Earlier this year, I picked up a brand new camera bag. I’m a very very amateur photographer, but I love my Canon 60D and want to make sure it lasts for quite a while. Previously, I used my Timbuk2 Messenger Bag with the Snoop insert, but decided I needed something a little more comfortable. The Messenger is really a great bag, but best for short trips and limited walking. So, I picked up the Sleuth Camera Bag, also from Timbuk2 and have used it everyday since then.
The Sleuth is a great bag and is designed to help you hide your camera, or at least not draw attention to that fact that you’re carrying an expensive camera. I’ve had no trouble fitting my 60D, a charger, my 75-300mm lens, and the Nifty Fifty in the allotted camera space. The inside space of the camera compartment has the same padding that the Snoop insert has which allows you to configure the compartments in any way you choose. In addition to the adjustable pockets, there is a mesh pocket that holds memory cards and other thin accessories.
In addition to the large camera compartment, the camera features a laptop sleeve that holds a small laptop. You shouldn’t have any trouble adding a small tablet or even an Apple MacBook Air. According to the online sizing chart, you can hold up to an 17″ MacBook, but, I’ll have to take their word for it.
The main pocket has the same organizer that Timbuk2 uses in many of their bags, with plenty of room for pens, small pads, and other essentials. I’ve used the main pocket to carry up to 10 books, and while it’s quite heavy with all this, the books fit. The main pocket has enough room to carry a few days of clothing, if you pack lightly, and your toiletries.
On the front of the bag, you’ve got two small pockets that can carry a wallet, cell phone, and similar accessories. If you’re ready to blow your cover, the bag has built in tripod straps that secure your gear to the outside of the bag.
The straps are quite adjustable and feature a chest strap to stabilize the bag. On the right strap, you’ll find a beer bottle opener, which is a nice touch after a long day of walking and touring. The back of the bag is well padded and helps reduce strain and fatigue.
If you’re in the market for a new camera bag that’s functional, useful, and discreet, you should check out the Timbuk2 Sleuth.