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Compact Camera Case L


Updated 11/21/17 (EST)

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Reviewed on November 15, 2017

While purchasing some ultralight gear from Mont-Bell, I came across their Compact Camera Case. It’s essentially a neoprene sleeve that attaches to your shoulder strap for easy access. The open-top design allows completely unfettered access to your camera but the material is thick enough to protect against casual knocks and falls. There’s an ingenious little shock cord on one side that normally stays out of the way, but can quickly be pulled over the opening to keep the camera from falling out when navigating dicey trail sections. The sleeve itself slides off the attachment loops if you want to carry the camera around basecamp (and also exposes the belt clip for an alternative carrying method). Because the neoprene is pliable, it also accommodates smartphones (probably not anything “plus” sized) and GPS units so you’re not limited to just P&S cameras.

As a nice bonus, a long lanyard is included and can be anchored to the case (of course) for even more security. I’m slightly embarrassed to be gushing over a camera case but I feel that I’m truly enjoying outdoor photography now. I have peace of mind that my camera is reasonably protected from the vicissitudes of the backcountry, and subsequently I’ve been able to take some amazing photographs that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible. Incidentally, Mont-Bell offers a lifetime warranty on all of their products but after two years of use I haven’t found any sign of wear. The case is available in two sizes but I would recommend the large size for the most versatility (for reference it fits a Canon S95 and G9X).

---Nabhan Islam