In Praise of the Shoulder Bag

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Northumberland coastal sunrise. Fuji XT2, Fuji 16-55mm Lens, Lee 0.6ND graduated filter.
Northumberland coastal sunrise. Fuji XT2, Fuji 16-55mm Lens, Lee 0.6ND graduated filter.

When I first started to become interested in Photography I bought a second lens for my SLR. This also meant I needed something to carry the camera and lenses so I purchased a camera bag. It was a LowePro Nova 3 which I still have.

After this, I quickly decided that I needed a backpack to carry my now rapidly expanding equipment. Just counting around my office, I now seem to have 5 backpacks but I’m sure I have a couple more somewhere. I quickly forgot about the Nova 3 and relegated it to storing my XPan film camera.

This weekend I was away in Northumberland (which is why there was no Friday Image) and decided to take the Nova 3 with me. Don’t ask me why after all these years, but it seemed like a good idea. I could carry my Fuji XT2 together with three lenses, filters and cable release. What made it ideal is that I could stand in the sea and work easily from the bag on my shoulder. It wasn’t too large or too heavy; in fact, it was joy to use and allowed me to move around much more freely than I would otherwise.

If I were to criticise the Nova 3 at all, it would be because it didn’t have a weatherproof cover. Looking quickly on Amazon today, I can see that it’s no longer available. Instead it seems to have been replaced by the LowePro 180AW which does feature a weatherproof cover. It’s also the same price as I paid for the Nova 3 all those years ago.

2 thoughts on “In Praise of the Shoulder Bag

    David Aldridge said:
    February 6, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Hi Robin, I gave up on camera backpacks a while ago. None I owned were very comfortable for long hikes. My eventual solution was to get one of the padded divider bags from eBay for my m43 kit and put it in a Deuter 26L backpack along with my hiking gear. I also bought a lightweight nylon messenger bag from Decathlon which folds up into a small ball. If I don’t need the backpack, I just take out the padded divider and put it in the messenger bag.

      thelightweightphotographer responded:
      February 8, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks for adding your experience Dave. There are some good ideas around if you are prepared to look. A lot of people (myself included) gravitate to the camera backpack but its not always the best solution.

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