2 thoughts on “Ape Case Pro Moderate Dslr and Camcorder Case (ACPRO1200)

  1. K. Friedhoff
    56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Case for Low Price, June 9, 2009
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    K. Friedhoff
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    This review is from: Ape Case Pro Medium Digital SLR and Video Camera Case (ACPRO1200) (Camera)
    My criteria for bags is non-negotiable, and finding a bag that fits this criteria took a long time. First, it has to be top loading. Second, it needs to have at least one side pocket, and one front pocket. Third, a bright interior is a huge plus. Fourth, it needs to be reasonably weather-proofed. Finally, it needs to be well-padded.

    I was pleasantly surprised when I found this bag online after hours of searching. I had spent several more hours at camera shops around the city, and the prices they were asking, for bags that did not meet all of my criteria, was not justifiable for me. So, I thought taking a chance on the Ape Case was a measured risk. I’m probably not the only one who has had that experience. Frankly, I looked at the price of this case and wondered why they were charging so little when all other bags were double the price. But, I ordered anyway.

    I ordered the medium instead of the large, as the internal dimensions are identical in length and width. The medium bag is about one inch shorter in height. Ultimately, internal dimensions are the most important to me, and I didn’t think that missing one inch of height would be a big deal. So, I went with the medium. (Sidenote: If the internal dimensions of the large are really almost exactly the same, as all the websites I found suggested, the large bag can certainly not be considered large.)

    Now for the bag itself. The side pocket is a little “tight.” It has spots for extra memory cards, and several elastic loops for pens, etc. But, this side pocket can’t really be stuffed full. Over time the material may relax to give more flexibility. The front pocket is the same, so don’t buy this bag expecting to be able to jam those pockets full of goodies.

    One of my favorite features is the zip pocket on the front flap, just above where the Ape Case logo is sewn on. That is ideal when traveling for putting flight tickets and passports in. On that note, the first week I got this bag I got caught in monsoon-type weather. Despite having an umbrella, my bag got soaked as I walked. Inside my bag was my camera, lens, battery, and my passport. Once I was inside the train station I opened up my case to assess the damage. But, there wasn’t any. Not a single drop had gotten through, and the bag had been exposed to more than a reasonable amount of rain.

    The following week I was on the street, and dropped my fully loaded bag onto the concrete. Again, I sat down and opened up the case to assess the damage. Again, there wasn’t any. Everything was exactly where I had put it when I packed for that day.

    The interior is obviously bright yellow, and it makes opening the bag a joy in itself.

    The only thing I changed on the bag was with the clasps that hang off each side of the bag. In total, there are three. One clasp closes the front flap. Then, there are two more, one on the left and one on the right, used to keep the bag more tightly shut, I guess. I cut off the two on the sides of the bag off. I’ll never use them, they’re clunky, and they make it needlessly difficult to get into the bag. Also, the clasps are made of very light weight plastic. I’m not sure how long the remaining clasp will last. But, I assume it serves a dual purpose: it cuts weight and cost.

    Overall, this bag meets and exceeds my criteria for a camera case. Don’t let the price deter you. It might be half the price of a lot of other camera bags, but it is not half the camera bag. In the few short weeks I’ve had it, it’s been put through more than it’s fair share of abuse, and has performed better than I would have ever expected. Ultimately, this bag gives me what I most expect from a bag: security. I can put my camera and travel documents inside, and know that they are safe and sound.

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  2. Brian Dudenbostel
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good camera bag!!, February 19, 2011
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    Brian Dudenbostel (Southern Illinois) –
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    This review is from: Ape Case Pro Medium Digital SLR and Video Camera Case (ACPRO1200) (Camera)
    When I first saw the name “Ape Case” on this camera bag, I didn’t think much of it, except, “what a goofy name”. So, just out of curiosity, I clicked on the product link, on Adorama, actually, and just had to take a look.

    I really liked the bright yellow interior, and the reviews were overwhelmingly positive. And the price was right in the neighborhood to fit my budget.

    I finally narrowed my choices down to the Ape Case, but didn’t know which one, the Medium, or the Large bag. I decided to go with the Medium, as it was a bit cheaper, and figured if I didn’t think it was big enough, I’d send it back and go with the Large. Well, it turns out that my Canon T2i wearing a battery grip with 18-55mm kit lens, 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS zoom, Speedlite 430, battery charger and cord, camera and lens owners manuals, Lens Pen, video and USB cables, lens caps, set of filters, timer remote, and probably a few other things all live in the Medium size bag, still with room to spare… I think I could still get at least 2 more lenses in there comfortably… room to grow! The only difference between the Medium and the Large, is that the Large is about an inch or so deeper, the length and width measurements are the same. If you have a full frame Pro body like an EOS 1D or similar, or some longer zooms, you might want the Large bag, for the extra depth.

    One thing I am having a bit of a dilemma with, though, is creating the optimum arrangement in the main compartment. As the bag comes, everything fits perfectly in the compartments as they are arranged, as long as I have the 18-55mm lens on the body… but the 55-250mm zoom will not fit when installed on the body. So, I removed one of the dividers (they are held in place by velcro) and rearranged the remaining dividers to make room for the body and tele zoom installed. But now, that left me with 2 less “compartments”, but actually more “room”. All the dividers are removeable, so you can customize this bag to your needs. You just have to decide exactly what your needs are, and how to arrange your bag.

    The divider that is made for the body and installed lens actually elevates the body/lens up off the bottom of the bag, making a “secret compartment” under it where you can store seldom used parts like the body cap or ???.

    The bag has excellent construction, and good thick (feels like a closed cell foam) padding. Unless the bag gets run over by a truck, or sat on by an elephant, everything inside will be well protected. I’ve not had it in the rain yet, but I think it would take quite a downpour for any water to make it’s way inside. The bag top is held shut by a double zipper, and then secured with a plastic snap clasp on both sides and in the center also. If you hide both zipper handles under the front flap, then secure all the snap clasps, it would be quite difficult for anyone in a crowd to get their hand inside the bag without you knowing about it… it’s good and secure. But, that same security also means that it does take a bit of doing to get inside yourself, also. If you need quick access, you could leave the zippers open, and just secure the front clasp, but sacrifice some of the security.

    The shoulder strap has a rubberized pad on it, and it stays on my shoulder fairly well. It gets the job done.

    There are zippered pockets on the top cover and flap, inside and out, on the right side of the bag outside, and the front of the bag outside. The left side of the bag outside has a mesh pocket secured with a drawstring and keeper ball. I haven’t figured out yet what to keep in there, I wish it was another zippered pocket instead, to be honest. I guess it would be good to carry an 8-pack of AA batteries for the Speedlite.

    In all, I’m pretty satisfied with the Ape Case Medium bag. Excellent protection for everything inside, the bright yellow interior makes it easy to see dark colored items like lens caps and lens pens, and it has enough room inside of all my stuff and then some.

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