for Canon 350D & 400D Xti
(Added 26th June 2008)
I was looking for a no-nonsense holster-type bag, I could attach to my daypack's belt-strap, so I'd have my camera sort-of ready during a hike.
A dedicated camera-backpack wasn't an option because of the relatively limited space for sleeping bags, sweaters, rain coats and food.
After a bit of surfing around the 'net I came across the LowePro's Cirrus-series. They're relatively new, and unlike the Toploader-series they're simple (no extra loops for attaching extra lens cases). Since I've already got more than enough loops and rings for that on my daypack, the simple, clean looks of the Cirrus TLZ-15 made this an interesting bag for me.
Plus, it was only $19 plus $10 shipping, which is under â‚¬19 at the moment.
My 350D with Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens attached fits inside, even with the lens hood pointing forward (but that's a bit of a stretch, especially if you want to use the ). There's room for 2 spare memory cards and an extra battery in the compartment under the flap, and a small semi-camouflaged velcro-lined compartment at the front which could hold a notepad and a few pens.
I suppose the bag could handle a bit of rain, there's a ridge of material behind the zipper, but since there's no AW-cover, it's probably best to put it inside your backpack if you want to walk trough waterfalls.
LowePro also makes a TLZ-25, which is essentially the same, only 5cm deeper so it fits a telezoom, and it has dividers inside.
Likes about the bag:
Small, light, simple, well-made, belt-loop is properly attached to the bag (no velcro), cheap.
Dislikes about the bag:
No weather-cover (but I knew about that), only space for the bare necessities (obviously).
Thanks to Niels Hordijk for review