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Manfrotto Stile SOLO VI Holster Bag Review

Manfrotto Stile SOLO VI Holster Bag Review - Designed to hold a Digital SLR and a telephoto zoom lens, this bag looks the part in Star-White.

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Category : Bags, Cases and Straps
Product : Manfrotto Stile SOLO VI Holster Bag
Price : £17
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Stile SOLO VI Holster Bag
Stile SOLO VI Holster Bag

Designed to hold a Digital SLR and a telephoto zoom lens, this bag looks the part in Star-White and comes with a wide shoulder strap, metal closing clip and zipped main compartment. It's also available in cord (brown) and black.


Manfrotto Stile SOLO VI Holster Bag Features

Manfrotto SOLO VI Holster Bag
Manfrotto SOLO VI Holster Bag

Key Features

  • For Digital SLR, 100-400mm Zoom in Shooting Position
  • Holster-Style Design for Rapid Access
  • Wide Adjustable Shoulder Strap
  • Water-Repellent Nylon Exterior
  • Quick Release Buckle and Zipper Closure
  • Front Pocket for Cables, Cards, Batteries
  • Special Slot for Pocket Tripod
  • Lightweight and Durable

Manfrotto Stile SOLO VI Holster Bag Handling


Manfrotto SOLO VI Holster Bag - undo the front buckle to get into the bag and you're presented with a zip that needs to be undone to get access to the camera.

Manfrotto SOLO VI Holster Bag
Manfrotto SOLO VI Holster Bag

The back of the bag is black and features a grab handle, although it is not padded. The wide shoulder strap is adjustable in length, although does not feature padding either, nor is it detachable.

Manfrotto Stile SOLO VI Holster Bag Performance


Manfrotto SOLO VI Holster Bag
Manfrotto SOLO VI Holster Bag

The metal clip is very secure and then when opened there is a dual zipper. The bag has ample padding, both inside to protect the camera and outside, although it does not feature a soft texture on the inside unlike other bags.

Manfrotto SOLO VI Holster Bag Manfrotto SOLO VI Holster Bag
Manfrotto SOLO VI Holster Bag - Camera in Manfrotto SOLO VI Holster Bag - Camera out

Manfrotto SOLO VI Holster Bag holding an Olympus E-30 Digital SLR and 70-200mm lens. The front has a small pocket that would fit a Manfrotto Pocket Series Tripod (Large) or other accessories like cables, but isn't particularly deep, which seems a shame considering the length of the bag. The bag is reasonably comfortable to wear thanks to the wide shoulder strap.

Value For Money
The bag is available for around £30 which is reasonable value for money. Alternatives from Manfrotto include one step up the Manfrotto Stile Bella IV Shoulder Bag for £35 that will hold a camera, plus additional lens and gear. Alternatives to look at include the Lowepro Toploader Zoom 55AW with rain cover. For more suggestions have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Manfrotto Stile SOLO VI Holster Bag Verdict

The bag does the job of holding the camera and long lens very securely with lots of padding for the camera and a secure fastening using a zip and metal clip to hold the camera in place. However, the strap is the biggest let down with no padding, as well as it lacking any padding in the handle. The strap must be put on correctly (untwisted) as there are no rotating fastenings to the bag, instead it is simply stitched onto the bag.

Manfrotto Stile SOLO VI Holster Bag Pros
Stylish
Thoroughly padded (apart from the strap)
Very secure with zip and clip

Manfrotto Stile SOLO VI Holster Bag Cons
Shoulder strap not padded
Strap can't be detached or twisted like other camera bags
Not sure how long white will stay clean, recommend other colours (Black, Cord available)

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Manfrotto Stile SOLO VI Holster Bag Specifications

ManufacturerManfrotto
Bag type
StyleHolster
MaterialNylon
Dimensions
Weight300g
Width145mm
Height260mm
Depth180mm

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