3 thoughts on “Case Reasoning CPL-106 DSLR Camera Shoulder Bag, Medium (Black)

  1. ARH
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A much better option IMO than the bag that came with my camera, November 10, 2012
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    ARH (The Shadow of the Tetons) –
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    This review is from: Case Logic CPL-106 DSLR Camera Shoulder Bag, Medium (Black) (Electronics)
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    UPDATE 6-13-2013

    My camera bag was recently stolen, sigh, but I replaced it with an identical one (this item), but in the process of replacing gear I got a Nikon 70-300mm lens instead of a 55-300mm lens. The 70-300mm lens is slightly longer than the 55-300 version, and doesn’t fit well in this bag. The zipper is hard to close while the long lens is attached to the camera body. Sigh. So be advised that if you have anything mounted to your camera that is longer than a Nikon D5100 w/ a 55-300mm lens, it won’t easily fit in this bag. Don’t get me wrong…it’s a perfect fit for the slightly shorter lens, but nothing longer.

    ORIGINAL REVIEW

    Last summer my wife gave me a Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm and 55-300mm lenses. The set came with a Nikon stock shoulder bag Nikon Deluxe Digital SLR Camera Case – Gadget Bag.

    After using the Nikon bag for a few months I noticed some shortcomings:
    1) The metal front clips pinched my fingers, hard!, more than once.
    2) The top would not easily close when the long lens was attached to the camera body – the bag was too short for that.
    3) When the top inner zipper pouch contained cords, an extra battery, etc., the sides of the top puckered up and out, and did not provide much protection from the weather, etc.

    I knew I didn’t want to use that bag forever and I had my eyes open for an alternative, so I jumped at the chance to try out this bag from Case Logic.

    I was a bit skeptical when I pulled it out of the box. It has lighter weight construction from the top handle all the way to the bottom of the bag than my Nikon bag. It also looked too small to accommodate my basic camera set up (camera body, two lenses, charger, cables, extra battery and SD card, etc.).

    I was pleasantly surprised when I adjusted the velcro inner dividers a little and started putting things away. The bag is tall enough so that the camera body fits nicely with either the short or long lens attached. The other lens and charger fit snugly in the other half of the main compartment. The front zipper pouch is large enough to easily hold the camera cords. The underside of the top flap has two small elastic pouches. These work great for my 2nd battery and extra SD card. There is a Velcro flap that holds them in place. In addition, there is a fairly small zipper pouch there. It’s big enough to accommodate cords or another small item. This is where I keep my lens paper. There are also small elastic web pouches on the outer sides of the bag. I’m not sure what I’ll end up using those for. Lastly, and this is REALLY COOL, there what at first appears to be an upside down Velcro pouch on the back of the bag. The opening faces down, eh!? When you explore that pouch a little more, you will find that it contains a rain fly for the bag! It’s attached to the bag so you won’t lose it. Just pull it up over the top of the bag, and down over the front so that the elastic on it holds it in place. Nifty!

    The rain fly is actually attached via Velcro as well so you can remove it if you want to, but I don’t know why you would.

    The one thing I didn’t understand about this bag at first was the orientation of the zipper around the top flap. Instead of zipping from one side of the bag, around the front, and then back to the other side, it zips from one side, around the back side of the bag. After I used the bag a few times a light went on in my tiny little brain…it was when I had the bag’s strap over a shoulder. This zipper arrangement allowed me to unzip the pouch, open the top, and look in the main compartment without having to look over a flap. Neat. And if I didn’t zip the flap right away, it flopped over, partially covering the compartment and shielding contents from the sun and the casual passer-by.

    Lastly, I like the weight and style of the bag. I used it at a sporting event today, and when I had my camera and long lens out, I could barely feel the bag over my shoulder. As for the style of the bag, I like that it does not scream “I’ve got an expensive camera in here.” I mean, it’s not much larger than a lunchbox or a bag someone might use on a trip to the beach to carry a 6-pack of sodas or something. That was something that kind of bugged me about my old bag…it had this gold colored metal plaque on the front that boldly stated “NIKON”. Some people might like that, but not me. It’s like someone who owns a Ferrari and has a Ferrari emblem on their key chain. I mean, how likely is it that they are going to forget that they drive a Ferrari? They’re just showing off. I’m not into that.

    All in all, the more I use this bag, the more I like it. I like it so much that I gave my Nikon bag to a friend who needed a camera bag.

    5 stars for a lightweight shoulder camera bag. It’s a keeper!

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  2. YesandNo
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Versatile and good quality bag, October 30, 2012
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    YesandNo (Berlin) –
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    This review is from: Case Logic CPL-106 DSLR Camera Shoulder Bag, Medium (Black) (Electronics)
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    I recently switched back from point and shoot cameras to a system camera and needed a bag that can accommodate the growing number of lenses and accessories that come with that. While my Kata D-Light LighTri-310 Torso-Pack -Black is absolutely sufficient for quick trips, it doesn’t offer enough storage space for when I want to take along more equipment. The CPL-106 works quite well for that purpose, given that I am carrying a mirrorless micro four-thirds system and this bag is made for DSLRs. Here are my thoughts, listed in no particular order:

    PROs:
    – Spacious with a good number of compartments – from small (SD cards) to large (lenses, manuals…)
    – Compact size
    – Solid quality with good padding and stability
    – Light grey colored interior helps with finding items, even though I prefer the bright yellow, upbeat color of the Kata. But that’s personal preference and as far as function goes, the Case Logic works just as well.
    – The internal dividers can be folded down on top to a) close/protect the compartments below and b) provide a surface to support the camera facing down when a longer lens is attached
    – Can be worn as shoulder and as cross-body bag
    – Attached rain cover. The way this works is similar to the LowePro rain covers. It is attached under a “stash opening” and when used, it covers the front, top and bottom as well as part of the sides, but not the back of the bag.
    – The carrying strap is removable and the bag also has a top handle, so carrying options are very versatile.

    CONs (minor and driven by personal preference but wanted to mention them anyway):
    – I like to be able to carry my camera bags inside my carry-on luggage when air-traveling (with regulations limiting passengers to 1 carry-on bag, this is important to me and I imagine to others as well). This bag is right on the edge with its size to be suitable for that, mostly because of its depth being 6.7 inches
    – The zipper pulls are a bit on the short side to be able to quickly open the bag to get that “one” shot, but that can be easily modified
    – I find that the shoulder strap is too easily adjustable, which means one can inadvertently change the length, but again – minor detail, and the strap can also be replaced by a different one, should this be a real issue.

    WHAT I CARRY IN IT (as of now):
    Olympus PEN E-P3 12.3 MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 14-42mm Zoom Lens (White),
    Olympus MSC Lens MSC 40-150mm R f4.0-5.6 for Digital PEN Cameras,
    Olympus MCON-P01 Macro Converter for M.Zuiko 14-42mm II, 14-150mm, 40-150mm Lens
    Olympus VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder (Silver),
    – A few filters
    – A spare SD card
    STK’s Olympus BLS-1 Battery – 1800 mAh
    – The camera’s USB cable,
    – 2 spare lens caps (rear and front)
    – A small foldable tripod, and
    – The camera manual
    …and there is still room for more items.

    SUMMARY:
    This is a really nice bag which can easily accommodate even big DSLRs and longer lenses. The interior dividers are very versatile, and so are the many compartments offered. I feel this is a smart, well thought-out bag if one needs or wants to carry a bit more than just the essentials. For my quick and short photo excursions around the neighborhood I will probably still continue to use the Kata LighTri 310 bag, but the Case Logic CPL-106 is a great solution for when more equipment is needed.

    I would like to say though that for micro four-third systems this bag is a little bit big, and the camera tends to be swallowed by the sheer height of the bag. Of course this is not the system it was designed for in the first place but if there are others like me out there with a micro 4/3rds system, you might want to look around for a bag that is not quite as tall. I am thinking of modifying it somewhat by putting in a horizontal divider on the bottom, to maybe stash the charger plus cable underneath, and then placing the dividers that came with it on top of that so that the camera comes up higher in the bag. But if you don’t mind that the camera sits a bit low in the bag, this truly is a good buy. 4.5 stars if that were possible.

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  3. Michael McKee
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very light weight but well made, November 1, 2012
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    Michael McKee (Port Townsend, WA United States) –

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    I was looking at this as a replacement for an ancient Lowpro bag that isn’t made anymore (the closest is the Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Camera Bag). This is a nicely made bag but isn’t for me. The CPL-106 is billed as a medium shoulder bag. I was expecting it to fit my Nikon D600 with 24-85 lens. That’s the current smallest full frame DSLR made. It fits, if a bit tight. It will sort of fit the camera with a 105 micro lens attached and the hood reversed. I would not consider carrying a long lens on the camera.

    If you have a consumer DSLR like a Canon T31 or a Nikon D5100 or smaller, or any micro four thirds camera, this would be a great bag. Both the cameras and lenses are smaller. There is a front pouch for extras and a couple of SD card slots on the inside of the top of the bag. There’s a nice included rain cover, though for a light rain the bag is pretty waterproof, though the placement of the top zipper does let moisture in. I live in the Pacific Northwest, so water resistance is something I take seriously.

    Besides the size, which is tight but useable for my camera, my main problem with the bag is the zipping top. The zippers are not weather sealed and it’s necessary to zip the bag every time you need to move. I prefer the dual flap/zip top flap of the Lowepro. It overhangs the interior compartment for better weather protection. The rain cover for the Case Logic CPL-160 works, but makes your gear inaccessible. The advantage of an overhanging top with a dual closure system, a zipper for secure transport and a latch for quick access is my choice. It’s more weather resistant and much quieter when accessing the bag in places where you want to be unobtrusive.

    I’ll round up from 3.5 stars because the bag seems well constructed. It will provide good protection and not weigh you down like a Domke canvas bag. I think that there are better bags for the price.

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