Product Review: Case Logic SLR Camera/Laptop Backpack

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I have a new go-to bag for extended travel. The Case Logic SLR Camera/Laptop Backpack (model SLRC-206) is everything I need for a road trip or plane trip. It is roomy enough to fit all of my essential equipment, but low-profile and lightweight enough to lug around all day or stash in overhead/under-seat storage on a plane.

My Canon Rebel, used for illustration purposes.

My Canon Rebel, used for illustration purposes.

It’s got this great feature called the “Hammock Suspension System”, which suspends the camera inside the bag in a way that is easy to reach for quick retrieval. The top portion of the front panel zips open and is stopped by two small velcro straps covering the zipper, which prevent it from zipping all the way open unless you purposefully release the straps. The camera can be easily retrieved and replaced and is held secure by the suspension system. If you have a larger lens or lens with a hood (as is my case) you can remove the suspension system (which is held in place by velcro), and the camera will still be held in place by the inner storage framework and adjustable divider panels.

Hammock System, photo courtesy of Case Logic.

Hammock System, photo courtesy of Case Logic.

The laptop sleeve can hold up to a 17″ laptop, which is perfect for my needs – it seems to me that a lot of camera bags hold 15″ or 16″ laptops, but nothing as big as 17″. There are plenty of pockets, panels, and sleeves to hold memory cards, batteries, chargers, power cords, and various other peripherals. In addition, you can secure a tripod with straps along the side of the backpack, and it has a water-resistant base so you can feel confident setting it on the ground. Plus, it stands upright really well, even fully-loaded.

I used Case Logic's photo, because it was so much tidier than my gear!

I used Case Logic's photo, because it was so much tidier than my gear!

Construction is very sturdy, and the straps are organized in such a way that there are no annoying, dangling lengths of strap. Everything is very well padded, I have no worries at all when it bounces around in the back of our Jeep when we go off-roading. The interior is a bright orange color, which, when you think about it, is very helpful. It’s so much easier to see black-colored lenses and accessories against the bright background.

I regularly carry my Canon EOS 7D with my 17-55mm f/2.8 IS attached, a 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS, a 50mm f1.4, a Speedlite 580EX II Flash, and my Sony VAIO 17.3-Inch Laptop. Everything fit easily, and if I had organized things a little differently I probably could have fit more. I highly recommend this camera/laptop backpack! It retails for $134.99, but is on sale RIGHT NOW (1/20/12) for $107.99.

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  • Dustin Day

    Will it fit a full size Dslr or a camera with a grip?

  • Anonymous

    Hi Dustin.  My 7D fits with the grip attached, as long as the sling is removed.  It’s a bit snug, snugger if you have a reversed lens hood on, but it works just fine.

  • Adnan Karimjee

    Great review Tiffany. Just 2 questions. How would you rate this next to the Bumblee-210 DL? I find the Bumblebee although a bit larger can also accommodate my laptop charger, a book and a few other bits and bobs as well as my DSLR and 3 lenses.