So here's part 2 of my review of the Wotancraft Scout bag. Part 1 is here.
I wanted to get back on this bag, since I've used it for a couple of months now and it's been a companion on some travels and a couple of model shoots. And still, I find this bag being of top notch quality. Is it big enough, yes, most of the time. Can I carry all my Fuji gear in it now after adding the Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR? Well no. Do I want to carry all gear on one should for a long time? Again, no.
A shoulder bag is best to keep pretty light if you don't want to fuck your neck and shoulder up. And with adding the new mentioned Fujinon lens, I can only have my Fujifilm X100T with me, IF the 90mm is mounted on my Fujifilm X-T1. If I'd take out the X100T, I could probably fit my other 3 Fujinon lenses in its place, but would probably have to take them out to find and get the right one.
Would that be a huge problem? Probably not, but still a bit fiddly and inconvenient, especially in the middle of the city for example.
But this is not the way I've thought about using this bag either. Last weekend I went to Copenhagen for some street photography, with only the X100T and The X-T1 with the 90mm attached since I wanted to try out that combination. And it worked pretty good, with the 35 and 135mm (full frame equivalent) setup and it might actually be my walking around setup for my upcoming trip to London. So I won't be walking around with all lenses, I will chose gear for the task. If I'm doing architecture (and I will), the XF 14mm f/2.8 will come with me instead of the X100T and so on.
And if I'm doing either long exposures or night shots (and I will), well, I will probably chose my F-stop Guru instead, so I have a place for my Rick tripod from 3LeggedThing (shown in the first two photos taken with my iPhone 6). I carried the tripod by hand this time and it was not attached to the Scout bag, I just left it in these shots.
But the bag, well it just looks better and better. The canvas is getting a better and better worn look which is awesome and it just doesn't look like the typical camera bag nearly everybody else is using.
And everything feels sturdy and great on it. The too locking flaps on the front is softening up a little after some use, not too much, just a little bit and it feels very secure while closed, thanks to both the flaps and the sturdy zipper for the inner lid. The snappy buttons for the lids of the two pockets are also feeling really nice and really secure. An inner compartment holds my iPad Air2, but I usually don't bring it, but it works fine.
The shoulder strap works well, even though it's not super wide or very thickly padded, it still feels really nice.
Oh, as you can see, I've got the battery grip attached to the X-T1, that doesn't work too well. I can fit the camera, with the 90mm lens on, but the battery grip makes it too snug for my likings. It fits very well with the regular extra grip that I usually have fitted (the grip on the X-T1 is too small, and I don't even have big hands).
So, I just wanted to add some stuff about the Wotancraft Scout now when I've used it a little. I might get back on the subject. Or not. But to come to a conclusion, well I am extremely pleased with this bag. Sure it is rather pricey, it really is, but as usually you get what you pay for and that's exactly what you get here, in an awesome looking high quality bag.