So I’ve received my Scout from Wotancraft. It was shipped with FedEx on the 30th of December and I received it today on January 5th, so that went really fast considering the new year holidays.
It came in a nice outer canvas carry bag and it’s got a red tag/keyholder (looking like the tag you pull on a parachute) saying “Remove Before Adventure”, which I probably will leave on the bag. It also comes with a very nice lens pouch, in which I will store some lens at home.
So my first impression is, WOW!
This bag looks fucking awesome! The leather details on it looks (and feels) great together with the kind of worn vintage army green colour of the waxed canvas. The bag definitely breathes quality. Sure, it was expensive, but you get what you pay for, as it usually is.
I’ve put the dividers in (it comes with 4, I’ve used 2) the padded (and retractable) insert and my Fujifilm X-T1 and X100T cameras, my Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R, XF 35mm f/1.4 R and XF 56mm f/1.2 R lenses (with the last one mounted on the X-T1 at the moment). Sure it’s a bit snug but they all fit. I have to say that I will probably not walk around all day with two cameras and three lenses (even if it’s lightweight Fuji gear) on one shoulder anyways, since you don’t need that much for street photography.
It’s got two outer pockets where I have stuffed 6 extra batteries (3 for each camera) in one and in the other I have my shutter release, the small flash for the X-T1, lens cloth and a Hoya Pro ND1000 filter and there’s still room for a little bit more. There is also a compartment for something like an iPad or maybe an 11" MacBook Air.
I will not use this bag as the only bag while travelling, but as a complement to my F-stop Guru (or Loka) backpack, for use while doing street photography. When it comes to bringing a tripod and more stuff, I will use a backpack since I don’t feel like murdering my neck and shoulder while carrying too much on one side.
Oh, and the shoulder strap is also nice, it’s got a nice leather detail on the outside of the padded bit and on the inside there’s some grippy type of rubber to prevent it slipping off the shoulder.
I’m really looking forward to start using the Scout and I will add things to this, or write a second part since it can hardly be called a review before it’s been even really used.
Part 2 of this review can be found here.