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Finally got around to investing in one of them GoPro cameras and decided to head out to Antelope Island, Utah to what it was all about. To my surprise it was impressive in every way (except that it lacks a built in lcd screen). Managed to arrive on the island during the sunset, which was breathtakingly beautiful.

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Recently returned from a 2 month long trip to Southeast Asia (SEA),  and I took the Lowepro Passport Sling bag as my main carry around bag.

STYLE

The main reason I initially chose this bag was due to its  non-camera bag look. If you didn’t know about this bag, you wouldn’t know that this bag was carrying a $3,500 + camera gear inside it. My biggest concern for this trip was getting my camera stolen, so wanted my bag to be as discreet as possible.

Fellow traveler with the Passport Sling at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam. Definitely doesn't  look like a camera bag

Fellow traveler with the Passport Sling at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam.

When you are sleeping at multi-bed dorms, traveling on trains, buses, and etc, you really don’t want to draw any attention to your belongings, especially to your expensive camera, and this bag does a perfect job of being discrete. I couldn’t find any other dedicated camera bag that was this inconspicuous. The photo above shows how normal the bag looks in public

COMFORT

Backpacking means a lot of walking and carrying my bags around, so I was a little hesitant of having a sling bag on my shoulder with heavy camera equipments for the whole trip.

For the first week, (before I started my travel) when I just carried it around, I could feel my shoulders getting soar. “Uh oh” is what I though. But surprisingly after that, I didn’t feel any discomfort, and that’s how it was throughout the whole trip. This is the bag that never (almost literally) left my side (I even slept with it next to me) and always carried it with me, and I didn’t get tired from it.

Problem with sling bags is that they tend to slid forward when you are either bending down, or moving around a lot, but the Passport Sling managed to stay well fixated to the back, and at the same time it was easy to pull it forward when you wanted to.

Few discomforts came from the shoulder pad, which never stayed in place so always had to adjust them back to my shoulder. Also, when the load was a little too heavy, the strap adjuster would undo itself occasionally.

PRACTICALITY

One thing I wish this bag had was a little more room. Mind you, this bag has PLENTY of room if you are using this bag as a photography trip, but since this was my backpacking trip, I had to carry a lot more than just regular photo gears. Every now and then, I wish this bag had an inch more space.

Regarding space, I don’t understand why this bag has an extension zipper. Its nice to make the bag smaller when you don’t need the space, but I didn’t think it was necessary. But this is just a personal taste.

I love how the camera padding is removable. Once its removed, the bag transforms into a regular messenger sling bag, with plenty of open space. There are two permanent mini slots inside which are big enough for few cables, and/or memory cards.

The bag has external pockets which are great for water bottles, & books.

The bag has external pockets which are great for water bottles, & books.

Externally, there are two side pockets, which are great of slipping maps, guide books and etc, and also there is a very spacious pocket on one end of the bag, which is perfect for water bottles (can fit 3 hand held bottles easily), and/or an umbrella.

To show the capacity potential of this bag, I’ve stuffed it as much as possible. Below is the result.

Things that went in the bag (from top left to right)

What 's inside the bag

What ‘s inside the bag

– T-Shirt (because I could fit it)

– Two water bottles

– Camera Padding (included in the bag)

– Canon 5d Mk ii with Canon 35mm f/1.4 L

– BlackRapid Sport Slim

– Canon original strap

– Accessory Bag with 5 filters and filter lens adaptor

– Accessory Bag:

– Charger for Canon5D

– Charger for Canon S95

– Silicon Power Rugged Armor 500GB HDD

– Canon S95 with Lowepro Case

Cullmann Nanomax 200T (click for separate review)

– Remote Trigger

– Book

Impressed?!?

Other Blog reviews of the Passport Sling Bag

1) Goingsomeplace.com: Gear Review: Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag

2) Travelproject.com.au: A His and Her Review of the Lowepro Passport Sling Bag

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Travel stat of my recent solo trip through Southeast Asia (SEA) is as follows:

1) 54 Days traveled

2) 21 cities/islands in 5 countries (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore)

3) 7,500 KM (4,600 Miles) & 170 Hours on buses, trains, cars, motorbikes, hitchhike!!! (excl. flights to&fro SEA)

Travel Gear-1

ABOVE: I still feel like I took too much. Don’t think I really needed much of the things on there.

Travel Gear-2

ABOVE: Way too much on toiletries. Actually, didn’t need to take anything on here. Everything I needed, including travel size shampoo, toothpaste, and etc are all readily available in Southeast Asia.

Travel Gear-3

ABOVE & BELOW: I think I had the smallest luggage out of any travelers, but somehow I felt I took too much!

Travel Gear-4

For the travel mentioned above, the items I took are as follows:

BAGS

–  The North Face Patrol 35 Liter

– Lowepro Sling Passport (camera bag)

PHOTO GEAR:

Canon 5d Mk ii

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L

– USB cable for 5D

– Canon S95 (point & shoot) w/Case

– Chargers for Canon 5d & S95

– Canon Original Strap

– BlackRapid rs-2 Sport Strap

– BlackRapid Case

– Hoya Circular Polarizer Lens

– Tiffen ND Filter

Cullmann Nanomaxx 200T Tripod

– Remote Shutter Release

– Lens Pen

– Blow

– 3x travel bags for camera acessories + hard drive

– Tripod Mount for iPod Touch

– 3x plug adaptor

COMPUTER GEAR

– Compaq Laptop

– 500GB External Hard Drive w/USB Cables
– iPod Touch 5th Generation 32 GB

– 2x Headphones

– iPod charger cable w/plug adaptor

CLOTHES

– Baseball Cap

– 6 pairs of underwear

– 5 t-shirts

– 1x regular shorts

– 1x basketball shorts (for sleeping)

– 1x Convertible Short/Pants

– 1x Flip Flop (not in photo)

– 1x Closed Toe Sport Sandal (not in photo)

– 3x Travel Organizer Bags for Clothes

Other Accessories

– small umbrella

– Sea to Summit Towel

– Bandana Handkerchief

– 1x combination lock

– 2x bicycle cable carabiniere lock

– Ray Ban prescription sunglasses w/case

– Travelrest inflatable pillow

– Eagle Creek wallet

– Nike Sports Wallet

– Blinders

– Ear Plugs

– Ziploc Bags

– Mosquito Repellent

– Leatherman Pocket Knife

– Wire Tape

TOILETRIES

– First Aid Kit

– Toiletrity Bag

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Here is a list of gears I’m taking to a week long trip to Shanghai, China (listed from left to right, from top). Sorry about the photo quality. It was taken with my iPod touch. Both of my best cameras were busy posing for the photo!

Canon 5D Mkii Body

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L Lens 

– Ray Ban Wayfarer (prescription) with case

– Remote Shutter Release (RC-201)

Cullmann Nanomax 200T Tripod with case

Black Rapid R Sport Strap

Black Rapid Bryce Case

– Hoya Circular Polarized (CPL) Filter 72mm

– TIffen 0.9 Neutral Density (ND) Filter 72mm

– Chargers for Canon 5D & Canon S95

– Medium size Giotto Blower

– Small LensPen

– 500GB Silicone Power Rugged Armour Hard Drive

– Interface Cable

– Plug Adapters

– Canon S95

Not included in the photo:

-iPod Touch 5th Generation

– Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag

GGS Screen Protector 5D Mk ii

GSS is a Chinese company that makes LCD protector screens for cameras. I purchased mine from Amazon for $12.74, which is a very reasonable price. NOTE: this is an optical glass protector, i.e. NOT a plastic sticker cover (like ones for your phone), but a hard glass-like cover that has some thickness.

According to the company’s website, the protector screen has 6 layers, and it has non-explosive properties, which means when the screen breaks, it shatters into little pieces (like a car windshield), instead of large chunks of sharp objects. This would protect your original LCD in case the protector screen breaks.

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The one I purchased included a protector for both the live-view LCD screen and the top small LCD screen. Putting the screen on was pretty straightforward (although for some reason the instructions were only in Chinese). One thing you must note is that this screen will replace your “Canon” logo on your LCD with GSS logo. So if you are for some reason a “Canon” logo lover, then this probably isn’t good for you.

I think the screen creates a little bit of extra glare (as you can see in the picture bellow) but I really don’t consider that an issue, and doesn’t really affect my working with the camera.

Overall, I don’t think you can really go wrong with most screen protectors, and I am content with my purchase.

Before and After Photos:

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Before Cover

After

After Cover

B4 Top

Before Cover

After Top

After Cover