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Thread started 28 Mar 2011 (Monday) 07:02
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Mar 28, 2011 07:02 |  #1

Does anyone have one of these? How do you like it? I was thinking about the Think Tank SOM 20 for my use. A lightweight carry on shoulder with reasonable access to gear while going to zoos or general shooting sojourns.




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Mar 29, 2011 17:18 |  #2

Think Tank shows a woman carrying a 20 and it does not look huge on her. She withdraws a body with a 70-200 and starts shooting.




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Mar 29, 2011 17:58 |  #3

I personally don't like the "boxy shape" but I guess that would maximise load capacity and make it easier to access from the side.

For a walkabout sling I use the Case Logic SLRC-205, but that might be not big enough for your purposes.


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Mar 30, 2011 02:44 |  #4

Case Logic makes a good case and it's got good reviews. Interesting in that it's like a belt pack in appearance, worn sling-like. The opposite of the simple lines of Think Tank's version of a sling. I see what you mean about capacity.




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Mar 31, 2011 12:42 as a reply to Savas K's post |  #5

I've done a review of mine here.external link


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Mar 31, 2011 12:54 |  #6

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Mar 31, 2011 14:13 |  #7

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Mar 31, 2011 15:24 |  #8

I have the sling-o-matic 30. I wrote the first review for it on think tank's website.
Here's what I could fit in it : 16-35 2.8 II, 24-70 2.8, 85 1.2 II and a 5D with a grip attached to a 70-200 2.8 is II. This included the hoods attached reversed. I also attached the Gitzo 1541T in it's traveller bag using the straps that came with the slingomatic. All this weighed 25 lbs in a slim profile. This was important for two reasons :
A. In this age of airline fees for baggage, the overheads get filled up pretty fast. In which case the bag has to fit under the seat. I will not check my camera equipment in. I had to do this one, where my airport international did fit under the seat.
B. Some airlines institute strict weight limits for carry on luggage.
So, how did this bag do on my annual vacation trip to Hawaii? It passed with flying colors!
It greatly reduced my stress levels knowing that I did not have to worry regardless of when I was seated. In addition Hawaiian airlines weighs carry on bags on the way back from Hawaii to San Francisco (but not the other way around). The bag with lenses and all made it on the weight category.
I decided to hand carry my arca Swiss Z1 Ballhead in a lowepro lens case 1S and then clip it on to the handle of the slingomatic once they finished weighing the bag.
So, it worked well as a transporter bag.
As far as usability, it was mixed. With the configuration I mentioned it left me with sore shoulders even after alternating it. So, I landed up only taking the lenses I needed when I went out for the day and leaving the rest in the room safe. This worked well.
Working from the bag however was a pleasure. It swings around quickly and puts the opening right where you need in. I could easily pull out the camera and use it quickl. It also provided a stable platform to work out of and change lenses.
So, there you have it, this bag came pretty close to being "the one", but not quite.
I have brought a luggage cart for airline/ airport travel and in transit to save my back and shoulders.
And I am trying to modify it to double as a backpack on hikes/long walks.




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