We were recently asked if we’d like to review Nomatic’s new Peter McKinnon Camera Sling, so we jumped at the chance.
After hitting the big time with crowdfunding, camera bag maker Nomatic has gone from strength to strength. Their latest partnership with YouTube megastar Peter McKinnon delighted fans around the world and it seems their collaboration products have been well received.
However, the camera strap space has been heating up lately with what seems like every camera bag manufacturer under the sun is releasing their version of shoulder strap style bags (read our reviews here). So, does the Peter McKinnon Camera Sling 8L live up to the hype? Let’s find out.
Editor’s note: Nomatic sent us the Peter McKinnon Camera Sling to review and keep. However, this is not a sponsored post, nor were we told what to say. All opinions on this camera bag are our own. We tell you this because we always want to be honest with you.
- Lots of pockets for accessories
- Ample padding
- Camera-centric design
- Elastic loop for quick closure
- Premium materials and construction
- The bag can be a little stiff, including the zippers sometimes
- Hook-and-loop Velcro can be difficult to position
- It’s a bit expensive
Peter McKinnon Camera Sling 8L — Technical specifications
All the technical specifications of the Peter McKinnon Camera Sling 8L are taken from the official Nomatic site:
- One-handed quick-release system
- External Molle hooks (straps sold separately)
- Internal organization pockets
- 3 way carry
- Custom and durable material
- Water resistant materials and zippers
- 1 stabilizer strap included
- 5.5″ D x 13″ W x 8″ H
- Weight: 1.6 lbs.
- 80% Nylon 20% Polyethylene
Peter McKinnon Camera Sling 8L — Ergonomics and build quality
The Peter McKinnon Camera Slingshot is similar to many other slingshots that have recently hit the market. After all, there’s not much you can do when designing small camera bags like this.
The first thing you’ll notice is the Peter McKinnon signature panel on the front. Can’t say I’m a fan of it, but that’s how it is. The matte black finish is very elegant. Additionally, a fake textured pattern is woven into the fabric, which looks great. Another design aspect used throughout the bag is the Peter McKinnon Skull and Crossbones logo. Branding asks you to “fly the flag” as if you were a creative pirate. This mark is most evident on the back panel where a large skull and crossbones lives.
You can tell by looking at the sling that Nomatic used top quality YKK zippers. The zippers have premium metal pull tabs, and you can see the webbing has a great padded section, which other slings choose to leave out in favor of a thin webbing. However, I’m disappointed that Nomatic chose to use plastic strap adjusters. They feel hard, but metal adjusters would have fitted the bag better.
Easy to manage
The camera strap is just over 1 foot long; it stands 8 inches tall and is only 5.5 inches deep. The bag is incredibly manageable, thanks to these dimensions. When you factor in the weight of just 1.6 lbs, you end up with a nice camera strap to carry on long excursions. The material is a mixture of nylon and polyethylene. The bag offers some water resistance and is pleasant to the touch. I would describe it as almost a rubbery feel.
I used the Peter McKinnon Camera Sling for the better part of two weeks and subjected it to camera walks in nature and around town. At one point I got caught in a brief rain shower and the bag held up well, thanks to the fantastic zippers, which close tightly.
The bag held up well to the tasks I gave it. Nomatic and Peter McKinnon did a great job designing this scarf. The bag has a nice clean design that sets it apart from the rest, and I have no doubt that it will last quite a long time.
Let’s take a look around
The overall design of the bag is very sleek. You will find external Molle hooks on the front and bottom of the bag. They’re great, but that’s where one of my gripes comes in. Nomatic wants to kill you to death for using them. The straps to use the hooks are sold separately. So if you want to carry a small tripod under the bag, you’ll have to pay more money (a pack of two straps costs $19.99) on top of the $159 entry fee. Not cool.
There is an external pocket on the back of the bag, which is large enough to store your phone. There is also a nice thick panel of padding on the back, which makes the bag comfortable to carry. Plus, there’s also a strap on the back that will slip over the handle of most rolling luggage.
It’s inside the main compartment that the Peter McKinnon camera sling begins to come to life. In the space behind the front panel, you will find three small, perfectly sized elastic pockets for SD cards. Additionally, there is a generously sized zippered pocket, two medium-sized elastic pouches for cables, batteries, or accessories, and two large elastic pockets that can hold AirPods, a small smartphone, lens filters, or cameras. other accessories.
Considering the dimensions of the bag, the main camera compartment is larger than you might think. There’s plenty of padding inside to protect your gear, and there are two padded dividers that you can move around to accommodate your camera and lenses. Like the exterior, the interior of the bag has a great clean design and the storage choices are smart.
Peter McKinnon Camera Sling 8L — What Can It Hold?
The Peter McKinnon Camera Sling is large enough to hold a small mirrorless camera and one to two lenses. I used the harness with a Olympus E-M10IV with a first attached and zoom without any problems. I also used the slingshot with a much more compact setup that includes my Ricoh GR IIIx (read our review here), a Q20 II flash, and several accessories.
The sling even held my APS-C Pentax K-S2 DSLR with a Pentax 18-135mm zoom attached, and there was still room for another small to medium lens or my Ricoh GR IIIxand the LightPix Q20 II glow. The amount of gear this 8L sling can hold is quite impressive. You could probably even get away with a camera with a little prime and a little drone.
As mentioned above, this camera bag has plenty of pockets and pouches that can hold accessories. I managed to fit several batteries, a power bank, USB cables, SD cards, a pair of headphones and some cleaning accessories in the spaces provided.
Of course, your mileage will vary depending on what gear you have, but I was impressed with what I was able to cram into the Peter McKinnon Camera Sling. Owners of compact cameras, Micro Four Thirds cameras and most small APS-C mirrorless cameras from Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm and Sony will have no problem with this bag. However, owners of APS-C DSLRs like the Nikon D500, Nikon D7200, and Canon EOS 7D II might have some issues.
Peter McKinnon Camera Sling 8L — In the Field
If I had to describe the Nomatic Peter McKinnon Camera Strap in one word, it would be comfortable. You can tell a lot of time has gone into designing the bag to feel great when it’s on you. The bag is neither too big nor too small. The strap can be adjusted to multiple lengths and the substantial padded area provides plenty of relief. The padded back panel is also a nice touch. So no matter how much stuff you put in the bag, you won’t feel anything poking you.
Another way to make the bag more comfortable is to use the included support strap that wraps around your body and connects to the bag. The retaining strap will prevent the harness from slipping on your torso. It was great to use it while walking, but I think those who ride bikes will have even more fun using it.
Finally, some innovations
The zippers, for the most part, worked perfectly. A few times they decided to get caught up, but the problem was easy to rectify. The front flap, when open, provides a nice, wide access point to access your gear.
One feature I like is the elastic strap housed in the front panel. This strap allows you to quickly secure the bag after getting your gear out. You just have to pull the strap and buckle it on a metal support on the back of the bag. This means you’ll likely get the shot you’ve been looking for because you don’t have to fight zippers to close the bag. It’s a small feature that improves the performance of large camera bags.
Overall, the Peter McKinnon Camera Sling is a great way to carry your gear. The sling doesn’t scream camera bag, which I like. The only people who will know what it is are those who know who Peter McKinnon is, and that is revealed by the signature panel on the front of the bag. So, due to its comfort level, minimalistic design and spacious interior, this bag has become my daily handbag when I want to travel light.