I have been an avid PacSafe user ever since 2008. I have gone through a number of PacSafe products from the CarrySafe pouch, two generations of PacSafe Wallets (up to the RFID versions), Camera bags like the CamSafe Venture V12 Sling Bag and V16 Sling Pack and the handy CarrySafe 100 camera strap. It’s amazing to see how their Anti-Theft products has evolved in terms of functionality and design. Now I’m glad they are expanding and is more accessible by finally having their own flagship store at the ground floor of Glorietta 5 in Makati. A first also on the global scale for the brand.
The camera bag I bring on a trip is dependent on what gear I would bring or the type of photography I would be doing. For casual street photography, I would eventually bring something like the PacSafe Camsafe Venture V12 Sling Bag. But on my recent trip to Coron Palawan, I knew I would be bringing a lot more, like my MacBook, a larger selection of lenses, some reading materials, notebooks, a water bottle and probably a few quick snacks since I would be staying longer and shooting a wider variety of subjects. I was fortunate to have the PacSafe Camsafe Venture V16 Slingpack for me to try out on that week long trip to Coron, PacSafe’s new camera bag geared for the active traveler.
Choosing a camera bag requires the same care and conscientious thought as buying a camera itself. Why? It’s the one thing that would hold your precious gear. It should be tough enough to carry its weight, rugged to take everywhere and withstand the elements and to add to that growing concerns, secure enough for prying thieves. That where PacSafe comes in. I’ve been using their “anti-theft” products for years now and it does add a certain piece of mind when securing my stuff while traveling. And lately they have been extending their line to include camera bags that caters to different styles of photographers. One of the recent camera bag models they have is the Pacsafe Camsafe Venture V12 Camera Sling Bag. I put the bag to the test on the recent Aliwan Fiesta 2013 and here I share my impression of this camera sling bag.
Digital Cameras, especially DSLRs is one piece of expensive equipment we tend to carry around more often. It would be a nightmare if I loose my camera when some street thieves would slash through my strap and run off with my camera on a motorbike or loose my camera from fall from weak strap connectors. I know the chances are slim but I actually know people who experienced this horror stories so I’m a bit paranoid with my gears. I also don’t like using my default camera strap since I don’t like the brand name screaming (not that I didn’t love the brand) on it and I just didn’t find them comfortable in the long run especially if you have a heavy camera. It’s a good thing there are third party camera straps available from manufacturers like Crumpler, Kata and Tamrac, OP/Tech but my favorite among them is PacSafe’s CarrySafe 100 strap.