3 thoughts on “Instance Logic DSB-101 Luminosity moderate DSLR with iPad Backpack (Ebony)

  1. ck
    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hobbitworthy Daypack, December 30, 2013
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    ck (Hawaii nei) –
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    If your life presents itself as a steady stream of great photo ops, you know that the main barrier to making excellent photos is timely access to your equipment. Smartphones and pocket cameras may be decent standbys, but if you’ve got DSLRs and/or SLRs, wouldn’t it be great to have your equipment at the ready? This pack is adaptable and yet compact enough that you can fill it as a “go” bag with a DSLR, several lenses and even a pocket camera, and keep it at the ready by your front door.

    I put the Case Logic DSB-102 Luminosity Medium DSLR Split Pack (Black) through its paces on several hikes, as well as a round of holiday outings, and found myself so fond of it that I’ve started calling it my Sam pack, in a nod to that most prepared and loyal of Hobbit companions.

    The folks who designed this lightweight pack prioritized easy access, light weight, and equipment protection.

    + Split compartment enables quick access to your main camera body from the top of the pack, while enabling you to store other lenses and even another body in the customizable lower compartment. Note that the product literature bills this pocket as a place to store a jacket; I padded it with some extra camera-bag foam panels to convert it into a “quick-draw”-type pocket and find that to be a better use of the space.

    + Foam padding is thick yet lofty, and easily modified to nestle lenses, bodies and other accessories.

    + Exterior zippers are tabbed for easier use, and three of the four major exterior pockets have twin zippers for added convenience and so that the pocket can be opened in jaws-like fashion. That fourth pocket houses a rain hood for the pack, so the single tab serves as a good visual reminder of where to find the hood in case of a sudden downpour.

    + Multiple interior pockets provide separate storage for memory sticks/cards, as well as personal identification and credit cards if you’re trying to travel especially light.

    + The padded waist strap stows within an exterior pouch at the back of the pack, making the pack more streamlined for stowing under an airline seat or above you in a train rack, for example.

    + Mesh facing on the key supporting parts of the pack that touch your body provide air flow for humid conditions, or when you’re hiking. An adjustable horizontal chest strap helps keep the shoulder straps in position.

    – My only nitpicks are a wish for a loop and a zippered pocket on the front exterior of the backpack straps, but overall, this pack is a solid performer.

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  2. Joanna D.
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Holds a lot of gear–easy split access, November 26, 2013
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    Joanna D. (USA) –
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    This bag has a lot of good features for anyone who has a medium sized DLSR and lenses and gear. The split access is key–fast way to grab your camera and yet pack a lot of gear because you can open the middle zipper and grab camera and lens. It’s well-padded and very well-made with a lot of thoughtful features.

    Features:

    This bag has multiple pockets:

    Front (for tablet, accessories, wallet, pad, pencil, personal items.)

    Top compartment access (for reaching down for gear on the top compartment.)
    Middle “split” section, to access bottom compartment of bag with the foam dividers for lenses and body. You can make a “hammock” with one of the dividers to nest a long lens. This makes grabbing it very quick, because you don’t have to root around to lift it out. I generally alternate between a wide-angle-normal lens and a normal-to-telephoto, so this is where I stow the normal-to-telephoto.

    Foldable “snake” divider (the blue piece) that makes the hammock can also be arranged “snake-style” to fit smaller gear.

    Side straps for tripod

    Ergonomic shaped back straps

    Belly bands (able to be tucked away into their own pockets on the back)

    Mesh back for sweaty backs in summer, padded for comfort

    Side zip pocket with waterproof bonnet for bag (oh, yes! you will need that, if you are in weather. I’d add a [[ASIN:B000PTFDYO Rainsleeves]]rain sleeves for the camera, if you think you’re going to be out in weather.

    Nice pockets in front for sd cards and lens wiper

    Top and bottom thick, webbing grab handles (very helpful for airplane overhead or retrieving from stowage on a boat in a hurry)

    The size is about 11″ Long x 10″ Deep by 17″ High

    Weighs 3 lbs. They also say “2Kg” but that would be 4.4 lbs so that is not right. Empty it’s 3lbs or about 1.5Kg.
    It’s made of nylon cordura, webbing, nylon mesh, and velour covered dividers. The nylon cordura feels heavy gauge and resistant to snags and tears (but that would take a trip out to the wilds to test for sure.)

    I can’t tell you how much I love split compartment packs. The arrangement of the straps, the stowable belly band and the waterproof bonnet make this a better bag than my other backpack.

    Things to Consider:

    The gear compartment on the bottom may be a bit small for very bulky, fat or tall lenses (you have the top space, however, for big lenses.) It’s a bit tight for four lenses plus a body. However, if you don’t need the top compartment for a spare jacket, snacks, water, and other sundries, you have plenty of room in the top.

    The Case Logic bag has a lot going for it, though there are plenty of cheaper alternatives–you can get an AmazonBasics Backpack which is a lot less expensive, but no split access and the foam dividers are not very adjustable. Instead of a mesh back, it has cords to keep the nylon fabric from sticking to your shirt and making you sweaty. The Amazon basics was my previous bag and it opens by the back zipping down like a sardine lid. Easy access to gear–but not adjustable and not as well padded. And it doesn’t hold nearly as much for the same size backpack. It’s not nearly as good a bag–but you pay less than a 1/3 for it. So, you get what you pay for.

    Summary:

    Just about perfect. Worth the price. Well-made.

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  3. jt
    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Ok But Just Not Big Enough, October 1, 2013
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    jt (NoCal, USA) –

    This review is from: Case Logic DSB-101 Luminosity Medium DSLR with iPad Backpack (Black) (Electronics)
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    The overall backpack is well made, rugged, and feels like it offers good protection for your camera gear. Carrying the backpack around was comfortable as it’s well padded and has a lot of straps to keep the secured on your back. There are numerous compartments to hold accessories like extra batteries, filters, pens and paper, and–as advertised–a tablet device. However, the temptation with all those compartments is to fill them up, which leads to a major drawback that I encountered — it’s too small.

    I first tried stuffing my 5DM3, 70-200mm, 100-400mm, 24-105mm, and 35mm which I managed to fully fit it into the pack. Unfortunately, all the compartments became so tight that I was unable to pull out the camera body from the top-access zippered opening. The “snake divider” internal padding system seems like a clever idea. However, the implementation has some problems. First, the elastic bands that are used are quite narrow and feel like they will not last long. Second, if you try to create a long/large compartment the rest of the snake divider has to get squished up and takes up a large portion of the remaining space. I think the snake divider feature is less convenient and less effective than the conventional, removeable velcro-padded divider walls.

    After removing one of the telephoto lenses, I carried the body and 3 other lenses around for a day of shooting, which was quite comfortable. I don’t feel like the top access opening for the camera body is all that convenient because it’s, again, a bit too small to quickly and easily pull out the camera. I would believe that this backpack is best suited for someone with short lenses and a small camera body such as a mirrorless interchangeable system.

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