens hood reversed) or the 16-35 f/2.8L, 580EX, extra battery, and some extra filters.
     
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    i had one. it was crappy; put all the weight on one shoulder and it doesnt swing around without bunching up your tshirt and such. plus i actually missed more shots because i would put the camera away rather then just having it out and ready. moved to a backpack and it carries gear much better and is more stable during skiing, snowmobiling, etc...
     
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    I have the 200. It's a good bag and I'm able to carry my D70s with the 70-300, 18-70, 50mm, and my N80(detached lens). It has a couple of small pockets to put other stuff which is nifty also. I find that if I'm wearing a jacket it can get annoying cause it's a tight fit (I don't like it moving around), but with just a T-shirt or sweatshirt on it feels fine. If you plan on having a lot of gear in the future, I'd suggest a bigger bag though.
     
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    i have it and i like it, perfect because i dont have much camera equipement. The only thing that sucks is it only fits on one way. So if your shoulder gets really tired of carrying it you cant switch it to the other one
     
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    yup this definitly isnt the lens for me..ill just get a modular belt system eventually, and a bigger backpack to store all my stuff in there.
     
  22. GregFarz78

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    :sad2: that sucks I'll just get the 2 strap backpack
     
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    i have one. i have pocketwizards in it, SB600 flash, D80 body, massive AF-S Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8g ED DX and even bigger Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR , Nikkor 60mm macro, nikkor 85mm f/1.8. tons of memory cards, batteries and Epson P-2000 viewer.

    mine is the middle sized sling, the 200 i think it is. there is one bigger and one smaller, the small is really small, never messed with the bigger one.
     
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    it has a strap that comes from the opposite side so that it doesn't spin on you. extremely good idea :cool:
     
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    I have the slingshot 100.. for the moment I only have the tamron 17-50 and canon 70-200. Either will fit mounted on my XTi. There's room for a prime on the bottom and the 50 1.8 up top. I don't use the sling function much because I like to hold the camera. Though, it's very useful for quick lens changes on teh fly. You can swap lens with the bag on and opened and it offers some protection during the switch. the hood for the 70-200 fits in the middle partition with the body. It's a pretty small bag, but carries the essentials well.
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