I just recently received this bag in the mail and I absolutely love it. it's amazing how it seems so small, but can hold so much! I did a test to show you what it would be like if you used it as your carry on a big trip. and I do plan on using it during my trip to France over Spring Break and putting about this much in it! so enjoy the pictures, and enjoy my commentary as I go. : )
NOTICE: the bag is perfectly black and it is a nice feeling black canvas. the pictures don't really do it justice. It feels very sturdy and well built. I'm looking forward to using this bag for years to come.
for obvious reasons, I was unable to actual include my camera in any of the photosso I've included two pieces of styrofoam that came with my 24-105 L lens and I was surprised how well it imitated the actual size of the 30D with a battery grip and the 24-105 lens on it.
these latches on the side allow you to actually increase the inside pouch's size. it's a very nice touch.
here's a close up of the front clasp. it's metal and it connects to a metal U ring sewed to the bottom of the ring. the latches are all adjustable and they are all very sturdy and feel weel made and durable.
it has two zipped pockets on the front, these are perfect lens caps, body caps, a poncho maybe, memory cards, or anything of that sort that is small and thin will work perfectly in here. I have a few pens and pencils I like to leave in there too.
the back is plain, and it has a pocket and would be perfect just to slip in papers etc or little pamphlets you pick up on the way or anything like that.
the top handle is a nice feature! if you sit it right by your chair when you're eating or when you go to cafe, it's easy just to pick up by that handle and go on your way. also, since the front flap is connected with the metal clip, it feels very secure to pick up that way and it's a nice touch.
this is a very nice touch. see the gray lines? those are rubber threads weaved into the fabric to prevent slippage!!! it's very nice. but they only show on the under side. the top is perfectly black, no gray lines. it's a great feature in my opinion. and the strap is really comfortable and completely adjustable.