Right after PMA Lowepro (http://lowepro.com) found me via twitter (http://twitter.com/aweber2) that I was looking for some new camera bags. At PMA they introduced the Pro Roller X-Series (http://www.lowepro.com/prorollerx) and they wanted to know if I wanted to test one out. I quickly jumped on the opportunity because it can lead to even more success for me in the future.
The Pro Roller x-Series won’t be in my hands until mid April so they asked if I wanted to try anything else out. I have been looking for a good backpack to carry all of my gear and my 15” MacBook Pro. So I decided to try the Lowepro Fastpack 250 (http://products.lowepro.com/product/Fastpack-250,2086,14.htm)
I have been using the back for about a week now and I am extremely happy with this bag so far. For me the backpack has to be able to hold a laptop and 2 lenses and accessories.
Here are some general views of the bag.
For being able to hold a large amount of gear its a pretty slim and that is key for me because I am on the go so much and I can’t have a large bag holding me back.
Lets go ahead and start with the bottom portion of the bag where the lens and camera would be stored.
Those compartments are velcroed in and can be arranged any way you want to hold your gear. I am not using this bag to hold a camera body with lens attached like Lowepro advertises it. It just holds a few extra lens, pocket wizards, cables and anything else I need. It’s just a much simpler solution instead the belt system which I hate and look like a dork wearing.
I just got done cover a college basketball game and this is what I had in the bag while at the game. A Nikon 14-24, Sigma 10mm fish eye, 2 Pocket Wizards, 1.4x converter and a 77mm star filter.
Then I was also able to squeeze my 70-200 in there.
There is a front zipper pouch where I keep all of my credentials and my white balance card for easy access.
I keep my laptop charger, compact flash cards, AA batteries, card reader, lens cap and paper and pens. I have also been able to fit rosters and rain gear in there too.
Then on the back compartment there is a spot that holds up to a 17” laptop.
I haven’t worn the backpack for longer then 30 minutes with my laptop in there but for the most part its pretty comfortable.
Here is all of my gear I am able to fit in the bag, I could also fit another lens and 2 flashes in there if I needed.
Overall this is a great bag for any photographer, Amateur or Professional. It offers a lot of storage in a safe and durable bag. It doesn’t get to heavy when loaded with your equipment.
I am also going to include the tech specs of the bag.
1 digital SLR with a mid-range zoom lens attached plus 2-3 additional lenses or flash units (up to a 70-300 f/4.5, 15.4″ widescreen notebook, memory cards, batteries and cables
11W X 5.9D X 9.3H in./
28 X 15 X 23.5 cm Size(Exterior):
12.4W X 9.4D X 18.1H in./
31.5 X 24 X 46 cm