A Perfect Small Travel Camera Bag
If you’re looking for a small bag to be able to hold a CSC (Compact System Camera), this is definitely something you should consider. It ticks all the marks when it comes to finding a camera bag. The only thing you need to be considering is if it’s big enough to fit the gear you want to take with you.
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I probably currently have 15 camera bags laying around. That’s just what I currently own. If we also talk about bags I’ve sold or given away, we’re probably more in the 50 range. So why another bag?
The first reason is because I love bags and I love variety. It took me awhile to come to terms with that, but yep, I’m an official bagaholic.
The other reason is I love to travel and every time I’m planning my next destination, I find myself yet again, surfing online trying to find another camera bag that might suit my needs better. Why not take one of the 15 I have?! I guess the answer is simple. I still haven’t found that perfect camera bag for traveling – something portable, comfortable, offers good protection and for me, has to look cool.
What I’m learning though is that there is no one bag that suits all destinations… for me anyway. I’ve finally figured out that it takes two camera bags to satisfy my needs. One large bag to hold the gear I want to to bring that will act as my carry-on and another smaller bag to take when I adventure out.
That’s where this Thule Covert CSC Sling comes in. I just love how small and easily accessible it is.
My current potential uses for this are as follows:
When I venture out and want to equip light, I’ll have my Sony a7rII on a strap out of the bag ready to shoot and a couple lenses and essentials in this pack. Second scenario is when I want two bodies and the a7RII on a strap and then my Sony a6300 with a couple lenses in the pack. For when I need to go light, that’s more than enough gear for me to have.
So let’s talk about the bag itself.
Quality: Wow! I’ve always known Thule to have top quality accessories when it comes to auto accessories (I have their bike mount) but it’s nice to see they’ve branched out to other lifestyle accessories. Everything from the material used, zippers, clasps and even the product tags are of high quality. And then add to the fact this is water resistant, I couldn’t be more impressed!
Padding: The inserts in the sling are some of the best I’ve felt. They feel really strong but at the same time aren’t super thick. Especially the dividers with a honeycomb sort-of-pattern. I’m not sure what they did but they feel so sturdy. A lot of my other dividers have already softened up. I don’t see that happening here. This bag is waterproof too which is awesome. I also love the blue contrast.
Comfort: What I love about sling bags are the ability to quickly sling it across your body to open and access anything you might need in there. This is essential in my opinion when traveling because you’re constantly on the go. The shoulder strap is really well constructed and comfortable. My only issue is that back of the bag isn’t 100% flat so it doesn’t adhere to the form of your back. I do feel over time, it will flatten out and feel much better.
Versatility: While you can carry this bag as a sling, you can also carry it around your waist like a fanny pack. It’s actually quite comfortable but I’d only doing it when holding light items. Maybe a lens and some accessories. The bag also has many straps so that you can tighten or loosen in order to contract or expand as needed. And the coolest part? You can actually take out the camera insert and use the back as any other kind of pack.
Aesthetic: Camera bags for me have to look cool and this one definitely does in my opinion. You can really see the craftsmanship right away and I think that’s important in how a bag looks. Thule has paid great attention to the details of this bag. They also thought about how to contain straps so nothing is flapping around. Really good, well thought out design here.
Overall I’m really happy with this bag so far. I know most of my review is talking about it’s use while traveling, but even just trekking around town, it’s been awesome. The best camera is the one you have on you (even when you aren’t expecting to take photos), so I just drop my a6300 in here when I’m out and about and if I see an opportunity, my camera is available.