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LoweproSlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag
 
4.5

(based on 121 reviews)

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    (30)

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    (6)

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    (6)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily accessible equipment (91)
  • Strong construction (87)
  • Comfortable (79)
  • Roomy (66)
  • Adjustable harness (64)

Cons

  • Cumbersome (14)
  • Heavy (6)
  • Hard to access equipment (5)
  • Too small (5)
  • Uncomfortable fit (5)

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (87)
  • Protecting gear (80)
  • Storing gear (49)
  • Daily usage (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (50), Semi-pro photographer (27), Pro photographer (14), Enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (95), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

wow!

Was looking for a workhorse bag that fit me and my equipment comfortably. Tried shoulder bags but they left me listing to one side of the other. Tried Tamrac sling, but it was...Read complete review

Was looking for a workhorse bag that fit me and my equipment comfortably. Tried shoulder bags but they left me listing to one side of the other. Tried Tamrac sling, but it was uncomfortable, not ergonomically well designed and did not allow for all my equipment.
After much searching, settled on this lowepro. Was able to fit my 5d MarkII with a battery grip, 70-2002.8L, 24-702.8L, 17-404.0L, all with lens hoods. Also, 100 2.8 macro and a 2x teleconverter in the main compartment. In the large and roomy top space, able to put 580 exII and mrII macro flash as well as filters an itouch and various other little accessories. The tripod holder held my manfrotto securely, and the built in rain cover worked great while hiking through the Costa Rican rain forest. When all straps secured and snug, the weight of the bag, over 26 pounds, was superbly distributed and left me exhausted from the day, but not strained from poorly distributed heavily weighted camera bag.
Ideally, I wish the bag itself was waterproof or at least the zipper seals, and the tripod strap needs to be secured to the bag itself. When not in use and if you forget to clip it closed, it can fall off. But only minor complaints considering how well this bag performed.

This bag has a small time look and feel, that can deliver big time storage in the field.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Packs Alot, Be Sure You Pack Aspirin Too

Well, this bag was supposed to be my save all; its almost there but not quite. I bought this bag to replace a Medium Tenba ShootOut bag I owned for less than a...Read complete review

Well, this bag was supposed to be my save all; its almost there but not quite. I bought this bag to replace a Medium Tenba ShootOut bag I owned for less than a hour. After getting the Tenba bag, I gave it to a colleague because it was just too small for the kit I wanted to carry in a sling bag. This bag does support the 70-200 f/2.8 lens mounted on a D3, and up to a few other prime lenses depending on their sizes. This is my street shooter sling bag for going out into the city or short hikes in the woods. I never intended to carry my whole kit with it. So this is what I put in there: D3 (with RRS L Bracket), 24-70 f/2.8, 135 f/2, 50 f/1.4, 70-180 f/4 macro, SB-800 flash, Lens Cleaner Air Bulb, Flash Cord, Remote Shutter Release, Sanho HyperDrive, Black Rapid Double Harness, Better Beamer Flash Extender, Joby GorillaPod, Extra CF Cards, Extra Batteries, Cell Phone and Pens. So you see, this bag fits quite a bit very well and is not overly large. CONS: Needs rubber pads on botom to protect material. The shoulder belt isn't wide enough. The shoulder strap is in the wrong place, it is centered in the middle of the bag so it is awkward when slung across the body. The shoulder strap needs to be wider and with more padding. The quick release buckle for the shoulder strap doesn't seem that secure for all the gear I have loaded, thus I tie the lose end to the other side to make it a permanent fixture at a fixed length. Front pocket is only good for buisness cards and pens. The tripod holder will only take a small to medium light weight tripod. The zippers are loud, so if you plan on using this for weddings, think again. The built in micro fiber cloth isn't removeable as it is stitched in; nice to have as a last resort though. You have to lie the bag down flat on a large surface if you want to safely pull out your other lenses; I wouldn't recommend changing lenses while this is slung over your body, you will probably drop something if you do. However, it is great for reaching in and grabbing your camera body and the lens that is mounted on it; this is where it excells for full size pro DSLRs. Only time will tell if I will trully like this bag. Just the few times I have toted it, I know that it will become uncomfortable for any prolonged wearing (i.e. more than 2 hours).

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5.0

One of the best bags i have owned

By Scoob

from Iowa

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easily Accessible Equipment
  • Roomy
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

    I REALLY liked my 202AW better. But when i got the 70-200 it wouldn't fit mounted on my 70D in the bag. I was so happy with the 202 that I bought the 302aw and really like it. Everything in the 302aw is just a little bigger. The downside for that is all the little pockets in the 202aw that were the perfect size are now all bigger. Things that used to stay in place in front storage area are now all in a big pile when you open it.
    Other then that its a fantastic bag that carries everything I need and makes it easy to get too.

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    5.0

    Just what I needed

    By dtel

    from South MS

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Storing Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

      Holds just what I wanted, Nikon D-80, 50mm-1.8, 70-300mm VR, 18-135, Olympus tough camera, chargers, batteries, lens wipes and brush along with many other little things like a little flashlight. All this and the top is empty for extras.

      Easy to adjust and as comfortable as could be with this stuff in it, I really like it.

      The only thing I would change is the top handle, it could have been a little bigger but that's minor really.

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      5.0

      Great Backpack for Camera Gear!

      By Gene the Machine

      from Conway, SC

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Protecting Gear
        • Storing Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

        Used every day to transport 7D camera with battery pack, 3 lenses, 2 flashes, 2 PocketWizard TT5 Transceivers, 1 PocketWizard TT1 Transmitter, various cables, memory cards, lens cleaning supplies, business cards, small tripod or monopod & rechargeable batteries for EX580 II flash units! This bag holds a lot of gear for its size! …
        I bought it mainly for wanting a smaller pack for street photography & the likes as my larger bags were just too much to drag around in smaller locations! This fits the needed applications I need it for & it's great to be able to swing the bag around, without having to take it off, to get camera with lens attached out to take a shot!
        I haven't found any negatives to it yet!

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        4.0

        Very good backpack with an exception

        By Uli

        from Scandinavia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable Harness
        • Comfortable
        • Roomy

        Cons

        • Cumbersome

        Best Uses

        • Protecting Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

        It is a rather spacious backpack, the (Nikon)70-200/F4 fits in easily when attached to a camera and several lenses such as a 28-70/F2.8 and 17-35/F2.8.
        However, the tripod attachment must have been designed by the marketing department - it can only take a small tripod (my Manfrotto190 is way too large for it). Therefore only four starts

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        5.0

        Great product

        By Patrick C

        from Kansas City, MO

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easily Accessible Equipment
        • Roomy
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Protecting Gear
          • Storing Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

          I love this new camera bag, I still have pockets I don't use….tons of room for the on-the-go videographer/photographer.

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          5.0

          Great roomy bag!

          By Jkerouac599

          from Louisville, KY

          Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

          I upgraded from the smaller sling bag. With the purchase of more equipment there was a need to get a larger bag. This fit everything I needed and still has room for more!

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          5.0

          Great Bag!

          By eddiejim

          from Coram, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Storing Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

            I use it to carry my camera gear with several lenses and a flash plus accessories, It has plenty of room with dividers for my lenses and camera. I can sling it on my back quickly and easily. Nothing bad to say about it.

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            4.0

            Perfect for travel

            By Primogenia

            from Buenos Aires, Argentina

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Harness
            • Comfortable
            • Easily Accessible Equipment

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

              Use the backpack to travel in the mountains. It is very versatile and comfortable

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              • No

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              3.0

              Good but a little too large

              By MNP

              from Roseville, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Roomy
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Cumbersome
              • Uncomfortable

              Best Uses

              • Storing Gear

              Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

              I have the 202 and the 302. I found the 302 to be too large to be an effective sling bag. At this side a backpack by Tamrac 8 was better for the same size. Recommendation: Buy the larger Tamrac expedition 8 or 9 backpack for all your gear when you travel but get the Slingshot 202 for general use when you can just bring a few things.

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              4.0

              Nice Product

              By Momentintime

              from NC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Carries All My Gear
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Roomy
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Needs more compartments

              Best Uses

              • Grab And Go Wall Gear
              • Protecting Gear
              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

              This is a well built quality product, well worth the money. I'm able to store my gear, 2- Nikon SLRs, 70-300 zoom, 18-270 zoom, wide angle, and 18-55 and flash. But wished there were more pockets for accessories such as battery chargers/cords (have 2) extra batteries, cleaning kit, etc. There is room for it all but would be nice if the top storage area had compartments versus one opened cavity. All in all very happy with it and would recommend it.

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              5.0

              SlingShot 302AW has lots of room

              By Christan

              from Bowling Green Ky

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

              This backpack is GREAT for holding ALL necessary gear for a great photoshoot. Holds SLR camera with grip and long lens which the smaller bag did not. I upgraded from the 102 to hold my 5d mark iii, 70-200mm lens and 2 prime lenses as well as flash, cards, manual, snacks, etc. Plenty of room although the pack gets heavy with it all!!

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              4.0

              A Camera Bag for the Traveler

              By Scotty

              from Arizona

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

                ___This bag is wonderful because you do not have to take it off your back to reach your camera. You just swing it around, pull your camera out, take the shot, put away your camera, then swing the bag back. It is very convenient to use if you don't want to walk around with your camera just hanging out.
                ___The pockets, zippers, and compartments are well designed. This bag holds all my primary accessories for my camera with no problem and is now the primary bag I use when I go on a shoot where I am walking around a lot.
                ___Another plus, is that this bag fits right inside a standard carryon case you would take on a plane. So you can keep your camera gear organized and protected (while maybe fitting some more items in your carryon) then still have the option for a personal bag for any additional gear.

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                5.0

                Great product

                By Mrchris401

                from RI

                Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

                Great product at a great price! Quick delivery with automatic tracking, too. Well made bag that holds all my gear securely and safely. I definitely recommend it!

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                5.0

                Great Bag!

                By Dan the photo guy.

                from Stockton, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Roomy
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

                  I out-grew my old bag, this one fit the bill nicely. I went with the sling bag because I was tired of the straps always sliding off my shoulder at the worst times. The 302AW stays in place, yet is easy to swing around to access the camera, lenses, and flash without having to put the bag down first.

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                  5.0

                  Lowepro Slingshot 302 AW

                  By Morgan

                  from Wiesbaden, Germany

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Storing Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

                    I like the that it provides protection from the elements. It's versatile in that you can store up to four lenses; a external flash and adequate room for carrying a DLSR with a 70-200mm lens attached. The camera bag has adequate additional storage compartments for photographic accessories and provides expeditious access to the camera when required.

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                    4.0

                    excellent bag

                    By me

                    from virginia

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Storing Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

                      Holds a lot of camera supplies. Holds many lenses. Easy to use and comfortable to wear. Many hidden pockets. A place for everything. Very padded and has a nice rain cover. Excellent purchase! No cons so far.

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Well Made Camera Bag

                      By Dave

                      from Loganville, Ga

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Easily Accessible Equipment
                      • Roomy
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Storing Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

                        I just got this bag for Xmas, so I really haven't used it yet. However, it appears to be well made and very accommodating for my needs. I can easily put my camera, 3 lenses, speedlite, extra batteries, memory cards, and other stuff in there with room to spare.

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                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Glad I got the 302

                        By Creative Grampa

                        from Colorado

                        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 Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

                          I have a big EOS Mark iv camera and Mike with B&H steered me to the bigger 302 Singshot, definitely the right choice for the large camera body. The 302 has lots of room for accessories is really well thought out and built with quality.

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                          5.0

                          Just what I was looking for!!!

                          By patti

                          from detroit, mi

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adjustable Harness
                          • Comfortable
                          • Easily Accessible Equipment

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Protecting Gear
                            • Storing Gear
                            • Transporting Gear

                            Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

                            Great Camera bag.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            This ones just about right

                            By Pat

                            from Westminster Co

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Transporting Gear

                              Comments about Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW Camera Bag:

                              This bag is replacing a Lowpro Nova 180. I simply ran out of room and also got tired of having to remove my 70-300mm lens whenever I wanted to stow it in a bag. This new bag is just about right in that it provides a compromise of convienence and size. The 302 is well contructed and thought out.

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