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Lowepro SlingShot 300AW
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Description: Perfect for photojournalists, the SlingShot 300 AW uses a unique sling design to go from "carry mode" to "ready mode" in just seconds. Carried comfortably on the back, it easily rotates to the front so you can get to your camera quickly. The SlingShot 300 AW holds an Pro SLR with zoom lens attached 5-6 extra lenses, cables and accessories and has a full access lid to make loading it a snap. This feature-rich bag also includes a built-in memory card pouch, micro fiber LCD cloth and two generous organizer pockets. It's certain to surprise even the most demanding photojournalists.
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VinnyP
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Registered: February 2006
Location: Surbiton Surrey
Posts: 1147
Review Date: Mon June 11, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: 60.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Design size versatile
Cons: Colour (or lack therof)

I really wanted Lowepro to release this size. The slingshot is great for urban photography and short hikes since it means you can get to all your kit without removing the bag but carries like a rucksack. This one has waist straps as well so you can get really comfy but they tuck away nicely if you don't need them.
It holds a good sized one body outfit and (unlike the AW200) can take a pro SLR with a 70-200 2.8 attached. It is really easy to gain access the compartment by swivelling it around. Crucially for me it has a small general purpose area on top just large enough for a drink snacks and a waterproof. The external pockets and features are useful for cards filters batteries etc. The main area is versatile, this weekend it held a D2x & 17-55 hood attached, 70-200 hood reversed, 105 macro and SB800 with ease and changing lenses is a doddle. It could take much more but you'll loose out on ease of access.
It can take the Lowepro system pouches externally for more space but that may make it cumbersome. It also has the weatherproof cover if you get caught out. It's the same construction as all lowepro so very tough and, if anything, too much padding.
It loses one point because it looks frankly ugly on the back and being all black and tactical screams camera bag please steal. I am all for function over form but a light grey or blue version would be more stealthy and make it ideal.
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VikingPhotography
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Registered: July 2006
Location: Lahndahn!
Posts: 855
Review Date: Thu August 2, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: 59.99 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: A perfect medium bag for rapid access to at least one body
Cons: None so far

I bought the Slingshot 300 since I needed a bag that

a) Would carry more kit than my Slingshot 200, and
b) Would be less bulky overall than my CompuTrekker AW Plus

I've managed to fit two bodies, five lenses and some cleaning/maintenance accessories into the bag. One lens needs to ride in the top zip compartment along with the accessories in the zippers pouch, but everything else fits in the main compartment.

As for where I put my flashguns; well, my SB-800's came with little fabric pouches that have loops on the back of them - designed for looping your belt through them of course. When on assignment I only need two strobes so one travels on each hip until I get to my location

I really can't think of a better backpack-style bag for working photojournalists who need to comfortably tote a fair amount of gear and still have rapid access to it.
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