Review Peak Design Everyday Sling 5L Bag

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There is no perfect camera bag. I know, because I own a bunch of them. And while they all serve perfectly well in certain conditions, none of them do that in all. In this case I was looking for the perfect bag to carry my A7RII, the Loxia 21 f/2.8, Sony 35 f/2.8, and Sony 85 f/1.8 lenses, in an unobtrusive way, and as comfortably as possible.

Here's my impression of how well this bag does that.

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According to Peak Design, it's got a waterproof cover (in black or ash colors) which is made of a "nylon canvas" material, and has waterproof zippers. But I haven't yet had the chance to test either. The adjustable strap is attached to sturdy swiveling hinges, and there's a quick disconnect clasp next to the shoulder pad, as well as a quick adjuster loop to lengthen or shorten the strap. They've even thought to add a thin carrying handle.

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The interior is lined with a bright, fleece fabric, and has a couple of velcro (Peak Design's FlexFold) dividers, which are easily adjustable.

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Both of them have origami-like fold-over sections, so you can stack lenses if you want to. And if the lenses are small enough.

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There are a couple of small side pockets. For things I have yet to think of.

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The back, padded panel folds forward, and is fastened magnetically.

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My wife's iPad mini fit back there, but my 10.5" iPad Pro didn’t.

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There is a zipped pocket inside the front cover with four battery sleeves, and room for a lens pen, a wireless remote, small microfiber cloth, etc.

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The back is firmly padded, but still thin.

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And there's a zippered, fleece-lined pocket in the front, with plenty of room for a big phone, some documents, etc.

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If you need to frequently adjust the strap length, the quick-adjust loop makes that fairly easy.

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And the excess strap tucks away neatly in between the two, padded back panels.

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The cover's zipper has a pull that can also loop around a built-in strap for theft protection. That strap can also be used with Peak Design's Capture system to temporarily hang your camera outside the bag.

So does it do what I want?

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Seems to fit fine. And when I swap out the 35mm lens, I can put the camera back in the bag "nose-down" with either of the other lenses mounted, while either of the fold-over FlexFold flaps protects the camera and the stowed 35mm lens.

And I was delighted to find that it could be easily configured to hold my 16-35mm and 24-105mm combo as well.

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I'm sorry I couldn't find a model. But I hope these pictures give you some sense of scale.

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So yeah, it's a keeper. And I can add it to my steadily growing pile of camera bags. But I suspect that this bag is versatile enough to get a lot more use than the others.

Pros:
• small
• waterproof
• hugs close to the body
• easy to access
• easy to configure for different gear
• lots of thought-out details

Cons:
• Price
• Strap is a bit thin
 

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addieleman

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I just looked up the specs on Peak Design's website and I'd have dismissed this bag instantly without having read your review: "Mirrorless camera + 1-2 lenses" hardly describes its flexibility. Your use case is representative for many of my outings, on which I now often use a Think Tank Turnstyle 10 V2.0; it carries about the same, is a bit lighter (0.4 kg vs. 0.5 kg) and offers less room for accessories like glasses, tissues, batteries, cards etc. Must reconsider; not a big deal because I only have about 15 bags.

Very nice and informative review, thanks!
 

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Thanks for a great review! I've been looking for a smaller, lighter bag than my Hadley Pro to hold A9 and 3 small or 2 medium sized lenses. This looks like it fits the bill.

 

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And when I swap out the 35mm lens, I can put the camera back in the bag "nose-down"
Mine arrived today. Using the nose down approach, I can fit my A9 with 35/1.4 attached, 85/1.8 to one side, and a perfect spot for the 21mm Loxia on the other side :thumbsup:.

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When I had out to shoot, I try to limit myself to a camera body and 2, sometimes 3 lenses. It's all the other crap I feel the need to take - tripod, L-bracket, extra batteries, lens cloths, filters, remote trigger, kitchen sink - that weighs me down.

So I pretty much need a backpack. I currently have 3.
 

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It's all the other crap I feel the need to take - tripod, L-bracket, extra batteries, lens cloths, filters, remote trigger, kitchen sink - that weighs me down.
Same here! I'm a two-lens carrier but the other craps always overflow my bag :confused-69:. If I could put my bike in there I would! :laugh1:
 

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This is my favorite bag for everyday use carrying my camera as well as travel. One thing that I struggle with when traveling is I need a backpack in order to carry my laptop and other items with the camera, but I do not want to lug around a backpack all day when I get to my destination. It turns out the Peak Design 5L fits perfectly in the Tenba Messenger Backpack where the camera insert normally sits.

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I can fit my A7Riii with 24-105 mounted and then the 55/1.8 and 35/2.8 stacked on one side. Also for airports internationally that want you to remove your camera from your carryon, I just put the Peak Bag in its own tray and never have a problem.
 

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I just bought a Manfrotto NX CSC/Drone backpack. I need to fit two bodies and 3 or 4 lenses so wanted something a bit bigger than a shoulder style bag as I'm in danger of keeling over on one side. I'll let you know how it works when I get around to taking on our next trip.
 

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