Friday, April 29, 2016

Field Test: 24/7 Holster M Camera Bag

The so-called "wine country" of Northern California is one of my absolute favorite vacation spots—not only for the wine but also for the incredible scenery and picturesque towns found throughout the Napa and Sonoma valleys. There are photo opportunities at every turn, making it difficult sometimes to let go of my camera and just be in the moment. Nevertheless, I always carry my camera with me, so my most recent trip to Sonoma and Napa in late April of this year provided the perfect opportunity to field test a new camera bag.

The bag, called a Holster M is part of a new brand launched exclusively at Adorama. The 24/7 Traffic Collection was created for the urban photographer looking for infallible support and organization when shooting from location to location, according to the manufacturer. So the major selling points are durability and all-weather protection. Currently, the collection features six, lightweight, nylon bags, which you can view on Adorama's website.

Granted, I definitely wasn't in an urban environment, but the same rules apply for me. I much prefer to have a lightweight, smaller bag when vacationing. This forces me to really consider what camera equipment I actually will use (Am I really going to stop and set up a tripod everywhere I go?), and it surely gives my shoulders a break. There are many instances where I have chosen to make-do with a point-and-shoot. But for this trip, I knew I needed my Canon Rebel.

The Holster M is a medium-sized bag designed to hold a DSLR and a few accessories or everyday carry items, which suited my needs perfectly for a long weekend of wine tasting and exploring the countryside of Northern California. The bag features an adjustable, removable shoulder strap, a padded interior that holds a camera body and two lenses, secure storage for an extra memory card, an exterior pocket for your cell phone and other items, and a rain cover that stows neatly in an exterior pouch on the bottom of the bag. Other than trying out the rain cover for size, I didn't make use of it during my travels, but I can't say that I am disappointed in having sunny—albeit chilly—days for the duration of my trip.

What I can say is that I really enjoyed having this bag strapped across my body. Even when fully loaded, I hardly noticed its weight (the bag itself weighs less than one pound), and its relatively small size (11-5/8" long by 10-1/4" high by 4-7/8" wide) ensured that it never got in my way. When full, it easily carried my DSLR, a 50mm lens, a 28-80mm lens, a spare camera battery and charger, a lens brush pen, a padded camera strap, my iPhone, and a few personal items like allergy medication and a small tube of sunscreen. For me, it is the perfect camera bag for shorter trips because I don't like to be bogged down with a heavy bag full of camera equipment.

Editor's note: If you're curious how some of my photos turned out, click on over to my Flickr page.

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