The Lowepro Slingshot 150 AW is a brand new sling style bag from Lowepro designed specifically for compact mirrorless cameras. The bag sits nicely on your back and can quickly be rotated to the front for easy access all of your gear. Depending on your configuration, it will fit 1-2 mirrorless camera bodies and various lenses, a 10 inch tablet, a small tripod and plenty of accessories, all in a very compact, low profile package.
Through the years I’ve owned a number of different Lowepro bags, but my favorite by far have been the sling style bags. In the dark ages, before mirrorless, the Lowepro Slingshot 200 (pictured below) was my go to bag for hiking, biking and travel — but when I moved to mirrorless, the bag was just too big, and my gear was swimming in it.
So, when my friends at Lowepro told me they had a new sling bag designed just for mirrorless cameras, I had to get my hands on one. The Slingshot Edge 150 AW took everything that I liked about my old Lowepro DSLR sling bag and sized it down to perfectly fit the mirrorless bodies of today. The gear pocket can fit a number of lenses and bodies. Shown below is the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 attached, an Olympus OM-D E-M5, the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 and 45mm f/1.8 with glued together back caps and the Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6. That’s a ton of gear in a really small package!
For such a small bag, the Slingshot Edge 150 has two generously sized pockets. The outer pocket runs the length of the bag and is great to store things like maps, extra batteries or keys. I make sure I always have a Lens Pen in there too. The top half of the bag is taken up by the larger pocket, which has enough room for a number of accessories as well as a a full size iPad (just a little tight).
Like all Lowepro AW (All Weather) bags, there’s a handy cover to protect the bag from the elements that’s secured in the bottom of the bag in a zipper pocket. The overall construction of the bag and the high quality of the materials used already make it fairly weatherproof, but the AW cover will save you in a downpour.
For being such a tiny bag, the Slingshot Edge 150 has a great spot right on the back of the bag to hold a small tripod. I put a fairly hefty GorillaPod on there with no problem. A small travel tripod like the Manfrotto BeFree or the MeFoto would fit as well, but I wouldn’t go heavier or large than that. The lashing straps are removable, which is great if you don’t plan on taking a tripod out for the day and want to reduce strap clutter on your bag. One of my favorite things abut the bag is the large “grab” strap on the back. If you’re not carrying a tripod then this is available to you, and is great to pick up the bag and go. There’s also a stretchy side pocket on the bag for a water bottle which is nice, since it’s often a tiny detail that’s overlooked by bag manufacturers.
When you think about camera bags, one of the first names to come to mind is Lowepro, so it’s great to see them committed to making new bags built specifically for mirrorless cameras! I love sling bags and was really missing one for my mirrorless gear, so the Slingshot Edge 150 AW is a great addition to my bag arsenal. You can never have too many camera bags! 🙂
Are you a fan of the sling? Did you use one for your DSLR gear back in the day? Have you been waiting for a great one for mirrorless? Let me know in the comments!
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DISCLAIMER: Lowepro sent me this this bag to evaluate. However, all opinions expressed in this article are my own.