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05-23-2014, 05:13 AM   #1
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I need a camera bag

Has any one had experience with a Petrol PD333 sling bag? I found one for $50.00 with free shipping.
I have been looking at it as perhaps my choice for a day trip/ hiking bag. All I intend to carry is my K5 with sigma 55-300, preferably attached1-2 smaller lenses and external flash. Will this work for me?

If not, I'm open to suggestions or offers of suitable bags members may have hanging around.

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Deb

05-23-2014, 05:44 AM   #2
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Wow, looks really good, especially for that price! I've not tried it, but I have another sling bag (Lowepro Slingshot 202AW) that I use all the time. I like them. The only things to watch out for are: (1) the single strap can start to become uncomfortable on a long day if you are carrying much weight, and (2) as far as I can see the Petrol PD333 doesn't have an inbuilt rain hood. If those things aren't a concern, I'd go for it!
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if it suits your needs and for that price id say go for it.
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I had a quick look at the specs. That's a pretty heavy bag (3.3 lb) for a sling bag to use while hiking. My Lowepro PhotoSport 100 is only 1.7 lb. Not that 3.3 lb is particularly heavy for some people who are bigger and stronger than I am. But I always think about the tradeoff between weight and functionality for bags I'm going to be schlepping around.

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I quite like my f-stop loca bag
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For a day trip/hike bag I would prefer a bag with rain cover. It's always more practical to have this integrated in the bag's design, ensuring a better fit and not forgetting one at home.

Functionally the bag looks OK, no lack of outer pockets, though it might do with some more internal pockets. Of course there's no way to judge the materials used to make the bag, but from the pictures on the web site it all looks a grade below what you might expect from prime brands like LowePro, ThinkTank etc. Materials are very important for a bag to function properly and last for a while. I personally prefer paying a bit more for a bag that will last me longer, though my use may subject the bag to more wear than others?

Esthetically it doesn't strike me as very well thought through, but that's personal taste of course. The bright internal colour is indeed practical for visibility inside the bag, though depending on your preferred subject matter, red might not be the best choice (e.g. wildlife!). In all it shouts out camera bag a bit too much (with the camera logo on the strap and explicit mention of DSLR).

I agree that the bag seems on the heavy side. My (discontinued?) LowePro Classified Sling 180 AW, which is a functionally similar (though more complete, more discrete and more expensive) bag, weighs less at 2.6 lb, and I consider that to be as heavy as this kind of bag should be. More modern options should be lighter. The suggested LowePro Slingshot 202 AW is a very popular and excellent choice, though you might find better thought out bags with them or other brands for more specific needs (such as the Lowepro PhotoSport 100).

One particular line of bags that has intrigued me for a while are Kata's 3N1 series (now Manfrotto), which allow both sling (left or right) and regular backpack configuration. I hear very positive reviews about these, but I haven't tried them yet (though I might in the very near future, albeit their biggest version to replace my worn Slingshot 300 AW, i.e. a different category).

The thing with sling bags is not to overload them and you will be fine! And if fully loading them is the only option, make sure to put the heaviest items closest to your back. I love the sling concept, keeping my gear very accessible and out of my way on my back at the same time. I used proper backpacks before, and ended up frustrated by the time and effort required to access my gear, thus often missing out on shots. Shoulder bags offer better accessibility, but they put much more strain on shoulder and spine and are much more cumbersome on difficult terrain. They are easier to switch shoulders when needed OTOH. Sling bags are a perfect compromise IMHO.

Returning to the bag you propose, it certainly doesn't look bad given the price you quote. You will certainly find better, but that will come with a higher price.

Wim
05-26-2014, 06:12 PM   #7
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Thank you all for your input. I too wondered if it was a discontinued model. I decided to hold off and check out some of the bags mentioned in your posts. Experience is a wonderful thing and I'm not going to ignore the info you were kind enough to pass on.

Deb

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