Nice, but "Large" isn't that "Large"
I was looking for what I thought would be a "smallish" but larger-sized camera bag to fit maybe my D40 or Nikon FE with lens attached, maybe external flash and the battery charger and manual or data card... This one says its "LARGE", so when shopping for this bag, I really liked the yellow interior in the advertisement and thought it might be a good camera bag for me. The other reviewers like this bag too.
But, upon opening the box, my first impression was the strap was pretty cheap looking, and only about an inch wide. I'm used to photography-grade (padded and/or wider) straps, so that would have to be replaced if I were to wear this any length of time at all. (Nice photographer's straps are only $5 or so, so this confused me why they went this cheap route.) Ok, that's easy enough to fix myself.
Now, for the bag itself, the outer construction was really good, with a couple of zippers and seemed pretty waterproof looking. Its overall appears was excellent, but there was another problem: it looked more like a woman's purse for size than a "LARGE" camera bag I was expecting it to be based on the advertisement description. (I never really have a visual grasp of the dimensions they list, which I guess is my own fault.) After opening it, I found that it wasn't nearly big enough for my needs. I found it was only really large enough for a smaller video camera, a smaller film or digital point-and-shoot and film with a couple of batteries.
But, yep, the bright yellow interior would be super for NOT losing those small black pieces of our camera stuff that disappear inside a regular black bag.
If I had needed a bag for my smaller, modern video camera or my wife's 35mm point-and-shoot with room for a couple roles of film, this would have been stylish and perfect. I suppose carrying one SLR camera without a lens (to fit in the designated square "camera" compartment) would be quite acceptable, but my larger zoom-lens-equipped SLR cameras would not work in this bag.
Other than size, it was a great bag; just not big enough. I'd buy one if I needed one for a video camera though. Looks like a good product; I'd just need the "EXTRA-JUMBO-SIZED" based on the ads definition of "Large".
Perfect for Compact SLR & more
I was looking for a small sized bag that would hold my new Canon T1i SLR camera with lens and my flash. This bag fits everything perfectly yet isn't bulky like a big SLR bag. The pockets have just enough room for all the accessories. I have a couple larger bags at home that hold all of my equipment but now this Ape Case makes simple day trips less cumbersome. I am now an Ape Case fan!!
Fits my whole set up
I am able to fit my Nikon d40 with either the 18-55mm or 55 to 200 mm attached while putting the other lens behind the divider. Easily fits the camera both lens's, lens hoods for each one, a couple of filter cases, remote, memory cards, my ipod, and a extra lens caps. I don't have an external flash but should have enough room to lay that on top of the camera. Perfect bag for all my gear.
I absolutely Love this bag. Being a Mom of a two year old forces you to be as compact and hands free as possible. I try to capture every moment and every "first" that I can and use my ApeCase every weekend for my video camera, camera, and yes with the additional pockets, my daughters much needed accessories. I would recommend this bag to anyone. I Just love it!
Great case for the Price
This is a great case for the price. It seems to be well made and works well for the camera and one small lens. Do not expect to carry 4 lenses and a tripod...it is not intended for that, jast a good everyday case to keep the camera on hand.
a good bag for camera and camcoder
I bought this along with my camera. It has good space for my camera as well as extra batteries, usb cables and even the instruction manual too. Also along with the camera , i have place to keep my small DV camcorder too.
Great camera bag.
I use this bag to store 2 digital camera, all accessories and manuals. Perfect for storage and travel.
Ape Case Large Digital Camera & Video Ga
Not specifically designed for a DSLR with lens attached, but a decent bag at a great price.