A Closer Look
The interior of the Slingshot 302 is literally nothing but padding and compartments. There is enough room to hold a full size pro DSLR, such as the Canon 1D IV with a EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II attached, but it is a snug fit. On the other hand, the depth of the bag may present problems for anyone with a non pro body such as the Canon 60D. As mentioned the height is perfect for a pro series DSLR, but the added inch in height helps securely hold the body in place during transport. This means that it has the ability to move around a little bit and this could be bad for the camera over time. Fortunately, all photographers should have a microfiber cloth on hand at all times and placing one below the body will help you fit the items in the bag securely and provide easy access should you get a smudge on your lens.There are dedicated memory card slots holders on the part of the quick access panel that opens from the side. This makes changing a card easy and convenient on the go, as well as protect your cards from damage.
The six compartments are extremely handy and perfect for four additional lenses. Although there are six divided sections meant to hold lenses and accessories. In my opinion, it can hold 4 lenses and the other two sections can be adjusted to hold accessories. The fit past that is a little too tight for my liking, but could be done if you have smaller diameter lenses. Additionally, the compartments can be adjusted to hold just about anything you want. If you remove the dividers, you can fit a 70-200mm f/2.8 on either side of the body/lens combo.
The top compartment can be used for many things. Whether you need some extra cables, a lunch, your point and shoot, or anything else that doesn’t need the added protection of the lens compartments, the top compartment had plenty of room. There are some additional zippered compartments on the inside and outside of the top compartment. These are great for carrying around the cables you use most, keys or your cell phone. All the zippers seem to be of good construction and open and close smoothly.
From the outside, the LowePro Slingshot 302 AW looks like – well – a backpack. Sure it only has one strap that goes over your right shoulder and another that can give additional support by wrapping around your stomach, but other than that, it looks like a normal back pack. There are two small pockets accessible from the from to the backpack, both of which can be very handy. The SlingShot’s quick access opening can be secured by two clips on either side. This allows you to access the camera’s body and attached lens, but holds the front closed, preventing your lenses, flashes, or other accessories from falling out.