3 thoughts on “Ape instance messenger case dslr and video cameras large presence interior yellow (ac540bl) azure

  1. DLB
    62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Just what I needed!, July 24, 2014
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    DLB (Pittsburgh, PA USA) –

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    I just received this bag. I purchased for an upcoming vacation, where I want to walk around with my good camera, lens, and flash in an inconspicuous fashion.

    I was able to upload 10 photos of the bag with my equipment. Check them out in the customer photo section.

    What I like:
    * Perfect size. Holds what I need (Canon 5DMarkIII with Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 DI VC with hood attached and ready to shoot, Canon 430EXII detached, and room for the camera charger or a point and shoot camera or another small lens) comfortably without feeling too big and bulky. The bag will actually also hold my Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 lens hood reversed and camera detached, instead of the flash, and can even fit my iPad3 with protective case, and barely, a 16.9fl oz water bottle in the front pocket, but not sure I would risk water that close to my gear or stuffing the bag that full. It makes the camera hard to get in and out of the bag).

    * Adequate Support. When packed full of gear, it doesn’t look stressed like some of the competing bags where the padded insert doesn’t completely fill the bag. The padding is sufficient to protect the gear from bumping together or against items while walking around.

    * Good Strap. While I haven’t really tested this for a day long outing yet, the strap is long enough and adjustable to be used near shoulder or cross body and I am a big man so some bags that claim to be used cross body, won’t comfortably fit across mine.

    * Adequate number of pockets. There are 4 fully enclosed zipper pockets, a mesh zipper pocket, and two small pockets presumably for small filters or memory cards.

    * Great look. It is more masculine than it’s competition. When I showed my wife the options, she immediately pointed to the Ape Case and said, “get that one, it doesn’t look like a purse.” As others have commented the blue color is a navy blue color, darker than the photos make it appear. Almost looks like one of the newer style lunch-boxes or a six-pack cooler. It doesn’t look like it would have thousands of dollars of camera gear in it, which was important to me.

    * The price. Some of the competition is almost double the price.

    What I don’t like:
    * No dedicated water bottle holder like some of the competition. I’m not sure how I feel about this yet, and as I note, the front pocket, could fit a small water bottle, or you could fit one inside instead of the flash or secondary lens if you are willing to risk a leak.

    * The padded insert is free-floating inside the bag. If you only have a camera and nothing else heavy, the camera could pull up the insert as you remove it from the bag. Note that the dividers attach with velcro, I’m referring to the entire padded insert not being attached to the bag. It would have felt more solid to have had a strip of velcro across the bottom of the bag and insert and may reduce some frustration in certain instances. Also, maybe a small velcro square on each side to help keep the padded area wide open as you return the camera to the bag. Really just nitpicking, as these are minor things.

    * No rain cover. The Nylon looks semi-weather resistant, but zippers are not. I would have liked a rain cover option. I will need to toss in a kitchen garbage bag or find another option in case of rain.

    I will update this review as needed after we take our vacation later this summer.

    Thanks!

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  2. E. Ellison
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great lightweight and roomy gear bag, July 18, 2012
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    E. Ellison (Seattle, WA) –
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    I am extremely happy with this bag so far. It’s roomy – with my DSLR with one lens attached in the middle compartment, and two other lenses in the compartments on either side, and my filters in the smaller front pocket, I still have plenty of room to spare for wallet, keys, chapstick, etc, so that I don’t also have to carry a personal bag/purse (yay!). The lens pockets are big enough that if you carry smaller lenses, you might be able to fit two lenses in each one (provided you wrapped one of them in something soft so they didn’t bump together harshly). Even packed relatively full, there’s still some space left over at the top of the bag

    The fabric, strap, zippers, etc, all appear well-made and the whole bag has a nice quality feel to it. The case’s shiny-ish blue fabric is much less stiff than than a lot of the typical black nylon cases, which I love, because it feels and looks more like you’re wearing a regular, casual messenger bag. I love being able to blend in a lot better, and the zipper gives much quicker access to all my stuff than those flip tops that are so annoying to deal with one-handed.

    The one thing I could wish for is that it was truly waterproof. It is definitely water-resistant, and I’ve had it out in misty weather, or brief bursts of light rain, with little problem, but I wouldn’t trust it in moderate to heavy rain for longer than a few seconds. For my purposes, that’s acceptable, and I’m really happy with this bag.

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  3. Ashley74112
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Lightweight Option For Active Camera Use, June 19, 2013
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    I researched long and hard before buying this bag, and was frustrated not to find more reviews/images of it online. I decided to take a risk and buy it based on a gut instinct that it was what I was looking for:

    lightweight
    petite
    moderately padded
    with zippers and top loading openings rather than velcro and messenger flaps.

    The Ape Case Envoy meets all of my criteria.

    This bag easily holds my Canon EOS 60D with kit 18-135 EFS lens in the default compartment (this has inserts that can be adjusted, but the factory setting works for me). I place my CaseLogic sling strap in the adjacent padded slot in such a way that it forms a 90 degree angle, with one half of this (the shoulder pad part of my strap)resting above my camera. On the other side of the camera body (facing the screen–I have the body on its side, with the grip facing up) I can store a 50mm prime lens. This could also fit other places, but this seems the most convenient for now. At the far side of the bag there is still another removable padded section that, in its original setting, makes a nice compartment for a small water bottle. The loose construction also make it possible to fit a Rocket Air blower and other odds and ends without being awkward.

    Both walls of the bag have deep zippered pockets. One side holds two cleaning cloths and brush and two filters. The other has my car keys and small wallet. The exterior pocket of the bag holds my purse things: a few cosmetics, pens, notepad. The small zip pocket on the outside of this compartment is such a bonus: nice and deep and holds my phone and lip gloss with no danger of them falling out even if left unzipped, which I prefer for easy access (but I always like to have a zip option for travel). Another bonus: my iPad slips like butter into the space behind the padded compartment. It adds a bit of weight, but not enough to bother my shoulder.

    One quibble: the zippers do not appear to be YKK, and are a bit noisy. However, I’ve run them back and forth many times and they don’t stick, and seem plenty durable. Another minor detail: the ripstop nylon is the extremely lightweight variety, and while, again, it seems sturdy and well made, it is a bit ‘crinkly’ sounding. In other words, it is not the silky smooth type of ripstop used by companies such as Lesportsac. And yet this particular fabric is ideal for this particular bag, because it allows it to take on a wonderful bucket shape that lays perfectly against my hip and side. For reference, I am 5’3 and 120 lbs, and even though very fit and athletic, those long, ‘messenger’ style bags tend to give me a lot of neck and hip pain, which is why I am so thrilled at the form and fit of this product, not to mention function!

    This bag will not disappoint anyone looking for a minimalist, lightweight camera bag; the sort of person who has their camera around their neck, actually using it, and who is less worried about keeping precious equipment hermetically sealed from any possible scratch or bump. If heavy duty protection (and weight and inconvenience) are what you are looking for, this is probably not the bag for you. It is, however, absolutely perfect for me!

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