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For about the past two years, I have been in search of the perfect camera bag. It’s been a frustrating two years during which I’ve bought about every make and model out there. Generally, they’ve been either too big and bulky or if they’re smaller, they’re not big enough to hold what I need (which for me, is basically one body, and three lens [including a full-sized 70m-200m f/2.8], and an Epson P-5000, a battery charger, a cleaning kit, a Hoodman Loupe, a Cable Release, a closeup filter, and a flash).

A couple of months ago I was up at B&H Photo in New York, and I wound up, once again, in their giant camera bag dept. and I saw this bag (The LowePro Pro Mag 2 AW) and thought, “Well, here we go again,” and so I bought it, brought it home, and at first (like with most of my other bags), I was pretty happy with it. But it was on my recent workshop in Montana that I fell deeply and madly in love with it.

It has the perfect size/weight/usability ratio that I’ve been looking for. It holds all my gear perfectly, and although I bought a modular lens case that attaches to the outside to hold one extra lens, I’ve yet to have to use it. It’s lightweight, but extremely rugged. It fits in the overhead bins of even smaller regional jets, and it has lots of room for all kinds of little accessories, with lots of little pockets, compartments, and well…I just love it, and that’s why I’m giving it my “Scott Thinks It’s Hot” award!

I still have my LowePro ProRoller 1 (for when I need to bring the kitchen sink, with two bodies, three flashes, and every accessory known to man), but I find myself going out of my way to use the Pro Mag 2 AV every chance I get. B&H Photo has it for $139.95 (here’s the link), and it would make a great holiday gift for the photography freak in your life.

P.S. My buddy Dave Moser bought the same bag, that same day, and he feels the same way. This is THE bag!!! :)