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MPB camera shoulder bag review

The merits of a small camera bag


Whilst Keith has some pretty hefty camera bags for all the different kit he takes on jobs, sometimes it’s just not needed and a smaller bag is all that’s required.

Keith looks at a new light camera shoulder bag from MPB in the UK.

mpb shoulder bag

Using a camera bag

I’ve a whole range of camera bags for items like my Gigapan and CamRanger gear (along with a 28 foot tripod), I do often go out with just a camera and one lens.

Although the bag shown is most likely aimed at people with smaller cameras and lenses, I’ve long believed that having the right sized bag for the job makes it easier to work, and since I load the bag anew for each job, that I don’t forget anything.

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What do you get

The bag weighs in at only 400gm (inc. strap and internal dividers). it’s 25cm wide, 22cm tall and 15cm front to back.

It’s fairly tough and all the stitching passed my tugging at it, enough for me to confidently put £5000+ worth of gear in it ;-)

small camera bag

A Canon 5Ds and EF11-24mm f4L [full lens review]

bag with camera and large wide lens

The dividers attach with Velcro and can be attached at any angle (giving support under the lens here).

Another lens I often take out alone – the Canon TS-E17mm f4L tilt-shift lens

camera bag with 5Ds and TS-E17mm

A convenient side pocket for notes

side pocket on camera shoulderbag

Pockets for a couple of spare memory cards and a pocket that easily takes a spare battery for the 5Ds

internal storage pockets for camera bag

The camera front pocket takes my ColorChecker Passport and a cable release for the 5Ds.

This, along with a small light tripod (like the MPB Harrier I recently looked at) is often all I’ll take with me for night photography in busier places.

front pocket (zipped) for small camera bag

There’s another zip up pocket at the back – plenty of space for more business cards…

rear zip up pocket

Smaller cameras.

I’ll often take our EOS100D (SL1) along with me on jobs, both as a backup and a great camera for quick detail shots.

Karen often comes along when I need any assistance, and I know she also much prefers the 100D for general use – cameras like the 5Ds and my older 1Ds3 are not designed for small hands.

Here’s the bag with a 100D + EF-S15-85 IS and EF-S10-18mm [full review]. You can see one of the padded dividers at an angle.

SLR camera and two lenses in shoulder bag

I’d just note that this EF-S 15-85 lens is one I purchased used (nearly new), from MPB a few years ago (MPB used lenses)

Conclusions

Although the smallest camera bag I’ve got, it’s very useful for when just out with one lens, and has enough space for a few essential accessories too.

Light and unobtrusive for smaller kit too.

Summary

The bag is light, solidly built and ideal for when I just want a single camera and lens with me. For smaller equipment, easily takes a camera body and two lenses.

Price £21.99 from MPB

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