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      16.09.2010 12:38
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      Rugged, tough, plenty of space.

      I've got a Nikon D80 with a 18-200 mm lens on board and I needed a good camera case to protect it all. Doing a lot of research on this very site and I determined that Lowepro probably did the best camera cases going. So I bought this one from Amazon for just short of £40.

      Apart from the strong ripstop canvas outer fabric over a semi-rigid foam padding protection layer, the versatility and available storage spaces and pockets of this case has to be seen to be believed. Size wise it measures 18 cm x 12.5 cm x 30 cm and starting from the top with a hand grip for carrying, it has a ¾ zip round top where the flap opens towards you, a great feature when you have it on the detachable shoulder strap against you or looped onto your trouser belt using the wide belt loop on the back of the case, because it easily allows you to get the camera in or out. Inside the top you have a large zipped pocket in the lid which I have loaded up with memory cards and cleaning clothes.

      Moving inside, the interior is more than adequate for my camera, even with the light hood fitted. You can also divide it up into sections using 2 velcroed walls on the inside which you can use to create compartments in the main section. These moveable walls are only small, about 4 inches high, so they won't make secure compartments for storing small items (although they do have additional pockets mounted on the walls. But they will divide up the centre so that you can protect your camera in the middle and have other items slotted down the sides. In my case, they have allowed me to have my camera in with the lens hood fitted, a large Joby gorillapod tripod and 2 filters in their storage cases all comfortably in the main section.

      Outside, there is a front zipped pocket which again has dividing internal sections/pockets to house all sorts of nik-naks - I manage to store the smapre batteries, control and another filter here. Towards the bottom of the case there is another zipped section with a pocket, that runs under the main section, for additional storage. Both sides of the case also have additional straps and slip belts where you can add on other Lowepro modular cases - a good feature of Lowepro products because they are designed to be modular where you can fit different components/cases together. The case also comes with an additional weatherproof cover that stretches over the whole lot as protection, where I have managed to store this in the bottom pocket.

      In use, this has always carried everything I have ever needed in the one case and I have never really been too bothered about throwing it in with my luggage etc when I have travelled because I know that the case will protect everything. In use, it is easy to use. It is quite a large case on your side, but if you've got a big camera and need to carry all the accessories with it, you're going to have to have a big case.

      Overall though, a definite 5 stars from me.


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