Gomatic LUMA Camera Sling 12L review

A compact and lightweight sling bag that ensures your camera gear is close to hand

Gomatic LUMA Camera Sling on a persons shoulder
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Gomatic LUMA Camera Sling 12L will transport a DSLR and lens, but it should also appeal to mobile filmmakers and photographers who need to carry a smartphone and supporting accessories such as cables and money tripods, etc. It’s easy to reconfigure the interior of the bag thanks to the strong ‘hook and loop’ dividers to suit your storage needs and you’ll feel that your kit is safe thanks to the durable weatherproof Oxford weave material and the interior metal support frame. The option to seal the lid via magnets is a brilliant design touch as it enables you to access different bits of kit quickly and easily while on a busy shoot.


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    Metal frame retains shape

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    Compact yet capacious

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    Magnetic seal for quicker access

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    Customizable hook and loop interior


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    Material shows up dirt

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Gomatic (or Nomatic as they are branded in America) has produced a wide range of camera backpacks and sling bags following a successful crowd-funded Kickstarter appeal and launch in 2014. Their US-designed backpacks tend to be bulky and are designed to transport large volumes of kit. If you prefer to travel light with your camera, lens, and a handful of accessories then a smaller sling bag such as the LUMA Camera Sling 12L should be an attractive (and more affordable) purchase. 

As someone who is keen on smartphone photography and videography, I’ve tested Gomatic sling bags before - including the 8L camera sling. Gomatic also has a very cleverly designed compact cube pack that will fit inside a larger backpack but it can also expand into a mini backpack for day-to-day shoots.

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Exterior Materials900D poly ox, nylon webbing, YKK zippers
Interior MaterialsNylex, compression-molded EVA dividers, Darlington mesh
Size15.25 x 33 x 24.15 cm
Weight0.70 kg
Nomatic Camera Sling 8L

Nomatic Camera Sling 8L
If you’re purely a mobile photographer then this smaller 8L sling bag should accommodate a smartphone, tripod plus other accessories (though don’t consider it if you use a larger camera). There are plenty of pockets, pouches, and dividers for you to organize your gear to suit your preferences. Like the LUMA 12L it’s also designed in collaboration with Peter McKinnon.

Nomatic McKinnon Cube Pack

Nomatic McKinnon Cube Pack
If you want to travel as light as possible then the 21 L McKinnon Cube Pack is worth considering. This collapses into a small but sturdy cube (filled with your camera gear) when you need to fit it under an aircraft’s seat. At your destination, it expands into a mini backpack for storing extra items (such as snacks and water). 

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.