Ideal for a Day of Shooting Outdoors – LifeSavvy

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Evaluation:
8/10
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  • 1 – Absolute hot waste
  • 2 – A kind of lukewarm waste
  • 3 – Severely flawed design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptably imperfect
  • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
  • 7 – Great, but not best in class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $145

Hannah Stryker

There’s something particularly appealing about a camera strap. With it strapped around your torso, you have easier access to your gear than with a backpack or shoulder bag. A little tweak for comfort and you’ll want to take the Niko Camera Sling 3.0 with you wherever you go.

Here’s what we like

  • Storage capacity for bag size
  • Weather resistant materials
  • Customizable interior
  • Fit Adjustability
  • Lifetime warranty

And what we don’t do

  • Sometimes digs in the side

A quality bag

You can see the quality of this bag right away through the selection of materials and the high caliber of construction. The main loop packs some serious punch. It opens very easily without the need for much pressure.

The main compartment zipper is integrated into a water resistant edge. Water beads directly on the top of the bag to protect your camera. It’s not waterproof, but it will keep your camera safe in an unexpected light rain.

This bag is built to last. Chrome Industries is focused on making high quality bags that will last a lifetime. All of their bags come with a lifetime warranty regarding defects in materials and construction.

From the second you hold this bag you can tell that quality was a top priority.

Compartments and storage



Customizable interior of the Niko Camera Sling 3.0 secures camera gear
Hannah Stryker

Like most camera bags, the inside of the shoulder strap features customizable dividers that can be adjusted to hold the specific gear you want to take with you. I’m glad Chrome Industries included this feature, but it’s not worth praising as it’s a fairly standard feature among bags.

The main interior section comfortably fits a DSLR and two standard lenses. It can hold a 70-200mm lens if you are only willing to carry one lens. The interior seems roomier than you would expect from looking at the size of the bag.

There are more compartments in this bag than I expected. The small pockets are perfect for all your camera accessories and SD cards. A zippered pocket on the back of the bag rests against your body, perfect for your phone, wallet, and keys. It’s pretty easy to stay organized with this bag.

There are pockets on the side that look like water bottle holders, but nothing seems to fit. I ended up using them to quick launch my phone a few times. Since the bag can’t hold water, I wouldn’t recommend it for long day trips in nature.

On the front of the bag there is a fold-out pocket that allows you to carry a tripod. It has velcro and two loops to keep the tripod in place. These secure it well, but it can feel a bit difficult to carry depending on the size of the tripod.

All in all, this bag holds up a lot for a scarf. With dimensions of 7.5 inches H x 12.5 inches W x 5.5 inches D and weighing only 2.14 pounds, its capacity is quite impressive.

Quick access and adaptability



Niko Camera Sling 3.0 moved forward
Hannah Stryker

If you stumble upon the perfect shot, this scarf will help you get your camera out in record time before the photo opportunity is gone.

Using the metal D-ring, you can quickly adjust the fit of the strap. When swinging the bag on your torso, you can pull the D-ring down to quickly secure the bag. You don’t have to worry about standard strap adjusters when you take the camera out.

The orientation of the zippers and the top flap facilitate access to the camera compartment. In seconds you can go from having your camera strapped to your back to having the bag on your chest with your camera out.

Once you get your camera out, you’ll probably want to put the bag back on your shoulder. Having a camera around your neck and the sling on the front seems a bit cluttered. If you’re just taking a quick shot, it’s okay. It’s when you’re walking around with your camera out that it gets a little too much.

Comfortable, but not comfortable



The Niko Camera Sling 3.0 is smaller under the arm strap
Hannah Stryker

the previous version of this bag did not have the additional strap that goes under the arm. When I reviewed the Sling 3.0 online before I got it, I expected this new strap to be an annoying extra step. Although it’s an extra step to detach the buckle from the strap when moving the bag forward, it’s well worth the minimal effort.

Passing this strap under your arm locks the bag in place. It doesn’t bounce or slide off your back as you move. This is ideal for photographers who travel long distances on a shoot day or ride a bike. The weight is distributed so that it does not feel heavy. The fit is comfortable and secure.

The scarf is a bit tricky to put on the first time, especially since you can adjust under which side of you the little strap goes. Initially, you don’t know where everything is supposed to sit, but once you get used to it, it works pretty well.

The company claims the bag can be worn around your waist, but it’s definitely too big for that to be realistic. The only scenario to consider wearing the bag around your waist is when shooting a stationary subject with multiple lenses.

The flap of the Niko Camera Sling 3.0 digs into the side of the body
Lower corner of the flap digging into the side Hannah Stryker

My biggest complaint about the slingshot is that you can get stung in the side. The flaps that join the bag and the shoulder straps have nice stiff corners. The bottom corner pushes some of the weight of the bag to your side. When I wore a thinner shirt, it started to irritate me because it pushed me. Wearing heavier fabrics, like sweatshirts, may keep you from noticing it all together, as long as the bag fits snugly.

Should you buy the Niko Camera Sling 3.0?



The metal buckle of the Niko Camera Sling 3.0
Hannah Stryker

The Niko Camera Sling 3.0 is a spacious, well-constructed bag designed for quick access. If you enjoy street photography, event photography, traveling with a camera, or short hikes with a camera, you should definitely consider this bag. It feels safe on your back, but you can still access your camera in seconds. You can also take comfort in knowing that the bag is water resistant and will protect your gear.

This scarf does so, so well. If he wasn’t digging into my side, I’d be shouting from the rooftops that I found the perfect camera bag. When you spend all day in the world trying to focus on great photo opportunities, this little flaw can be quite irritating. It can be remedied by wearing a sweatshirt, so it’s up to you whether that’s a deal breaker. If Chrome Industries solves this problem, they’ll have a top bag on their hands.

Here’s what we like

  • Storage capacity for bag size
  • Weather resistant materials
  • Customizable interior
  • Fit Adjustability
  • Lifetime warranty

And what we don’t do

  • Sometimes digs in the side
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