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Your next buy - Shoulder bags

What was tested? 20 shoulder camera bags were reviewed. Trial subscription: , Go to magazine

Results of this test:

Bowler

Acme Made The Bowler

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Not only is the Acme Made The Bowler bag practical, but it is also discreet thanks to its chic 1950s handbag appearance on the outside. The price is lower than a lot of very small designer purses, and everyone in the Digital SLR User offices loved it. more ... (1 review & 34 opinions)

   
Aha 130 DSLR

Hama Aha 130 SLR

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If anything, the HamaAha 130 SLR has managed to meld form with function, and reviewers at Digital SLR User find that it does this really well. However, though they liked its range of colours and style, they warn that olive green may be your best option if you're expecting a lot of action. more ... (1 review & 13 opinions)

   
Lowepro Exchange Messenger

Lowepro Exchange Messenger

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The design of the Lowepro Exchange Messenger is certainly low key, thanks to its satchel-like styling, says Digital SLR User, who note that no one will have a clue that you're toting your photo gear in it. They also appreciated the adjustability of its interior dividers and its zipped pocket. more ... (1 review & 40 opinions)

   
CFEU04

Nikon CF-EU04

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One of the more notable qualities of the Nikon CF-EU04 is its incredibly light weight, which reviewers at Digital SLR User feel, makes it a fantastic 'grab and go' bag. If you're a fan of Nikon, or just appreciate this model's subtle styling, then they feel that this makes a great choice. more ... (1 review & 27 opinions)

   
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 10

Think Tank Photo Retrospective 10

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Externally the Think Tank Photo Retrospective 10 looks like a casual bag that could be worn in most places without gaining any unwanted attention. It has a hard-wearing textured outer with a comfortable wide strap, and light dirt shouldn't show up too easily either.

   
Gadget Bag 100 EG

Canon Gadget Bag 100EG

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Although this is likely a bag aimed more for product loyalists, the Canon Gadget Bag 100EG is still a high-quality case nonetheless, says the team at Digital SLR User. They were impressed by its utilization of top-grade materials, and especially liked how well-padded it was. In fact, they felt that Canon DSLR owners can't go wrong with this bag. more ... (1 review & 96 opinions)

   
Rexton 110SW

Hama Rexton 110

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The team at Digital SLR User were pleased to find the Rexton being available in an array of colours and sizes, and though they love the way the white one looks, they warn that it could get dingy rather quickly. They were also happy to find it featuring some nifty, zip-up pockets for their odds and ends. more ... (1 review & 11 opinions)

   
Kata DC-433

Kata DC-433

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Kata are known for their very well constructed and comfortable bags with solid zips, and the DC-433 is one of their smallest options. Even though it is highly portable, Digital SLR User found it held a DSLR and attached lens without a problem, and even had room for extra memory and other accessories.

   
Aventura 120

Lowepro Adventura 120

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Lowepro apply their expertise to more than just their bigger photo bags, and have built a good name for themselves. Digital SLR User considered the Adventura to be a very functional bag with ample room for a camera, lens and an incredible amount of other accessories. more ... (1 review & 11 opinions)

   
Tamrac Digital Zoom 2

Tamrac Digital Zoom 2

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Built for functionality, the Tamrac Digital Zoom 2 is just the right size to fit its purpose, says Digital SLR User, whose reviewers also found its tapered bottom was perfectly practical for finding and holding their kit. They were also pleased by how well organised it is, with designated pockets for extras, such as lens cloths and memory cards. more ... (1 review & 5 opinions)

   
Billingham 207

Billingham 207

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Although it's a bit smaller than the bags normally crafted by Billingham, it's just as expertly constructed, say reviewers at Digital SLR User. While they concede that there are more practical-minded bags out there, they feel that very few can boast the unique, feel of this one. more ... (1 review & 3 opinions)

   
F8

Domke F-8

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The experts at Digital SLR User remark that Domke has a reputation for creating some great photojournalist bags, and that their craftsmanship is apparent with the F-8. Though they note that it's not ideal for a month-long excursion, they still feel that it's a top-of-the-line choice that's well-suited for long-zoom DSLRs, with plenty of room to spare for accessories. more ... (2 reviews)

   
NG2477 Earth Explorer

National Geographic NG 2477 Earth Explorer

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The photography in National Geographic magazine might make you all sentimental, but now Digital SLR User say you too could consider a trek through the jungles of Borneo. The Nat Geo NG2477 Earth Explorer bag has been wonderfully styled using hard-wearing materials. more ... (2 reviews & 1 opinion)

   
Micro FourThirds Retro Bag

Olympus Micro Four Thirds Retro Bag

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The old-fashioned 'distressed' brown leather appearance is fantastic, leaving Digital SLR User with an affection for the Olympus Micro Four Thirds Retro bag, and they approve of the top-notch construction quality. If you have a DSLR though, the largest size is the best option to choose.

   
Trekking Premium Product Line

Samsonite Trekking Premium Series

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Samsonite's Trekking Premium series of bags look much pricier than they actually are. This high-class leather bag is actually quite formal, and it crams in loads of features. Digital SLR User find the choice of thirteen sizes makes it rather tempting, as does the furry fleece material.

   
Crumpler Muffin Top 5500

Crumpler Muffin Top 5500

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Digital SLR User comment on the flexability of being able to use the Muffin Top 5500 as a normal day bag as well as a camera bag, thanks to having removable internal dividers. However you utilise the space, this satchel is well constructed from heavy-duty materials. more ... (2 reviews & 4 opinions)

   
Hama Defender 200

Hama Defender 200

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Hama have given the Defender 200 two buckles to add more security, and it comes with lots of pockets and padded dividers that can be adjusted. Digital SLR User find it a very spacious and well made option for your camera equipment, and comment on it looking like one of Arnie's bags from the Terminator. more ... (1 review & 5 opinions)

   
Kata DC-445

Kata DC-445

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Although the DC-445 is a larger version of the DC-433, it has managed to keep the same styling, just on a larger scale, and thus also uses the same top-notch material for construction. The increased size provides extra space for carrying more lenses, flashguns or even your lunch, and it is easy to find things inside thanks to the bright yellow dividers. more ... (3 reviews & 11 opinions)

   
Nova 200 AW

Lowepro Nova 200AW

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You might be hard pushed to fill the Lowepro Nova 200AW as it is rather like a Tardis. According to Digital SLR User, this is one of the best bag options, with nice and solid metal strap loops and clips. So as long as you need this much space, it represents great value at the price. more ... (1 review & 45 opinions)

   
Tamrac Explorer 400

Tamrac Explorer 400

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Digital SLR User considered the 400 to be the best sized option in the Explorer range, with its easy to use design, ample pockets and great performance as an all-round bag. It also has a comfortable and easily removable shoulder strap. more ... (1 review & 3 opinions)