Photographers are great for the economy, we are constantly upgrading, testing, trying, partaking in anything from the latest gadget, software, equipment or workshop that might help be and get better, faster or help us survive the physically demanding job that photography can be.
When it comes to camera bags… I have purchased at least 10 in the last 3 years. I recently purchased an INCASE, Ari Marcopoulos model camera bag. If you do not know who Ari Marcopoulos is, I suggest definitely to check em out..
Anyways, the bag is super slick looking and everything from the packaging to the ergonomics built of this bag make it really special.
I wanted to write a review for this bag but not until I got to tested out through a couple of weddings to see if it stood up to my abuse inclinations and the physically demanding way in which I shot. I love abusing my equipment. I am not gentle on anything except my brides, wedding gowns and bouquets. I particularly want and need equipment that can take a beating. Bags are no exception. I have had my share of tears, rips and even a complete rapture a bag’s strap.
The compartmental space inside the Ari bag can comfortably fit two or more lenses on the side dividers and. You can easily cram a few more items like a video light or flash. The middle larger division can comfortably fit just about any camera and lens, like my Nikon 800 with a 35mm 1.4 . Anything for except maybe of some of the larger tele-zoom lenses. If you are shooting with one camera that stays on you at all times then the middle compartment is large enough for some more lenses, flashes, triggers, and other semi large equipment.
There is an additional smaller inside compartment great for accessories like light-meters, pocket wizards, Radio Poppers and even a small bottle of water or sunscreen. its also deep enough to drop AA and camera batteries on the bottom of it. There is a small zippered and slip pocket great for really important items that you need to keep from falling out like memory cards and even large enough for a wallet. There are two single pockets on each side large enough for business cards or an expo disk. There is also a large zippered and slip pocket on the inside that its easy to miss ( like I did) Although its a large pocket its probably best for flat items since its on the flat side of the bag that lays against your body. Great for things like an iPad or even a slim hard-drive or a notebook.
The bag its deep and large enough to fit your equipment comfortably but not too big that you will be knocking down everything in your path with it like a giant bolder strapped on to your back. The buckle strap system its modern, sturdy and functional. With one single pull one part of the buckle allows you to loosen the strap to lower and rotate the bag to access equipment and the other to tighten it to fit on once its on your back again. Making it really easy to adjust it back and forth. The ergonomic design of the bad makes it superior to just about any bag I ever owned or tried. Specially when compared to the very popular carrier style bags that although might look awesome on the male models using it, it just never feels as comfortable on me as it constantly slips off my shoulders. As I constantly have to do “shrugs” through out the day and end up with cramps on your neck after a 11 hour wedding days. The strap is very well padded and it sits very comfortable over the the chest. There is even an option to switch the strap on the opposite direction for anyone who is left handed and prefers it that way. The bag even has a cool handle on the side to carry it brief case style.
The Pros are:
• Slick design
• Ergonomically comfortable
• Easy to access equipment
• Well padded inside and out
• Custom rain coat easily accessible
• Enough storage space for lenses and camera
• Items would not easily fall out even with the zipper open. (due to its slight cocoon shape)
• Side compartment accessible from the outside ( could be considered a con because its kind of hard to access, specially if you have large hands)
The only Cons I could think of are:
• The light color interior that although looks very slick, it gets dirty too easy
• The only other thing I could debate to be a possible con is whether or not it would be better to have a zippered and slip pocket on the outside front of the bag rather than the one on the inside back wall of the bag.
I rate the INCASE, Ari Marcopoulos model camera bag a solid 9.85 out of 10 rather than a perfect 10 only because I wish it had an option for a darker interior. A slick gray interior could be pretty freaking awesome too.