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Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black)

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Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Fits Most Notebooks Up To 17"
  • 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-25 large 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 17" (43.2cm) 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
UPC: 681066504253
Material Oxford fabric 600D
Type of Closure Zippers
Exterior Dimensions 20 x 12 x 9" (50.8 x 30.5 x 22.9cm)
Interior Dimensions 18 x 10 x 6" (45.7 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 3.75 lb (1.7kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.48 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.1 x 11.5 x 9.2"
Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black)
  • Rain Cover
  • Limited Five-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    VivitarDKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black)
     
    4.3

    (based on 118 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (62)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (45)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily accessible equipment (67)
    • Comfortable (63)
    • Roomy (60)
    • Adjustable harness (56)
    • Strong construction (43)

    Cons

    • Cumbersome (9)
    • Heavy (6)

    Best Uses

    • Transporting gear (63)
    • Protecting gear (48)
    • Storing gear (44)
    • Travel (19)
    • Sports/action (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (31), Casual photographer (14), Pro photographer (12), Photography student (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (92), Yes (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    GREAT pack so far.

    The only reason this hasn't gotten 5 stars from me is that I've only had it two, maybe three weeks now.

    It balances WELL. Feels in many respects like my favorite...Read complete review

    The only reason this hasn't gotten 5 stars from me is that I've only had it two, maybe three weeks now.

    It balances WELL. Feels in many respects like my favorite camping pack (a climber's pack made by Trango), a valued, steadfast companion of the last 12 years.

    Fits snugly on the back and rather comfortably (provided the laptop's positioned properly) at that, and is well designed / crafted enough that it's not flopping all over when you have to break into a sprint. Puts my last camera pack (by Delsey) to shame.

    Plenty of room. Right now I've got my Canon 20D (with battery grip), 3 lenses, a teleconverter, a few filters, the laptop, a couple paperbacks, an external drive... You get the picture.

    Their approach to the sling function is common sense and simple: Well padded, extra long backpack straps with easy quick release clips (made of metal, I was happy to see). I've only used it as a slingpack once, but no complaints there. It came sledding with my daughter and I, flipped to the front for gear access and right back again for the ride(s) down the hill, no complaints. It passed both that moisture test and a rainy trip to work on public trans with flying colors. I didn't and don't plan to use the rainfly that came with. A good pack doesn't need it, and so far this one hasn't.

    The accessory pouch in the flap for the camera bay is a little odd. Small things (like CF cards) tend to fall out, and the camera / lens bays are... Loose-ish(?) for lack of a better word. The gear does seem to shift a little more than I'd like, but it's still well protected.

    I'm very happy with this purchase so far. Great pack for the buck.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice bag w/ some negative

    The Large bag is really big for a D5000, 3 lenses and other accessories. I think small is the right size for my camera and stuff.
    The dividers are made of poor...Read complete review

    The Large bag is really big for a D5000, 3 lenses and other accessories. I think small is the right size for my camera and stuff.
    The dividers are made of poor materials (nylon like) and the stitchings are bad ( it ripped on my first use). Contacted customer service for the dividers and still waiting after a month. I like the over-all design and function, but the craftmanship is poor (not durable)

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    5.0

    Great, versatile photo backpack

    By Infrared Photographer

    from Litchfield, CT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

      I like the flexibility of where you can store various lenses, and the fact that I can store my 13" MacBook Pro in with my camera and lenses.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      The backpack I was looking for...

      By Surf Dave

      from Fairfield ,Ca

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

        It has all of the room I needed for my camera gear. A canon 70D three lenses two flashes and all of the junk needed to shoot my grandkids I have trusted the name Vivtar for a very long time, I have used their flashes and cases since the 60's I believe. A very good product. The case is well made and nice thickness to the walls. Just a nice overall feel to it.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Versatile and Secure

        By jesette

        from Chicago

        Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

        With the top compartment and padded laptop pocket, this bag is all you need for any day of shooting. I have fit two bodies and lenses, two flashes, extra batterries, a tablet, and a tripod with room for more. There's anough padding that I feel my equipment is safe and it doesn doesn't feel like I'm carrying all that weight. I recommend this bag to anyone who carries a lot of gear.

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        1.0

        the straps break

        By Jena

        from NYC

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Flimsy Construction

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

            I've had this bag less than 5 months and both backpack straps have already broken. Would not recomend

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Great Quality!

            By CL

            from Nashville

            Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

            Great quality!
            Huge space inside for gear, but too big for every day use and me being only 5.6 ft.

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            5.0

            Just the right bag

            By MLB

            from Memphis, Tn

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

                I use this bag for my Nikkon D5300. It has lots of extra room. With my camera, I have 4 lens and several other items and it carries them all and with room to spare. Constructed well and is not too heavy.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Perfect for DSLR Run, Gun, and Post

                By Dutch

                from Marietta, GA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Good Audio Quality
                • Great price
                • Lightweight
                • Very Roomy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

                  I am a professional Videographer using a Canon DSLR. Three lenses, 17" Macbook Pro, flash, battery grip, filters, spare batteries, chargers, monopod, raincoat. etc. This backpack carries everything I need to be a videographer on the go.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Bag - Great Price!

                  By Colin

                  from Norfolk, Connecticut

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

                      After throughly reading all the comments, I was expecting a bag that was of cheaper quality, at a cheaper price. I've had it for a little while now and I don't really understand the comments of cheap quality. Sure, it's not top notch but it definitely holds it's own. Lots of space for my laptop, camera + lenses as well as all of my other random stuff. If you're looking for a good bag for a great price, this one is the right bag for you.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      An amazing Camera backpack..affordable..

                      By Don Donaldson Photography

                      from Bronx New York

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

                          It holds 2 DSLRS and lenses...

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                          5.0

                          great product

                          By ray

                          from phoenix az

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

                            I just wana say this is a great starting camera bag to start as well as pro I was about to fit the following in this bag 15in lap top which is one of the main reason i bought is was i neded to something to hold all my gear plus my lap top not all bags are able to hold a big lap top unless you have a 13inch mac book pro which i dont i was also able to fit the following 3 go pro housing one go pro suction cup a polor pro micphone a case with a go pro and go pro housing one go pro 3 way arm plus extra batteries and a sony nex 5 tl with a 16-50 lens still have room in there love the fact is also comes with a rain cover for the bag and can hold a camera tripod as well i recommend this bag to anyone the quality is great and this bag does the job would buy another one if needed

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                            5.0

                            Great for Football Season

                            By Coach

                            from Texas

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

                              1. We use this backpack for Texas Friday night Football. We carry all of our Camcorders and supplies as well as a laptop to different press boxes / venues every Friday in the fall.
                              2. Multiple access points to the main piece of the bag, as well as tons of storage including a tripod carrier.
                              3. No negatives

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Well Built for all my uses

                              By Pedal Strong

                              from Hanford, CA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Many Compartments
                              • Separated Compartments

                              Cons

                              • Bulky

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

                                Used when I go on long cycling adventures on my rode or mountain bike. Works well for me. Carries all computer (17.3 screen)and camera gear I need. So far it has held up well.(I am very hard on all gear I own).Would have given it 5 stars, but adjusting the shelves in the lower camera section take time and a college degree. LOL.. But once you figure out the best way to set it up for your needs you are golden. And I do not see a reason to ever change it again, so it is a 1 time problem. It also has taken the place of my regular computer carrying case due to the way it is setup. Shipping and packaging from B&H was 5 stars.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Amazing Bag with lots of Space!

                                By Matthew

                                from Houston, TX

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

                                  Definitely excited about the space in this bag as it is much bigger than my old bag. All the compartments allow for easy access for my items. The pocket to hold the bottom of the tripod is very effective. I use this bag when I'm out hiking and taking pictures.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Love this bag

                                  By Schmidty

                                  from Portland

                                  About Me Photography Student

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use

                                  Cons

                                  • Bulky

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

                                  Plenty of room, feels good when you lug it around. Nice and durable, the rain just drips right of the bag. I use the laptop pocket for my ipad and any papers I need to carry around.

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Bag, One Minor Issue

                                  By CT

                                  from New York, NY

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Large
                                  • Spacious

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Access From Top

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

                                  This is a great and spacious bag for the price. The quick access is great and it could be worn as a backback or sling. The only problem I have is the top access flap. It doesn't open endge to edge so you risk rubbing equipment against the zipper (e.g. can scratch camera LCD). The quick access panel is great however. Somewhat dissapointing about the top considering that this is such a great bag.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  I would buy this camera backpack again.

                                  By Walter L.

                                  from Las vegas . Nevada

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

                                    I like the size of the backpack, the roominess insideand the workmanship.There could have been one or two more deviders included to customise the interior better. Other then that everything about the bag was OK.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great product

                                    By Aviate310

                                    from Missouri

                                    Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

                                    Great backpack. Fit all my gear plus a full 17 inch laptop. The top storage compartment holds a ton of extra equipment. Very durable material a great adjustable straps. Easy and fast access to camera when needed from side compartment. I looked at a lot of backpacks and this looked like best value and I was not disappointed. Look forward to a lot of years out of this bag. I would recommend this to anyone with a lot of gear.

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                                    4.0

                                    Good Bag

                                    By Jeremiah

                                    from Aurora, Co

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

                                        This is a good bag. It is large and holds all my gear (for now). I fit my cropped sensor DLSR in a smaller holder because it was too small to fit in the center.

                                        The tripod holder is something that sold me for this item but it tends to losen up, leaving my tripod dangling in the wind. (Mefoto medium)

                                        I would reccomend this bag to someone on a budget that wants something bigger!

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                                        • No

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                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Glad I bought this

                                        By Don

                                        from Charlotte, NC

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

                                          This backpack is all I need to carry Nikon D70 plus lenses and two other small cameras. 17 inch laptop fits perfectly in back! Only problem is when full weighs a ton with all the equipment.

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                                          • No

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                                          2.0

                                          At first glance awesome, but really bad

                                          By rmar

                                          from San Francisco

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                            • Flimsy Construction

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Vivitar DKS-25 Photo/SLR/Laptop Sling Backpack, Large (20 x 12 x 9", Black):

                                              I really liked this bag at first glance. It could fit 2 bodies and 4 lenses and had plenty of room. I liked the personal item container and laptop pocket, which was the exact kind of bag I was looking for. Unfortunately things turned sour somewhat quickly as I was using the both side flaps to house two bodies. I opened the non-intended side to pull out my camera and zipped it up at least 90%, but while walking around, the zipper pulled itself down and out popped a lens, which subsequently broke. Which brings me to the next problem. The dividers aren't very customizable and there really aren't enough of them. I don't know why they decided to have a side compartment on this side as there are no flaps to protect the gear in the side compartments from falling out if the flap wasn't closed. Terrible function design. On top of that, after 4 days of use, the side of the bag is starting to rip and expose the pad that is supposed to protect the laptop. I don't really trust the straps either as they seem to be separating a bit. Granted I do perhaps overweight this bag, but the construction is just not durable.

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