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I bought a Panasonic FZ38 approximately eight months ago and for approximately five months it was rattling around in a standard rucksack/holdall/satchel with no real protection at all... pretty dumb really when you consider the size of the investment a decent camera represents. Mine was the lower end of the scale in a market in which camera prices can range dramatically from £200.00 to £450.00 so it makes sense to protect that investment with a good quality camera case...
...which is exactly what I did when I bought the Lowepro Rezo TLZ 10. This bag does what you ask of it, it protects your camera admirably, though make sure to check the dimensions to ensure your camera fits in there - I took mine down to Jessops to try out the bag just in case.
It's apparently made of some sort of bulletproof, waterproof material (ok, the first may have been an exaggeration) and is super soft and non abrasive on the camera, I can fit my camera and a lense adapter in the main compartment and my Micro lense in the front compartment. The main compartment is covered over very well by the opening, which prevents any water getting in there. The shoulder strap is solid and adjustable to fit a small man like me whilst having plenty of leverage for a man (or woman) mountain.
If you are putting more than one item in the main compartment it's worth ensuring it's a snug fit as there is only the one compartment in their with no divider, therefore if you're camera and lense are ratling around you could find yourself in trouble.
Finally, there is a pull out section which can be used to store any extra memory cards you want to take out with you... a spare battery would possibly be a step too far unless it was placed in the main compartment, which would mean ditching the lense adapter!
In conclusion, good camera case, takes care of your camera but will NOT make you a better photographer!
Unsurprisingly, the market for camera carry cases and bags is rather crowded and for such a simple item, there are a number of factors to take into consideration. In my case, I ended up with the Lowepro Rezo TLZ10, as a result of reading reviews and recomendations, rather than by any logical process of meeting requirements.
Measuring 17cm x 12cm x 16cm and weighing in at a very respectable 273g. It is made from microfibre and coloured black, it is a heavy wearing material that also has the added bonus of being water resistant. The lid will stretch to cover the case and ensure the contents are insulated against the elements. Securing the lid is achieved via the plastic slip lock. For carrying there is a paddle handle and a removable, adjustable shoulder starp.
Inside, there are pockets for the camera itself and all your accesories such as lens , memory cards, batteries and flashes. The Nikon I have fits very securely into this, and I feel confident in it using the bag due to the brushed tricot interior lining, also ensuring the LCD screen does not get damaged.
Prices start from £16 for the item, which for a bag which ensures the safety and security of your camera, is quite a bargain. It is designed specifically of optical zoom digital cameras and compact DSLR's. It is small enough and light enough to be comfortable, but still big enough to offer the required protection and maintain a presence you can feel, while ensuring it does not get lost.