I use the Lowepro Slingshot SS300, and it has been my main bag for over a year, or since it came out. It will not fit the 70-200 IS with the lens hood in the operating position. I use the bag with a !dMkII, and keep the 16-35, 28-135, 100-400 and my 15mm fisheye in the bag, below a flap under the 16-35. I keep the camera around my neck, and keep the center compartment empty so that if I want to put the camera away so that pizza residue doesn't get on the lens, it goes in the center pocket. I reverse the lens hoods.
I know what you're talking about because the hood on my 100-400 is also worn. I have nightmares of it folling off while the lens is stuck through the grating on the Empire State Bldg, but so far so good. I don't think you will find a sling bag or shoulder bag that will hold the mounted 70-200 with the hood in shooting position. Probably a backpack or one of the big rolling packs could be configured for that, but thqt would limit accessibility and ease of carrying the gear.
I would replace the lens hood if it had to be taped on. The $40 or so, while high if you consider that the threads really shouldn't wear out, would be worth it to me to be able to use the SS300. The bag is very, very lightweight, and when it is adjusted right, partly resting slightly below waist level in the back, with the supportive waist belt adjusted right I can walk around all day with no strain. Moving the bag to the front to change lenses is fast and easy.
I'm looking for a sling bag and my online research has helped me narrow it down to two: The Lowepro Slingshot 300AW and the Tamrac 5769 Velocity 9X.
I haven't seen (or shouldered) either of these and wonder if anyone here has an opinion about either bag they could share with me.
I've got a bunch of different bags already - mostly various Domke bags, but none of them give me what I really am looking for now:
I want a bag I can use for working out of when I'm travelling really light. The plan is to bring only one camera body (which would mostly be around my neck or on a shoulder) and only 3 lenses. So two lenses would be in the bag and the third would be on the camera on my shoulder or neck. Sound simple? Well, it's not!
One of the lenses is my 70-200 f2.8L IS. That lens is just fine when it's on a body, but it just doesn't fit well in the bags I've tried. To further complicate this, I want to leave the lens hood fixed on the lens in working position. (Long story, but the hood is held onto the lens with duct tape because the grooves that hold the hood are so worn it just doesn't stay on otherwise.)
I don't want a backpack (already have one and it's too slow to get at stuff) and would prefer either a shoulder or sling-type bag. Is one of these a good choice? Anything else I should consider?
Thanks for any comments.