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Crumpler "Loyal Chap"
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1 21143 Mon February 19, 2007
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100% of reviewers £90.00 9.0

Description: The Loyal chap is a medium sized gadget bag designed to be carried over the shoulder and across the body. The Loyal chap is wider than it is taller or deeper. This shape sits comfortably on the side of the body or the lower back. This design series heralds from the cycle courier bag that this Australian manufacturer, Crumpler, have based their reputation on. As well as the shape of bag resembling the typical courier bag further features have also transcended such as the “third leg” strap and the “seat belt width” shoulder strap. The third leg strap offers a secure way of fastening the bag around your body and the wide strap adds comfort and security in the form of making a potential theft by cutting through very difficult. These additional features are great for travelling to your photo shoot. Once you have arrived at the destination undo the third leg and loosen the shoulder strap, allowing easy access to your photo gear.

The Loyal Chap has two compartments:

The Top compartment:

This space is great for carrying either:

A compact film or digital SLR body with a standard zoom, a separate flashgun, an additional lens and a spare battery or the like.

The access is easy through two quick release buckles. The old down lid falls behind the bag to allow the user immediate access. There is folding sides and an additional lid to improve wet weather performance and enhance security.

The lower compartment:

This region is accessed through a semi circular zip positioned on the front of the bag. Once the, “zooper zong”, zip is unfastened the user has immediate aces to the accessory pouch. This facilitates the carriage of pens, filters, spare film/ memory cards of batteries. An easy tug on the tab reveals the lower compartment.

The three separate areas can be combined as one or two or used in the designed fashion. Each of these compartments is large enough to carry a 75-300mm lens or a medium sized flash gun or a high performance mid range zoom lens.

The Loyal Chap is a perfect gadget bag if you need to carry one of the following kit types:
compact digital/ 35mm film SLR such as Canon EOS 300D/ 350D, 300/ 5000/ 1000Nikon D50, F55/65/75/80/ Minolta DYNAX 5/4/404si/ 505si/ 3000i Pentax ist D S/ MZ 30/50/ 60.

The centre of top compartment will easily hold a body of this size plus a standard zoom lens such as 18-55/ 28-90/ 35-80mm etc.
Manufacturer's specification
• fits: 2 SLR bodies plus 5 fat lenses & accessories
• Size Upper Part: 28L x 14H x 14D cm
• Lower Part - 28L x 6H x 14D cm
• Features Crumpler's TRAP DOOR secret compartment
Keywords: Crumpler Loyal Chap Camera Bag

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Registered: February 2006
Location: Surbiton Surrey
Posts: 1147
Review Date: Mon February 19, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: £90.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Good flexible storage, stealthy, comfortable, nice size.
Cons: Not layed out for much other than camera kit, no grab handle.

I love this bag. It is very flexible and offers good storage and access without being bulky. It also looks more like a courier bag than a camera bag so is pretty stealthy; it’s good that Crumpler make more than camera bags.

It’s my most used bag now and it is well made and offers a lot of protection. It can be a bit heavy with a full load but I can still carry it all day without too much discomfort. The strap is nice and wide and well padded. It easily adjusts for one shoulder or across the shoulder carrying and has a small waist strap which makes it more comfortable. It closes very securely and is weatherproof.

It’s easy to access everything but they do use a lot of very strong Velcro so it’s not advised for anywhere where noise is an issue. The layout is very easy to customise and you can open a trap door to accommodate a longish lens. There is also an additional drop down flap (even more Velcro) which gives access to the bottom layer so you don’t have to juggle lenses. Covering this (secret door) is a drop down pocket with various pockets for odds and ends but no where you can stick a water bottle or a jacket and no external loops. The compartment in the lid looks ideal for a number of things but is actually very fiddly and not much use at all.

I tend to load it out depending on what I will need for the day. It only really works for one body unless, of course, you also sling a body and lens around your neck. This is just an example based on what I used recently for Chinese New Year. My beautiful assistant carried the 300mm in the not at all stealthy Nikon bag (thanks Lulu). As you can see it held the Nikon 17-55 2.8 with D200 attached. The 70-200 2.8 VR (the body can equally easily be stowed attached to this) went through to the bottom. Also in the main compartment were the Sigma 30mm 1.4 and the 1.7x Tcon. In the external pocket I had the SB800, cleaning kit, batteries memory, leads etc. The bottom section held the Sigma 10-20mm, Nikon 85mm 1.8 and the 1.4x Tcon.

This proved its worth straight away, we were late (thanks BR) so I had to run to get ahead of the parade. As I did so I could still grab the camera, flash and press pass without any drama.

It would be better with a grab handle on the top, losing or improving the in lid pocket and most of all I’d love to see the Velcro replaced with magnetic fasteners.

Crumpler have a huge range so they may well have an ideal bag for you.

In conclusion this is at its best when you just want to comfortably carry camera gear, but want to be able to access it very quickly and easily with the bag still on your shoulder. It’s particularly well suited to city photography where the lower profile might be an advantage. If you want a hybrid day sack/photo bag the Lowepro slingshot range are a good alternative just not so easy to access but still much better than a conventional rucksack. The thinktank 360 is also very well suited
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