Manfrotto Professional Sling 30
£120, $200 A neat and stylish messenger style bag that also works well for a camera with super-telephoto lens
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.