If you love clicking photos then you must ensure adequate safety for your camera. Nope, here I wasn't talking of the sentimental perspective. Your camera is actually very delicate in its structure, making it easily susceptible to physical and environmental damages. Neither she likes dust nor moisture. Definitely she hates being groped, dropped and undue exposures. So, be responsible and deal with her like you would do with a baby. Once you're a travel photographer, taking care of your photographic gears is a greater challenge. Least you can do for your camera is buying her a good quality bag/case. Right now I'm satisfied with the Tamrac and Hugger camera bags which I've been using for my point & shoot and DSLR cameras respectively. Few months back I had won a Twitter contest by Canon India and they shipped me this camera bag (Model: Canon Red Line Classic Camera Bag S RL CL-01S) as prize. I explored this youngest (price wise) member of Red Line range to find out how much usability and relevance factor Canon has endowed it with at a price point of 1,799 INR.
|The synthetic built material looked robust indeed and gave me a feeling of being water resistant to a large extent.|
While you are traveling, most of the times you might be aware of your surroundings, but trust me there'll be moments of utter surprise. I vividly remember, three years back when I was boating on the apparently calm water of Arabian Sea during a trekking expedition at Goa, a wave of brine rose from nowhere beside my boat and washed me in a second from head to toe! It was quite thrilling indeed but the moment I felt a tug around the neck, my whole thought dashed into the wet camera bag. I didn't dare to breathe till I found my camera totally dry and safe inside its wet bag. Yes, that's how a proper camera bag can save your day. Canon Red Line Classic Camera Bag S is meant for those photo enthusiasts who do not prefer to carry their entire photographic world with them. Personally I feel it has been designed for exclusively for snappers passionate about clicking photos on the go. Red Line Classic Camera Bag S is a compact and lightweight (just 340 g) simple shoulder bag made up of polyester, having a main top-loading compartment which is subdivided into two adjustable compartments separated by a removable velcro pad, and three (one front and one on each side) more pockets for small camera accessories.
|I would prefer to put my DSLR and the point & shooter side by side onto this main compartment while filling up those other three pockets with extra batteries, memory cards and filters.|
In an otherwise minimalist design, the unique red stitch line (probably to keep up with its variant name "Red Line") and the prominent Canon branding occupying the front may resonate with the liking of Canon fans, but for other photographers these are nothing better than sugarless candies. The synthetic built material looked robust indeed and gave me a feeling of being water resistant to a large extent. Other than the small front pocket the Red Line Classic Camera Bag has no other zip in any of its compartments. Although well-covered and secured with a plastic clasp, the lack of zipper in the lid of main compartment makes us doubtful about its dust resistance. The padding is okayish at its best. Call me paranoid, but, I'll certainly choose my existing DSLR bag over this Red Line boy if I am venturing out for a long motorcycle trip. In the top-loading main chamber you can freely place your SLR camera body mounted with a lens (mind it, I'm not talking of those giant telephoto lens) and an additional lens. For point and shooters like me who are less interested in changing lens, you have a large compartment to fill with whatever important stuff you want beside your point & shoot camera. I would prefer to put my DSLR and the point & shooter side by side onto this space while filling up those other three pockets with extra batteries, memory cards and filters. After all, the Red Line Classic Camera Bag S was not intended to accommodate anything more than that. Shoulder strap is simple but reliable enough to hold what it's supposed to carry without hurting your body.
|The unique red stitch line and the prominent Canon branding occupying the front may resonate with the liking of Canon fans, but for other photographers these are sugarless candies.|
- Robust built material.
- No nonsense minimalist design and lightweight.
- Inadequate padding.
- Lack of zips.
- Steep price.
Final Verdict for Canon Red Line Classic Camera Bag S: Not value for money.
Rating: 2.5 / 5