Product Review: Shootsac Lens Bag

By Karen Linsley 

Advertised with the tag line “form meets function,” the Shootsac is not a camera bag, but more of a lightweight carry case for lenses and other accessories.  

At a recent wedding, I used it to carry a spare flash card holder, spare batteries for a flash unit, an extra lens, a light meter and a Quantum Battery Pack, plus some little extra odds and ends that I usually carry in a pocket or fanny pack. The battery pack didn’t stay in the bag long, as it gets attached to a Q-flash off camera, but I wanted to see how the bag felt with all that equipment in it. After a while it got heavy and put unwanted strain on my shoulders, which defeated the purpose of leaving the bigger, heavier camera bag at the DJ table to wander around freely. But after taking the battery pack out, the Shootsac worked quite nicely. I didn’t have all that stuff creating bulk in my pockets, nor did I have the extra bulk in my pockets or the fanny pack.

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The bag’s neoprene material hugged my body, and the adjustable strap felt quite comfortable after lightening the load by taking out the battery pack. The bag measures approximately 17 x 9 inches and comes in basic black, retailing at a pretty pricey $179. You can add your own special touch to the bag by ordering a cover, called a True Color. There are currently 18 different covers on the Web site, ranging from $29 to $69. The cover attaches to the bag with a strip of Velcro. The True Color makes the bag look nice when you transport it, but you'll have the flap turned over when you’re using it in the heat of the moment to allow access to the pockets, which means your true colors don’t show when you’re working.

Although the Web site does have images of men wearing the bag, this bag looks like something a woman would wear; I have a hard time imagining that a man would be comfortable sporting a bag in this style.

You can check out the Shootsac and True Colors at www.shootsac.com. They have a convenient online shopping cart as well.

Karen Linsley, CPP, is located in South Lake Tahoe, California. Her studio specializes in weddings and portraits.

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Comments (9)

Good review, but it appears the reviewer missed the real point of the bag : to carry lenses for quick changes on the fly. Those who use this bag religiously and love it are those who change lenses frequently throughout a session or wedding day. I don't think it was ever meant to carry heavy battery packs or flashes - just what you want to have on your person for quick reaction times (lenses, filters, memory cards, wallet, cell phone, etc). Personally, I can't see shooting without it, as I was lucky enough to start my business about the time the bag came out and have always used it.

I'm sure this will work for some people, but I carry a (smaller) bag for all the stuff that would oveload my pockets. Yes I'm male, no, I'm not a "metrosexual" I just learned from my chiroprctor may years ago that sitting on a wallet was bad for my spine...

Anyway, my point is, though I haven't personally tested this shootsac, I know something about lugging something over my shoulder all day and the bag in question seems like it would make me fairly lopsided, pitching a lot of weight to one side.

I personally use photographer's vests, as I can balance the weight by shifting accessories around.
They're also a lot less expensive than this bag.

Way to go Jessica,I love it!
Great for everything. I use it to carry my battery pack(Quantum Instruments Battery Pack - Turbo SC)for my flash in one of the pockets, other pockets lenses, cards & cell phone. I wouldn't do a shoot w/o it. You do not have to have the flap if it gets in your way.

In regards to the lopsided weight issue, I just trade sides so that I'm balancing it out each time.
My only issue is that I can't put a Mark II camera in there because it won't fit. Oh well.

I haven't bough this bag, was actually researching it, thanks for the great advice

I got one it looked really cool but don't uses fast glass with lens hoods they don't fit I have 16-35 f2.8 70-200 f2.8 and 24-70 f2.8 3 lens one body oh the body wont fit. nice material feels nice just to small you can buy mine for $100 + shipping

My $2000 70-200 VR Nikkor lens fell out of my bag yesterday and damaged the front of my lens.

DO NOT PUT ANYTHING OF VALUE IN YOUR SHOOTSAC. IT'S GOOD FOR WATERBOTTLES, PENS, A MAGAZINE, BUT NOT YOUR LENSES THAT COST BOATLOADS OF MONEY.

And yes, I take my lenses out of my bag at the end of the day and store it flat on the floor.

Jacob,

Did the neoprene lose its elasticity? I imagine the 70-200 lens should fit pretty snugly in one of the lens pockets, but I don't know first-hand. Can you give more details about how it happened?

If you are a PPA member and purchased the equipment insurance available to members, it should cover that sort of damage.

Joan

I like the shootsac, I get a lot of good uses out of it. I just wrote my own review (http://jenikaslens.com/?p=4510) so I was browsing around to see what other people thought. I have some gripes but overall I agree that it's a good product for bringing lenses along while shooting.

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