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LensCoat Xpandable 4x Long Lens Bag (Realtree AP Snow)

LensCoat Xpandable 4x Long Lens Bag (Realtree AP Snow)
Key Features
  • Fits DSLR & Long Lens with Teleconverter
  • Length Expands to Three Positions
  • Removable Lid & Insert Panels
  • Top Lid & Mesh Side Pockets
The Realtree AP Snow Xpandable 4x Long Lens Bag from Lenscoat holds a DSLR with an attached long telephoto lens, such as up to an 800mm f/5.6, and a teleconverter inside a triple expandable main compartment. The bag expands between 21.5 to 24.5 to 28.75 inches and features removable reinforced insert panels to allow you to configure an optimal weight and support. Additionally, it folds nearly flat for packing and storage.
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LensCoat Xpandable Overview

The Realtree AP Snow Xpandable 4x Long Lens Bag from Lenscoat holds a DSLR with an attached long telephoto lens, such as up to an 800mm f/5.6, and a teleconverter inside a triple expandable main compartment. The bag expands between 21.5 to 24.5 to 28.75 inches and features removable reinforced insert panels to allow you to configure an optimal weight and support. Additionally, it folds nearly flat for packing and storage.

For your accessories there is a rear slip pocket with a touch-fastened tab closure, an expandable side mesh pocket for your water bottle, and a removable lid that features an exterior top zippered pocket. There is a side tripod attachment, and a detachable shoulder strap for carrying comfort. The shoulder strap can also be repurposed to secure the bag during transport. This Lenscoat bag is made from water-resistant Cordura and webbing in the USA.

M.O.L.L.E. accessory attachment loops for attaching optional bags or pouches
Multiple connection points to properly secure the bag
Compatible with optional LensCoat Backpack Harness for additional comfort when carrying

LensCoat Xpandable Specs

Carrying/Transport OptionsShoulder Strap
Case TypePadded Case
Type of ClosureZipper
Exterior MaterialCordura, Nylon
Interior Dimensionsø: 9.0 x H: 21.5" / ø: 22.9 x H: 54.6 cm
ø: 9.0 x H: 28.8" / ø: 22.9 x H: 73.0 cm (Expanded)
Weight4.2 lb / 1.9 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)22.2 x 10.3 x 4.8"

LensCoat Xpandable Reviews


By Michael
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-29

First of all, B&H shipped an open stock item that was missing the top to the bag......NOT cool! I sent it back for replacement and that process went smoothly. Upon getting the replacement (factory stock) I learned that the LowePro Lens Trekker may be a better solution for me......the Lens Coat bag is an odd design that tries to be too many things whereas the Lens Trekker is specifically configured for my 600mm f/4. That return and exchange went smoothly.

Well designed and versatile for wildlife photographers

By Ruff n Ready
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-01-13

As I shoot wildlife across the globe, I need a bag that allows me to both protect my gear from bumps and bruises (atv, zodiacs, sleds, snow coaches, hikes through rain forest and more) and has my camera and lens (with lens hood attached) instantly ready to go. I have two of these and they are perfect. I also have the optional shoulder straps which makes hiking with them a snap. Well conceived

Lacks structure & padding, very flimsy. Try Kinesis L622.

By Eric E.
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2015-12-15

I purchased this bag from the manufacturer and used it for the past 4 months or so with my 800mm and D4s. I'm not very satisfied with this bag and I plan on purchasing the Kinesis L622 PolyCore Long Lens Case 600 instead after using the LensCoat. I have not used the Kinesis, but it looks better padded and like it has more structure. The biggest issue(s) I have with this LensCoat bage are:1) there is almost no structure. If you lay it on a surface that isn't absolutely level it will actually fold over and lose it's square structure. It really is that flimsy. When walking and this is on your back it sounds and feels like the lens is jostling around like crazy. The only thing that is keeping it from moving around is a small square pad that fits around the lens, but it doesn't velcro into anything on the case to secure it so it easily shifts and collapses without providing proper support and when that happens your DSLR starts smacking the sides of the bag. I've thought about trying to add structure to this bag with TrekPak or some other padding and even tent supports, but why? The second major flaw is;2) There is almost no padding to provide any substantial protection. The thickness around the bag is absolutely too thin. For bottom support they give you a fabric wrapped plastic insert that drops to the bottom that bends very easily and with a lens hood in the shooting position, when you pick up the bag to put it around your shoulder it flexes to a curve. Likewise, if you put the case on it's side, like in your car, the weight of the contents bend the bag out of square to an alarming degree and with only a thin layer of frabric it's not cool. One of the selling points of the bag is that it folds flat for travel, and while this is correct it comes with the drawback of being extrmely flimsy. With the bag in its longest expandable state, you put the included 4 additional plastic inserts in (so the long side is horizontal) which in my case buckled down the top portion of the case. This is a design flaw as more support would have been provided if the long side of the plastic inserts were oriented vertical to counteract gravity pulling down. A thicker plastic would have also been useful. Another small frustration is:3) The shoulder straps are not included and are an additional cost that brings this bag up to $! That said, the shoulder straps are nice and definitely the best working piece of this bag. I will add that the instructions leave a bit to desire once you make it to Step 3. Given the $ price tag ($ with the shoulder straps), this bag is overpriced and under-engineered. I've included a few iPhone photos of the issues with this bag I've described here.

LensCoat Xpandable 4X Long Lens Bag

By J. Warren
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2015-12-02

I am using this lens bag in a cart to carry a Canon 600 F4 lens with the lens hood in shooting position and an attached SLR camera. You can even use a 2x converter is you don't mind the top of the bag bulging out a little. The other unique thing about this bag is it folds up flat. This is the only bag B & H sells where I can carry the camera/lens hood in the shooting position so it is a unusual bag. This is the good part.Now for the bad part: This bag will not provide superb protection. It is half as thick as my Lowepro and Lightware bags and not nearly as stiff. I would never consider using it with the optional back pack harness. My back would never forgive me.If your looking for a bag to carry your big lens in the shooting position, this is your only option, but you are giving up some of the protection other bags give you.I will use this in an upright cart in places with crshed gravel and paved trails to save my back. I know the bag is made in the USA, but at $ it seems a little expensive for what you are getting

Most convenient bag I've found

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2015-11-16

This is the only bag I could find that holds my 600 f4 with the lens hood and body attached. Not the most padded bag available but fits my purposes. Would be nice/5 stars if the straps to make it a backpack were included.

Not a bad bag, but did not fulfill my need

By ACon
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2015-04-28

Don't get me wrong, this bag is probably perfect if you want to haul your long lens over your shoulders. I needed a sturdy lens case to fit a Nikon 300mm and/or 500mm with the lens hoods attached in shooting mode while I am shooting from my kayak. The intention was to put this lens bag in a dry bag and attach to the front decking on my kayak and also rest the end of the lens on top of that bag assembly while shooting to act as support. I've been using this approach for a while with a smaller bag for the 300mm. The only problem with this bag was that the Xpandable lens case is not sturdy when the lens is removed. The sides folded over and the bag was a bit flimsy compared to other lens cases. other than that, it seems well built and has decent internal padding to protect your investment. I ended up making my own for my kayak photography needs.

Not bad

By Kurt
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-10

I read a lot of mixed reviews on this bag but when it went on sale I took a chance. It could use a little more padding inside but with my never ending search for the perfect bag I had some that I put in and my 600/F4 is very secure now. Not coming with the harness is just stupid in my opinion. I did buy it but it only comes in black, kind of stupid in my opinion again. I have it set in the middle height and it holds my 600/F4 and a 2.0x tc and 1DX2 body no problem.

Great Bag for Long Lens Shooters

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-07-10

This bag is well made and well designed. In the closed (smallest position) I can place my Canon 1DX Mark ll attached to my Canon 200-400MM with the lens hood in the inverted position for traveling. At 21.5 X10 X10's, it meets all international carry on limits. Place a tripod or Mono pod in the tripod holder and strap it on and you are good to go. I was also able to fit my Wimberly Gimbal Head in the bottom of the bag. I inserted a cardboard layer over the Wimberly head and the lens sits on top of that. In the open position, I can leave my lens on the camera body with the lens hood in the ready to shoot position. I also added the optional backpack straps and they work perfectly making this an easy bag to travel with at the airport or in the field.

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I want to keep my tele lens (Nikon 400mm, f/2.8 and Nikon 800mm, f/5.6) with Nikon body 4DS and 5D. Will it serve the purpose?
Asked by: Pradip J.
I do not have the 800mm lens; however, my 600mm Nikon with D800 attached fits nicely in this bag!Great for storage or traveling or short hiking. Recommend getting a Bob stroller for carrying these heavy lenses when you visit a zoo, etc.
Answered by: Jack S.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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