Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Lowepro Transit Sling 250AW Review

There is a new sexy bag in town... And it is called the Lowepro Transit Sling 250AW.

Now, the beautiful thing about this bag is its high-configurability. Whether you are using a compact system, a DSLR with a standard zoom, even a DSLR with a 70-200 telephoto, your camera will be able to fit in! It all just depends on the way you configure the dividers. And since the front of the bag can be fully opened, configuring the inserts is a breeze.

To see how easy it is to configure the dividers, our "kids" helped out with the demo!

Lowepro Translit Sling 250AW photo transit-sling-4_zps6eec8b32.gif

The bag comes with an all-weather cover, though, while filming the video for this post, the wife and i got caught in a short rain shower and the bag kept my gear inside dry. I think it is safe to say that the bag will be able to withstand a short burst of rain...

The Lowepro Transit Sling 250AW is, I believe, an idea whose time has come. An old favorite bag of mine is the Lowepro Slingshot 202AW, which I reviewed here. In that review, I said that it would have been better if there is a dedicated slot for an iPad. And Lowepro delivered on that front. There is a slot for your iPad or any similar-sized, or smaller, tablet. Unfortunately, the 11-inch MacBook Air will not fit.

I think it is safe to say the the Transit Sling is the evolution of the Slingshot 202AW.

The bag performs admirably when the time comes to shoot pictures. The side door makes camera access very easy, though I had a little difficulty getting my Canon 5D Mark II out. The opening is a little tight. If you are using a Rebel camera, or a compact systems camera, then getting your camera out would be a breeze!

Note that if you will be using a telephoto, then you will have to get your camera from the top.

You can mount a small tripod on the side of the bag. And you can also add other slip-lock attachments on the strap and on the same side where you can put the tripod (as I demonstrated in the video). There is a stowable slim strap which you can use to stabilize the bag when you are on the move.

And of course, the slim profile of the camera bag will enable you to zip in-and-out of tight places, such as fairs, food fests, and the like. And the great thing about it is, despite the slim profile, the bag has a relatively high capacity!

Some things that could be improved upon? I still wish that the strap is heftier than it currently is. Since there is only one strap carrying the bag, a thicker strap would be greatly beneficial to the wearer. Also, I wish that there are buckles to prevent the front of the bag from opening all the way, like what is found on the Lowepro Video FastPack, which I reviewed here.

But overall, the bag is a great one. With the great construction, very good materials used, and the high customizability this bag is a can't miss!

The Lowepro Transit Sling 250AW is Highly Recommended!

Check out the video that the wife and I made for this review:

So get yours here:


PS. I included the Transit Backpack in the link, just in case you want a bigger-capacity bag.

PPS. Special thanks to Derrick Story and Yvonne Petro of Lowepro for providing the bag. Thank you for your continued support.

PPPS. Special thanks to the wife, @Reina_Reyes, for tirelessly serving as my videographer.

PPPPS. I have come a long way in video creation since that first video that I made with the FastPack, if I should say so myself. :)

Gear used to make this post:

-- Canon Powershot G15 (Reviews Part 1 and Part 2)

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