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LoweproDSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black)
 
4.4

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (39)
  • Comfortable (36)
  • Easily accessible equipment (36)
  • Adjustable harness (31)
  • Roomy (30)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)
  • Cumbersome (3)

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (38)
  • Protecting gear (27)
  • Storing gear (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (6), Pro photographer (6)
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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 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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            5.0

            Hiking in Iceland

            By Mike

            from New York

            About Me Casual 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):

                Recently purchased this bag and used it on a couple of rigorous hikes in Iceland. The bag was very comfortable and protected my gear very well.

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                3.0

                Convenient

                By AOS

                from NYC

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

                Every essential travel item plus camera and accessories fits nicely

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                4.0

                Great For Travel

                By Canon-Dale

                from Boise, Idaho

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Comfortable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

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

                  I love LowePro bags and this one didn't disappoint.

                  I ordered it because I wanted a good backpack for a trip I was taking. The gig involved air travel and my "old standby" camera bag was just too bulky and had no space for a laptop.

                  I originally saw the 250 version a couple of months ago in a retail store and, because I'm a DSLR video shooter, I was intrigued. I loved the concept but the 250 wasn't big enough. Some research led me to the larger 350 and the out-of-town gig was a perfect reason to pick one up for a test drive. Overall a great pack with some nice design features!

                  Here's a list of what's in my bag:
                  5D Mark III
                  70-200 2.8L IS
                  24-105 4.0L IS
                  16-35 2.8L
                  100 2.8 Macro
                  TC-80N3 Remote
                  Battery Charger
                  5 Batteries (One Stays In Camera)
                  5 SD Cards
                  Lens Cloths
                  Filter Holder
                  Sennheiser Evolution Wireless Set & Access
                  Tram Wired Lavalier
                  Small Shotgun Mic (Shoe Mount)
                  Zoom H4n
                  Full Size Headphones
                  17" Laptop & Charger
                  2.5" USB Hard Drive
                  Wireless Mouse
                  Eneloop AA Charger w/4 Batteries
                  Small Roll of Gaff Tape
                  USB Charger
                  Micro USB Cable (for Phone)
                  3 USB Flash Drives

                  It holds all of this with room to spare.

                  The only negative comment would be:

                  The tripod/rig holder is a good idea, but not very well executed. There is a pouch that hangs down below the bottom of the bag to stick the tripod legs (or one leg - it's a small pouch) and one of the existing side straps (oddly, there is no dedicated strap) holds it (vaguely) in place. It works, and I guess that's what matters, but it's less than elegant. I wish it felt more secure (a dedicated strap would help keep it from shifting around as you move) and I wish the pouch was positioned such that when you set the bag on the ground, the pouch/tripod legs don't interfere with it sitting flat.

                  I will say LowePro must have done some research when they decided on the bag dimensioning. It fits very well (snugly, and you have to do a little wiggling, but it fits!) under an airplane seat. It was handy to stow it, but still have access to my laptop, phone, iPod, etc. in flight. However, if you have big feet, be prepared for no foot room.

                  I haven't yet tried the quick access feature. I'm usually not shooting "run and gun", so that wasn't what attracted me to it, but it might come in handy at some point.

                  Overall the trip and shoot were a success, and in no small part because I had everything I needed with me. I was able to shoot and then quickly begin editing right on the spot, enabling me to meet tight deadlines.

                  Bottom line... it's a great bag. It won't hold everything, but it holds everything you'll want to carry for very long. Fully loaded the bag was 32 pounds - without a tripod (my tripod was in my suitcase during travel). I weigh about 135, so it was quite a load for someone my size. I didn't want to just stand around with it on my back. Generally, if we weren't on the move, I took it off.

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                  5.0

                  Large: Fits them all

                  By Rui

                  from Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                  • Roomy
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Cumbersome

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Transporting Gear
                  • Travel

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

                  Great quality. This is really large and fits all your gear inside. It's amazing how the upper section/pocket fit too much staff too. It fills like my previous backpacks were really small and not well divided. On the other end, I would love that the velcros divides inside the camera section/pocket were more customizable. At the moment, I am using it with a Nikon D5200 and six lenses: 8mm, 35mm, 50mm, 18-55mm, 18-250mm, and 70-300mm. Plus a notebook, a tablet, several cords, headphone etc.

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                  5.0

                  Possibly the perfect backpack

                  By j_sho

                  from Washington, DC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Transporting Gear

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

                  I picked this up in the B&H Super Store on a trip to New York and I have been thrilled with it since. I purchased this bag as I wanted something I could take on backpacking trips and have all of my gear in only one place. In this bag I fit my: Canon5D Markii with the battery grip on and a 70-200mm lens attached, a 24-70mm lens, a fixed 50mm lens, a flash, a tablet, a laptop, my Holga 120Pan camera and 20 rolls of film, my phone, passport, keys, headphones, and tripod. This added a lot of weight, but I was so happy to have free hands to shoot and all of my gear in one bag. The waist and sternum straps are a great addition to balance you out and the padding on the back and shoulders makes it comfortable enough to carry this bag with all the gear for ages- I took it on a three hour, steep terrain hike and it felt great the whole time. This is a large bag, but it still is allowed as an airplane/bus carry on bag and was allowed in the museums I visited on my trip. I really love the hidden tripod pocket and top strap to keep it in place, and the hidden all weather cover for wet conditions. This bag ticked every box on my wishlist and the price was great. So I have to say, for my needs, this was and is the perfect backpack.

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                  2.0

                  lowepro fastpack 250

                  By drek

                  from la

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        Its a bit large and boxy. I returned it for a kata that will work better in planes. Solid construction and easy camera access

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                        4.0

                        Better than Expected

                        By MD

                        from New York, NY

                        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):

                          I needed a carry on bag that would allow me to take my camera and a few lenses, a laptop, some other stuff (hard drive, flashlight, usb keys), and some space for personal items; a book to read, wallet, keys, etc. I fit all that and there still was pleanty of space to spare. Maybe I could have gotten the 250AW instead, but the size difference is negligable, and the extra space allows for more gear in the future. This is a quality made bag, so I intend on having it for a while.

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                          5.0

                          Very Useful

                          By AlexP

                          from Miami

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Cons

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

                                I love the size.

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                                5.0

                                Great all purpose pack

                                By Aegis1984

                                from British Columbia, Canada

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Transporting Gear

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

                                  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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                                  4.0

                                  A cubby for every tool

                                  By Brian

                                  from Seattle, WA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

                                  • Adjustable Harness
                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                                  • 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):

                                  This is a large size backpack for a videographer. It has a compartment for all the standard gear. My only concern would be accessing the camera through the side while still strapped to my back, but that's a user preference thing - It is somewhat cumbersome to reach and I prefer not to risk dropping my camera.

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