- Padded camera bag insert
- Structural ribs that provide extra support
- Side neoprene pockets
- $50 MSRP
- Perfect size to hold a DSLR & 11-inch notebook
- Very secure top flap
- Expensive for the amount of storage
What I thought was just a lowly little camera bag turned out to be an awesome multi-purpose bag. I’ve searched all over for a small camera bag that can hold my DSLR, flash, lens and an 11-inch ultra-portable notebook. I didn’t want a backpack, messenger bag, or any sort of nonsense. But I found that most camera bag’s internal storage structure didn’t allow for notebook storage. And, well, small computer bags can’t hold camera gear right.
The camera is stored in a removable sleeve instead of in-between movable Velcro dividers. This makes just enough room behind the sleeve for a small notebook — or the sleeve can be pulled altogether to make room for larger gear. Really, it’s just like a camera case version of the messenger-style CS-17 I looked at previously. Where that bag was primarily a notebook case, the DB-453′s main job is to hold a camera but can also carry a small notebook.
The bag’s main flap is held-down by two large buckles, while the main compartment is secured via a zipper. Needless to say the combination should keep your equipment safe enough.
The bag offers a modest amount of storage, too. There is a zippered front compartment with a few pockets and pen holders. Plus, there are two side pockets made out of neoprene that can stretch to fit a water bottle. Not bad for a little bag.
Sure, the bag is $50, which is somewhat steep for a smaller bag. But because it holds my DSLR and 11-inch notebook in such perfect harmony, it has my vote.