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Re-orient the Slingshot dividers to open the other way?

 
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Nov 10, 2011 10:38 |  #1

I picked up a Slingshot 200, and realized that accessing the other lenses with the dividers in stock orientation was inconvenient/risky. What I mean is, you have to unlock the two side clips and unzip the door the rest of the way to get to the lenses, but if you sling the bag in front of you and open the door, the lenses are actually facing away from your body and could potentially fall out (not that this has happened, just seems a risk and also inconvenient). So I re-oriented the dividers so that when you sling the bag down in front, the lenses are now facing up so I can see what I'm doing and don't have to open the door all the way to take something out. The only thing is now if I forgot to close the door when I return the bag to my back something could fall out more easily. Has anyone else done this or found any other better way to rearrange the dividers? I'll post a photo tonight...


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Nov 10, 2011 10:49 |  #2

Good idea.

I just gave up on Slingshot when I carry more then one lens. For me, it is very inconvenient to change lenses that are stored in the slingshot without taking the bag of the shoulder. I prefer Stealth Reporter and Inverse (or belt with lens cases).


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Nov 10, 2011 11:04 |  #3

that was the 1st thing I did way back when I had my first SS200
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Nov 10, 2011 11:55 |  #4

Please post a picture because I don't have this bag yet


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Nov 10, 2011 12:20 as a reply to  @ L.Morey's post |  #5

I did the same thing with my slingshot.

I really need to do it with my work laptop/camera bag too - I think it's the fastpack350


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Nov 10, 2011 12:31 |  #6

The only thing about doing that is if you don't want your shorter lenses stacked on top of one another you start losing storage space. Or even if you do stack them and you want the lens on the bottom you have to take the top one out, open the seperating flap, grab the bottom lens out, put the top lens back in... you get the idea. I have the 350AW and I do like the bag a lot but there really is no great configuration if you don't want to have to take the bag off and you have 4-5 lenses. Because of this, I picked up a ThinkTank Retrospective 30. If I'm going to be walking around all day I'll take the sling shot as it is more comfortable and distributes the weight better but if I'm going to be hanging out at one location I'll take the Retro.




  
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Nov 10, 2011 16:00 |  #7

wookiee2cu wrote in post #13381504 (external link)
The only thing about doing that is if you don't want your shorter lenses stacked on top of one another you start losing storage space. Or even if you do stack them and you want the lens on the bottom you have to take the top one out, open the seperating flap, grab the bottom lens out, put the top lens back in... you get the idea.

Luckily (or unluckily) I don't have enough lenses where that would be a problem. I have one lens on the camera stored in the middle slot, and room for two lenses and two flashes in the other slots.

I have also considered reconfiguring the slots such that the camera goes way in the back (i.e., you have to open the flap totally to get out the camera), so that my other lenses are closest to the partially opened flap. My thinking is that once I get to a location I don't need to reserve that prime location at the front of the opening for the camera, as it will stay out of the bag for the duration. It's more important to have access to extra lenses at the front opening as the camera would probably stay around my neck.

Anyways, I'll post a photo when I get home...


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Nov 10, 2011 20:10 |  #8

So here's the setup with the flap opened part way (i.e., if I was wearing it and sling it in front of me, this is what I'd see when looking down):

40D in the middle with Sigma 18-50mm
On the left I have a 430ex and a 50mm f1.8 (under the tag) with a Kenko 1.5x teleconverter mounted (I don't use the 50mm like this, it's for my 100mm lens but it fits better on this side of the bag)
On the right I have a 100mm f2 with a metal screw in hood, and a Noink SB-24 (recently bought it because of all the Strobist hype, not sure if I'll keep it as I have other flashes that could easily take it's place)

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Second photo shows what it looks like without the 40D stored, I have a charger stuffed back there too:
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I basically have it arranged the way I had everything in my Nova 180AW bag, but now I can sling things to the back where it's more comfortable. I'm not sure if I want to keep it this way, but so far it makes more sense to me than the stock arrangement.

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