Here's the deal with this bag: if you need something to carry your camera equipment in that will be easy to travel with, keep your gear relatively safe, and above all keep it DRY - this is the best thing next to a hard case with rubber gaskets. If you're looking for a light bag to use daily for walks and a quick trip somewhere and DON'T need uber-protection, go elsewhere.
The CA-2001 is heavy compared to standard sling bags. It's also pretty bulky due to the extra padding. And there are a lot of layers you need to go through to get to your gear. But those are the things that make it so great for tough environments. The good news is that it's comfortable, comes with an additional around-the-waist strap to help steady it, and your gear can be accessed easily by swinging the bag around to the front of your body, without removing it from your shoulder. The straps are fully adjustable and my wife (5'7", 115 lbs) and I (6' 1" 200 lbs) were both able set it up very comfortably.
Your gear is kept safe deep within the bag, in a three compartment padded area that is then kept withing a bright orange dry bag, which is in turn secured within the padded over-bag. There's enough room in that interior section for my SLR, a 100mm Macro lens, an external flash, and a few small additional things. You could probably get a second lens in if you didn't need space for a flash. The dry bag has clips at all four corners; when inserted into the over-bag, the two clips at the base are fed though small openings in the over-bag. After arranging your gear in the padded section, the dry bag is closed and the top is triple folded/rolled down. The ends then go around the outside of the over-bag, and clip to the clips that are fed through from the bottom of the dry bag (I hope that's clear - you can see the orange you see peeking out in the photos). A large flap closes across the entire top and is secured with a two large sections of velcro. The thing is, while the dry bag can be removed and the padded sectionals used without it, I wouldn't personally keep gear in the over-bag without the dry bag due to lack of a zipper. That makes it something I'd personally be nervous about no matter how robust the velcro (and it IS robust). However, since the orange bag is actually clipped in, should the velcro somehow open up the dry bag isn't going anyhwere, nor is it opening. Nice.
One minor quibble is that there are no exterior pockets. If I could dock it a half star for that I would, but I suppose an argument could be made that they are looking to provide maximum protection for the gear you carry; something that might not apply to things kept in external pockets.
The bottom line is that I'm reviewing this in the context something that provides excellent protection from the elements (rain, sand, dust) while allowing for some less than careful handling. And for that, this bag is the best I've found.
I'm not huge into photography but I do down a few pricey cameras, including at least one SLR. My father was big on photography and even had his own closet for 'developing photos' back in the day. So, protection for cameras is something I'm definitely interested in. When I first saw this...'case'...for lack of a better word, I was immediately intrigued by its size and quality. Overall, I'd say if you've got thousands of dollars of equipment laying around which you need to … more
I've never met a professional or hobbyist photographer who didn't have a collection of camera bags and was always on the hunt for the "perfect" bag. Well, the perfect bag doesn't exist, that's for sure. But many bags fit some needs perfectly - and the Seattle Sling Waterproof Bag falls squarely in this category. If you've ever tramped around in the hinterlands of Washington, Oregon or California, you'll instantly understand the beauty of this bag. Same is true if you're on … more
With the amount of gear I have (4 DSLR bodies and a dozen-odd lenses) I feel you can never have enough camera bags. But, this is one you may want to think twice about. This bag is very sturdily constructed, but a bit blocky-looking. It wears well on the back in a sling-style, but also has a small loop on the side for carrying (although this loop is rather small and unpadded, so it you probably wouldn't want to carry it often or long with this loop). What is unique is that … more
My background is in the arts; I designed and ran a television station in the 80's, was a record producer and independent engineer in the late 80's and early 90's, then formed one of the first online advertising … more
Consider the Source
Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.
We shield while you shoot! Camera Armor is a line of rugged, custom fit SLR digital camera cases engineered to provide maximum protection from impact and abrasion while allowing full access to all features of the camera. The four-part system includes Body Armor, Lens Armor, LCD Shield, and Lens Cap Leash. We love our cameras as much as you do. That's why we designed Camera Armor - the only choice for full time protection. Each model is engineered to provide maximum protection while allowing full access to all controls, compartments, and ports. You focus on the shot - we've got you covered.