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LoweproTop Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag
 
4.6

(based on 59 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Well padded (48)
  • Easily accessible equipment (44)
  • Lightweight (38)
  • Supports lens well (34)
  • Roomy lens compartment (23)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Transporting slrs (44)
  • Protecting slrs (40)
  • Storing slrs (20)
  • Daily transport (3)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (30), Semi-pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (7), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (48)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Ideal for the adventure photographer

I use this product to carry around my Nikon D700 with my 16-35mm or 24-120mm lens during hiking and backpacking trips. I bought the chest harness to go with this and it...Read complete review

I use this product to carry around my Nikon D700 with my 16-35mm or 24-120mm lens during hiking and backpacking trips. I bought the chest harness to go with this and it works like a charm: I have easy access to my camera gear without having to take off my bulky backpack, my camera is very well-protected, and since it is carried in front of me, my balance isn't thrown off. It has a very good built-in rain cover that can be deployed quickly and offers great protection from the elements.

This bag also has well-considered and convenient storage. I can fit everything I need for a week-long backpacking trip in this bag: my camera and lens (obviously), two extra memory cards (the bag has special pouches that fit CF cards snugly and securely), three extra batteries, my GPS tagger, an extra filter, a lens-pen, and shutter release cable and its remote. The only things it won't accommodate is my Q-Ball air blower and my tripod.

I have occasionally used this bag in holster-mode, with it attached to the side of my hip. It includes a strap that also goes across your body, which secures it well and keeps it from flapping about. It was comfortable to carry it this way, and would be good for urban photography.

I highly recommend this product. If you have a large DSLR/lens and need a well-protected way to carry it around with very easy access, this is your bag!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

May Work for You; Didn't Work for Me

First, before I begin my rant about this product I'll say a few good words about Lowepro and their products. I find Lowepro makes great products and is one of the leading manufacturers of...Read complete review

First, before I begin my rant about this product I'll say a few good words about Lowepro and their products. I find Lowepro makes great products and is one of the leading manufacturers of bags, cases, etc designed to hold your precious equipment. Overall I've been happy with their gear, but... here it comes.

After numerous instances of finding out a particular bag did not work quite right or chaffed here and there or just wasn't what I was expecting; I've come up with this bit of bag buying wisdom. If at all possible, try the bag out in person, leave the tags on, and do not throw the box or receipt away. Why? Because I've found that camera bags are like hiking boots, back packs, or rock climbing shoes. Some brands/models are just not meant to ever fit you well and will ultimately lead to chaffing or some level of dissatisfaction. Each person is different and what works well for one may not work at all for another. In this case, the bag and harness combination did not work for me (or my wife.) The problem lies in the fact that the bag tends to angle itself into my stomach or chest no matter the configuration of the harness. The top of the bag drifts outward away from you, while the bottom edge presses into you. This becomes rather uncomfortable, especially when snowshoeing, skiing, or hiking with the bag strapped to your chest. I rarely use the bag with it's single shoulder strap since I mainly purchased this to be my outdoor sports bag, used for skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, etc.

I do like the rugged construction of the bag and how spacious it is; it holds my Canon EOS 5D Mark II with 24-105mm lens perfectly. So, rather than return the bag, we've discovered a work around to its "angling" problem. Instead of using the harness which has to be purchased separately, we attach the bag to our hiking pack's shoulder strap loops or d-rings using carabiners. This works quite well with a few of our various sized packs and seems to position and hold the bag in a more neutral, upright position. I just wish the optional harness would have accomplished this on its own.

As mentioned above, I'd try the bag but leave the tags intact, box in good condition, and have the receipt handy just in case you experience similar problems.

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5.0

Very nice case

By Eric

from Dexter, OR

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Accessible Equipment
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy Lens Compartment
  • Supports Lens Well
  • Well Padded

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Protecting SLRs
    • Storing SLRs
    • Transporting SLRs

    Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

    I can fit my Canon 70-300 4-5.6L in this perfectly with a battery grip and filter. It also has a spacer to fit slightly shorter lenses. The sliplock straps on the side allow you to add additional lens cases. I carry a 24mm efs lens with my zoom for a slightly wider lens and it's a decent walk around kit.

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    5.0

    Finally, a bag that will let me use a vertical grip.

    By camguyed

    from Republic of New Jersey

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easily Accessible Equipment
    • Lightweight
    • Roomy Lens Compartment
    • Supports Lens Well
    • Well Padded

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

        I used a Nikon D7200, D750 and a D300 - all with vertical grips. For a day trip with one lens most bags don't let you keep the grip on the camera but this one does. Very easy to remove and replace the camera from the bag for quick shots. The waist belt is great. It is big enough to fit a big guy like myself. With the shoulder and waist belts combined, this bag stays by your side (or front or back). This is most fantastic carry/use bag I have ever used. I'm going to get the 75 aw next for carrying a body & two lenses.

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        5.0

        Top Loader Pro 70 AW

        By wall_flower

        from Mission Viejo, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Accessible Equipment
        • Lightweight
        • Roomy Lens Compartment
        • Supports Lens Well
        • Well Padded

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Protecting SLRs
          • Storing SLRs
          • Transporting SLRs

          Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

          I bought this bag for my Nikon d810, and it is a perfect fit even with my 300mm attached. It is very sturdy and padded exceptionally well to provide the best protection. Excellent bag!

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          5.0

          It fits!

          By MEB

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Lightweight
          • Roomy Lens Compartment
          • Supports Lens Well
          • Well Padded

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting SLRs
            • Storing SLRs
            • Transporting SLRs

            Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

            The case is built very good, solid construction. It's padded very well in all the right places. It has two zippers with great pull taps and a buckel in the center. I have Canon 70D, 18mm-135mm, 35mm L, 100mm macro and a Tamron 16-300 F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD. They all fit with lens hoods on.

            I keep two to three batteries, charger, lens caps cards and still room for a flash inside.

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            5.0

            Super fast bag

            By jcdovala

            from Thousand Oaks, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

            Lowepro has a very good toploader here. Sits real nice with the shoulder and waist strap that puts the bag at an angle for rapid, easy deployment. Can easily be slipped around waist to avoid rocks, people, etc. Well made and secure. Fits my d4s and 24-120 w/hood. Best without tripod plate as the fit is pretty tight with it. This bag is made exactly for what it's for; quick access to camera/lens - it's not a storage bag for all paraphernalia.

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            5.0

            Great camera bag!

            By MPandini

            from Colatina - ES - Brazil

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Supports Lens Well
            • Well Padded

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Transporting SLRs

              Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

              This camera bag fits my Canon 7D with a the battery grip and an EF-S 15-85mm lens attached. It provides quick and easy access with top load. It has plenty of extra pockets for filters and accessories without being too bulky.

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              5.0

              Great Bag!

              By Glide1340

              from Hollywood, Fl

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Lightweight
              • Roomy Lens Compartment
              • Supports Lens Well
              • Well Padded

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Protecting SLRs

                Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

                If you have a mid to large size DSLR and you just want a light, compact bag for a quick trip, this is the bag for you. It is very well padded and it holds my D600 with a MB-D14 and Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8 zoom lens attached very snuggly.

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                5.0

                Great for my m4/3 setup

                By Mark from Cincinnati

                from Cincinnati, Ohio

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Lightweight
                • Well Padded

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting SLRs
                  • Transporting SLRs

                  Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

                  I use it to carry an Olympus OM-D E-M1 with grip and 12-40mm f/2.8 lens attached. There is enough room at the bottom to throw in the 17mm f/1.8. My FL-600R speedlight fits into the side zippered pocket.In the top zippered pocket I carry 2 additional batteries as well as AA's for the speedlight. I also carry extra memory cards, lens cleaning cloth, and a circular polarizing filter.

                  I like the ability of quick access to the camera and accessories.

                  Recently purchased the Lowepro S&F bottle holder to attach to the side. It can be used to carry a water bottle or a smallish zoom like the 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R lens

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                  3.0

                  I got this to use with my new D810 lens

                  By jglaser757

                  from florida

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting SLRs
                    • Transporting SLRs

                    Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

                    This bag is just big enough(tight fit) for a dslr and 24-70..it will not fit an 80-400 lens,

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                    4.0

                    Solid camera bag

                    By Jon

                    from Raleigh, NC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

                    I own several LowePro products and this one is on par with the others. This bag seems a bit more padded than others. It also seems a bit big for the size camera/lens it can hold. I have a Nikon D7100 with 18-200 lens and the bag fits the camera well. There are several pockets for stuff but none of them are too roomy - I have trouble getting P-size filters in the pockets or anywhere else in the bag. Overall a good bag and I would get it again if I had it to do over again.

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                    5.0

                    Great case for use with a DSLR with grip

                    By Diane T

                    from Arlington, TN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Accessible Equipment
                    • Lightweight
                    • Room For The Grip
                    • Roomy Lens Compartment
                    • Well Padded

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting SLRs
                      • Storing SLRs

                      Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

                      This case fits my Canon T5i with a grip attached. It provides quick and easy access with top load. It has plenty of extra pockets for accessories without being too bulky.

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                      4.0

                      Awesome bag

                      By JW2

                      from Colorado

                      Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

                      Love the carry system and the ability to keep extras all in one place.

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                      5.0

                      solid bag

                      By JR

                      from New City, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Accessible Equipment
                      • Supports Lens Well
                      • Well Padded

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting SLRs
                        • Transporting SLRs

                        Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

                        heavy duty construction. nicely padded. rain cover is a bit of a hassle but fits like a glove.

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                        5.0

                        Great Bag for Travel

                        By Cec

                        from Empire, MI

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Accessible Equipment
                        • Lightweight
                        • Supports Lens Well
                        • Well Padded

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Protecting SLRs
                          • Transporting SLRs

                          Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

                          I bought this bag primarily for travel. It is much more convenient to carry on a plane and into crowded venues than my larger backpacks. It will easily accommodate my D80 with an 18-200mm zoom lens or my D700 with a 24-70mm zoom lens. It is very well made; it has several "pockets" for smaller items; and besides being water-resistant, it has a great integral rain cover.

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                          5.0

                          Lowepro Top Loader 70 AW

                          By JWARD

                          from Fontana, ca

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Accessible Equipment
                          • Well Padded

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Protecting SLRs
                            • Storing SLRs
                            • Transporting SLRs

                            Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

                            Having purchased from B&H the Top Loader 55 AW I knew with the 70 AW I was getting a premium well constructed camera bag. I went with the 70 AW to fit my 5D MKIII with battery grip which the 55 AW fit but was really, really tight. The 70 AW fits my 5d MKIII with 24 - 70 f/2.8 L lens like a glove.(the MKIII with the 70-200 f/4.0L attached the bag isn't deep enough) It's well padded all the way around with ample pockets inside and out with a padded strap that feels strong and comfortable lugging the MKIII around. Will definitely be my go to bag, another great purchase from B&B.

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                            5.0

                            Perfect Carryall

                            By coneected

                            from southern cal

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Accessible Equipment
                            • Lightweight
                            • Roomy Lens Compartment
                            • Supports Lens Well
                            • Well Padded

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Protecting SLRs
                              • Storing SLRs
                              • Transporting SLRs

                              Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

                              This bag is great in that it is large enough to carry your camera plus battery grip and a hefty sized lens without a problem. It is comfortable to carry and allows you instant access to your gear with one flick on the clasp. LowPro makes great gear for the photographer or videographer.

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                              5.0

                              Just what I wanted

                              By SNN

                              from New Rochelle, NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Accessible Equipment
                              • Lightweight
                              • Roomy Lens Compartment
                              • Supports Lens Well
                              • Well Padded

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Protecting SLRs
                                • Storing SLRs
                                • Transporting SLRs

                                Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

                                I needed something to fit my Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm lens (hood reversed). Perfect fit !! Couldn't be more satisfied. Still enough space on the side for a spare battery and on the top for some cards. Good to go..

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                                5.0

                                Excellent, a must have IMO

                                By Ajreaper

                                from Phoenix metro area

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                                • Lightweight
                                • Roomy Lens Compartment
                                • Supports Lens Well
                                • Well Padded

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Protecting SLRs
                                  • Transporting SLRs

                                  Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

                                  Very well made with considerable padding. Holds my 60D with grip attached, easy to get the camera in and out of the bag. The clip and zipper closure is very nice, just need to clip the bag closed when you know you'll be taking the camera out often. The additional storage provides ample room for some additional accessories, keys, etc. There is also a sliplock attachment point. This is my 2nd Lowepro toploader- very very pleased with this product.

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                                  5.0

                                  A great case for hiking and walking tour

                                  By Al

                                  from Littleton, Colorado

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Well Padded

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Protecting SLRs
                                    • Transporting SLRs

                                    Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

                                    I really like the Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag by Lowepro for carrying one large DSLR and accessories. This case holds my Nikon D800 camera and battery grip, with a 28-300mm lens attached. The front pocket on the case has room for filters, spare batteries, remote flash cords and such. There are two points for attaching accessory cases on the sides of the bag, for carrying spare lenses, an electronic flash, or a water bottle. A great case to hold everything you need for a days shooting. What I especially like about this top loader is that it will safely hold the camera, with the top flap open. No danger of the camera falling out on the ground.

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                                    2.0

                                    May Work for You; Didn't Work for Me

                                    By Chapoton

                                    from Creston, British Columbia

                                    About Me Photography Student

                                    Pros

                                    • Roomy Lens Compartment
                                    • Supports Lens Well
                                    • Well Padded

                                    Cons

                                    • Uncomfortable

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag:

                                      First, before I begin my rant about this product I'll say a few good words about Lowepro and their products. I find Lowepro makes great products and is one of the leading manufacturers of bags, cases, etc designed to hold your precious equipment. Overall I've been happy with their gear, but... here it comes.

                                      After numerous instances of finding out a particular bag did not work quite right or chaffed here and there or just wasn't what I was expecting; I've come up with this bit of bag buying wisdom. If at all possible, try the bag out in person, leave the tags on, and do not throw the box or receipt away. Why? Because I've found that camera bags are like hiking boots, back packs, or rock climbing shoes. Some brands/models are just not meant to ever fit you well and will ultimately lead to chaffing or some level of dissatisfaction. Each person is different and what works well for one may not work at all for another. In this case, the bag and harness combination did not work for me (or my wife.) The problem lies in the fact that the bag tends to angle itself into my stomach or chest no matter the configuration of the harness. The top of the bag drifts outward away from you, while the bottom edge presses into you. This becomes rather uncomfortable, especially when snowshoeing, skiing, or hiking with the bag strapped to your chest. I rarely use the bag with it's single shoulder strap since I mainly purchased this to be my outdoor sports bag, used for skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, etc.

                                      I do like the rugged construction of the bag and how spacious it is; it holds my Canon EOS 5D Mark II with 24-105mm lens perfectly. So, rather than return the bag, we've discovered a work around to its "angling" problem. Instead of using the harness which has to be purchased separately, we attach the bag to our hiking pack's shoulder strap loops or d-rings using carabiners. This works quite well with a few of our various sized packs and seems to position and hold the bag in a more neutral, upright position. I just wish the optional harness would have accomplished this on its own.

                                      As mentioned above, I'd try the bag but leave the tags intact, box in good condition, and have the receipt handy just in case you experience similar problems.

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