Crumpler New Delhi 510


It may be unclear just how Crumpler's New Delhi shoulder bag got its moniker, but thankfully there's less confusion about its focus and intentions. With room to fit a 13in laptop and a DSLR with up to three lenses, the bag is aimed directly at the photographer who's packing a little bit more on their travels.

Inside, a removable compartment opens via a zipped lid, with a handle for its quick and convenient removal. With Velcro-lined dividers you're free to set your own divisions, though the bag's main walls won't accept these to be affixed, should you take out the inner compartment.

Pockets are plentiful and positioned all around the bag, with a large flat space against the main lid, and smaller pockets with mesh lining around the front. Two clasps secure the bag when closed, while a much larger clasp sits on the strap, allowing you to adjust its length.

The bag is certainly well protected when its secondary compartment is used, though trying to grey, to appeal to those who like their bags to look more sober. The colour, combined with the distinctive styling and high quality materials, looks very smart indeed.

As usual, National Geographic has chosen soft fabrics for the exterior that are selected for their tactile rather than waterproofing qualities. If the weather gets really bad there's a fold-up rain cover that fits over the bag like a big shower cap. The main outer flap houses two zip pockets big enough for media cards or the odd filter, but not your hand. There's also a leather-clad grab handle on the top as an alternative to the padded shoulder strap. Lift the main flap and there's a second zip-sealed flap covering the main section, which is home to a removable padded insert that's big enough for either a small DSLR and a couple of small lenses or accessories, or a larger DSLR like an EOS 50D. Or you could put your lenses and flashgun in here and a decent-sized body in the space next to it. Finally, two larger pockets on the front complete the storage. NA

likes Stylish, well made, comfortable; roomy dislikes Expensive, top pockets hard to get into

Ul /U r-r.T^^TVTfn unzip its lid when the bag is inside can be tricky, particularly if it's full up with heavy equipment. Also, as a shoulder bag it fits in quite a lot of gear, and photographers may find a similarly specified rucksack to offer more comfort when carrying particularly weighty equipment. Its price may seem a little steep too, though as with all Crumpler products you're paying for super-strong construction that should make the bag last for years. MG

likes Spacious, removable inner dislikes Zip can be tricky to open

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