Fancier KingKong 10 Camera Bag Review
The Fancier KingKong 10 is a CSC/DSLR Sling-type camera bag manufactured by the Ningbo Fancier corporation of China. It's a very customisable and capacious bag whose quality belies its reasonable price.
The KingKong 10 is the smallest of Fancier's backpack style sling bags and makes a feature of its size to be lightweight and easily portable, whilst also offering pretty good protection to the equipment that you're carrying inside.
The KingKong is black, with a very bright orange interior. The inside is accessible in a number of different ways, showing the thought that has been put into designing the bag.
The main access to the bag is through the rear face, which sits against your back in normal wear. A single zipper opens to provide full access to the insides. Loading is quick and easy through this large access way. On the inside of the well padded opening flap is a zippered compartment large enough to easily fit an iPad Mini with a case on. Padding extends the full length of the back of the bag, making it both comfortable and protective of the contents. There is a loop at the top of the bag for hanging from a hook when stored.
On the front of the bag you'll find a small accessory compartment, large enough to fit memory cards, filters and a desktop tripod. This has double zippers and inside you'll find pockets for memory cards and other accessories, a zipped mesh pocket on the inside of the flap and a tether for attaching your keys or ID. On the outside of this pocket is a strap for attaching a tripod.
The top of the bag opens to provide access to the inside of the case. When purchased the internal dividers were set to create a separate compartment in this space, however I reconfigured them to allow me to carry my tripod inside the case. There are plenty of dividers provided, each attaching to the side of the case or each other via hook and look tape. Most people should be able to compartmentalise the inside of the case to suit their own requirements. For me, I split the case into one long section and four smaller sections, with my tripod, camera body, lenses and flash split into easily accessible compartments.
This is possible because the bag is also accessible through two double fastened side doors, each with a clasp and a zip closure. When the bag is swivelled around to the front of the body each of these doors becomes the top access allowing quick retrieval of the whatever you need from the inside.
The bag has two straps, the main a messenger style top to bottom side crossing body strap, with a secondary stabiliser to stop the bag moving when walking. This arrangement worked very well, whilst allowing quick repositioning of the bag to the front of the body for equipment access.
Finally in the base of the bag is a waterproof cover which can be quickly looped over the bag in inclement weather.
I found the KingKong to be well-made, with its closures all working slickly and the material feeling robust enough to live up to day to day usage. I was always confident that my bag was going to keep my gear protected. It doesn't shout 'camera bag' either, which should help with security in less salubrious areas of the world. With the main opening being against my back I never felt like anyone was going to be able to sneak their way into the bag when stood behind me.
Although I like to carry my tripod in the case, I did find that when put it on the outside that it had a tendency to swing around. I resolved that by using a small carabiner clip to attach the top of the tripod to the loop at the top of the bag.
Otherwise I found the KingKong to be remarkably good value for the NZ$69 that it cost me.