The Ape Case ACPRO1610W Envoy Large Messenger DSLR Case with its 600 Denier water-repellent rip-stop nylon constructions and built-in Any-Weather Cover for foul weather, makes a formidable, cost-effective entry into the world of camera shoulder bags. With its host of features, this bag can accommodate your DSLR with attached lens as well as 2-3 extra lenses and accessories. A separate padded interior slot is provided for your iPad. Plus, with its messenger-style design, it doesn't truly resemble a traditional camera bag.
With its top-slit opening, covered by the front flap, you won't even have to unzip the bag to remove your gear. This is a good feature that will help prevent anyone from looking inside to see what you're carrying. The hinge system on the lid is interesting since it is elasticized to hold the bag open when it's folded back. The main compartment has adjustable dividers to configure the bag to suit your gear needs as well with a removable insert made from Ape's exclusive Hi-Vis Yellow that makes locating gear in low light much easier. When you remove the insert, you'll have one large storage space for even non-photographic items. For added capacity, there's a strategically placed zipper that will expand the bag at its base by 2.0" (5.1 cm).
The front flap covers the entire bag and is secured by a strong snap coupler. Underneath the flap is a zippered storage pocket for memory cards and other small items. In addition, on top of that pocket, there are two open slash pockets for quick access items like cleaning cloths, filters, pens or note pad. The rear contains a handy trolley sleeve for use with your luggage cart as well as a zippered pocket for tickets, papers and other collateral material. For carrying purposes, there's a removable, fully adjustable shoulder strap and top grab handle for quick retrieval.
Reviewed by 1 customers
Like many photographers, I have a huge bag which can hold most of my gear. The downside to bags such as this, is that they are too big to carry in the steet most of the time, and their size and shape screams, "Camera gear inside!" And, like many photographers, I also have a small bag to carry only basic gear. The downside to these bags, is that they are crowded, and often aren't well padded. I went looking for a bigger, small bag, and this Ape case caught my eye. It's nice-looking, doesn't really look like a typical camera bag, and it's just the right size. It will easily carry a DSLR body with a long zoom lens attached, a pro size flash, and two to four other lenses depending on their size. It also has two front pockets about 5x7", a pocket for a tablet or ipad, two other smaller pockets, and a pocket just the right size for an extra memory card or two. There's a place to store pens and other small items, an outside pocket on the back which will hold a book of magazine, and the bag doesn't have any annoying velcro on the main flaps! The only small patch of velcro is on the card pocket. Hooray!!! The yellow interior does help you find things that have fallen to the bottom of the bag, and the bag is extremly well padded. Think of this bag as a big, small bag. Buy this bag. I'm glad I did. It's a very well made, functional bag at a reasonable price. Good cracker. Good cracker.