Well, I went ahead and purchased this bag even before I watched this video. My thoughts:
Sony Camera Backpack LCS-BP3 Review
by: Dan Ortego
I never considered a camera bag from Sony because most of my bags come from companies that specialize in that arena. However, this particular bag may be an exception. It’s best suited for day trips where versatility, space and comfort are your goals. It's not too big and it's not too small, and that alone is a feat.
This is lightweight bag and that’s good for air travel where every once is now counted with extreme prejudice. As such, it’s not a bag that can handle a multitude of accessories so one needs to carefully select those items that would allow for a full day of shooting with a few options. I don't consider the lack of space or several pockets as a negative, but rather a positive. I can't tell you how many premium bags I have with so many tricked-out Velcro compartments that I can't remember where I stuffed what!
Onward: Depending on the size of your lenses, this bag may hold 2-3 lenses in addition to what is mounted on your camera, a flash, charger, batteries and filters. Yes, even that seldom-used vertical grip. The bag includes an adjustable side-strap for attaching a small tripod. I can envision a carbon fiber series-one tripod strapped to the side with no problem. The other side is provisioned with a mesh style pocket.
Marketing Nonsense: One of the features is how the bag can be pivoted off one shoulder for so-called easy access to the camera body from the side zippered panel. The instruction card shows this performed while standing! Personally, I did not find this to be convenient and if attempted, it's a good way to drop your camera, bag, or both! I mean, once you grab your camera out from the side compartment in this precarious manner, you're absolutely stuck holding the bag (sorry couldn't resist). You cannot reasonably take a photo with one hand as you cradle your loaded bag sideways with your other arm. Despite this half-baked idea I still like the bag quite well, but it was completely unnecessary to suggest such an unrealistic maneuver as a feature.
Caution: Even when resting the backpack flat on a surface e.g. table or bed, care needs to be taken that you don't forget to zip closed the side panel for camera access. One could easily think that it's closed and lose the camera to the ground as you lift the bag. I would love to see some sort of spring action of the flap when it’s unzipped, whereby you must press down on the flap in order to secure it. At the very least the pull-tabs should be colored orange to better recognize their open/closed position. Yes, the orange color would also match the other colored accents.
Tidbit: This bag incorporates similar design features and styling to that of the Vanguard brand although this backpack remains unique, as of this writing.
My Category Rankings:
Overall this is one very nice backpack and once you recognize it’s limitations, I believe it offers more positives than negatives. Even so I decided I needed something a bit different. I will end up paying a lot more money for a bag that is heavier and really doesn’t carry anything more than what the Sony this bag will hold. However, with my medical condition I need to go with a roller style bag so that became my priority.
If you want a decent quality bag for your DSLR are more similar, this Sony Backpack is certainly a great value!
February 11, 2014
Just what I needed!
Finally I can stow my A77, SAL-70400G, additional lenses AND my Vaio notebook computer all in complete padded safety.
The heavy duty velco type internal separators can be easily reconfigured to suit your "gear of the day".
I had never considered a back pack solution until I watched the demonstration video. Highly recommended for Sony Alpha-philes.
March 16, 2013