After supporting Miggo’ Innovative Camera Strap via Kickstarter several months earlier I was happy to check out the next generation of quick draw water proof bags when they appeared on the popular crowd-fundraising website. I liked what I saw in the promotional video and decided to put my money into, what appeared to me, a great every day camera bag. Based on the description of the different sized bags I selected the largest model, the Agua 45.
It promised to easily fit my camera, a Nikon D610 and to this day it assures those who might be interested in purchasing the bag that it will accommodate cameras like the Nikon D810 and Canon 5D. I will elaborate on this further into my review.
The bag arrived within the time frame initially promised or close to it from what I recall. If this bag is of interest it is readily available from a variety of sources around the world.
I immediately put the bag through its paces. Several external features caught my attention like this well padded and re-enforced bottom to protect the lens while in the bag. The bottom is very sturdy and the hidden seam ensures that the water proof feature is further supported. The Miggo logo is subtle but marks this unmistakably as a member of the Miggo family. (Note: The Miggo design team boasts members who previously worked for KATA, a company that no longer stands alone – and I loved their bags… is it any surprise that I am impressed with Miggo?)
Let’s move and focus on some great external bag features: The double zipper is considered water repellent and closes securely all the way around with an option to tuck the slider and pulls under a protective cover near the handle. The pulls have been extended to ensure a good grip even when wearing gloves. The zipper glides smoothly but it is evident that the teeth close securely to keep moisture out.
Once unzipped the water proof front opens wide to reveal a couple “nice to have” additions any bag could benefit from. Two well designed and easily accessible low profile pockets will hold one lens cap and extra card. Love those small bonus touches Miggo includes as standard features.
Another great feature is the safety leash to which the camera can be attached to avoid accidental dropping and discourage pick pockets at busy tourist sites. How does this safely leash work?
The Agua bags arrive with a couple of bonus carry straps. This is my preferred way of carrying the camera when I just head out for a quick photo shoot. The two separate components snap together to make a short handle or…
…when opened (by sliding the safety lock and squeezing on either side of the blue button) it may be connected to the detachable bag handle.
Talk about versatility: When the weather is great I leave the bag at home and just use my padded, adjustable strap!
The blue sliders at the connection points are equipped with a sliding lock to prevent accidental detachment from the camera.
I am sure you spotted this little screw driver (if you can call it that). It was another added bonus I discovered when the bag arrived. I use it to tighten the tripod shoe to my camera which has a nasty habit of loosening when you are far from your full equipment bag. I attached this little tool with a half-hitch knot and reach for it regularly.
For anyone who does not like to use a carry handle over the camera (the way I showed above), this bag came with this option, the Strap Sling Connector that screws into the tripod connector on the bottom of the camera. I have not used this accessory yet so cannot really comment on how well it works. I have used other carry straps that fasten to the screw at the bottom of the camera body and did not feel they were secure enough.
During the Kickstarter campaign a number of bonuses were offered and one of these was the water-resistant batter pouch which I opted for but was not too sure if it was of much value. I am so glad I have it! It hold up to three additional batteries for my camera, and when I leave on a weekend camping trip where I may or may not have access to electricity to recharge my batteries I am glad I have this pouch with me.
The pouch folds over at the top and clips on to the carry strap when attached to the bag or camera.
So far so good: I have listed all the positive attributes for my Agua 45 bag. As mentioned, I ordered it (or better supported the fundraising campaign because I could select the size of the bag to accommodate my Nikon D610).
When the bag arrived I realized that the camera battery pack would have to be detached when I wanted to use the bag, and the longest lens I could attach to my camera would be the Sigma 24 – 70mm. With its 82mm circumference it can be tight squeeze but nothing that would deter me from recommending this bag. I have used it successfully with my mirrorless Nikon with an additional lens. I will also easily accommodate any cropped sensor camera with a smaller body than the Nikon D610.
I would give this bag 4 out of five stars!