The Sling Bag is carried on the back, but with a single, contoured and padded cross-chest strap rather than two shoulder straps. This design allows it to be instantly swung around in front of the photographer, providing immediate access to a primary camera with mounted lens, for fast shooting right out of the bag. Movable padded walls within the bag allow the “quick-draw” compartment to be fitted precisely to the main camera/lens combination, and also create additional spaces for extra bodies, lenses and accessories. These walls can be completely removed, turning the Sling into a vertically-oriented long lens bag. In this configuration, a pro D/SLR with mounted telephoto—up to 300mm/2.8 for the small Sling (depending on specific equipment used)—is loaded straight down through the bag via the large top door.
According to Tenba Product Manager Peter Waisnor, “we set out to see what we could do differently with a sling-type bag, and of course we turned to our pro shooter network to get a sense of their wants and needs.” Waisnor says that some of the many requests incorporated in the Shootout Slings include the use of durable, water-resistant nylon instead of the more common polyester for the exterior, weather-sealed YKK® zippers on all outside openings, monopod straps, protective rubber bottom treads, and more. Tenba’s Sling offering also provides a full-access back panel that can be opened to fully expose the interior for setup, loading and cleaning.
Other features include Tenba’s fast-deploying WeatherWrap™ rain cover, a strap front-mounted phone/audio pouch, auxiliary security strap, and a variety of accessory pockets and compartments. Despite the special materials and arsenal of features, the Sling weighs in at only 25-38 ounces, depending on configuration. “We tried to meet the challenge of including every bell and whistle the professionals asked for, while keeping the bag ultra-light,” says Waisnor, “and those photographers who have seen and tested the Sling seem to think we hit the mark.”
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