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Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black)

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Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Fits Most Notebooks Up To 15.4"
  • Oxford Fabric 600D
  • Unique Sling Strap Design
  • Quick Access Side Pocket
  • Tripod Connecting Straps
  • Mesh Accessory Pocket
  • Removable Rain Cover
  • Foam-Padded Top Compartment
  • Internal Foam-Padded Adjustable Dividers
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The DKS-20 medium black Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack from Vivitar is a triple threat when it comes to buying this type of pack. It can be worn in three different ways and therefore serves as a durable pack for both transport and shooting. It's made from tough Oxford Fabric 600D.

When worn as a traditional backpack, it carries more than its weight in equipment including a 15.4" (39.1cm) laptop. When worn as a shoulder bag, you have rapid access to your gear through the zippered lower half of the bag. When used as either a left or right sided sling-style bag, the quick access zippered side pockets (on either side) give you even faster access to your equipment. An additional mesh storage pocket is supplied for small accessories.

The bag is essentially divided in half with the top being used for personals and smaller items in their own foam-padded compartment. The lower half is the main compartment where your gear is safely stored within additional foam-padded, adjustable dividers. There's an additional zippered mesh accessory compartment for batteries, media cards, cleaning cloths, pens or even business cards.

Carrying a tripod is no problem since the bag comes with connecting straps on the back that will hold your pod securely. This is a relatively lightweight pack that is functional, durable and flexible for the shooter who likes to be outside and constantly on the move. It's carried by two wide, padded and adjustable shoulder straps that are supported by an adjustable chest strap that helps keep the pack steady and centered on your back. The waist belt is also adjustable and helps prevent the pack from swaying while hiking or climbing. There's a comfortable back pad and easily removable and deployable rain cover for when the weather turns sour. Finally, if you're just trying to get the pack out of your car trunk, Vivitar has added a strong top carry handle.

Can be worn as a sling-style bag on either left or right side - accessory pockets on each side provide rapid access to equipment
Multiple versatile storage compartments - top and bottom halves separate personals and photo gear
Internal, adjustable foam-padded dividers
Accessory mesh side pockets for small items like batteries
Padded shoulder straps, chest strap and waist belt add stability
Rain cover provides additional protection from the elements
Material Oxford fabric 600D
Type of Closure Zippers
Exterior Dimensions 19 x 11.5 x 8" (48.3 x 29.2 x 20.3cm)
Interior Dimensions 17 x 10 x 6" (43.2 x 25.4 x 15.2cm)
Tripod Holder Connecting straps
Waist Belt Yes
Carrying/Transport Options Shoulder straps
Top carry handle
Chest strap
Sling strap
Weight 3.5 lb (1.6kg)
Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black)
  • Rain Cover
  • Limited Five-Year Warranty
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    VivitarDKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black)
     
    4.3

    (based on 64 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (32)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily accessible equipment (40)
    • Comfortable (37)
    • Adjustable harness (33)
    • Roomy (33)
    • Strong construction (28)

    Cons

    • Hard to access equipment (4)

    Best Uses

    • Transporting gear (39)
    • Storing gear (32)
    • Protecting gear (31)
    • Travel (7)
    • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (8), Photography student (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (55)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best value for camera/laptop backpack

    I have owned a bunch of camera bags from backpacks to messenger style bags and this one definitely suited what I need it for – bringing my camera and laptop in one comfy...Read complete review

    I have owned a bunch of camera bags from backpacks to messenger style bags and this one definitely suited what I need it for – bringing my camera and laptop in one comfy bag. The backpack features a roomy compartment above the camera compartment for all your miscellaneous stuff (portable external hd, bamboo medium pen tablet, MBP power adapter, etc). I can fit my Nikon D700 + 70-200 VR outfit with no problem. I was concerned at first that the Medium size won't be enough because the sample images of the bag only showed Canon gear and didn't mention Nikon or Nikkor gear. It's perfect for my everyday use since I usually carry my laptop to work, and my camera + 2 lenses for a random photo walk after the work day. The only gripe (as the other reviews have mentioned) is the lack of a water bottle pocket. Other than that, everything that I'm looking for in an everyday use camera backpack is found in this Vivitar Series 1 backpack. Did I mention, the price for this combo backpack is just amazing???

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not really happy

    OK, I have not used it in the field yet. But I am a little disappointed already. The internal dividers are kind of floppy and the Velcro fixation is slack. And I still...Read complete review

    OK, I have not used it in the field yet. But I am a little disappointed already. The internal dividers are kind of floppy and the Velcro fixation is slack. And I still have not figured out how to arrange everything, so it fits properly my gear (3 lenses and DSLR body). Maybe the fact that as a backpack it holds the camera in a horizontal position, like you see on the illustration, is not a good thing. In real life, the dividers are not able to hold the weight of the body with a lens attached (e.g. 70-300). Well, they hold it, but the stuff sags totally, once you carry the backpack upright, which is what you do with a backpack...And the tripod holder is a joke. It does not cope with my Manfrotto 294 series. But it holds my monopod well...(though, not more). Other than that, it's a nice product.So, I am pondering to get a classic bag instead...

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    4.0

    great configurable backpack

    By ronauger

    from Bermuda

    Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

    Great configurable lower section, with access from front and both sides. Top section is small but great for quick access to phone wallet, lenses, passports, sunglasses and such. I kept two super zooms and two GoPros in bottom section and still fit some spare clothes rolled and slide in section. An outside strap was useful for a towel when going to beaches.

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    4.0

    Handy well designed bag

    By sgm

    from New York

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Long Straps
    • Mediocre Quality

    Best Uses

    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

    Well designed, lots of pockets and enough space for most set ups. The straps can be annoying to out on and hang really low unless you somehow tie them up. Quality isnt amazing, dont think it will last forever but good for the price.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    1.0

    POOR STRAP SUPPORT

    By Sunil

    from NYC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Flimsy Construction

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

      This bag lasted me few days. Right strap has started to come off. Its is risky for the gear. Better to invest in better bag. It has good design and ease of use.

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      • No

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      5.0

      NICE

      By juan

      from sylmar, CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel

        Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

        Great product, feels nice to wear.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Great bag for the money!

        By Coach Mike

        from Marietta, GA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

          Would give it four stars but I have only had it a couple of weeks. It seems to be well made. I especially like the versatility of the straps. I can use it as a sling on both shoulders or as a backpack. Depending on what I am using it for it makes it more comfortable to wear. Nothing negative to say about it at this time. First time to use B&H. Great service and prices. I have already started my next wish list.

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          • No

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          4.0

          I'd recommend this Bag

          By Delusional_Duck

          from Holly Springs, NC

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Small

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

          As a skater and film enthusiast, I needed a bag that would hold all my gear. This bag can do just about that. I do wish there was more space in the top compartment so that my helmet would fit in the bag, but I can deal with it hanging on the outside. Overall all I carry multiple lenses and my nikon camera as well as cables and extra accessories,then there is my longboard gear which consist of kneepads, elbow pads, and gloves. It can even carry a tripod nicely, as well as my macbook pro and has a rain cover. This book bag comes at a great price the straps are a little long but that can be taken care of. I would definitely recommend this bag to beginners, travelers, or hikers!

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          • No

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          2.0

          Vivitar Camera Bag

          By fancyrick

          from Florida

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

              The bag isn't constructed of the best materials and perhaps it shouldn't be since it costs only $. It is a very awkward bag to load a camera and large lens into the bag. Has side entrances to load camera and large lens however seems not very functional to me. Overall the bag was too small for what I wanted and the design of the bag made it even smaller and hard to utilize.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              4.0

              Good backpack

              By christiangentry

              from Dayton, OH

              Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

              I haven't used it heavily yet, but nonetheless this backpack has surpassed my expectations! I already used up most of the space, and I fit my T3i, 3-4 lenses and small-medium sized accessories. It works great at the beach and snow! I would absolutely recommend this to a friend.

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              4.0

              Good One

              By Sergio

              from Mexico

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

              • Big If Using A Small Dslr
              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel

              Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

              It is lightweight, looks durable.

              I was not sure about buying the DKS-20 vs DKS-18, got with the 20 because I own a 15" laptop.
              But it was kind of big for my DSLR (Nikon D5100), I saw the DKS-18 at a store, and I guess I could fit my laptop in there. If you want to go with weight, take the DKS-18.

              Also, I had to make some modifications to the "inner velcro-ed walls" because the D5100 does not fit properly, it got a little loose in the inside.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Me gusto mucho, es más de lo que esperé

              By kastlexp

              from Colima Mexico

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

              Excelente producto, lo recomiendo al 100% y sobre todo tiene buenas bolsas

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              5.0

              Great pack.

              By Kentuckyphotog

              from Owensboro, Ky

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

              Works great. I especially like the side enterances for easy accessibility. The pack is made a little cheap. The seams arent the greatest, but it's what I expect for the price and will hold up for long often given the price.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Nice Backpack

              By RobinOttawa

              from Ottawa,ON

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

                  Bought this backpack about 5 months ago. Used it on a number of outings. Holds all my gear and is very comfortable. Only complaint... I wish it had a tripod strap on the bottom.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  happy with my purchase

                  By gr8day

                  from Bloomington, IN

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable Inserts
                  • Holds What I Want It To

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

                    Haven't field-tested this pack yet, but I'm happy that it fits my dslr and 70-200mm lens, with room for a few other things. There are tripod straps on the back, but I was able to fit a GorillaPod inside along the side as well. Wouldn't mind more room for non-camera things.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Gran producto

                    By Javier ARG

                    from Buenos Aires, ARG

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable Harness
                    • Easily Accessible Equipment
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

                      Compre la mochila sin verla, es decir online. La recibi hoy. Estoy muy contento, el tamaño exterior es ideal. El interior, muy bien resuelto por su lugar para camara, computadora y accesorios.

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                      5.0

                      Great backpack!

                      By Mudman Dave

                      from New York

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable Harness
                      • Comfortable
                      • Easily Accessible Equipment

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

                        I love this backpack! My camera equipment rapidly outgrew my original camera bag, and I thus started looking into backpacks. This backpack is roomy enough to easily contain my DSLR, three lenses (18-55 mm, 70-300 mm, and 100-400 mm), and my GoPro (and accessories) in just the camera portion of the backpack alone. There is an upper pocket with room for personal gear/chargers/etc. The laptop pocket easily holds my ultrabook, and could definitely take a regular size laptop as well.

                        One can quickly access one's camera through pockets on either side of the backpack, or the back of the pack as well.

                        There is a tripod foot-holder that allows one to carry a tripod, centered on the outside of the backpack. The pack also includes a rain cover with elastic bands.

                        My only complaint about this bag is that there are no exterior side pockets that could hold a water bottle for easy access.

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                        5.0

                        So far, so good

                        By None

                        from Cbus, Ohio

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable Harness
                        • Comfortable
                        • Easily Accessible Equipment
                        • Roomy
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Protecting Gear

                          Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

                          This bag has more features that fit what I wanted than some of the $ + ones that I saw. I am sure that it is not as durable material, but it feels sturdy and durable. My 15" macbook pro fits nicely in the laptop sleeve and my 5dmark iii fits snug with a 70-200 f2.8 attached, with room for more lenses. Comes with rain shield which is a plus. It seems like it will be perfect for my photography trip to the UK, lets hope that is true. The only downfall that I can see is that it does not have a water bottle holder. It just makes me nervous to put a drink inside the bag that is holding ALL of my equipment. Other than that it seems like a great bag so far. And you can't beet that price!

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                          4.0

                          Stop stressing and go with this one.

                          By Falsk

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adjustable Harness
                          • Comfortable
                          • Easily Accessible Equipment

                          Cons

                          • Cumbersome

                          Best Uses

                          • Transporting Gear

                          Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

                          I think I spent two hours researching camera backpacks before I finally pulled the trigger on this one. I wanted a backpack to have my hands free when going to on-location shoots and I wanted something with a tripod loop. I finally got shopping fatigue and decided on Vivitar for the price.Things I like:-lots of zippered pockets in the inside compartments-hip and chest straps (hip straps can conveniently tuck up in the pocket at the bottom when you don't need them)-tripod loop (though, admittedly, I wish it was on the side)-wide open pocket when accessing camera/lensesThings I don't like:-Wish top pocket was a little larger-Wish there were more pockets overall and the side one was a little more secure-It's kind of bulky, but I'm already small to begin with and the medium might be slightly larger than I need... but I don't feel like going through the hassle of exchanging it. Better to have slightly more room than I need than slightly too little room.I haven't taken it into the field yet (shoot got postponed after buying it, naturally) but for now I'm happy. Maybe someday I'll be making the big bucks and can afford something pretty like the National Geographic bags, but for now I think this'll get the job done.

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                          5.0

                          Muy buena

                          By Leo

                          from Miami

                          Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

                          Muy buena mochila para guardar las cámaras muy segura

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                          4.0

                          Great travel bag

                          By Michelle D

                          from Bloomington, In

                          Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

                          A lot of space for gear. Easily accessible. Could use a few more zipper pockets but overall great!

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                          5.0

                          awesome pack

                          By Milton

                          from dallas, tx

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adjustable Harness
                          • Comfortable
                          • Easily Accessible Equipment
                          • Roomy
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Protecting Gear
                            • Transporting Gear

                            Comments about Vivitar DKS-20 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Medium (19 x 11.5 x 8", Black):

                            already own one of these and got another for my wife.

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