REVIEWED: Case Logic Kontrast DSLR Camera Bag
Great value, comfortable all-in-one capable of storing everything a photographer needs for a short trip
Those of us who love to have a DSLR camera with us on our travels always have the same problem; we don’t want to travel with one. Can the Kontrast holster be The One to make it easy to travel light while using serious gear?
Tough & functional
The Kontrast is toughly made. Rip-stop Nylon covers stiff, well-padded walls and – perhaps best of all – there’s a hard plastic concave bottom that makes it easy to whack down on a hard surface without risking the contents. Talking of contents, the Kontrast easily took our Canon DSLR sporting a 25-105mm zoom lens. Inside there’s even a ‘hammock system’ halfway down for cradling the lens. Clever stuff, though the Velcro holding it in place makes it easily removable.
There’s no room for a second lens or, indeed, many additional accessories at all in the main compartment, though two side pockets add just enough room. One is well-sized for SD cards and a shutter release cable, while the other is slightly plumper and takes a battery charger and perhaps a spare battery. Nylon loops on each side are for attaching a surprisingly substantial, and very comfortable, shoulder strap. That’s often ignored by holster-makers. Some will miss a belt-loop.
A front pocket adds a tad more room – it’s primed for a camera’s bulky recharging cable or cradle – while the lid has a flat pocket on the inside and a grab handle on the outside. Zips are high quality, too, and open quickly with a tug of their tags.
Able to take a DSLR camera and all the essentials you need for a trip – and all while weighing just 418g – the Konstrast is the best designed and best value all-in-one DSLR holster we’ve seen so far. Perfect for travelling light but keeping it serious, travel photographers will love it. And, yes, you could probably squeeze-in a selfie stick, too.