National Geographic 2477 Bag Review

So after finding the perfect shoulder camera/laptop bag, the National Geographic NG-2475, and then having to return it because it couldn’t fit my 15.4″ MacBook Pro, fortunately Bogen (yes, the same company that makes tripods) makes a slightly larger version: the National Geographic NG-2477. The new bag is a few inches wider and is identical in design and layout to the NG-2475 except for the buckles and the addition of luggage straps to easily attach to a rolling luggage handle.

The new bag is just perfect. It’s very stylish and able to carry all my necessary equipment such as my 15.4″ MacBook Pro, Canon EOS 1D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM attached, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM with hood reversed, Canon 550EX external flash, Canon CP-E4, extra AA batteries, extra CF cards, and various accessories such as off camera hot-shoe, microfiber towel, extra caps, pens, business cards, etc.

The only complaints I have is that the front of the bag, there isn’t any padding to keep a large dSLR like the 1D from banging against things in the front pockets. It’s not a huge problem, but worth mentioning. The other complaint is that the strap doesn’t sit properly in the “o” rings and thus can cause some discomfort when wearing the bag for long periods of time. This can probably be attributed to how heavy the bag becomes with all the equipment loaded.

It’s also worth mentioning that the NG-2477 comes with 2 enclosed internal pouches versus 1 enclosed internal pouch with the NG-2475. The enclosed internal pouch can’t fit the 1D with a lens mounted, so I only use 1 pouch which holds my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM and Canon 550EX external flash.

As I had mentioned in my NG-2475 review, the olive canvas color makes the bag a very stealth camera bag. Also with the abundant pockets, it’s easy to stash and access needed accessories such as a spare Canon NP-E3 battery.

The only complaint I have is that with all my equipment loaded, the shoulder straps at the “O” ring becomes bunched up and looks ugly.

[November 11, 2008 UPDATE: I now carry my Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II in the bag and leave my Canon EOS 1D Mark II in my Pelican 1514.]

National Geographic NG-2477 Gallery

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