For the last decade, I've used Lowepro bags to carry my camera gear including DSLRs, lenses, flash units and more. While this setup was perfect for that equipment, it's simply overkill for outings where I only want to carry a small mirrorless cameras and slim iPad. The search for the perfect bag was underway.
I started my research online, but quickly realized it was necessary to actually test the bags in the store. Luckily, B&H photo is not far from where I teach at NYIP, so I strolled over one afternoon. The store has about 10 aisles dedicated to camera bags, slings, holsters, backpacks, and other carrying solutions. You can even bring your gear in to test the size and comfort of each model.
For a mirrorless camera, my ideal camera bag would need to have the following features.
- Space for an iPad with Bluetooth keyboard and a bit of padding to protect it.
- A dedicated camera slot that was big enough for a mirrorless camera, but not so large that it was sliding all over the place.
- An extra spot for filters, microfiber cloths, batteries.
- Roomy enough to take a snack and bottle of water.
- Not as large as a traditional camera backpack.
I found all of these features and more in the Lowepro StreamLine Sling.
In addition to the features mentioned above, the surface is water resistant. I already put this to the test, albeit unintentionally. I was caught without my umbrella and the rain just beaded up without penetrating the interior compartments. There's a convenient little hook inside for keys. Also, kudos to Lowepro for putting the water bottle holder on the outside of the bag so it won't sweat on my gear.
Perhaps the best part though, is the quick access to all of my equipment without taking the bag off. It rests on one shoulder comfortably with a padded strap. It's effortless to sling the bag around and take out whatever you need. While it's made by Lowepro, it does not look like a traditional camera bag. This makes it less of a target for would be thieves.
Check it out for yourself on Amazon.