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LoweproFastpack 200 Backpack (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 82 reviews)

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    (49)

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    (29)

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    (3)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (73)
  • Easily accessible equipment (70)
  • Strong construction (64)
  • Roomy (44)
  • Adjustable harness (43)

Cons

  • Too small (5)
  • Cumbersome (4)
  • Hard to access equipment (4)

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (75)
  • Protecting gear (60)
  • Storing gear (45)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (35), Semi-pro photographer (16), Casual photographer (11), Pro photographer (10), Enthusiast (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (36)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Overall Bag

This bag was a compromise as I bought and tested about 4 bags for my safari to South Africa. I really wanted a durable and versatile bag that was made for backcountry/extreme usage....Read complete review

This bag was a compromise as I bought and tested about 4 bags for my safari to South Africa. I really wanted a durable and versatile bag that was made for backcountry/extreme usage. I was not able to find a bag that was the right size, with the features that I wanted. I did not need the computer storage, but I did want a tri-pod holder, side fast access, comfort, storage for a couple non-photo items such as a rain jacket, but I did not want too bulky of a bag. The Lowepro CompuPrimus AW is way too large and focused too much on the laptop storage. The Mountainsmith Borealis AT is very nice and I did keep it for future use, but it is big and the actual camera storage is not great (No fast access). The Fastpack 200 does not have the tri-pod storage, no rain fly, nor extra loops/clips/straps(handy when outdoors to attach accessories) but it was a nice size and held what I needed for a safari. I will probably use this bag often for normal day trips, but any camping, or excursions, I will switch to the Mountainsmith. I was able to live without a tri-pod holder because most of the bags that come with them, put them in bad areas that block the camera storage access. I would like clips on the side of the bag, opposite the fast access, that I could just strap the tri-pod to. ***The only negative to this bag is that I had the 2 zipper pulls break off on the camera storage compartment while out on game drives trying to do a quick lens change. They do not appear to be great quality. The bag itself is well made, however, and zipper pulls are cheap. I would recommend cutting them off and replacing with better ones before using. If I knew before I would have done this, as it was a pain to use without pulls, and did not have anything to rig up a temp pull. The bag is still worth it, and handled what I needed.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I liked this backpack until....

I have owned this backpack for slightly over a year. I very much like the "Fastpack" access and use it frequently. A little too frequently apparently. The zipper has given...Read complete review

I have owned this backpack for slightly over a year. I very much like the "Fastpack" access and use it frequently. A little too frequently apparently. The zipper has given way right at the mid-point of entry if the pack were swung around to your front to gain access to your camera. I noticed that the stitching had started to fray, then the one of the zipper pulls got stuck, came off the track and is now entirely unusable, therefore rendering the "Fastpack" feature unuseable. I have yet to check into Lowepro's warranty, or if the zipper would even be covered. Everything else about the pack I have loved. It's comfortable, roomy enough for 3 or 4 lenses (depending on size of course)and a camera body. The water bottle feature is nice and the top portion of the pack has room for a few snacks, extra batteries...you get the idea. It also fits perfectly under an airplane seat. I would still recommend this product, just watch the zippers.

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5.0

Great Durable Camera Bag

By JCasper

from VA Beach, VA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easily Accessible Equipment
  • Roomy
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Storing Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Arctic Blue/Black):

    This is a great durable camera bag. It holds a lot of gear, I have my DSLR with 50mm attached, plus three other lenses, a flash and room for extra batteries, memory cards, etc.. I would buy this bag again.

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    5.0

    lightweight and surprisingly roomy.

    By Surrealtime

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Roomy
    • Strong Construction
    • Two Compartments

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Light Load
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Arctic Blue/Black):

      I haven't field tested it too much yet, but so far so good and sturdy. It looks small from the outside, but I was able to fit every lens I take when I'm hiking. That includes a 70-200 f4, 17-40 f4, and a 50 f1.4. I can fit my T2i with battery grip and the 7-200 on it. I didn't use two of the dividers, so I put them in the very bottom to give the lower lens an extra layer of padding.

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      5.0

      Great Quality Backpack

      By JCasper

      from VA Beach, VA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable Harness
      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Roomy
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Protecting Gear
        • Storing Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Arctic Blue/Black):

        I have this bag in black but needed a second bag for backup gear so i bought it in blue. Very durable, high quality bag. It's comfortable to wear full of all of my gear. Fits my DSLR camera with 50mm lens plus a flash, 3 more lenses, flash diffuser, and still room for batteries, memory cards etc...

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        5.0

        Good

        By Dr Bastian

        from San juan PR

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easily Accessible Equipment
        • Roomy
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Protecting Gear
          • Storing Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Arctic Blue/Black):

          Good for the price

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          4.0

          Lots of Room for the Money

          By Greg M

          from Jackson Heights, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Roomy
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Rigid

          Best Uses

          • Protecting Gear
          • Storing Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Arctic Blue/Black):

          I recently purchased this backpack after an exhaustive search at the B&H brick and mortar store. It replaces a sling that that had become too small. In the camera section of the backpack I can fit my Canon T3, 430EX II flash, 18-55mm and 55-250 kit lenses, 10-22mm, 100mm Macro and 35mm f/2 Cannon lenses. The upper section is also very roomy and can be used to carry personal items while hiking, which a lot of backpacks don't accommodate. I'm able to carry my travel tripod (MeFoto Backpacker) in the top laying lengthwise. I live in NYC so this was a big criteria for me, because I wanted to be able to store my tripod inside so it isn't obvious I'm carrying a bunch of camera stuff. It does have side access, but it isn't as handy as a sling. You can retrieve your camera, but don't expect to be working out of the opening even though you can access an additional lens by pulling on a velcro flap. I found getting the camera out of the side kind of awkward and I had to take the pack off to put the two straps back on my shoulders. But, if you want to have access to your camera without setting down the backpack on the ground, the side opening does accomplish that. This backpack is not designed for exterior tripod storage, although you can rig it up by using the side water bottle mesh pocket and bungie cording the top of the tripod to the top loop. One thing I don't really like about the backpack is that it's very rigid, which offers really good protection for gear but affects comfort. It also doesn't come with a rain cover; I plan to buy that and a sternum strap separately. FYI, if you're wondering what the difference is between the 200 and 250; the 250 is the same size but adds a laptop compartment and belt strap. Overall a well made backpack for the money. I would also consider the Vanguard Adaptor 46 and Kata 3N1-25 PL if you don't care about carrying your tripod inside.

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          5.0

          Perfect backpack for my photo gears

          By Uncle Sam

          from Diamond Bar, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Roomy
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Storing Gear

            Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Arctic Blue/Black):

            This backpack is perfect for Canon 5D lll with 24-105 lens and Canon 7D with 70-200/2.8 lens. It also has extra space for accessories.

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            5.0

            Well Built, Decent Capacity

            By Mark

            from Great Lakes

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Roomy
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Arctic Blue/Black):

              Right now mine is carrying 2 enthusiast level DSLRs, 3 lenses, and accessories comfortably with room to spare.

              It's well padded and seems to hold everything in place well.

              It has typical high Lowepro quality and is a well thought out design allowing easy access. It has a place for everything, and I can't wait to take it on more extended shooting trips.

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              4.0

              Nice to have bag for DSLR

              By Praveen

              from Farmington Hills MI

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable

              Cons

              • Cumbersome

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Arctic Blue/Black):

                This bag is very good for a DSLR with 2 big lense, also if kid is there then there is a room keep kids items in the same bag.

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                5.0

                Fast and convenient

                By Bonesandjones

                from Camarillo, CA/ Provo , UT

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Roomy

                Cons

                • NONE YET

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear
                • Storing Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Arctic Blue/Black):

                Still new so no comment of durability, but it appears to be build solidly. I love how quick and easy it is to pull out the camera to take the fast shot. The backpack style is so much easier to carry around for hikes or longer photo shoots than the single strap (of which I owned 2 different styles)It has several strong adjustable "cubicles" in the bottom part of the backpack that stores my bulky flash, camera with a lense attached, a spare lense, my larger remote timer and still has space for one more lense (Now I just have to decide which lense to get!) I love that there is a different top section to store either extra camera equipment or other materials for day hikes.

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                4.0

                Nice size

                By Traveller

                from Texas

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Arctic Blue/Black):

                  I bought this as a carry on bag/camera bag for an upcoming vacation. It is nicely padded for gear protection. The bottom holds my Nikon camera & two lenses plus polarizers and small items. It's a snug fit it it works. It seems comfortable to carry and has room for a jacket, etc in the top compartment. I was hoping the iPad would fit in the outside zippered pocket, but the tablet is too large for that spot. I bought it specifically for the side-entry design, so the backpack doesn't have to be removed for access to the gear. Also, it stands upright on its own, unlike my old one that always fell over. Good price, nice gear, I'm happy.

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                  4.0

                  Cool Blue Backpack

                  By JR

                  from MI

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Roomy
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Arctic Blue/Black):

                    Have not used it for hiking yet, however, it is comfortable on my back and holds the two lenses I would take for a hike. I wished it would have a strap across the chest for added support. A roomy backpack that is the right size for walking around. Top compartment has enough room for incidentals for hiking. I love it.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome Backpack Camera Bag

                    By Vagabond

                    from Prescott, AZ

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Easily Accessible Equipment
                    • Roomy
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Storing Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Arctic Blue/Black):

                      I was looking for a backpack camera bag for hiking out to shoot nature and animals. This bag is great, fits well and compact, comfortable shoulder straps, lots of room for camera and lenses, plenty of room in top compartment for day hiking gear.

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                      3.0

                      Not for Pro DSLR

                      By Akamu235

                      from Orlando, FL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable Harness
                      • Comfortable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Hard To Access Equipment
                      • Too Small

                      Best Uses

                      • Storing Gear

                      Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Arctic Blue/Black):

                      I had difficulty in getting my camera in and out of the bag and it barely fit my camera with a 24-70mm lense. My camera also has a sling strap which made it made more difficult to store the camera and strap.

                      However, the bag had plenty of top storage space and looked to be sturdy.

                      It was just too small for my camera setup.

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                      5.0

                      LOVE THIS PACK

                      By TJ LUCEY

                      from Cambridge, New York

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable Harness
                      • Comfortable
                      • Easily Accessible Equipment
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Great for plane carry on
                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Storing Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Black):

                        I own the Fastpack 100 but while traveling I found I wanted a little more room to hold my larger lens/raincoat.I did not want to give up the side opening feature as this is so handy to use. I really like the extra room the 200 offers and was surprised it really didn't feel much different on my back than the 100. The adjustable inserts make for easy packing of individual lenses and the padding protects your equipment nicely. The little bit of size difference between the 100 & 200 made alot of difference in what I could carry.I wish it had the waist strap but I was not using it for actual hiking so it was fine.On my trip to Alaska I had someone inquire about the pack as they saw me using the side opening and they planned to buy one A.S.A.P.because they loved the packs features.I recomend this over the sling pack as you can carry this on one strap(like the sling pack) or use both straps. Highly recomend this pack, you won't regret it.

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                        4.0

                        It's good

                        By Deia

                        from Brazil

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Black):

                            I like It. It´s ok for few equipment and the size is not so big for a woman. Could have other kind os easy acess.

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                            5.0

                            Lowepro ALWAYS comes through!

                            By K Photos

                            from Central New York State

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Easily Accessible Equipment
                            • Roomy
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Protecting Gear
                              • Storing Gear
                              • Transporting Gear

                              Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Red/Black):

                              I have been a religious Lowepro user for years, and this newest addition to my camera carrying gear met all my expectations........and definitely lived up to Lowepro's dedication to giving pro photographers the proper bag to cover the proper job. Gear is protected, organized, easily accessible, and the bag is roomy enough to carry extra accessories you might otherwise have to leave at home. Great job Lowepro!

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                              5.0

                              Fabulous and Comfortable!

                              By Ponderance

                              from Sacramento, CA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Adjustable Harness
                              • Comfortable
                              • Easily Accessible Equipment
                              • Roomy
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Protecting Gear
                                • Storing Gear
                                • Transporting Gear

                                Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Arctic Blue/Black):

                                Carried this pack around all day with my Canon t2i with zoom lens.
                                It has room for extra clothes/gloves, flashlight, batteries and other excessories.

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                                4.0

                                Lots of space

                                By AliBC

                                from San Martin, CA

                                About Me Photography Student

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable
                                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                                • Lots of compartments
                                • Roomy

                                Cons

                                • No Tripod Holder

                                Best Uses

                                • Transporting Gear

                                Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Arctic Blue/Black):

                                This bag is alot larger than I expected it to be. My Canon Rebel T3, with the attached lens looks so small in the space (just means I need a larger lens, I suppose). But also the storage space on top is great. I can put all my extra camera stuff in the bag and still have extra space after putting my personal items in it too. Just wished it had a tripod holder.

                                Would definitely recommend this product if you like to carry extra stuff.

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                                1.0

                                too much for a little

                                By AnRiu_

                                from Santiago

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Hard To Access Equipment
                                  • Too Small

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Black):

                                    maybe can be good for amateurs, but in pro use, are not good
                                    Just are space for 1 body of slr and always used with lens.
                                    If the lenses are a big, there´s no space.
                                    Flash have no space...

                                    I loose my money

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                                    5.0

                                    i 'd buy this product again

                                    By fishzilla

                                    from quebec,canada

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Protecting Gear
                                        • Storing Gear
                                        • Transporting Gear

                                        Comments about Fastpack 200 Backpack (Black):

                                        just got it from B&H
                                        very fast shipping,thank you
                                        the bag is lightweight very confortable to carry a digital SLR camera and 2-3 lenses

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