Yeah I agree Janine-- I'm still at a loss with the padded bottom-side thingy. I know you can take it out but the bottom of the bag feels too exposed since it's not lined without that padding. I'm debating cutting a small piece of foam to fit, for just the bottom, so it's more flexible on the sides.
But the side compartments are much bigger than I expected. And my guess is the bag will grow on me. That's what happened with my little swift. I bought it and thought it was too small initially, but now I use it more than my regular swift. And the little swift, btw makes a great bag to tote a dslr around when you are actively using it. I was doing some site visits this summer and I would remove the camera from it's case and leave the case in the rental car and walked around with it in the little swift (also with my side effect in there) and it was easy to pull the camera from it and use it and it kept it protected enough.