I came across a forum posting for this camera bag and contacted the company to see if I could get a sample to try out and review. 2 Weeks later, I had a Camslinger 160, Stuffbag 30, Campillow 200, and a Fingercamstrap 10....Just in time for a trip down south.
I packed all my gear in a large Lowepro knapsack but I didn't want to walk around Mexico like that for 7 days. In fact the Lowepro stayed in the hotel room the entire trip. My plan was to breakout the gear into a smaller bag depending on where I was going to be each day. I've accumulated 10 bags of various sizes over the years to accommodate different assignments and gear. The recent changes to my camera kit means that I'm left with half of them that are too big for mirrorless systems.
Then there are times when I only need one camera and a lens or two.
Enter the Cosyspeed line of bags for mirrorless cameras. They are meant to be worn like a gun-belt and holster around the waist and the 160 can be configured moderately to handle different, small form factor cameras.
I configured my review sample to fit either the Olympus OM-D E-M1 W/ M.Zuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 Pro lens, or the Fuji X-E1 W/ XF 56mm 1.2 R prime lens. The Fuji X10 never stays at home and I could configure the bag to carry it with extra batteries, my phone and whatever else is usually rattling around in my pockets.
The inside is lined with soft material that won't scratch/snag your fingers or gear. The walls itself are stiff enough to provide structure and protection from incidental bumps.
The first thing I noticed when clipped around my waist is the weight. It's not as heavy as say..my Boda Bag but thank goodness Fuji & Olympus make light cameras. It was much better with the Olympus and a 45mm 1.8 lens, almost unnoticeable. Once the zoom got on there I did feel it. Ditto for the Fuji and 56mm prime lens. Both of those cameras are well made and solid..building that much tech into the lenses will definitely add to the weight. A lot of people complain about the M.Zuiko 12-40 for that very reason. It goes against the smaller, lighter, faster ideas we like mirrorless cameras for.
In practice I clipped the bag on around my waist whenever I had the camera out shooting, otherwise I found it very comfortable to throw it over one shoulder or across my shoulder and chest, like a body holster you see "detectives" carrying their sidearms in. At a typical wedding I carry two cameras; one with a telephoto and another with a wide angle prime or standard zoom. That would be tailor made for this bag. You could just holster whatever camera is not being used until it's needed..and then it's just a quick swap.
Probably the best part of my initial experience with this bag in Mexico was that people on the street hardly paid attention to it. A larger camera bag practically screams "expensive gear on-board". I wore it on the streets in shorts and pants..and on the beaches in a pair of swim trunks and it was comfortable enough to use for hours at a time. It doubles really well for small tubes of suntan lotion, spare change and cell phones.
The overall construction is pretty good. Everything feels strong and durable and the black color all but guarantees to keep you relatively anonymous.
Stay Tuned for my Street and Studio work comments in PART II.