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Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag - for Pelican 1520 Series Case

B&H # PESB1520 Mfr # PCS152
No Longer Available

The Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag is a soft sided case made to carry your equipment inside a Pelican 1520 series watertight case. The case can carry one or two photo or digital SLR bodies with five lenses, flash, film and accessories. The bag opens form the top or side, and has front and side pockets to carry miscellaneous items and accessories. The bag can be carried by the padded carrying handle, adjustable backpack straps or included removable, adjustable shoulder strap. The bag has movable dividers to customize the interior.

Expandable 840 denier nylon shoulder/backpack case made to be carried inside a Pelican hard case.
Conveniently opens from the top or the side.
Interior compartment includes removable padded dividers with hook & loop closure.
Heavy-duty, self-repairing nylon coil zippers
Pockets
  • Two large expandable side pockets
  • Interior mesh pockets
Carrying options
  • Tuck-away backpack straps that are adjustable.
  • Removable, adjustable padded shoulder strap with rotating-head monster hooks and double bar "D" rings to prevent twisting.
  • Comfortable carry handle, with padded wrap.
Removable adjustable tripod straps
Compatible with
  • Pelican 1520 cases without foam
  • Pelican 1520 case with foam (remove foam insert set)
  • Pelican 1520 case with dividers (remove divider set)
Material Exterior: 840 denier nylon
Interior: 210 denier laminated nylon
Interior: High density foam padding
Type of Closure Heavy-duty, self-repairing nylon coil zippers
Exterior Dimensions 17-23 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 6 1/2" (43.18-59.69 x 31.75 x 16.51cm) (WxDxH)
Interior Dimensions 14 1/2 x 11 x 5 1/4" (36.83 x 27.94 x 13.34cm) (WxDxH)
Tripod Holder Yes
Accommodates One or two photo or digital SLR camera bodies with five lenses and accessories
Carrying/Transport Options Shoulder strap
Carrying handle
Backpack straps
Weight 4.8 lbs (2.18kg)
Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag - for Pelican 1520 Series Case
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Backpack Straps
  • 5-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    PelicanPCS152 Shoulder Bag
     
    4.1

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Well padded (12)
    • Strong construction (11)
    • Lightweight (6)
    • Very protective (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Transporting gear (12)
      • Protecting gear (8)
      • Storing gear (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (5), Pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Best Bag Yet!

      I needed a carry on bag that would fit all my gear yet be easy to take everywhere with me. This bag is pretty much perfect. I can carry the following:

      Main...Read complete review

      I needed a carry on bag that would fit all my gear yet be easy to take everywhere with me. This bag is pretty much perfect. I can carry the following:

      Main Compartment -
      Canon XT w/Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 (with hood reversed) attached;
      Canon XT w/Canon 75-300mm USM III attached;
      Tamron 200-500mm with hood reversed & tripod collar
      Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 with hood
      430EX Flash
      HD80 Portable Storage Device
      rangefinder
      set of 3 extender tubes
      multiple filters (8- 58mm & 6 -67mm)

      Front pocket -
      battery charger
      extra battery
      memory cards
      cleaning kit

      Inside pockets -
      extra hard drive for PSD & small screwdriver

      Outside side pockets -
      large blower
      2 Plamps
      2 small collapsible reflectors
      2 plastic rain ponchos (one for me, one for the bag if I get caught in a downpour)

      That's without expanding the side compartments to remain carry-on size, but there is no extra room at all.

      I did add one customization to the bag. I bought a California Innovations softsided cooler with detachable "rugged trolley". The trolley has big plastic wheels that roll over dirt trails, cobblestones, etc. (not snow or sand) and the bag's "luggage slot" slips over the trolley handle. Then I use the tripod straps to attach the bag to the legs. On flights, if room is tight, I simply remove the trolley and store them separately. For snow and sand, I remove the tolley and use the backpack straps. The rest of the time I drag it along without worry.

      I do agree with a previous user that while there are lots of dividers, there are never enough (what bag ever does).

      To figure out size (measurements aren't always that helpful):

      The 200-500mm lens fits perfectly vertically. The 430EX just fits depthwise (back to front of flash corresponding to back to front of bag) - a diffuser pushes it too far out.
      The Tamron 28-75mm with hood and the Canon 75-300mm fit vertically one on top of the other.
      The 2 XT bodies fit perfectly facing downwards (using the top access) in a sideways position (grips toward the front of the bag) with the 200-500mm camera side up in between.
      The 200-500mm will fit horizontally in the bag with just a bit of room to spare. Putting the 430EX in that space sideways makes it very tight but doable.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Strap Broke First Use

      I really liked the way this bag works....but the first time I used it the shoulder strap broke loose at the clip attachment. Upon close inspection it looks like the nylon end...Read complete review

      I really liked the way this bag works....but the first time I used it the shoulder strap broke loose at the clip attachment. Upon close inspection it looks like the nylon end of the strap clip was not sewn to the bag properly. Otherwise I would give this bag a higher rating...[...]Very nice bag for location shoots. Great zippers...I just worry the [*]construction may be a bit less for quality control..?We will see how the replacement fares.

      Reviewed by 15 customers

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good - But With Exceptions

      By Butch

      from Southern Carolina

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Strong Construction
      • Stylish

      Cons

      • Hard To Organize

      Best Uses

      • Medium Size Outfit

      Comments about Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag:

      Nice bag. It's pretty. It' very well constructed. Has ample room for a medium size outfit. Is well worth the price. Haven't had any problem with the strap...yet.
      EXCEPTIONS: Although it is roomy, it's hard to get everything organized. The bag isn't very deep (barely 5 inches). My D300, with battery grip, would not sit upright. I eventually had to lay the camera on it's left side. Even my 135mm lens would not sit upright. I had to lay it on it's side, taking up valuable space. There isn't sufficient pockets to store small items (i.e. batteries, flash cards, pencil and paper, etc). There are very large pockets on each side of the bag. But these pockets are so large that small items will just get lost in the bottom. And these pockets are not padded, so they are not useful for anything delicate.
      CONCLUSION: Good bag, but functionality will vary from person to person. Try it, but be preparded to return it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Practical and Durable

      By RRowland

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Strong Construction
      • Very Protective
      • Well Padded

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Storing Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag:

      This product is GREAT! Used as either a shoulder bag or a back pack my second shooter and I are very confident that my gear is well organized and SAFE. If I drop the bag the pockets and padding absorb the impact. I would recommend this bag to any professional photog.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great, as expected

      By tomgreizinger

      from Aiken, SC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction
      • Very Protective
      • Well Padded

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag:

        You get what you see on the picture. Very well padded, good construction, useful separators. Many compartments for accessories and easily expandable on both sides. Overall, satisfied with the purchase.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Flexible and very convenient.

        By rocksolid

        from raleigh, nc

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction
        • Very Protective
        • Well Padded

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Protecting Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag:

          Fabulous bag to carry and protect lenses and other gear with. I use the Pelican bag slung over my shoulder and when in transit it fits easily in a Pelican case for maximum protection of my expensive lenses.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Nice Roomy Bag Using it in Iraq

          By Medicine Man

          from Deployed to Northern Iraq

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Strong Construction
          • Well Padded

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Storing Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag:

            I bought this bag to help contain all of my photography and small video equipment. I fly on Blackhawk helicopters and the padding and room of this bag is great. Plenty of room and pockets. Great bag!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Backpack and shoulder straps broke

            By Matt

            from Lewes, DE

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • I like the concept
            • Well Padded

            Cons

            • VERY poorly constructed
            • Weak Construction

            Best Uses

            • Storing Gear

            Comments about Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag:

            When I went to use the backpack feature the first time one strap basically tore away from the bag. Luckily, the other strap held and I didn't completely drop the bag.

            After the backpack strap failed, I started using the shoulder strap. That worked fine for a while, until it tore away from the bag as well. Again, I was lucky that nothing inside was damaged.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Handy

            By NOF

            from Brisbane Australia

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Strong Construction
            • Well Padded

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag:

                Great for a medium size kit. Well built as always with Pelican and side pocket that zip out to be quite large.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                3.0

                Strap Broke First Use

                By Bartstar

                from WNC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Nice Design

                Cons

                • Possible Quality Issues

                Best Uses

                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag:

                I really liked the way this bag works....but the first time I used it the shoulder strap broke loose at the clip attachment. Upon close inspection it looks like the nylon end of the strap clip was not sewn to the bag properly. Otherwise I would give this bag a higher rating...[...]Very nice bag for location shoots. Great zippers...I just worry the [*]construction may be a bit less for quality control..?We will see how the replacement fares.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very Spacious & Quick Access

                By Birder 76

                from Yuma , AZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Air Carry-on
                • Lightweight
                • Quick Access
                • Strong Construction
                • Well Padded

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Packs It All
                • Storing Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag:

                I looked for an easy access and versatile bag for a full year . That included reading specifications and owner reviews on all camera bags in the B&H on-line list ; plus handling in-stock bags in a number of photographic stores .
                The Pelican PCS152 at B&H beat all others .
                The photo does not do it justice , as the two side pockets can be expanded sideways about five inches and will hold many individual items .

                For me the bag stores :
                (a) A D40 Nikon with 70-300 AF-S VR lens attached .
                (b) A Nikon 18-55 AF-S Lens .
                (c) A Nikon 18-105 AF-S VR lens , sunshade reversed .
                (d) A Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S lens .
                (e) A Nikon 55-200 AF-S VR lens .
                (f) A Nikon 50mm f/1.8D lens .
                (g) And there's room for two more lenses .

                The bag would also hold two DSLRs both with , say, 70-300 size lenses attached , plus about four other lenses . With both expandable side pockets and the front pocket , the amount of batteries , chargers , filters , flashes , etc., packable is substantial .
                My use is for home storage and for transport by car to shoot sites and walkabouts . It carries easily by the top handles . I never use the carry strap , nor carry it while out on shoots .

                The very best feature is to simply lay it on its' side , quickly unzip the large side door and the camera(s) and lenses are all visible to obtain . No hassle with multiple & awkward press buckles , flaps , or hidden zippers . And there's no
                digging involved .

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                • No

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Backpack strap tore loose on 2nd use

                By Photo Sam

                from Arkansas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Weak Construction

                Best Uses

                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag:

                The bag is a great idea and a perfect size but Pelican allowed a third party to use their name on this bag. It appears to be well made but the lower backpack straps are not attached properly. On the second short hike with 3 lenses, a camera body and light travel tripod one of the lower backpack straps tore completely off and I nearly lost the backpack.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great Bag !

                By Klaus

                from Atenas, Costa Rica

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction
                • Very Protective
                • Well Padded

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag:

                  Rugged material and zippers, versatile and multifunctional.
                  I'm exited!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best Bag Yet!

                  By Toedtoes

                  from California

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Strong Construction
                  • Versatile
                  • Very Protective
                  • Well Padded

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Storing Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag:

                    I needed a carry on bag that would fit all my gear yet be easy to take everywhere with me. This bag is pretty much perfect. I can carry the following:

                    Main Compartment -
                    Canon XT w/Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 (with hood reversed) attached;
                    Canon XT w/Canon 75-300mm USM III attached;
                    Tamron 200-500mm with hood reversed & tripod collar
                    Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 with hood
                    430EX Flash
                    HD80 Portable Storage Device
                    rangefinder
                    set of 3 extender tubes
                    multiple filters (8- 58mm & 6 -67mm)

                    Front pocket -
                    battery charger
                    extra battery
                    memory cards
                    cleaning kit

                    Inside pockets -
                    extra hard drive for PSD & small screwdriver

                    Outside side pockets -
                    large blower
                    2 Plamps
                    2 small collapsible reflectors
                    2 plastic rain ponchos (one for me, one for the bag if I get caught in a downpour)

                    That's without expanding the side compartments to remain carry-on size, but there is no extra room at all.

                    I did add one customization to the bag. I bought a California Innovations softsided cooler with detachable "rugged trolley". The trolley has big plastic wheels that roll over dirt trails, cobblestones, etc. (not snow or sand) and the bag's "luggage slot" slips over the trolley handle. Then I use the tripod straps to attach the bag to the legs. On flights, if room is tight, I simply remove the trolley and store them separately. For snow and sand, I remove the tolley and use the backpack straps. The rest of the time I drag it along without worry.

                    I do agree with a previous user that while there are lots of dividers, there are never enough (what bag ever does).

                    To figure out size (measurements aren't always that helpful):

                    The 200-500mm lens fits perfectly vertically. The 430EX just fits depthwise (back to front of flash corresponding to back to front of bag) - a diffuser pushes it too far out.
                    The Tamron 28-75mm with hood and the Canon 75-300mm fit vertically one on top of the other.
                    The 2 XT bodies fit perfectly facing downwards (using the top access) in a sideways position (grips toward the front of the bag) with the 200-500mm camera side up in between.
                    The 200-500mm will fit horizontally in the bag with just a bit of room to spare. Putting the 430EX in that space sideways makes it very tight but doable.

                    Share this review

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Perfect for on-site shoots

                    By BEI Photography

                    from St. Louis, MO

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Strong Construction
                    • Stylish
                    • Very Protective
                    • Well Padded

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Carry-on flight bag
                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Storing Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag:

                      This bag is perfect for taking on-site. It carries my two cameras (a 1D Mark III and my backup D30 w/battery grip), 4 lenses, extra batteries for both cameras, filters, and cables in the body. It also has a zippered pouch on the flap that holds plenty. There are also external pockets to carry extra accessories. I have the bag set-up like the picture shown, BUT it can also be configuared to be top opening also, not just from the side. The bag is well padded and thanks to velcro, all the padded seperators can be rearranged to hold items securely. The bag is the perfect size to take as a carry-on for flights. But if you need to check the bag or send it someplace, it fits inside of a Pelican 1520 hard case perfect.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Very versatile camera bag

                      By getward

                      from western MA

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy access to gear
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Versatile
                      • Well Padded

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Storing Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag:

                        I was looking for a camera bag with some of these features to contain my growing collection of junk, and with the Pelican name on it, how could I go wrong? It allows top or side access of my camera even with the longest lens attached and has ample storage for the remaining 4 lenses and accessories. Although one probably could stuff 2 bodies and 5 lenses ++ in this bag, my opinion is that may be too overcrowded to be useful. You get lots of Velcro dividers and options but I found myself wishing for more. I also wish it had a dedicated battery/memory card organizer too. Lots of zippered compartments, it converts to a backpack, and carries a tripod too make this one really nice bag. For storage, travel, and harsh elements, I keep it all inside a Pelican hard case for peace of mind. If you need a bag like this one, I highly recommend this one and buy it here.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Just the right size.

                        By geronimo

                        from new jersey

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Well Padded

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Protecting Gear
                          • Storing Gear
                          • Transporting Gear

                          Comments about Pelican PCS152 Shoulder Bag:

                          I have a sea&sea 1G digital camera W/housing,strobe,single arm VII. Holds all with room for batteries & small extra supplies. Easy to carry,easy to open & work with even on moving boat. would recommend.

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