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SAFROTTO Protector Padded Lens Bag E18

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SAFROTTO Protector Padded Lens Bag E18

SAFROTTO Protector Padded Lens Bag E18 SAFROTTO Protector Padded Lens Bag E18
SAFROTTO Protector Padded Lens Bag E18
SAFROTTO Protector Padded Lens Bag E18

Model Number: E-18

Color: Black

Inside Dimensions: 270 x 130x 130 mm

Materials: Water-resistant, puncture-resistant and easily cleaned ballistic nylon.

Rigid base

Designed to carry on the waistbelt, harness, or modular attachment

Overlap zipper for extra protection, slip lock attachment tabs to fasten to your own belt, it can be attached to almost any bag or your strap

It is washable and reusable

Outer fabric: water-resistant nylon

Compatible telephoto lens models: 80-200 mm f / 2.8 with hood reversed 300mm f / 4; or 35-245mm plus hood

Internal size:11 x 9.5 x 24.5cm (L x W x H)

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Registered: September, 2010
Location: Somewhere in the Southern US
Posts: 12,243
Review Date: August 17, 2012 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $12.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Inexpensive alternative for 70-200/2.8
Cons: Thinner foam than more expensive alternatives, less robust attachment

The E18 model from Safrotto is sold as appropriate for the various 70-200/2.8 lenses and is the largest of their current lineup. It typically ships directly from China and costs around $12-13 shipped and took 18 days to arrive (10 of which was sitting in NYC Customs). The LowePro equivalent is their 11x26 lens case which can be had for around $38. So, you can order 3 Safrotto cases for the price of a single Lowepro case.

The Safrotto looks like a clone of the Lowepro cases that I own on first glance. They are functionally the same in several ways:
  • Each has two d-loops for a shoulder strap (included)
  • Each has twin straps around the barrel for daisy chaining multiple lens cases together
  • The designs are essentially visually equivalent
  • Each has a double zippered top and there is good overhand from the top to the body to help prevent water ingress into the case.
  • Both are all black with grey interiors
However, closer inspection points to several key differences.
  • The Safrotto is slightly smaller than the LowePro. While the Tamron 70-200/2.8 with reversed hood and tripod mount does technically fit, it's very tight but in the Lowepro it fits without any effort.
  • Exterior fabric is not as robust as the LowePro
  • The twin straps around the barrel of the case are nice but definitely thinner web material than on the LowePro.
  • The foam padding is thinner and/or less dense than the LowePro cases.
  • The paddle on the back for attaching to a sliplock point or to a belt is long and has velcro to hold it closed with a second velcroed opposing strap, however the velcro is less dense and therefore far easier to detach than on the LowePro case.
I'm going to be using the LowePro 11x26 for the field and the Safrotto will remain at home as a storage device for my larger lenses like my K300/4 or for multiple smaller lenses with foam pads between them. For $12 and change its not a terrible case but I am not comfortable with the quality of the construction to risk my Tamron 70-200/2.8 in it in the field and getting the lens out of the case would be a challenge to do quickly.
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