Summary: I often carry one DSLR body, a flash unit, and extra lens or two. I wanted good protection and ability to "grab and go". This well-made compact bag fits the bill, with the camera cradled lens-down (Nikon D300 very nicely, D3 a bit snug) and easily accessed. Lowepro's slip-lock pouches can be attached to the sides for extra carrying. The front pocket holds the rest - pen, pad, batteries, memory, cords, business cards, etc.
Summary: I bought the old Lowe-Pro Mini Mag in 1982. Apart from being 2" too small in Depth for a Pro Series DLSR it has held and still holds my Canon A1 and two lens. It has been comfortable and looks "almost" new after these 27 years. Lowe-Pro has been overbuilt and has stood up to it's Lifetime Warranty these many years in the best way. By not needing it. The New Mini-Mag AW is that little bit bigger to hold a new Pro DSLR. I have to agree there is no Perfect bag.
Summary: But then what camera bag is perfect? I bought this as a carry-on for air travel. Pros: - Very good build quality - Lots of features - Can be configured several ways - Offers good protection Cons: - Top zipper can be hard to close - Buckles that attach the lid to the body get in the way - My Canon 40D with battery grip barely fits All in all this bag is about what I expected.
Summary: I bought this bag for my recent trip to the Middle East to carry my Canon 40D, 24-70 2.8L, 10-22, and my 50 1.8. With the 24-70 attached I found the 10-22 fit well but the 50 could have used more room. A flash would have fit well in the space though. So this is more of a two lens and a flash bag. The construction is great and it's well padded, the rain shield is another plus.
Pros: Comfortable, Easily Accessible Equipment, Lightweight, Strong Construction, Well Padded
Summary: I bought this for the "all weather" feature because I travel on a motorcycle with my equipment. On my first trip with it I rode for five hours in steady rain. I was a bit concerned the entire time but when I inspected my camera, all was fine. I'm convinced this can handle anything short of complete submersion. Other features; although a little on the heavy side, the armor gives great protection. "Mini" means just that, one camera, two lenses, flash and a few accessories.
Summary: Can't say enought about this bag. It'll comfortably hold a body with lens attached plus 4 more lenses and accessories. I can't imagine needing much more than this for the hobbyist. One thing that bugged me (only very little) was that when you store the pull out pouch in the front pocket, it's difficult to fit anythign else in the pocket.
Pros: Padded very well, holds a lot of gear, will fit under an airline seat
Cons: When using the accessory pouch, it pretty much fills up the whole front pocket
Summary: In my search for the "perfect" camera bag, I have finally reached one conclusion: There is no one "perfect" bag! I have too many varied, specialized uses for one single bag to be superior at all simultaneously. However, in my need for a compact, easily carried, "day-trip" bag, the Lowepro Mini Mag AW is the perfect answer. This bag is the perfect size for a casual day out in the field where I don't need my entire compliment of photographic gear.