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PGYTECH Snaplock Quick-Release System Collection Review

PGYTECH Snaplock Quick-Release System Collection Review

P1010045 | 1/80 sec | f/3.2 | 28.0 mm | ISO 200
 

Quick Verdict

The PGYTECH Snaplock System offers a varied and useful collection of accessories that are compatible with a wide range of photography kit. Thanks to features such as ‘push to install’, the accessories are really easy and quick to use. Plus, the anti-loosening design of the plate accessories brings peace of mind that your camera is safe and secure in use. There’s definitely a quick-release accessory for every type of photographer in this collection.

+ Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Quick to install
  • Secure
  • Lightweight
  • Good build quality
  • Widely compatible  

– Cons

  • MultipleSnapLock Plate Adapters/Plates needed to make the most of the system (if you have multiple cameras)
  • Some cameras/lenses feel heavy on the Beetle Camera Clip

 

PGYTECH has introduced a line-up of accessories for photographers, vloggers and smartphoneographers who are looking for quicker and more efficient ways to carry and use their cameras. The PGYTECH Snaplock Quick-Release System features a SnapLock Plate Adapter, SnapLock Beetle Came Clip, Action Camera SnapLock Plate, SnapLock NANO Sviwil and Tilt Mount so it seems there’s an accessory for everyone but are they any good? We’ve been putting them to the test to find out. 

 

PGYTECH Snaplock System Features

As mentioned above, the PGYTECH Snaplock Quick-Release System features four main accessories and if you take a look at the PGYTECH website, you’ll notice there’s also a Snaplock Plate Nano and a Snaplock Reverse Ball Head, however, we’re not reviewing these two accessories today. 

We’ll take a look at each of the products individually as they’re all slightly different even though they’re part of the same collection. 

 

Beetle Camera Clip 

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The Beetle Camera Clip removes the need for you to hold your camera or have it around your neck on a strap when it’s not in use. The Beetle Camera Clip enables you to quickly mount and lock your camera securely onto a bag strap or belt and to remove it ready for action, all you have to do is press a button. There’s even a lock so it won’t accidentally come undone when walking and the back features anti-slip rubber so it holds onto a strap more securely. 

An Arca-Swiss compatible SnapLock plate is used in conjunction with the Bettle Camera Clip which means it’s compatible with various devices and the plate features a patented tight-fitting screw to prevent it from coming loose. You can also fasten your camera to the SnapLock plate in any direction so when you’re using a heavier lens, you can mount it horizontally to distribute weight better. 

The main body of the clip is made from an aluminium alloy so it’s strong but lightweight and its size means it easily fits in a pocket. 

Key Features: 

  • Arca-Swiss compatible SnapLock quick release camera plate
  • Attaches to most backpack straps or belts
  • Hands-free carrying 
  • Easy to clamp design
  • Installation in any direction
  • Patented tight-fitting screw
  • Pocket size, easy to carry
  • Aluminium alloy construction

 

Snaplock Plate Adapter

P1010050 | 1/100 sec | f/3.2 | 23.0 mm | ISO 200
 

The Snaplock Plate Adapter makes mounting cameras to tripods and other accessories as easy as one click. The SnapLock Plate Adapter’s mounting base uses a clamp that locks by itself rather than a knob you have to tighten manually which means you can mount the SnapLock Plate, used throughout this collection, in one simple step. There’s also a button you can press to ensure the system won’t unlock itself. 

An Arca-Swiss interface on the side as well as 1/4” and 3/8” threaded holes found on the bottom, make the Snaplock Plate Adapter compatible with a wide range of gimbals, plates, tripods and sliders.

Key Features: 

  • Multifunctional interfaces for wide compatibility
  • Patented SnapLock System
  • One-step attachment 
  • The square SnapLock Plate allows you to quickly mount it in any direction
  • Pocket size, easy to carry
  • Aluminium alloy construction

 

Snaplock Nano Swivel & Tilt Mount

P1010057 | 1/100 sec | f/3.2 | 35.0 mm | ISO 200
 

For those who need a mount that offers more fluidity, the Snaplock Nano Swivel & Tilt Mount can swivel 360-degrees and tilts through 180-degrees with adjustable damping so operation is smooth. As with all of the products in this range, this accessory features patented technology (PGYTECH SnapLock Nanosystem) that allows the user to quickly and easily mount/dismount gear. There’s an extra lock to ensure your camera is securely attached and a square cold shoe mount can be quickly attached in any direction. The patented 1/4” screw lets you securely fix the plate or cold shoe mount in place and the cold shoe mount’s rotate-to-lock knob contains a patented screw, which prevents it from loosening. 

The Snaplock Nano Swivel & Tilt Mount can be used with monitors and it also functions as a mini tripod head so you can connect a smartphone or camera to the device (tripod not included). 

Key Features: 

  • 360° swivelling and 180° tilting
  • PGYTECH SnapLock Nanosystem allows you to easily (dis)mount your gear
  • The extra lock ensures your gear is securely fastened to the mount
  • A square cold shoe mount can be quickly snapped on in any direction
  • The patented 1/4” screw lets you securely fix the plate or cold shoe mount in place
  • The cold shoe mount’s rotate-to-lock knob contains a patented screw, which prevents it from undoing
  • Multifunctional interface for wide compatibility 

 

Action Camera Snaplock Plate Arca-Swiss

P1010059 | 1/100 sec | f/3.2 | 33.0 mm | ISO 200
 

The Action Camera Snaplock Plate, as the name suggests, is for Action Cameras and it features a ball head structure for swivelling (360-degrees) and tilting (32-degrees). It features PGYTECH’s quick-release pin so mounting/dismounting an action camera is easy – simply unlock the pin then rotate it 90-degrees to lock/unlock the pin. 

The square shape is Arca-Swiss compatible so you can use it with tripods or PGYTECH’s Beatle Camera Clip and the universal interface as well as the 1/4”-20 conversion adapter makes the Action Camera Snaplock Plate widely compatible with many popular action cameras from brands such as GoPro and DJI. 

The base of the plate and the ball head are made from aluminium which means it’s light and the size makes it easy to carry around. 

Key Features:

  • Ball head structure
  • A Quick-release pin allows you to instantly (dis)mount your gear
  • The universal interface and the 1/4”-20 conversion adapter for wide compatibility
  • The square shape is Arca-Swiss compatible
  • Aluminium alloy construction

 

PGYTECH Snaplock System Handling & Performance

P1010029 | 1/125 sec | f/3.5 | 30.0 mm | ISO 200
 

All of the accessories on review that are found in the PGYTECH Snaplock System are compact in size and lightweight which means they easily fit in a camera bag or even a pocket for easy transportation. They’re also made really well with the aluminium alloy feeling reassuringly strong and all components fitting well. Lock buttons are easy to push and give peace of mind that your camera isn’t going to fall off the mount it’s attached to. We also like the rubberised textures that give the accessories extra grip when attached to a camera and/or strap. 

The anti-loosening design of the plate brings reassurance that your kit is safe (PGY even provide Alun keys so you can tighten the bolt easily) and the simple ‘push-to-install’ system the plate and adapter offers makes the mounting/dismounting of gear quick.

 

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You don’t have to worry about the direction you fit the SnapLock Plate in either as the square shape means you can quickly mount it in any direction. It also uses the Arca-Swiss standardized size, which is compatible with most Arca-Swiss plates. Also Arca-Swiss compatible is the SnapLock Mounting Base with 1/4” and 3/8” threaded holes so you can use the device with a wide variety of gimbals, plates, tripods and sliders.

 

P1010048 | 1/160 sec | f/4.0 | 23.0 mm | ISO 200
 

If you own multiple cameras and supports, one slight snag is that you would need to purchase multiple SnapLock Plate Adapters or Plates so you can switch from sliders to tripods or swap cameras easily. If, however, you have one camera and one tripod, you’ll find the SnapLock Plate Adapter system so easy to use and it really does save time. It’s one of the easiest quick release plate systems we’ve used with a simple press of a button releasing the camera from the support. The plate also easily slides/clicks into place and feels incredibly secure. If you use the Alun key to tighten the plate to your camera there’s no movement once it’s in the SnapLcok Mounting Base and the extra lock gives double reassurance that your camera is safe.  

 

P1010056 | 1/100 sec | f/3.2 | 35.0 mm | ISO 200
 

The SnapLock Nano Swivel and Tilt Mount is an ideal accessory for vloggers as it can be attached to a handheld tripod as the 1/4”-20 screw hole on the bottom and the 1/4”-20 screw on the top enable it to function as a mini tripod head. It also features the square mount design so you can quickly mount it in any direction and use the built-in push button to make sure it’s secure. For further peace of mind, the SnapLock Nano plate’s 1/4”-20 screw and the cold shoe mount’s rotate-to-lock knob contain a patented screw with a mini thrust needle roller bearing so you can fix the plate or cold shoe mount securely in place. 

Once your camera is secure, you can swivel and tilt the mount and the damping means you can adjust the swivel up to 360-degrees and the tilt up to 180-degrees smoothly. 

 

P1010061 | 1/100 sec | f/3.2 | 33.0 mm | ISO 200
 

Also designed for action cameras is the Action Camera SnapLock Plate which features a ball head that enables 360°swiveling and 32° tilting so you can lock it in various positions. The handy quick-release pin features so you can quickly and easily mount/dismount gear to it and it’s also compatible with multiple action cameras so a wider variety of customers will be able to purchase and use the adapter. The square shape is, again, Arca-Swiss compatible and it can be used with Arca-type tripod heads or the PGYTECH Beetle Camera Clip so you can capture footage on the move hands-free.

 

P1010030 | 1/100 sec | f/3.5 | 17.0 mm | ISO 200
 

The Beetle Camera Clip is the final device in our collection of Snaplock System accessories and it’s a device you can fasten to your backpack strap or belt to secure your camera to when it’s not in use. It’s designed to relieve pressure on your neck as you don’t need a camera strap and it keeps your hands free for the setting up of tripods etc. Basically, this device provides a quick-access solution to your camera when you don’t want to stow it away. 

Mounting and locking the camera in place is really easy as there are no knobs to twist/secure, instead, you just press one button to slide the plate in/out which moves smoothly. The same button doubles up as a lock to keep the plate in place when mounted to the clip. 

 

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To secure the clip to a strap or belt, you need to lift the small handle which is reassuringly stiff and lifts with a ‘click’. You’ll then see there are 3 steps (PGYTECH call them gears) that allow different strap thicknesses to be secured. A strap up to 75mm wide with a maximum thickness of 15mm and a minimum thickness of 1mm thick can be used with the Beetle Camera Clip. Once over your strap/belt, you resecure the lock you lifted up to hold the device in place. 

The Bettle Camera Clip does hold a camera/lens well but it did take us a while to trust it simply because we’re so used to using a camera strap. You can feel the weight when using longer lenses and we did find ourselves reaching to hold the camera at first but after a while, we did stop doing this. After getting used to the system, we soon found ourselves comfortably walking around, hands-free and with no camera banging around on a strap. Plus, it’s really easy to get the camera off the clip when needed as all you have to do is switch the lock, press it in and pull your camera off the clip. We found it equally secure when using either a backpack strap or belt to fasten it to but sitting the camera horizontally rather than vertically when on a bag strap does help distribute weight better. 

The SnapLock plate the clip is compatible with does grip a camera well, with the patented tight-fitting screw doing exactly what it’s designed to do, too. 

 

Value For Money

The accessories in the PGYTECH Snaplock System have the following prices:

You’ll also need a Snaplock Plate if not purchasing it in a set with the Beetle Camera Clip or Snaplock Plate Adapter which is priced at $14.90. 

All of the products are rather reasonably priced but if you did want to purchase multiple plates or adapters, the cost could soon start adding up. These prices also don’t take custom fees, VAT, duty and tax you may have to pay into consideration – please check before purchasing. 

Alternative camera clips include the Capture Camera Clip from Peak Design priced at just over £50 while various Arca-swiss quick-release plates are available on Amazon ranging in prices along with various plate adapters

For more opinions on photography accessories, have a look at our reviews

 

PGYTECH Snaplock System Verdict

All of the accessories are really easy to use, are well made and will securely hold your camera but to get the most out of the Snaplock Plate Adapter functionality, you’ll need to purchase multiple adapters if you have different supports or buy multiple Snaplock Plates if you have more than one camera so you can quickly swap them in and out of use. However, those who own just one camera and support don’t have to worry about this so will find the system does speed up workflow and makes connecting/disconnecting a camera to a support really easy. 

The action camera accessories offer smooth panning and tilting while the Beetle Clip is a useful way to keep your hands free and your neck more comfortable when not taking photos. 

Thanks to features such as ‘push to install’, the accessories are really easy and quick to use. Plus, the anti-loosening design of the plate accessories brings peace of mind that your camera is safe and secure in use.

Overall, the PGYTECH Snaplock System offers a varied and useful collection of accessories that are compatible with a wide range of photography kit which means there’s definitely a quick-release accessory for every type of photographer in this collection.

 

PGYTECH Snaplock System Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Quick to install
  • Secure
  • Lightweight
  • Good build quality
  • Widely compatible 

 

PGYTECH Snaplock System Cons

  • MultipleSnapLock Plate Adapters/Plates needed to make the most of the system (if you have multiple cameras)
  • Some cameras/lenses feel heavy on the Beetle Camera Clip

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PGYTECH Introduce SnapLock Quick Release System Collection

PGYTECH Introduce SnapLock Quick Release System Collection

PGYTECH want to make the photo-taking process more efficient with the introduction of various new mounts and adapters.

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Accessories

PGYTECH Beetle Camera Clip

 

PGYTECH has a new line-up of accessories which includes a SnapLock Plate Adapter, SnapLock Beetle Came Clip, Action Camera SnapLock Plate, SnapLock NANO Sviwil and Tilt Mount.

The accessories are part of the PGYTECH SnapLock system designed for photographers, vloggers and smartphoneographers who are looking for quicker and more efficient ways to carry and use their cameras. 

 

PGYTECH Beetle Camera Clip

PGYTECH Beetle Camera Clip

  • You don’t need to hold your camera all the time, just attach it to your straps to free your hands and enjoy your trip. The Beetle Camera Clip also helps to relieve pressure on your neck and to increase your comfort.
  • The Beetle Camera Clip enables you to quickly mount and lock your camera without having to push any buttons. Taking out your camera is as easy as pushing one button. It even locks extra securely to avoid it accidentally unlocking itself.
  • We got rid of the tedious traditional knob and use a clip that you can attach to your strap instantly and very securely. The adjustable buckle enables you to attach your camera to most straps.
  • The Beetle Camera Clip uses the Arca-Swiss compatible SnapLock plate. You can use the plate to mount different Arca-type equipment to meet all your creative needs.
  • The SnapLock plate lets you install your camera in any direction instantly. The camera mount direction can be adjusted according to the camera lens size.
  • The SnapLock Plate uses a patented tight-fitting screw containing a thrust needle roller bearing, which ensures the plate doesn’t get undone. It mounts the camera very securely.
  • Fits PGYTECH’s Action Camera SnapLock Plate perfectly.
  • Support most DSLRs, action cameras, card machines, mirrorless cameras.
  • The use of anti-slip rubber material in the inner part offers a snug and secure hold for your strap, eliminating the worry of clip movement.
  • Pocket size, easy to carry

Price: $59 and is available from the PGYTECH official store.

 

PGYECH Action Camera SnapLock Plate

PGYECH Action Camera SnapLock Plate

 

  • The ball head structure enables 360°swiveling and 32° tilting for perfect shots.
  • The square shape is Arca-Swiss compatible. Fits PGYTECH’s Beatles Camera Clip or different Arca-type tripod heads perfectly.
  • The universal interface and the 1/4”-20 screw conversion adapter enables compatibility between the Gopro, Insta360, DJI Osmo Action/Pocket, and most action cameras.
  • Contains a PGYTECH’s quick-release pin, which allows you to instantly (dis)mount your gear.
  • Light yet sturdy, easy to carry

Price: $19 and is available from the PGYTECH official store.

 

PGYTECH SnapLock Plate Adapter

PGYTECH SnapLock Plate Adapter

 

  • Be more efficient by using multiple SnapLock Plate Adapters simultaneously to quickly (dis)mount your gear. Switch from sliders to tripods or even swap cameras in one easy step.
  • The SnapLock Plate Adapter includes the SnapLock System. The SnapLock mounting base uses a clamp that locks by itself rather than a traditional knob. It lets you instantly mount the SnapLock Plate in just one step. You can easily connect cameras and other gear to your gimbal, Arca-Swiss plate, sliders or tripods. The square SnapLock Plate allows you to quickly mount it in any direction.
  • The SnapLock Mounting Base is designed with an Arca-Swiss interface on the side and the bottom contains 1/4” and 3/8” threaded holes, which is widely compatible with gimbals, plates, tripods and sliders.
  • The SnapLock Plate uses the Arca-Swiss standardized size, which is compatible with most Arca-Swiss plates.
  • Compatible with PGYTECH’s Action Camera SnapLock Plate
  • Push the button to lock it extra securely to avoid it accidentally unlocking itself.
  • The SnapLock plate uses a patented tight-fitting screw containing a thrust needle roller bearing, which ensures the plate doesn’t get undone. It mounts your camera very securely.
  • Pocket size and portable design

Price: $39 and is available from the PGYTECH official store.

 

SnapLock Nano Swivel and Tilt Mount

SnapLock Nano Swivel and Tilt Mount

 

  • The patented PGYTECH SnapLock Nanosystem allows you to easily mount the monitor on your camera after attaching it to the SnapLock Nano plate. The SnapLock Nano plate has a square cold shoe mount, which can be quickly assembled no matter the direction. Push the secure button to avoid it accidentally unlocking itself.
  • The mount is capable of 360° swivelling and 180° tilting for perfect views and optimal audio recording. The adjustable damping allows it to operate smoothly and conveniently, no matter the weight of the mounted devices.
  • The SnapLock Nano plate’s 1/4”-20 screw and the cold shoe mount’s rotate-to-lock knob contain a patented screw, which contains a mini thrust needle roller bearing, to prevent it from getting undone. The patented screw lets you securely fix the plate or cold shoe mount in place.
  • The SnapLock Nano Mount is light, versatile and is widely compatible. The dovetail cold shoe mount ensures it’s working as a monitor mount. The 1/4”-20 screw hole on the bottom and the 1/4”-20 screw on the top enable it to function as a mini tripod head, which allows you to connect a smartphone or camera to a mini tripod.

Price: $39 and is available from the PGYTECH official store.

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Fstoppers Reviews the PGYTECH OneMo Camera Bag: One Bag to Rule Them All?

Fstoppers Reviews the PGYTECH OneMo Camera Bag: One Bag to Rule Them All?

What do you get when you cross a solo event photographer’s working bag with your favorite business travel backpack that you can also take on a day hike through the Adirondacks to photograph your favorite waterfall? How close are we to having the perfect photographer’s camera bag that ticks each and every box?

Photographers and camera bags; after several years building our kits for our hobby or profession we may have a closet full of padded dividers, and half empty bags that are missing their rain covers left accidentally in the parking lot of Death Valley’s Mesquite Sand Dunes. We’ve found that a bomb proof bag for an afternoon city architecture shoot for our personal enjoyment is simply overboard, and screams photographer to everyone around us while we carry a couple thousand dollars worth of gear. The joy of photographing our surroundings is overshadowed by our lower back pain from carrying our gear through the blocks of towering buildings.

The best bag for everyone simply doesn’t exist, but the options we have are getting us closer than ever before with companies truly listening to our needs and wants, because that company’s direct line to their current and future customers has no filter in the social media age of today. The expansion of crowd funding efforts to bring equipment direct to you has empowered companies that would have never existed a few years ago to be able to aid you in your work and travels at incredible cost savings compared to a camera bag that still misses the mark. Let’s check out, possibly, the next piece of gear in your kit: the OneMo Backpack by PGYTECH.

We’ll start on the outside and move to the interior as we go. First off, I am a function over form type of person when it comes to my equipment and gear. I just want it to work and if it looks good while doing it, then color me impressed, but it’s never my concern when purchasing a piece for my kit. For the PGYTECH OneMo Backpack, that isn’t an issue at all. It has a great contemporary look that’s sleek, and a choice of two color schemes that should appeal to anyone looking for an inconspicuous bag that other photographers or your friends will comment on. I like to blend in when traveling and the OneMo Backpack is what many would expect to see for that laid back traveler that likes a good looking carry-on for his or her clothing and essentials.

The OneMo Backpack is also a medium sized bag that ventures into the larger category at 25 liters in size that has a large expansion compartment on the front of the bag that will increase the total volume to 30 liters. This section is large but minimal with a thick elastic strap to help hold a gimbal or any other items you can stuff in there. The OneMo Backpack also has a separate removable sling bag that has its own expanding storage on top to put your total capacity between both up to 35 liters. When you think that you can’t find more room in the bag you’ve probably forgotten about one of the expansion pouches to put more gear into. When you don’t need the extra room you can just zipper closed the expansion points and keep each of the bags super sleek.

The best way to describe the outer finish of the exterior of the bag would be a “rubberized” water-resistant polyester that deflects water very well. The zippers are reinforced with well designed pulls for easy access, while also being a reverse design to keep any unexpected rain from entering the bag and sealing off the elements from the interior. Little attentions to detail like this are always welcome, but it makes me wonder why other companies don’t think about these issues when creating bags for photographers and their thousands of dollars in equipment.

The OneMo Backpack has three carry handles that are double thick and reinforced for flipping and lifting out of airplane overhead storage or when picking up off the desert floor. If you travel with a rolling bag, PGYTECH includes a strap in the center of the back that is recessed enough to not notice, but perfect to slip over the handle of your second roller bag. The contoured shoulder straps stay relatively wide to the bottom and are ventilated with a medium-thin foam mesh. This same material is used along the back of the backpack to keep you cool, but is ever so slightly thicker creating a semi-rigid backing to the bag that helps to keep your equipment evenly distributed across your entire back. When hiking or walking a lengthier distance with a camera kit, I truly start to dislike a bag that is flimsy when it’s filled with gear. The OneMo has kept me quite happy when walking several hours in the summer heat even when filled to the brim.

One of the biggest features that sticks out to me is one of the smallest, and that’s the zipper security loops designed at the end of each of the zipper pulls for the three secondary outside access compartments. It’s a simple design that should make it more difficult for any would-be thief with sticky fingers if they attempt to access your bag while you’re traveling through train stations or walking in large metropolitan areas. The outside of the bag has multiple options for storing one or more tripods with included interchangeable straps that hook on the top or the front of the backpack to keep your professional sized equipment or drone secure yet easily accessible. Additionally, there’s a magnetic pocket along the bottom front of the bag to store those straps and four additional top opening compartments along the back padding for small, thin items that you may want quick access to or to store the OneMo shoulder straps.

Rounding out the features on the outside of the OneMo Backpack is the rubberized flat bottom of the backpack so it stands upright when placed on the ground, and hidden in a compartment on the bottom of the bag is a water proof cover for the outside of the backpack. There is a similar material for the open top pockets just under the shoulder straps that can be pulled over the top of the backside pockets to avoid water running into the pockets if in a downpour. I personally find these types of rain covers lacking as any water running down your back will just saturate a camera bag, but from the padded back side instead. Unless the rain cover essentially seals the bag, you can just toss any of these types of rain covers and purchase a poncho. When it begins raining, put the backpack on and then pull the poncho over you and your backpack. You won’t sweat as bad as wearing a rain jacket and you and your camera bag stays completely out of the rain.

Getting into the interior of the OneMo Backpack, the main access to the interior of the bag is from the back panel, which is preferred for security when traveling or traversing areas that are known for camera theft. This main compartment access lets you see everything that’s in the main padded gear area with the customizable dividers to fit your specific kit formula. These newer style of dividers allow you to create additional division in the backpack by their “origami-type” folding and creating padded spacing above other items, which is how I cram a ton of gear into my other travel bags currently, though these newer type of dividers are much better. You’ll notice that the back is already segmented into two partitions with an upper and lower section. This very sturdy divider can have the hook and loop separated and then the divider laid flat to accommodate all your different sized equipment, lenses, and camera bodies. Keep the divider in place to have a highly personalized and internally sturdy camera backpack, fold the divider flat and out of the way to create more space for a large telephoto lens, or pull out all the dividers to use the OneMo Backpack as a general travel bag.

There’s two additional main compartment access points stacked next to one another for those quick photos on the go where you can unzip the small closer to the top side compartment to pull out your camera for that fleeting photo opportunity. This is handy if you’re operating a camera that doesn’t have the additional bulk of a battery grip or the top tier DSLR camera body with a portrait vertical grip. You also have a slightly larger side access that allows you to remove the included shoulder bag that additionally has the option to be converted into a waist pouch for your lenses and camera. I like a lens pouch option as you don’t have to worry about the bag slipping off your shoulder accidentally. If you prefer to use a battery gripped camera or similar professional sized camera, then using the lower compartment and omitting the OneMo sling bag will be much easier to remove your camera the instant that you need it.

You’ve now made it to your destination and you are looking to downsize on the amount of gear you are taking with you as you explore a new city or you’re out shooting a part of a wedding. The provided sling bag has multiple options for storing your gear and ways to keep the bag attached to your body. You can use the provided padded strap and use this smaller bag for your camera, maybe toss in an extra lens or two, or you can attach the padded strap around your waist as the sling bag, essentially, becomes a lens pouch so you have the option to change lenses quickly and on the go. This is a great setup for an event photographer that has to have multiple lenses on them to change out at a moments notice. The sling bag also has it’s own customizable dividers so you can make the bag fit your needs perfectly.

There’s certain aspects to a camera bag that you learn are a testament to the trials of photographers before you, and this idea is emblematic with the color of the interior. It’s not a bright yellow or medium gray, but a green that allows you to still disseminate that lost SD card at the bottom of the bag. With opening and closing the side access, you likely don’t want a lot of contrast to draw eyes to the gear you’re pulling out and the shade of green doesn’t accentuate your camera during this process. Little things like that might not be on everyone’s mind, but those of you who photograph in busy urban areas will appreciate the subtlety. Additionally, PGYTECH added three separated battery compartment holders into the larger side access door and each of these have their own slide flag. The battery compartments are then flagged green or red so you know which battery is ready to go and which one you took out of your camera last week and forgot to charge. There’s also a small mesh compartment that’s removable with hook and loop attachment so any extra memory cards or quick detach lens strap parts can easily find a home there.

The inside of the top side access door also has a RFID protected pocket for any credit cards or personal identification you might want to keep in your backpack. On the back of the main compartment is a very well padded and divided sleeve that will comfortably fit a 16 inch laptop and large tablet without any worry of either scratching the other. There’s a final compartment on the outside of the bag opposite the two exterior camera access points that provides a mesh pocket and on the open flap a small zippered compartment for a cleaning kit or any small parts or pieces you don’t need all the time, but want to have with you.

The OneMo has a lot going for it with a contemporary design that is also engineered for a plurality of different photographers and photography styles while still exceeding most people’s wants and needs in their bag of choice.

What I Liked:

  • The perfect size for a day bag up to a full event photographer’s kit.
  • The outer finish will deflect minor inclement weather easily.
  • Just the right amount of pockets and compartments. Not too many but more than enough for everything to have its place.
  • Useable expansion for when needing to carry a full kit and have a change of clothes.
  • The back padding is stiff yet porous to keep you sweating less, while keeping you and your gear comfortably dry on your back.
  • Well made and nicely stitched carry handles.
  • The dual access makes it easy to quickly remove a mirrorless or DSLR camera body with attached lens.
  • The interior color is still bright enough to find a lost piece of kit easily but not so bright to draw attention when removing or replacing a camera.
  • Zipper security loops. Every travel bag should have these.
  • An additional sling bag that doubles as a lens pouch. This is a great idea.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • I want a waist belt. I have some degeneration in my spine and putting weight on my hips is much better than on my shoulders.
  • Rain covers that don’t cover an entire bag are useless.
  • I prefer a battery grip on my camera bodies and the larger side access is still a touch too small.

There’s a lot to like with the PGYTECH OneMo Backpack while ticking almost all the boxes for those serious about protecting their gear and using it in quickly changing circumstances or conditions. You get an incredible amount of options that fit street photographers, event photographers, wedding photographers, videographers, or drone pilots. The OneMo Backpack is a premium bag, which in the photography world is the word that burns credit cards, but it doesn’t have the premium price. At $199 for the Twilight Black or just twenty dollars more for the Olivine Camo, that’s an incredible amount of bag for not an incredible amount of money.

Check out the PGYTECH OneMo Backpack 25L & Shoulder Bag here.

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