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What was tested? Twenty small camera bags were reviewed. No ratings were given. Trial subscription: , Go to magazine

Results of this test:

Crumpler Jimmy Bo 300

Crumpler Jimmy Bo 300

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The Jimmy Bo 300 boasts excellent build quality and thanks to its carry strap, it can be worn either around the waist or over the shoulder. Digital SLR User said that there's enough space in it for a DSLR with a kit zoom and some accessories such as batteries and memory cards. more ... (1 review & 3 opinions)

   
Hama Syscase 90 Colt

Hama Syscase 90 Colt

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Hama's Syscase 90 Colt is light and portable, but it can't hold more than a DSLR with a regular zoom, batteries and memory cards. Despite its light weight, Digital SLR User thought that its protective padding was quite decent, while double zips grant quick access to your gear. more ... (1 review & 15 opinions)

   
Compact Courier 70

Lowepro Courier 70

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Although the Courier 70 is designed for Compact System Cameras, it can also take a DSLR. Digital SLR User liked its eye-pleasing design and appreciated the second, smaller pouch on the bag strap for carrying small accessories. more ... (1 review & 6 opinions)

   
Digital Holster 20 v2.0

Think Tank Photo Digital Holster 20 v2

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Think Tank's Digital Holster 20 v2, like Vanguard's Outlawz 17Z, can house a DSLR with a telezoom lens, and it comes with a series of convenient accessories such as a strap and a carry handle. Digital SLR User liked its modular design, which for allows extra pockets or a belt to be attached to it. more ... (1 review & 5 opinions)

   
Vanguard Outlawz 17Z

Vanguard Outlawz 17Z

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Thanks to being a bit larger than other bags in Digital SLR User's round-up, Vanguard's Outlawz 17Z will take a DSLR with a telezoom lens. Its versatility allows for it to be carried hanging from the waist or over the shoulder and extras such as a side pocket or a DSLR cradle are very convenient.

   
Billingham Hadley Digital

Billingham Hadley Digital

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The Hadley Digital is not only gorgeous to look at, but superbly built to last too. It offers just enough space for a DSLR, a zoom and some small accessories and it's not one for those who need quick access to their gear, but Digital SLR User reckon that the stiff fastenings should get easier to undo with time. more ... (2 reviews & 5 opinions)

   
F8

Domke F-8

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Digital SLR User liked the fact that the F-8 doesn't look like a camera bag, thus not giving you away as a photographer, but that there's enough space in it for a DSLR, a kit zoom and some accessories. more ... (2 reviews & 1 opinion)

   
Jessops Trek 2 Shoulder Bag Medium

Jessops Trek 2 Shoulder Bag Medium

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Packed to the brim with features, pockets and extras, the Trek 2 Shoulder Bag Medium is a superb offering with the quality that you can expect from Jessops at a fantastic price, say Digital SLR User.

   
Stile Bella IV

Manfrotto Bella IV

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The Bella IV is one of Manfrotto's first forays into bags and clothing. Digital SLR User pointed out that not only is there room for a DSLR, a zoom and some more bits and pieces, but there's also a small pocket especially designed for the company's portable tripods. more ... (1 review & 2 opinions)

   
Tenba Small Photo Satchel

Tenba Small Photo Satchel

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This Small Photo Satchel from Tenba belongs to the manufacturer's Black Label product line, a range that focuses on build quality and meticulous care to detail. Digital SLR User said it is unquestionably well made and that it offers generous storage capabilities.

   
Hama Daytour 180

Hama Daytour 180

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If you want more features than you can shake a stick at, the Daytour 180 is your bag, say Digital SLR User. It's the most expensive in its category, but it's large, shock-resistant, dust-protected and splash-proof. more ... (1 review & 12 opinions)

   
Bumblebee DL-210

Kata Bumblebee-210 DL

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Despite its name, the Bumblebee-210 DL is not just for Transformers fans, say Digital SLR User, but rather for anybody who needs a well-specced, spacious backpack with a laptop compartment. more ... (5 reviews & 7 opinions)

   
DSLR Video Fastpack 250 AW

Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 250AW

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Lowepro's offerings usually ooze quality, and according to Digital SLR User, the DSLR Video Fastpack 250AW doesn't disappoint. It can accomodate lots of gear, while extras like a weather cover or tripod straps make it a very useful and versatile option. more ... (1 review & 51 opinions)

   
5546 Adventure 6

Tamrac Adventure 6

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Digital SLR User considered the Adventure 6 to be specially well suited to mountain and hill hiking thanks to its two separate sections: the padded bottom part for holding photo gear and a top compartment for accessories such as waterproofs, maps and food. more ... (2 reviews & 6 opinions)

   
Vanguard BIIN 50

Vanguard BIIN 50

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The BIIN 50 is well featured and affordable, and it's able to house more gear than just a DSLR and kit lens, such as food or waterproofs. Digital SLR User considered it to be good value for money. more ... (2 reviews & 2 opinions)

   
Acme Made Union Kit Messenger

Acme Made Union Kit Messenger

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The Union Kit Messenger is a no-frills bag that is capacious enough to hold a good amount of gear plus a laptop. The best thing about it according to Digital SLR User is that it doesn't look at all like a camera bag, which is a big point in its favour. more ... (1 review & 4 opinions)

   
Lowepro Compu Day Photo 150

Lowepro Compu Day Photo 150

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A very well-featured bag, the CompuDay Photo 150 can hold plenty of gear and a notebook. Digital SLR User were particularly keen on its side pocket which you can use to house your camera plus regular zoom for quick access. more ... (2 reviews & 6 opinions)

   
Tamrac Zuma 4

Tamrac Zuma 4

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Despite Tamrac's Zuma 4 being too small for a regular laptop, since it's designed to hold an iPad or a netbook, Digital SLR User nevertheless found it spacious enough for carrying all your regular photo gear. The quick access top compartment and included rain cover are excellent extra features. more ... (1 review & 1 opinion)

   
Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 35

Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 35

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It looks more like a conventional suitcase than a camera bag, but the Urban Disguise 35 is spacious and can take a laptop up to 13 inches. Digital SLR User also said that in includes a generous amount of extra pockets.

   
Vanguard Heralder 28

Vanguard Heralder 28

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The best thing about the Heralder 28, says Digital SLR User, is its quick access top flap, but it also has other excellent features such as a tripod holder or a padded shoulder strap to prevent slippage. more ... (1 review & 1 opinion)