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LoweproDSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 60 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (45)
  • Comfortable (42)
  • Easily accessible equipment (41)
  • Adjustable harness (36)
  • Roomy (36)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)
  • Cumbersome (3)

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (43)
  • Protecting gear (32)
  • Storing gear (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (7), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (51)

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

 

Great but...

I just received my Fastpack 350 today and as I was packing it to test the functionality I noticed something very disturbing...If you do NOT have a long lens attached to the camera...Read complete review

I just received my Fastpack 350 today and as I was packing it to test the functionality I noticed something very disturbing...If you do NOT have a long lens attached to the camera when packing it your dslr just sits in the compartment completely loose! The compartments are defaulted to a specific configuration making it difficult, if not impossible, to design a satisfactory fit. I was afraid my camera would fall out of the compartment upon opening! Seriously looking at returning this product.

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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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      • No

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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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      • No

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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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        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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            5.0

            Super Backpack!

            By drewstein productions

            from Wichita Falls, TX

            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):

              Holds everything you would ever need, plus is very comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

              Other than how far it sticks out back, no things are bad about design or overall performance. It is a very big backpack, KNOW THAT!

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              5.0

              Handles a 19.5" Laptop

              By Captureman7

              from NYC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • 195" Laptop Fits
              • Adjustable Harness
              • Comfortable
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Roomy
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • A Little Light On Padding

              Best Uses

              • Transporting Gear

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

              This is the only backpack I have found that can handle my Goboxx 19" laptop and a camera setup. It seems to be well constructed and easy to get to stuff. It is a little tight for overhead storage on planes but it does fit.
              I would prefer a little more padding, but it's hardly worth mentioning.

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              4.0

              Very good bag, but too big for me

              By SSK

              from Shakopee, MN

              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 Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black):

                I purchased this bag for my DSLR, 3 lenses and some small accessories. Though this bag is enough for my gadgets, the overall size was too big for me. Hence I returned and bought the Lowepro Fastpack 250.

                I am sure its a great bag for people who travel a lot.

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                5.0

                Served Me Well

                By The Kid 55

                from New Jersey

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Roomy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

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

                  I ordered this bag for a resent trip to accommodate a laptop along with my growing camera collection. My primary concern was space and ability to have my gear with me during the flight.

                  The bag performed exceptionally well! It fit perfectly in the overhead due to the shape of the top and held all of my electronics (camera, laptop, iPad mini, cell phone, headphones, etc.). The bag was very heavy however quite comfortable with all belts fastened.

                  It appears my carrying collection is growing just as big as the camera collection to suit all my various travel needs.

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                  4.0

                  Much Needed Upgrade

                  By lowercase

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                  • Roomy
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Customisible

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

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

                  I use this for DSLR based video shooting. I like all the different compartments and how they are separated. The laptop area works great for storing my matte box as well. When strapping on a tri-pod it is a bit off balance, but not too much to become annoying. Sturdy construction, with a semi-hard/soft rigid protection that reassures me that my gear is protected.

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                  4.0

                  It's good but could of been better!

                  By Grim

                  from Portland, OR

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable Harness
                  • Comfortable
                  • Large Multi Function
                  • Roomy
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Hard To Access Equipment

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

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

                  I have tested out both the Fastpack 350 AW and the Fastpack 350. At first glance they appear the same but upon closer inspection there are some differences. Good and bad.

                  One thing that should have been carried over to the Fastpack 350 AW is the hip pads on the waist belt. There are none at all on the waist belt for the 350 AW, I suppose they thought the ability to stash the hip belt on the AW was a worthwhile trade off to be able to stash them away? The Fastpack 350 does not have the ability to stash the waist belt but it does have padding. The trade off in the AW IS NOT worth it. As an avid hiker I rather not be able to stash and have waist belt padding. Both would be ideal.

                  The Fastpack 350 AW seems to be geared more toward a video cameras and full frames only it appears. The section of the pack for a camera is much larger than most DSLR's. If you do not have a full frame or a grip on, it will move around significantly.

                  Why they reverted to traditional top loading laptop compartment is a good question as the side loading was more convenient and functional. The laptop compartment on the Fastpack 350 also seems thicker and better built then on the AW model.

                  The front flap over pouch compartment that is located on the camera compartment lid also lacking on the AW model is highly missed.

                  In the end it comes down to the only benefit to the Fastpack 350 AW over the regular 350 is the tripod holder and the rain cover. Of course the fabric on the Fastpack 350 seems better and claims its water proof, how much benefit is the rain hood???

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                  5.0

                  Great Bag but beware the size

                  By Royston Kane

                  from East Greenwich, RI

                  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):

                    First off lets get the size out of the way. It is not heavy, but bulky. This is to be expected for what it holds and for the nice padding.

                    With that said, this bag meets expectations. I can house in the camera area my D800, 50 1.8, 85 1.8, 105 2.5 and Tamron 28-75 with no worries. For accessories, I have a speed light, Kenko macro tubes and camera charger.

                    On the top compartment, I have an audio recorder, studio monitor headphones, and UltraPod, and a load of AA/AAA batteries, filters and have space for a light jacket/lunch.

                    I have yet to give it the full on hike test, but so far so good.

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