Lowepro SlingShot 202 Bag Review. When I decided to get the Canon T3i DSLR camera, I knew I would need a bigger camera bag with room to grow. The T3i kit has the 18 to 55 mm lens and I know at some point in the future I want to get a zoom lens and a wide-angle lens. I do have two camera cases for my point-and-shoot cameras but they are in no way are they enough to take along the added accessories of a DSLR camera.
Since I am new to using a DSLR camera I had no idea what was available. After researching on Amazon and reading camera bag reviews all over the Internet, I decided to get a Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW camera bag. The main section of the 202 AW has changeable foam and velcro dividers. I also read that it was wide enough that a DSLR camera with the battery grip would fit, and it does!
The 202 AW camera bag is a unique style sling bag. The strap goes across one shoulder and it’s slung forward in front of you or across your back depending how you’re using it. When you’re not using it, the 202 to AW is zipped and clipped nice and safe. When you need at a moments notice, you sling around in front and you simply open it up and pull your camera out. The design of the 202 AW is genius, only the top of the bag will zip open(when you’re wearing the bag properly) so you can pull your camera out.
Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW Camera Bag Review
Since I only have the lens that came with the camera right now, I’m using the other compartments in the main section of the bag to carry extra filters and cords. I’m able to fit quite a bit of photography gear into this Lowepro bag. In one section I have my Canon SX 260 point-and-shoot camera. The upper part of the 202 AW bag is a section that you can put anything in, I happen to put both battery chargers and cords with a Joby GorillaPod Hybrid tripod. It’s hard to see in my photo but the back of the upper section has a mesh net and the bottom an elastic strap. I have the T3i charger and cord strapped and the SX 260 charger and cord in the back netting. Inside the zip up flap is a storage pocket.
The one question that couldn’t be answered through research and reading reviews of the 202 AW camera bag is how it would fit me personally. I’m a big guy and every camera bag I’ve had until now has been over the shoulder type that often irritated me by swinging around uncontrollably while I was trying to take pictures. If your big guy or gal is not always as easy as putting a normal camera bag across one shoulder. Many times the bag strap simply as long enough to go around our bid upper bodies.
The 202 AW had everything I wanted a camera bag and I felt that it would serve me well into the future with room to grow. Everything I’ve read about it stated that it’s made for photographers by photographers and was high quality. The only thing left for me to worry about, which I really didn’t was if it would fit me.
Lowepro Slingshot 202 DSLR Sling Camera BagI am very happy to say that the Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW has exceeded my expectations in every way! There’s plenty of room for everything I have put in it and I already know where I’m going to put future lenses and filters. When I got the bag I loaded up with my camera gear, spent 10 minutes zipping it up and clipping it and generally giggling like a schoolgirl. I really like this camera bag!
So the moment of truth comes and I have the 202 AW loaded and I’m ready to see if it will fit me. The camera bag strap that goes from top to your shoulder across your chest and connects to the bottom of the bag is pretty generous in length. I did have to use all the available strap length but it FITS around me! YEAH! The top of the shoulder strap where it connects to the back is really well padded. There’s an extra strap that will connect under your arm to give you even more security but I haven’t felt the need for it.
I’ve had the 202 AW long enough now to have taken several photo trips using it. I’ve walked around town and hiked through the woods with it. I absolutely love it! It fits everything I have for camera gear and has a room for future additions. While that’s great, best thing about it is that it is simply comfortable to wear. I put it on and when I have my camera and taking photographs I often forget that the rest of my camera gear is on my backside. So if you’re a bigger guy or gal and you’re looking for an excellent camera bag that is comfortable and easy to use I really recommend the Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW bag.
One feature I will wasn’t sure I would use but love that it’s included is the hideaway mono pod/tripod mount. On the backside of the bag is a pullout pouch where you would stick the end of your mono pod or tripod into and towards the top is a quick release buckle and strap to hold it in place. I didn’t know if my Manfrotto MKC3-H01 Compact tripod would be too heavy for it but so far has held it perfectly. And the AW in the names means All Weather. On the bottom of the bag is a hidden section that a plastic cover is stored. If you ever need protection you can easily pull the cover out and have your gear protected!
I love having my camera gear with me including my tripod, yet have both hands free to focus on photography. The Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW is an excellent DSLR camera bag!
Lowepro SlingShot 202 Camera Bag Review Update
It’s been nearly two years since I bought the Lowepro SlingShot 202 camera bag and I’m still using it. It has held up fantastic and I’m completely satisfied with the build quality and comfort level it provides. I have added a second longer lens to my camera bag, a Canon EFS 55-250mm. I know the Lowepro SlingShot series of camera bags are very well built and can accommodate camera additions. I would not hesitate to get another Lowepro if I happen to need more room. I’m going to list some of the Lowepro SlingShot camera cases below, I know you will be able to find the camera bag that suits your needs!
Best Lowepro SlingShot Camera Bags
Lowepro Slingshot 102 DSLR Sling Camera BagLowepro Slingshot Edge 150 AW DSLR Camera Sling BackpackLowepro Slingshot 200 AW Digital Camera Backpack for DSLRLowepro Slingshot Edge 250 AW DSLR Camera BagLowepro SlingShot 300 All-Weather Camera BagLowepro Slingshot 302 DSLR Sling Camera Bag