Case Logic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling Review

case-logic-slingWhether you’re out in the city, in the park shooting images of insects or out for a day doing some wildlife photography, choosing the best backpack to transport your camera is easier said than done, as I recently discovered. It is not as simple as doing a Google search for bags that will carry your camera as there are too many practical considerations to keep in mind. However, after research and due thought and effort, I decided on the Case Logic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling.

What to Look for in a Camera Bag

Looking for a backpack that is specifically suited for carrying a Case Logic SLRC-205 SLR Camera was harder than I thought it would be, but after some research I identified the following important characteristics:

  • It should be comfortable and durable
  • It should be water-resistant
  • It should be shock-resistant
  • It should have a non-slip bottom
  • It should be able to fit the camera and all of the camera’s accessories without any trouble at all

In addition it needs to suit you personally. In the end I realized that the Case Logic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling was by far my best option.

How Does the Case Logic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling Compare?

Comfortable Use

The shoulder and waist straps that come with the bag are fully adjustable. This means that you can adjust the entire backpack to suit your own personal dimensions. I found this to be extremely helpful as it improved the comfort with which I could use the bag and compares extremely well in comparison to the last bag that I used for transporting my camera (which was not adjustable and that did not suit me at all when I carried it).

Long-Lasting Durability

One of the dimensions of an ideal camera backpack that this particular product meets easily is the requirement of durability. What caught my eye when reading the Amazon.com product description was the fact that it comes standard with a 25 year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. To me this attests to the fact that the product is of the best quality and that it can be expected to last in excess of 25 years.

Increased Shock-Resistance

The backpack is one of the few options that I came across the accounts for the shock-resistance dimension. It comes with a hammock system inside that suspends your SLR camera above the bottom of the case. According to my research this is design in the process of being developed that is aimed at protecting your camera should the bag experience any shock, such as falling on the ground.

Space Matters: Easy Access to Accessories

What I like most about this backpack, now that I have been using it for a while, is that it fits all of my accessories easily. But perhaps more important is the fact that the bag provides me with easy and immediate access to my camera and its accessories when a photo opportunity presents itself. Although it is a backpack, technically speaking, you can swing it around quickly to gain access to its contents and start shooting.

However the product only holds the standard SLR body with an attached standard lens, so you may have difficulties if you need more than that. For my personal needs, however, it is perfect!
It must be noted that there are other compartments that can be used for other accessories that are not as easily accessible, including a large zippered compartment that can store an additional lens or flash and three additional zippered pockets ideal for storing memory cards and other small items.

Consumer Reviews

The Good

Sometimes I think that it is safer to go with brand names when shopping for items such as a backpack for your camera. A quick look at the consumer reviews on Amazon.com confirmed this. As one reviewer puts it:

“As with other Case Logic products, its quality is very good, very well built”

Overall the product received 4.3 out of 5 stars. This consisted of 168 5 star, 70 4 star ratings, 20 3 star ratings, 20 2 star ratings, and 4 1 star ratings. To me this indicates a very good product overall.

The Bad

Among the complaints that consumers made about the product were the following themes:

  • The product tends to start falling to pieces after a few days (this was only noted in small number of cases)
  • Another complaint that seemed to spring up here and there was the fact that the bag is less than comfortable to wear if you are a women because of its dimensions

The negative reviews should be taken into consideration, but in this case there are many more positive reviews to consider, and it seems to me that a few isolated products were faulty whereas overall the product is reliable.

Cost

Although the list price of this product is $79.99 you can get it for far cheaper online from stores like Amzon.com. ON Amazon at the moment the product is selling at $45.41 with a saving of $34.58 (43%). I looked around a bit and this price is extremely hard to beat.

Where can I Find out More?

In my opinion the best way to find out more about this product is by looking online:

  • Visit Bestbackpack.com for great unbiased backpack reviews.
  • Amazon website has a great deal of information about this backpack and includes invaluable customer reviews. The best way to find out if a product is worthwhile is to read what other people have written about it in the past.
  • The Case Logic website is also another excellent source of information if you would simply like to find out more about the product.

Guide to Photographing Insects

Even though it is easy to forget about the millions of insects that live on Earth, they photograph amazingly well.  The details on the insects are colorful and dramatic. mosquito

#1)  Learn about the subject and environment-  Before you get a chance to photograph an insect, you will probably need to learn more about the environment.  You’ll need to learn about the insect and environment in order to know the best types to photograph.  Trying to figure out the insect’s pattern of behavior will allow you to easily follow your subject.  You can also try to do online research if you are trying to photograph a specific insect.  There might be specific species of trees and flowers that the insect is attracted to.   For example catching a mosquito is a lot harder then catching a spider, as they are more mobile and come out at night.

#2)  Wear the proper clothing and keep yourself safe while you are outside-  It is important to wear proper clothing when you are photographing insects.  Even if you are in a warm climate, you can wear light weight long sleeve shirts and pants.  Protecting your skin can prevent you from getting bitten by mosquitoes and other types of bugs.  If you are going deep in the woods it might be wise to bring a machete or another long knife as you may have to weed through the wilderness to get to the best photography spot.

#3)  Get a Macro Lens or other accessories for your camera-  Macro lenses are important because they allow you to magnify the image without requiring additional attachments.  A potential drawback of using macro lenses to take photographs is focusing on the subject.  Extension tubes can be purchased if you are willing to get additional attachments.

#4)  Be patient and take your time-  After you have taken the time to learn about the environment and do research on the insect; it is time to take the photo.  You don’t have to take a thousand photographs in order to get a good shot.  Being patient allows you to wait until the time is right and get the perfect photo.  The best time of year to try and photograph insects is during the spring and fall.  The spring is a great time for someone who is looking for bees.

#5)  Wait for the right lighting and take a couple of shots-  The right lighting will help you create a breathtaking piece of artwork.  The background will also impact the quality of the photograph.  The same insect will look twice as beautiful when it is sitting on a bright pink flower.

#5)  Frame the photograph-  Adding a frame to the photograph can make it look professional.  If you are looking for a natural looking frame, you should go with bamboo or wood.  Because bamboo and wood are natural materials, they go great with photographs of insects.  If you are looking for a classy frame, you might want to go with a solid gold or black.

#6)  Share the photograph or sell it online-  Sharing the photograph allows everyone to enjoy the wonderful world of nature.  You might want to post it on your social media site or sell it to an art dealer.  You’d be surprised at how much money people are willing to spend on a photograph of an insect.

Photographs of insects are full of detail and color.  Waiting for the right moment, getting a macro lens for your camera, and being patient can help you create a beautiful picture.  You should avoid capturing the bug and killing it just for one photograph.  If you are patient, you can take a perfect photograph without harming the animal.

Where to Find America’s Best Graffiti Artists

There are a wide variety of styles, colors, and designs that are displayed through graffiti artwork.  Below are some of the top places to see graffiti artwork in America.  You can enjoy the artwork online or travel to the city and see it up close and personal.  As a photographer I have had the chance to photograph and speak with some of the most famous graffiti artists in the world.  Here is where I have gone and what I have to say about these places.grafff

1)      New York, New York- Graffiti in New York City ranges from detailed portraits to bubble and block letters.  One of the most infamous spots for Graffiti in the city includes 5 Pointz in Long Island City, Queens.  The cool thing about this building is that it has been tagged by dozens of graffiti artists.  Different artists used different colors and styles, which really makes the artwork unique.  Another amazing place to see graffiti in New York City is the High Line in Chelsea.  Ten years ago, real estate in Chelsea wasn’t seen as a hot commodity.  But today, a one bedroom apartment in Chelsea can cost up to a million dollars.  The High Line is special because it features a mural by famous artist, Kobra.  The Mural is inspired by the famous photograph, “V-J day in New York”.  The main difference between the painting and the mural is that he uses lots of bright and exciting colors.  Kobra painted this whole graffiti with a small paint sprayer as it took him up to 2 weeks to complete.

2)      Miami, Florida- There is no question that Miami is one of the hottest spots for graffiti artists in America.  One of the areas that really stand out is called the Wynwood Walls.  It was created by Tony Goldman in 2009.  Tony appreciated graffiti and wanted to give others the ability to express themselves through their artwork.  Famous graffiti artists who have contributed to Wynwood Walls include Aiko, Nunca, Retna, Roa, Ron English, and much more.  Wynwood Walls is free to the public and located at NW Second Avenue.  Graffiti artwork in Miami stands out because it is full of color and fun.  The bright sunshine makes the artwork look vibrant and full of life.

3)      Los Angeles, California- The history of graffiti artwork in Los Angeles runs deep.  People used artwork to mark their territories, vandalize buildings, and represent gangs.  Today, graffiti artwork has transformed and is recognized as creative artwork.  Some of the most pieces from this past month in L.A include Beware of the Dog by Little Tokyo and Fashion by La Brea.  In Beware of the Dog, Tokyo displays three puppies who are sitting behind barb wired.  Even though they are small and young, they look tough because they are pit bulls.  They come together to make a pack that will attack if you enter the property uninvited.

4)      Chicago- Even though Chicago is known for being the windy city, it doesn’t stop graffiti artists from expressing their artwork outdoors.  The most famous graffiti artist from Chicago is Zore.  Zore grew up in Chicago and often played under the tunnels, subways, and tunnels.  Now he is known all over the world as being one of the most creative urban graffiti artists of our time.  His work can be seen at the Zhou B Art Center on W 25th Street.

Graffiti artwork ranges from 3D images and wild style characters to bright flowers and bubble letters.  New York City, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago are only some of the amazing places to see graffiti artwork in America.  Other cities that provide ample artwork include Detroit and Boston.