Bird Watching (UK) - - Gear -

RE­VIEWED BY MATT MER­RITT As some­one who uses a Pana­sonic Mi­cro Four Thirds cam­era sys­tem, I don’t nec­es­sar­ily need to lug around an enor­mous ruck­sack full of cam­era gear. This smart mes­sen­ger bag from Man­frotto is de­signed specif­i­cally for such cam­era sys­tems; so, how does it mea­sure up? In terms of ca­pac­ity, pretty well in­deed. My cam­era and two lenses, plus lots of para­pher­na­lia such as spare bat­ter­ies fit in there com­fort­ably. You could cer­tainly , as the man­u­fac­tur­ers sug­gest, get a third lens in there, or a pair of binoculars. One slight gripe is the two fas­ten­ing straps. They have mag­netic fas­ten­ers which don’t al­ways hold when the bag is packed re­ally full. Maybe a tra­di­tional buckle would be bet­ter. But there’s lit­tle else to com­plain about. There’s a lot of pad­ding, so you can feel con­fi­dent that your gear is safe, and as well as the main di­vider in­side, there are re­mov­able padded di­viders, too, so you can tai­lor things to your kit, or in­deed use the bag as an ev­ery­day mes­sen­ger bag. There’s a small zip­pable in­te­rior pocket, a larger zip­pable one just un­der the flap, and a zip in the top of the flap that al­lows quick ac­cess even when the bag is fas­tened up. The strap is good, and the whole bag does a very fine job if you’re us­ing one of the more com­pact multi-lens sys­tems.

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