"I love how I'm able to easily access my camera using the Sling on the go, especially when a full lens set up isn’t needed."
"The HEX Ranger DSLR Sling is the Cadillac SUV of Slings"
like many photographers, ive amassed a large collection of bags, all with their strengths, but none of them qualifying as the perfect bag. the dslr ranger has become king of my mountain of bags. the size is perfect...plenty of room in the main compartment for my a7r3 with 24-70 attached, extra lens (in my case the rokinon 14mm), extra batteries and charger, with room to spare. the front pouch and flap offer more room for cards, cables, phone, keys, wallet...any daily carry essentials really. the bottom straps are a nice touch for small tripod or rolled up jacket, and the stashed rain cover is a great addition for unexpected showers. overall this bag is perfect for me and my needs!
My typical loadout is an A7RIII with either a (12-16mm + 24-70mm) or (85mm+ 70-200mm). Given the volume of this bag, it was perfect for safely holding my typical loadouts with room for accessories in the other pockets all while looking great. At least it was supposed to be. Pro's: - Tons of interior space and organization - Lots of external pockets and organization - Rain cover with place to store it - Detachable key ring - Padded strap - Doesn't look as bulky as other competing bags despite the size and space it has - Looks great (partly due to the above) Cons: - Zipper pull tabs are meh. Half because the last portion of the zip goes the same way as the pull tab, and because the bag is flimsy. The bag starts folding when approaching the second half of the zip and sometimes gets stuck as the fold becomes more severe. - The bag is FLIMSY. So flimsy, in fact, that the provided internal dividers constantly detach themselves and flop around freely in the bag. When the weight of a camera + lens + other stuff is added in, the dividers are guaranteed to come apart because of how much internal/external flex the bag introduces, from being flimsy. - Grabbing stuff with the bag against your chest comes with the risk of your gear falling out, unless you support the bag from the bottom. Which defeats the entire purpose of both a bag and a quick access function. The way the bag sits against your chest, combined with the weight of seemingly anything causes the bag to sit at a pretty extreme angle, with your gear pointed towards the ground. No matter how I adjusted the length of the bag and the tightness of the compression straps, this issue persisted. I also let other photographers (with different body shapes) try it with their loadouts, and they reported the same issues. This is, again, because the bag has zero structural rigidity, it just spills over like water. These are critical points all relating to a singular thing; an inherent and utter lack of structural rigidity. This bag is incredibly well-featured and looks amazing, but it all falls down when you can't use a single feature because the bag deforms and folds in ways that allows the bag to damage your lenses, SD cards, or prevents easy access to all compartments. This bag needs a more solid internal liner/padding on at least the rear and possibly the inner layer between the main and secondary compartments. It also needs a velcro strap running the width of the bag to prevent the top half from flexing so much that the internal dividers deform or fail. The bottom foam layer should also be integrated into the bag and use to provide rigidity to the bag.
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