National Geographic 2475 Bag Review

I’m always on a lookout for new man-purse bags to carry all my stuff in such as my photo gear and laptop. My wife is always complaining that I have too many bags, but why can’t women understand that men need various bags for various occasions?!

I’ve tried and owned various types of bags from the Lowepro CompuDaypack to the Lowepro 200 AW slingshot and Lowepro Computrekker AW Plus. I could never truly find one that I liked a lot. I want a bag that is relatively small, easier to carry around that fits all my essential gear: Canon EOS 1D Mark II with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM mounted, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, Canon 550EX, my 15.4″ Apple MacBook Pro, and other small but essential items such as additional flash cards, business cards, pens, off shoe flash cable, etc. While it’s not terribly difficult to find a bag to fit the photography equipment I carry around day-to-day, for some reason, it’s very difficult to find one that can fit a 15.4″ MacBook Pro also. Go figure.

The Lowepro CompuDaypack works fairly well, but I can’t bring along my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM very easily and it is difficult to get access to my camera without actually having to take off the backpack. For my in-depth review along with pictures of the Lowepro CompuDaypack, you can check out CamBags.com, a great source for finding the right bag.

It wasn’t until I happened upon this CamBags posting did I think I found the perfect bag. I had never imagined that National Geographic even made bags and would make a bag that I would actually like. The reviewer has pretty much the same equipment as me, so it made it very easy to visuallize how everything would work. So I placed my order with B&H Photo Video. As an added bonus, for a limited time, if you get the NG 2475, it comes with the NG 1151 Earth Explorer Small Camera Pouch, which is pretty nice for being free!

I’m not going to go into a detailed review, if you want more information, you can read my review at CamBags (Review #2). But I will list the quick rundown of likes and dislikes.

What do I like about the bag? It’s very nicely designed and made. It’s got pretty decent/good padding. Has plenty of pockets to hold all my little trinkets. Does not look anything like a camera bag at all. Pretty comfortable to wear. My dislikes, only one: my 15.4″ MacBook Pro does not fit. It kinda *fits* if I put it upwards, but then I can’t really buckle the flap… Apparently they weren’t kidding when they said it only fits 15″ laptops; I was hoping 15″ meant 15.4″ maximum. Doh. So what now? I’m upgrading to the National Geographic NG 2477 which can fit up to 17″ laptops. I’ll post info about the NG 2477 when it comes in later today. For now, enjoy the pictures:

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