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Canon Deluxe Backpack 200 EG

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Review Date: Jul 29, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $40.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: lightweight for a backpack, inexpensive, and fairly well thought out.
Cons:
due to its lightweight, the padding is lacking. tripod straps are ineffective. sternum strap was an after thought in the design. there are two canon logos, one is made of metal and difficult to remove. the main compartment zippers when fully opened, is a bit too difficult to work closed than it should be. IE, they sorta skimped on the zipper.

i like this bag a lot. if you take the time, it can be made a lot better for very little money.

what this bag lacks is a compression strap. if you aren't already using the side lashing strap anchors, get a 40" 1 inch wide piece of webbing with a quick release buckle. loop it around the bag through the anchors, and poof! you have yourself an effective compression strap. it also only lets you unzip the top 1/3rd of the bag when buckled, so quick grabs of the camera are much easier. no need to lay down your pack in fear of something falling out.

a pack of tri-glide buckles can be used to clean up the slack on the new compression strap, as well as the LONG shoulder straps.

the waist straps and sternum strap can be packed into the rear storage area on the back of the bag, and the tripod straps removed for a nice clean looking bag.

i cut off the zipper pulls on the main compartment, and replaced them with 1" key rings. a small double caribiner is used to hook the two zippers together to the top handle loop. rattles a lil bit, but a fair trade off if it adds another thing for would be thieves to get through while the bag is on my back.

all of that should cost less than 10 dollars. the caribiner probably absorbs more than 50% of that too.

a velbon ultra luxi SF fits great in the compression cord pocket, so no need to use those pesky tripod straps either.