USA Gear Deluxe SLR Zoom Camera Bag for Nikon , Canon EOS , Pentax , Olympus , Fujifilm , Sony Alpha Digital, and Samsung dSLR Cameras and Photography Accessories

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  1. CyberSimba says:
    44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent camera bag for the price, April 4, 2011
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    CyberSimba (Boston, MA USA) –

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    This is a decent bag for the price its listed for. Though I would advise that you compare other alternatives like CaseLogic SLRC series of bags, Kata 3N1 bags and Lowepro 102 AW and then only decide if this bag is right for you. Here are pros and cons about this bag:

    Pros:
    -Excellent price if you are looking for a cheap bag to protect your camera equipment.
    -Good small size carry around bag if size is your primary criteria in protecting your equipment.
    -Suspension hammock system is great: because it keeps your camera safe and makes it easy to draw out quickly.
    -Very high quality and stable base to protect your camera equipment when kept on wet surfaces.
    -Padding used on the shoulder strap is really thick made of mesh material and comfortable.
    -Two side pockets have zippers that go all the way from bottom to the top. This is handy when you want to fit in something that needs more room while going in and coming out of the pocket. (CaseLogic’s comparable cases have zippers just at the top leaving only round opening for the pocket).
    -Overall build quality including the velcros used seems pretty solid.

    Cons:
    -When compared with competitor products its not really extra ordinarily small. If you are not really hung up on getting the smallest bag or something you could get better quality bags which are slightly bigger and offer more accessory space/utility.
    -Bag has seven pockets but small pockets to store misc stuff are really not enough in terms of their size or utility. Again it depends on what all you want to carry with you but i. Outside small pocket could have been deep enough to hold various accessories.
    ii. The two side pockets from inside are actually right next to side pockets from outside so if you keep anything in those small pockets inside they would take up space of the side pockets outside.
    -The bag has one pocket right inside the cover that goes over your camera’s screen. I don’t like the location of this pocket as typically I would not like to store anything in there just to avoid any impact with the screen. Plus its not secure as it does not have any flap/velcro/button to close it. So when you open up the cover the stuff in that pocket could fall off.
    -Main pocket’s cover has handle (on the outside) to carry the bag but same pocket as zipper stitched on both sides. Stitching does look alright at this point but I wouldn’t be surprised if stitching comes off simply due to the weight of contents of the bag that only one handle off of top cover is supporting.
    -Cloth material used inside main pocket though actually nice and good quality but is dust specs attracting. I would have preferred neoprene type of material. something plain without texture that can attract dust or other particles.
    -The two zippers of the main cover have a small cloth string tied between them. You use this string to pull the cover back to quickly draw the camera out. This cloth string is really fragile and over period I wouldn’t be surprised if it breaks. Also it tends to get stuck to either of the velcros (on inside of main cover or on the side where main cover velcro sticks). Also it takes quite an effort to remove the velcro and pull the cover back because velcro is very tight (which is good but defeats the purpose of quick draw system).

    I gave it four stars because of some design flaws I outlined about in the “Cons” section. It all depends on individual preferences and what you are looking for in a camera bag. The competitors bags I have mentioned above: Some of them are far superior but of course expensive. Some others are comparable to USA Gear bag but may lack some other features you might be looking for. Overall this bag in my opinion could have earned five stars if it had better design in terms of accessory space and quick draw feature.

    hope that helps,

    ~Cybersimba

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  2. Becky Morris "Home Improvement Chick" says:
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Love it, February 10, 2011
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    Becky Morris “Home Improvement Chick” (Easthampton, MA USA) –
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    This bag is really great for my DSLR and lenses. It takes and protects the heavy camera and lenses and distributes the weight so the bag doesn’t feel heavy at all.The way it holds the camera in the bag, I can pull open the flap and quickly grab my camera to grab that action shot. The hard rubber bottom is great for setting it down and not worrying about puddles. Love the bag and the service was even better. Great company to buy from!

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  3. 9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Variable Quality?, December 4, 2011
    By 
    Tom

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    The carabiner for belt attachment was sprung and ruined. This had to have happened during assembly or during handling for shipment. The lanyard that connects between the two zippers for the top compartment was only attached by one stitch on one end. I was able to fix this easily and to throw away the useless carabiner,for which I had a same size replacement on hand. These indications of sloppy manufacture caused me to inspect the bag seam by seam before deciding not to go through the hassle of a return. Good news is that it does fit the camera, Pentax K-r and would hold both lenses, the instructional tome and other small items.

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