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LoweproDSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (50)
  • Comfortable (47)
  • Easily accessible equipment (47)
  • Roomy (42)
  • Adjustable harness (41)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)
  • Cumbersome (3)

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (48)
  • Protecting gear (36)
  • Storing gear (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (23), Semi-pro photographer (19), Casual photographer (8), Pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (57), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great all purpose pack

I purchased this pack with the knowledge I would be acquiring many pieces of kit over this past year. This pack is a great all purpose bag that will carry plenty of gear in...Read complete review

I purchased this pack with the knowledge I would be acquiring many pieces of kit over this past year. This pack is a great all purpose bag that will carry plenty of gear in whichever conditions you will require.

I have taken it on a number of trips and it fulfilled exactly what I needed it to do. I have carried it through downtown Vancouver on many occasions and throughout Cabo San Lucas this past January, without so much as an awkward or suspicious gaze. The backpack is entirely black, with no bright or gaudy logos that scream "Expensive Camera Equipment Inside!" Even the Lowepro logo is blacked out, and small enough that you could cover it up with an iron on patch, though I would not necessarily recommend that.

It easily fits within airline carry-on specifications, so there is no need to worry about checking expensive equipment at the airport.

The bag has substance; it weighs around 4 pounds empty, and will only gain as you load up your kit. It feels durable and I got the impression I could load it to the gills, and it would stand up to all I could dish out. During my trip to Mexico, I loaded up every empty nook and cranny with the souvenirs I purchased and all told, it weighed a substantial amount, but did not feel as though it would burst at the seams. Thankfully, it has a waist strap that can tuck away inside the bag, as well as an adjustable chest strap. It has a hidden tripod holder that actually took me 3 weeks to discover. For those unsure, on the side of the bag with a pocket, it is folded away underneath the pocket and will hang below the flank of the bag. The unfortunate thing about the placement is if you are carrying a tripod and facing inclement weather, you will have to decide whether to use the All-weather cover and carry the tripod or risk water penetration.

It is Lowepro quality, but please do not take that to mean it is waterproof. On a catamaran, we faced rough water with waves coming overtop the deck. The bag was below my seat and a wave came up, immersed the bag for about 5 seconds, then drained away. For the most part, my equipment was dry though there were some areas that got wet. The laptop storage was wet (Thankfully only storing a sweater, pair of socks and 6 AA batteries), there was moisture inside the camera compartment, and there was moisture inside the front pocket. If you are around water, I would strongly recommend making use of the all-weather cover because you may not luck out as I did.

The camera storage pouch can hold plenty of equipment, though it is a tight fit for what I am carrying. I currently have a Canon 600ex-rt flash, which barely fits in the designated flash pocket. You may have to work it into place, and adjust the head to 75 degrees to make the flash appear more of a straight line. It will not fit with an omni-bounce on it. Below that, I have stored my TC-80n3 remote and 3 LP-E6 batteries. The main pocket holds a gripped Canon 7D with 70-200 f2.8 and lens hood attached. It will fit a gripped 5DIII in place of a 7D. It also holds a 24-70 f2.8 II with hood and 15-85 with hood, (It may be likely to fit a 16-35 f2.8 in place of this) and a memory card case. If you have a similar kit, you should be able to fit it in there.

To access your camera, simply take your right arm out, sling it across in front of you and unzip the bag. Do not unclip the strap unless you want your gear falling out. If you need to change a lens, you will have to set it down.

In the upper pouch, I can store plenty, whether it be a change of clothes, cleaning equipment or souvenirs, and there is an included transparent pocket which could fit an ID card. There is a key strap which you can clip your keys into. There is also an elastic strap at the bottom of the pouch, with which you could fit a filter wallet or something else that is a comparable size. The alternative is to use the included pouch designed to store cables and accessories. I personally use it to hold cleaning supplies.

On the outside of the bag, there is a hidden pocket which will hold a passport, albeit with a tight fit. By the same token, you could fit an iPhone 4S without a case in there too.

I really do love this bag. It does a great job, though I personally would make some alterations if Lowepro was taking constructive criticism. On the inside, I would add a stitch or two to be able to have a pen holder. I would add an extra centimeter to the pouch where you could fit a passport and have the flap extend by one inch so it could tuck in better. I would also increase the size of the padding for lumbar support. My reasoning is because having anything in the laptop compartment will inevitably end up pressing on your back and could cause some discomfort. I would change the material of the zipper pulls to be something more durable, or put loops so it could be locked and prevent the chance of theft due to the loops being slashed. Lastly, I would add more velcro to the inside compartment for customization of the setup.

All in all, it is a great bag. While I would make some improvements, it carries plenty of gear and has plenty of extra room to use. It is comfortable when you have it loaded right up (If not using the laptop compartment) and can haul a wide variety of lenses.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Holds a ton of gear. May not fit under airline seats.

I bought this bag as a travelling bag mostly. Holds a ton of gear, in fact all of mine. There is a down side though. I flew Virgin America, and this particular...Read complete review

I bought this bag as a travelling bag mostly. Holds a ton of gear, in fact all of mine. There is a down side though. I flew Virgin America, and this particular bag doesn't fit under the seat fully loaded. It is durable so far, but I haven't really beat it up yet. It was also supposed to come with a rain cover, but I haven't found it yet. Not sure if that is B&H or the bag though. If you're looking for a bag to carry all your gear, I recommend this one as long as you aren't flying fully loaded and it is your personal item. It can also get a bit heavy.

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4.0

great bag but.gear doesn't fit

By KK

from Redding CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

i was trying to find a bag to travel with that would hold all my gear + 17" laptop. this was an exchange for the lowepro pro tatic 450AW bag as my laptop didn't fit in it. didn't know you had to measure lap top diagonally, and this was not indicated on BH web pages. staff was very helpful and suggested this bag.

i have a 150-600mm tamron lens that i use on a canon mark3 5D. when the lens is connected to camera it does not fit in the configured space for it. i could force the zipper over it but i am sure the zipper would fail from the extra stress. i tried removing all the partions and turning everything side ways with the big lens off the camera. the velcro placement doesn't work well this way. i used some partions from my other lowepro bag for the camera body, and 3 other canon lenses; 16-35mm, 24-105, 100mm macro, flash in and was able to zip it closed with no stress on zipper.
my big lens was next to the opening and i added a piece of velcro around to try to keep it from rolling out when i opened the bag.

i put as much of the rest of my gear in the upper compartment as i could and still had stuff left over; focusing rail, gimbal head and other flash stuff.

the laptop fit perfectly in the compartment.

i decided this just wasn't going to work comfortably for me and exchanged the bag for a different brand.

i own 2 other smaller lowepro bags. a sling and a flipside. this bag was of the same quality.

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5.0

All in one camera bag

By Sal the shooter

from Atlanta

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easily Accessible Equipment
  • Roomy
  • Useful Compartments

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Transporting Gear

    Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

    Great bag, I've used this bag for 3 years now and it has all you need to film with a DSLR video/audio equipment - compact too. All the needed compartments and good quality. When mine was stolen I bought the exact same bag since I liked it so much. Btw, the rain jacket for the jacket is very useful

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    5.0

    Perfect for my needs.

    By Bukkawight

    from Vermont

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

        I use this for weddings, travel and backpacking into remote ares for landscape work.

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        3.0

        Holds a ton of gear. May not fit under airline seats.

        By Robby B

        from Long Beach, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

          I bought this bag as a travelling bag mostly. Holds a ton of gear, in fact all of mine. There is a down side though. I flew Virgin America, and this particular bag doesn't fit under the seat fully loaded. It is durable so far, but I haven't really beat it up yet. It was also supposed to come with a rain cover, but I haven't found it yet. Not sure if that is B&H or the bag though. If you're looking for a bag to carry all your gear, I recommend this one as long as you aren't flying fully loaded and it is your personal item. It can also get a bit heavy.

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          4.0

          Excellent Organizer and Carrier for Photographic Equipment

          By Joby

          from Memphis, TN

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Storing Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

            I volunteer at the local High School to photograph athletic events, so I need different lens, strobes, etc., at various times during any "shoot". This Fastpack allows me to carry all the equipment I need and access it quickly when I need to make a change.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Beast of a Bag

            By jpoc photo

            from Saint John NB

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy when fully loaded

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Transporting Gear

            Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

            I got mine from B&H Its TIP TOP it'll hold over 30 pounds easy.

            The Laptop compartment is LARGE and holds my 17" Asus Gaming Laptop

            In the main Compartment.
            D7100 with battery grip and 80-200 telephoto attached
            Nikon 18-140mm
            Tokina 11-16mm
            Nikon 50mm
            SB600
            SB700

            The top compartment is nice and large,
            I can carry a lunch and power supply for laptop or other bits and bobs. There's also a slot on the side for a Tripod / mono pod.

            This thing is Tough and weather resistant enough Without the raincoat to take anything up to a decent downpour.

            I use this thing for college and I've had it weighed down to capacity and had to run to a couple of city blocks to catch a bus. and there was no signs of tearing or any damage at all

            The Straps and Carry handle are sewn in really nice and will last a lifetime!

            (at the time of this review I've had this bag for just over 5 months)

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            5.0

            pro bag. very large as in Big

            By Driftwood McGee

            from Portland, Oregon

            About Me Semi-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 Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

              Great with a canon 5D Mark iii, an extra lens, various gear, etc. Tons of room for a number of packing configurations. And or aspirations to collect enough equipment to someday dream of filling up this monster bag.

              Let it be known this bag is huge. I am a tall guy over six feet and this big still seems large, especially in the sense that it is deep and protrudes out like a turtle shell. Considering sending it back and going with the Fastpack 250 model instead.

              If you need an excellent bag that can fit everything you can imagine for your shoot then go with this one. The quality and design are right on point. I like the little carrying bag inside the audio/top compartment to stash various chords and bits and pieces.

              A multiple lens and multiple camera bag for videographers and photographers with a lot of gear. The bag is very comfortable and sturdy.

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              5.0

              GREAT BACKPACK!

              By Steve the Videographer

              from Medford, NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear
                • Storing Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

                Easy access to your camera and it has A LOT of storage for other things, including a laptop, tripod, water bottle, and cloths along with all your photo equipment!

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                5.0

                Great bag, fits all my gear!

                By Jack

                from Victoria, Australia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Comfortable
                • Roomy
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear

                  Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

                  I use this bag all the time to store my GoPro's swell as my Canon 700D. It is well constructed with pouches to fit everything!

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic backpack!

                  By Jake from State Farm

                  from Jupiter, FL

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

                  I like to have all of my lenses/flashes with me in the field and have room for storage. This is the best backpack I have found for that. It fits everything!

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                  4.0

                  Great

                  By bullwinkle

                  from san jose, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Storing Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

                    It's convenient and comfortable yet enough space to store camera equipment and a plethora of other accessories or personal items. I love the style of it and how easy it is use the easy access to swap out a camera or lens.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent bag, very comfortable

                    By 27eastphotos

                    from Long Island, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Storing Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

                    This bag is perfect.Two days after I received it, I walked around Manhattan(5.4 miles to be exact) with a 5D, 2 extra lenses, flash, tripod, Macbook pro, wires/batteries and was very comfortable on my back. I could of fit more Items in the bag if I wanted to. The bag was designed well and I can see that the quality is there. I didn't want to spend 100+ on a bag but I'm happy I did. Great job LOWEPRO!

                    CONS- None

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                    5.0

                    The best bag I have ever purchased

                    By Andrew Breault Visuals

                    from Springfield, MO

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Easily Accessible Equipment
                    • Laptop compartment
                    • Price
                    • Roomy
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Biking
                      • Hiking
                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Storing Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

                      I absolutely love this bag. The build quality is excellent and overall the bag has a lot more room than I expected. The main compartment holds all of my photography gear (Canon 6D with 24-105, Strobes, batteries, etc.) with room for 2 more lenses... as soon as I can afford them.

                      There is room for a 17inch laptop and my iPad mini with the PadCaster Mini fit comfortably in the top zipper compartment. The hidden rain cover comes in handy and easily covers the entire bag.

                      My current equipment weighs in at 38 lbs and I carry this bag everyday on my one mile walk to and from work. I love how comfortable the bag is on my shoulders. I feel like a 4-5 mile hike would be just as easy and the chest strap holds the shoulder straps in a comfortable position.

                      I was worried that the waist strap would be uncomfortable against my back when not being used but surprisingly I don't even notice it is there.

                      I almost purchased the Fastpack 250 and when I first got the 350 I thought it was too big. Now that I have been using it for a few weeks I am so glad that I went with the 350. There is room to grow and ultimately: This is the best bag I have ever purchased.

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                      5.0

                      Great Product

                      By SOUTHBRONXSTA

                      from THE BRONX

                      Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

                      The day I bought this bag, was the same day I stopped damaging my camera body and I also had a place to put my three new Canon L lenses. This bag is very good on storage but if your planning on adding more lenses to you collection do keep in mind that you are going to have to buy more space dividers because this bag doesn't include it when purchased. For the price of the bag It's a great investment if you need a bag to travel with and take your laptop or Mac mini with you it also has a ton of little compartments to store other goods and accessories and things of that nature. The bag comes with a grey covering hidden at the very bottom which in my opinion is very convenient when needed, and easy to put away as it is attached to the bottom of the bag and could not possibly be lost unless it's ripped or cut away from the bag itself.You can also attach you tripod to the side of the bag if needed also this bag comes with a cool bottle holder fit to carry most size bottoms. From a 1-10 scale, I would rate this bag a strong 8 1/2 but if it came with the extra lens divider it's would be a 10 just because it comes with everything needed for a advanced and amateur photographer.

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                      5.0

                      Great bag

                      By JZ

                      from Posen IL

                      Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

                      It fits a d810 with battery grip L bracket and 70-200 2.8. I has room for a flash and two lens or a small body with body cap or nikon 50mm lens.

                      It carries my macbook and ipad and the extras.

                      Highly recommended.

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                      5.0

                      Great Pack

                      By seth

                      from portsmouth, nh

                      Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

                      Purchased this for my wife and she has been thrilled with its function and form. She has a place for all of her gear and accessories.

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                      5.0

                      very nice

                      By Bill

                      from Delaware

                      Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

                      Sturdy, spacious. Love the easy access to the compartment for the body. And lenses.

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                      5.0

                      great bag

                      By eddie

                      from Brooklyn

                      Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

                      It's a great bag it held my 13.5 MacBook pro, nikon d7000, four lens and speedlight. The bag also was rain proof.

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                      5.0

                      Great backpack

                      By Donald G

                      from Owosso

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Storing Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

                        Since I do a lot of travel via bicycle, I was looking for a backpack instead of a camera case. After some research, I decided on this Lowepro model and I was not disappointed. It fits my 7d w/ attached lens as well as 2 additional lenses, my Speedlite, and battery pack in the main compartment. All of my accessories fit in the top section. My 17" laptop fits in the designated area, and I can carry my light duty tripod on the provided side area. It is on the heavy side with all of my stuff packed in it (especially with the laptop), but is still comfortable to wear when I'm riding. I am pleased with my purchase.

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                        4.0

                        Great Bag that fit everything I needed

                        By samleephoto

                        from Vernon Hills, IL

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Accessible Equipment
                        • Roomy
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Cumbersome
                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

                        I purchased this backpack so that I could do on location shooting from 1 bag instead of the multiple bags I usually carry. I needed something that would hold my camera, a couple lenses, batteries, flashes, filters and other nicknacks as well as a strobe, battery pack for the strobe, light stand, umbrella, reflector and potentially a tripod. This bag accommodated everything perfectly with a tiny bit of room to spare. As you can imagine after I put all of that in the bag, it became quite heavy, I did my first run with the bag hiking around the city for about 4 hours and while the bag was quite heavy and caused strain, it wasn't horribly unbearable and worth it for the amount of gear I was carrying in it. The shoulder straps ok, not the worst I've felt but not the most comfortable either, but again it was tolerable for a 4 hour trek around the city. I would recommend this bag to anyone who wants to consolidate all their items into 1 bag for a on location shoot, I probably wouldn't go hiking all day with all that gear though, at least not with this bag.

                        The items I fit in the bag were:
                        1 Nikon D800
                        1 Nikon D7100
                        1 70-200 2.8
                        1 28-70 2.8
                        1 Nikon sb-910
                        1 Nikon sb-800
                        1 Alienbee strobe
                        1 7 inch reflector for strobe
                        1 minivagabond powerpack
                        1 Lastolite trigrip reflector
                        4 sets of AA batteries
                        2 Pocket wizards
                        1 6 foot lightstand
                        1 28 inch umbrella
                        misc cables and connectors

                        There was room for a tripod if needed.

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