There are also accents of leather here and there, including on the snap closures on the cover flap, and on the grab handle. The snap closures, while good for security purposes, took some getting used to. When youre in a hurry, the one or two seconds spent unsnapping them so you can get to your gear can feel like a lot. Theyre preferable to the attention-drawing sound of ripping Velcro but I would have preferred a quicker option. When slung over your shoulder, the Urban Reporter has very nice, anti-slip padding on the strap so the bag stays in place as you plow through the teeming masses on the way to your assignment. In the Urban Reporter 250, I could fit a pro digital SLR with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens attached and a bunch of other essential photo gear including extra lenses (even a 70-200mm f/2.8), batteries, portable hard drives, flashes and lens cloths. Meanwhile, theres a separate padded slot where you can slide in up to a 13-inch laptop. Theres also a sleeve on the back you can use for flat storage, or unzip at the bottom to slide the bag over the handles of a rolling luggage bag at the airport. One gripe: The Urban Reporter 250 doesnt have any dedicated slots for memory cards, so be careful with those. Along with being a handy photo bag, the Urban Reporter converts to a regular day bag via a neat trick: the fully padded and adjustable camera insert is completely removable. So if you want to take a day off from being a photographer (and who doesnt sometimes?), just yank the gray insert out, put in a couple of beach towels and a novel, and head to the shore.
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