I was never really a backpack/camera bag type of guy especially when it related to being a private investigator. However the longer I am in this industry the more cameras and devices I need room for. After wearing down my traditional camera bag it was time to find something new to store my cameras and private investigation equipment.
While browsing the camera section at Best Buy the Canon Deluxe Backpack 200EG caught my eye. It was much larger then my traditional camera bag and had many compartments that would fit my needs. So I purchased it for around $60 to $65 dollars. As I write this review I checked the Best Buy website and found that they have lowered their price (at least online) to $42.99 (10-1-2015). Amazon has a price that is about the same or lower and I will have a link to it at the bottom of this review.
The tag on the bag stated the following:
- Holds 1-2 Cameras bodies, 3-4 lenses and accessories
- Inside measurements (W x H x D): 10 x 14.75 x 5 inches
- Rugged nylon, water-repellent, urethane coated for extra durability
- Well-arranged divider system for secure storage and easy access
- Lightweight construction, padded shoulder straps and back for comfort
- Front webbing ideal for storing a light jacket
- Tripod carrying straps
- Color: Black with Olive
Exterior of the Camera Bag
The exterior of the bag is this nylon that feels as though it is going to hold up for a long time. It is water resistant and that is reassuring when you have expensive camera equipment in the bag. There is a padding where the backpack would rest against your back which I can tell you first hand is comfortable.
Pockets on the Side
There are pockets on each side of the backpack which I actually use for water bottles.
Monopod and Tripod Holder Straps (In picture above)
There are two straps on each side of the bag to attach a monopod or tripod so you can carry it on the backpack instead of holding it in your hand.
There are straps to potentially buckle around your waist to keep the back pack close to your body. I didn’t feel the need to use them but you might.
On the front of the bag is a webbing that can be used to hold a small jacket. I recently was in San Francisco and the weather went from cool to warm and I needed to remove my jacket. The bag held my jacket in the webbing nicely with no problems.
The front exterior pocket is deep and roomy. Watch the video to see the amount of things I put in the pocket.
The second exterior compartment has two cubby pockets that I use for my portable chargers. There are also several compartments for memory cards which I just love. It also has a little key hook that I am sure you will find some use for.
The main compartment of the Deluxe Backpack 200EG is completely padded with adjustable dividers. I have fit 2 video cameras, a Canon Rebel T3i with a 18-35mm lens, a 55-250mm lens, and additional camera, an audio recorder, an external microphone, a Go Pro camera and a selfie stick in the main compartment. I probably could fit even more as well.
On the cover of the main compartment is two compartments that are different sizes which might be used for manuals, small cords, camera lenses, or whatever works for you.
My thoughts on the Canon Backpack 200 EG
I really love this backpack because it fit all my needs. I can fit all my current camera equipment in the backpack comfortably while keeping it organized.
It is comfortable to wear and doesn’t even feel like a camera bag. If it wasn’t for the Canon logo on the back I don’t believe anyone would even know it was a camera bag which is probably a good thing.
I take this bag with me on every work assignment regardless of what it is and I would recommend this bag to anyone whether they are a private investigator or just looking for a decent camera bag for their camera and lenses. The price is extremely reasonable for what you are getting and I will have an Amazon affiliate link to this product below.
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