Incase DSLR Pro Pack Review
As a freelancer, I’m constantly on the move. My days are filled with meetings, cafe work sessions, and shoots across the city, so a good bag has always been a top priority for me. After being left unsatisfied by every other photography bag I’ve tried, I received the Incase DSLR Pro Pack and haven’t looked back.
While I try to keep a somewhat minimal photography set-up, I still have quite of bit of equipment that I need to carry. On top of my photography gear, I almost always have my Macbook Pro and external hard drive with me, so a functional bag that comfortably fits everything is all I’ve ever wanted.
While other bags I’ve used weren’t terrible, they were all missing one or two key features that left me desiring an upgrade. Incase seemed confident their pack would check all my boxes, and they were right.
To give you guys an honest review of this product I made sure that I took it through some real-world testing. It’s been a few weeks now, and I’ve used it every single day that I didn’t work from home. In fact, I recently traveled to Japan and all I brought was this bag, so I’ve collected enough information to deliver my thoughts.
The last thing I want to mention is that this isn’t a paid review and nobody is feeding me lines. Everything that follows is my honest opinion. When I come across products I believe in, I think it’s valuable to share. So, without further ado, here’s what I think:
The Incase DSLR Pro Pack is a high-quality bag full of great features for photographers. The main compartment has a ton of space with plenty of dividers that are adjustable/removable to accomodate gear of all shapes and sizes.
I typically carry my Nikon with an attached lens, two additional lenses, an external flash or two, my mini tripod, and chargers with ease in the main compartment.
The interior also has two zippered mesh pockets and a bulk pocket where I keep things like lens wipes, cables, adapters, etc. It’s really nice to have a spot for everything so I don’t waste time hunting around on location.
I’m extremely happy that the laptop sleeve in this pack isn’t located on my back. If you have ever owned a DSLR/laptop bag with the sleeve on the back, you’ll understand how uncomfortable that can get.
The laptop sleeve is part of a generously-sized compartment on the outside of the pack. My 15-inch Macbook Pro slides in effortlessly, and there is an assortment of other pockets perfect for my hard drive, printed materials, more cables, etc.
I used the word generously-sized in the previous paragraph because this outer compartment is surprisingly big. Many photography-focused packs hold all your photo gear well, but leave you very little room for anything else. With this pack, I have room for other essentials when traveling like headphones, clothing items, and/or toiletries.
My favorite feature of the Incase DSLR Pro Pack is the quick access to your camera from the top of the bag. With one zip, you can grab your camera from the main compartment and start snapping.
With that being said, if you’re using this with some of the larger full frame cameras such as the Nikon D4 or Canon 1DX, you’ll most likely find that you will have to keep your lens off the camera to store it in the quick access area safely.
If you shoot on a smaller body, you can definitely fit your body with a good-sized lens on it in the quick access area.
On the outside you’ve you’ve got more storage in the form of a stash pocket, side pocket, and a couple of sleeve pockets. I keep things like my memory card case and external battery in the stash pocket for extremely easy access.
There are also two adjustable carry straps on the outside of the pack for a tripod or small stabilizer. While the straps do the job, I would’ve like to have buckles on the straps to make the loading process a little quicker and allow for bigger tripods.
The issue is that straps don’t expand wide enough to fit large tripods, and even sliding a decent-sized tripod into the straps before tightening is a bit of a battle. After reading over some of the reviews on the Incase site, I’m not alone on this complaint.
The shoulder straps on this pack are extremely high quality. They are rather rigid, which I appreciate, but it does make it a little difficult to put on during the winter when I’m wearing layers of clothing and a heavy jacket.
The chest buckles on the harness system are great if you’ve wearing the pack fully-loaded for an extended period of time. The left buckle strap has some stretch to it, so you don’t have to worry about ripping or excessive strain.
There are also some good spots on the straps perfect for clipping accessories like Incase’s lens cap holder. I’ve lost way too many lens caps, so this is a valuable accessory that fits perfectly in place on this pack.
Overall, the pack has been extremely comfortable from the first second to hours later. Even fully loaded, this thing still feels great. The location of the laptop sleeve definitely alleviates a lot of the back pain other bags gave me.
The last thing I want to mention is the construction and quality of the materials. This is by far the most solid bag that I’ve used. There seems to have been a great attention to detail because even down to the zippers, everything looks and feels superb.
If you’re like me and require a bag that fits all your photography gear and your laptop computer, I highly recommend the Incase DSLR Pro Pack. For more information and to read more reviews on the pack, head over to Incase’s website here.