Case Logic DCB-309 SLR Laptop And Camera Backpack

Case Logic was founded in 1984 in Boulder, Colorado. Beginning with just two audiocassette storage cases, they have expanded into the travel and luggage market with backpacks, messenger bags and luggage. They have a reputation of good quality in all their products. In this case with the Case Logic DCB-309, they have added in a lot of the “normal” features that the laptop and camera backpacks should have. A lot of storage, some weather proofing, and padded laptop compartment. Front pocket storage is convenient for your smaller items. Side mesh water bottle of course is a big convenience. Also includes front padded panel for additional protection for your camera.

The front pocket is roomy enough to hold your SLR camera plus two or three lenses, spare batteries, chargers, and all the accessories you would usually carry. The padded laptop area is snug and may not hold all 15.4″ PC laptops. There is a nice padded back organization pocket for guidebooks/notebooks.

What Buyers Are Saying

“The Case Logic DCB-309 SLR Camera Backpack is a well designed backpack that is classy looking and has lots of great features that you want in a camera backpack. Well designed main compartment. I was able to fit in, unbelievably, a mid-size SLR with 28-85mm zoom, huge 80-200mm zoom, 90mm macro lens, 50 mm normal lens, 12-24mm zoom, extra batteries, hard drive, case with memory cards, right angle viewfinder, small flash with extra batteries, hoods for all the lenses, and an extra camera binoc style harness. Now, it’s a *tight* fit, but it all goes in there. There is lots of padding around the perimeter of the compartment and a plethora of detachable dividers. Everything seems protected from outside forces and internal ones

However, if you don’t need or care for the side access panel, and your treks are not day treks but shorter hikes, you should definitely consider this Case Logic DCB-309 SLR Laptop And Camera Backpack – especially at one-third to one-half the cost.

Pros:

  • PRICE! It is one of the cheapest camera backpacks out there
  • Sternum strap for when you load the bag heavy
  • Lots of pockets for organization, but not overwhelming
  • Front pad for extra camera pocket protection
  • Stiff construction (but not overly stiff) – holds shape well
  • Tripod support
  • stylish and light weight
  • Weather cover
  • Attractive

Cons: 

  • The laptop pouch is quite small. PC laptops are thick and you may struggle. It is about the size for a 15″ macbook
  • Nylon does not seem as durable as Tamrac and Lowepro packs
  • Shoulder straps could use more padding, especially for longer hikes and trips
  • Lack of BOTTOM protection and padding for when you set your bag down, especially wet ground
  • More backpacks are including the side access for quick access. This camera backpack for some reason lacks the side access quick draw
  • Back padding for laptop pouch would be nice (the part where it’s against your back)

 

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