Man­frotto Pro­fes­sional Sling 30

£120, $200 A neat and stylish mes­sen­ger style bag that also works well for a cam­era with su­per-tele­photo lens

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From Man­frotto’s ‘Pro­fes­sional’ range, the Sling 30 cer­tainly feels like it’s built to take the knocks of a busy life. Con­tribut­ing fac­tors in­clude Man­frotto’s Exo-Tough con­struc­tion, de­signed to dif­fuse sharp im­pact shock, and a ‘Cam­era Pro­tec­tion Sys­tem’ for fur­ther shock re­sis­tance. The sin­gle shoul­der strap is de­signed to be worn only over the left shoul­der, en­abling a pivot ac­tion for ac­cess­ing cam­era kit through the side flap.

How­ever, it’s a rel­a­tively small sling bag that only re­ally has room for a cam­era with an at­tached lens plus, typ­i­cally, a spare lens and flash­gun. Ad­di­tional com­part­ments in­clude a gen­eral stor­age area at the top of the bag and a tablet sec­tion at the rear.

The great di­vide

You can re­move the di­vider be­tween the up­per and lower sec­tions, mak­ing the bag more suit­able for use with a su­pertele­photo lens. How­ever, when the di­vider is fixed in place, there’s not a com­plete seal, so there’s a dan­ger of very small ob­jects drop­ping down from the up­per sec­tion to the lower cam­era com­part­ment.

All things con­sid­ered, it’s a very tough bag but has lim­ited stor­age space and doesn’t give much of an ad­van­tage over us­ing a reg­u­lar shoul­der bag.

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