Lowepro Flipside 500 AW Backpack (Black)

Lowepro Flipside 500 AW Backpack (Black)

Lowepro Flipside 500 AW Backpack (Black)

B&H # LOFS500B MFR # LP36412
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Product Highlights

  • Fits A 500mm f/4 Lens
  • Padded Protection For Pro Camera + Gear
  • Body-Side Access Design
  • Built-In All Weather AW Cover
  • Hideaway Tripod Mount System
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The Flipside 500 AW Backpack (Black) from Lowepro provides enough room for your pro DSLR and camera gear with a lightweight, easy to carry design. The designed-for-outdoors backpack features space for a pro-level DSLR with a grip and an attached 500mm f/4 lens, 1 to 2 extra bodies, 2 to 4 extra lenses, an external flash, memory cards, a tripod or monopod plus personal items. Thanks to the bag's all-weather design, you can take your gear with you anytime without worrying about water, dust, dirt, or sand damage. The backpack features a built-in all-weather cover that conveniently tucks into a separate compartment when not in use for quick access during inclement weather. The front zippered storage pocket contains enough room for personal items, including a tablet computer and other accessories plus Lowepro's Hideaway Tripod Mount System.

Hideaway Tripod Mount system
Capacity for a 500mm f/4 lens
Built-in memory card pockets
Zippered front storage pocket with space for a tablet
Patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover
SlipLock attachment loops
Roomy and padded camera compartment
Body-side access
UPC: 056035364129
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Lowepro Flipside 500 AW Backpack (Black)
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    Lowepro 500 AW specs

    Color Black
    Type of Closure Zipper
    Tripod Holder Yes
    Waist Belt Yes
    Carrying/Transport Options Shoulder straps, carry handle
    Dimensions (WxDxH) Camera Compartment: 11.0 x 7.3 x 18.9" (28.0 x 18.5 x 48 cm)
    Exterior: 11.8 x 12.8x 20.1" (30.0 x 32.5 x 51.0 cm)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.2 x 13.3 x 11.8"

    Lowepro 500 AW reviews

    Flipside 500 AW Backpack (Black) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 85.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Bag but definitely size LARGE I purchased this backpack to carry all of my gear while participating in a 5 day workshop, hiking outdoors in one of our National Parks. I was immediately surprised at just how LARGE the backpack is and confirmed that it was more than adequate for all that I needed to carry with me. The backpack has great protection and lots of pockets that are right-sized and in ideal locations. Straps to secure and to carry tripods and monopod - weather proof cover. I am a relatively small woman (5') and ultimately concluded it was too LARGE for me to hike with, so I replaced it with the Flipside 400 AW (Perfect!) The quality of the product is very good, as you'd expect from Lowepro.
    Date published: 2014-06-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great choice Only had this bag for a few weeks, but so far it's great. I wasn't sure whether to buy the next smaller bag, but i took a shot at the larger bag. Reason being, i use D3x's and or D700w/batt. I don't like to put equipment together or change lens as i'm shooting so everthing is set up in the bag. Note; this bag is easy to make heavy. Prior to guying this bag, i rigged (chopped up) a Jansport backpack. This backpack is heavy to start with, so only pack what you really need, unless your built for the weight. I'm 5'8'' 160lbs and i'm over 65... so for you older shooters, be careful.
    Date published: 2012-06-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fabulous backpack This backpack makes it easy to carry all my photo gear on long hikes. When adjusted properly, it places all the weight on your waist like a backpacking backpack. It fits a lot of stuff, and the flipside feature is very useful. If you don't have a big telephoto lens, you should probably opt for one of the smaller versions. I've found that hooking the tripod collar of my telephoto lens into the waste strap is a great way to keep my camera accessible while not carrying it. My only complaint is that the chest strap has fallen off a few times (it moves up and down and there's nothing to stop it from sliding off completely), though this is fairly easy to fix.
    Date published: 2013-07-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Quality and Design Use it for a day trip hiking. The good thing I love it is the front pocket and side pockets are very handy for my snack and water. Big enough for a 200-500 mm f/5.6 lens, 16-3 mm f/4 and two full frame cameras. It can also fit in another 70-200 mm f/2.8. But since it will be too heavy for me to go hiking trail, I did not bring it. One thing you need to be aware is that since this backpack is pretty thick, your centre of weight will be moved backward significantly when you carry it. And this is a challenge for me to bring it for hiking with full load (about 10 lb). But this is personal thing and can be improved by training.
    Date published: 2016-10-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Backpack but... I bought the Lowepro Flipside AW 500 to pack and carry my equipment for bird photography. I am able to fit in the following Gear: One camera Canon EOS 7D attached to a Canon EF500mm f/4L with Hood reversed, one Canon zoom EF 100-400mm L with Hood reversed, one Canon Lens EF-S 15-85mm with Hood reversed, one Canon Flash Speedlite 580 EX II, one Canon EF 1.4x Extender, spare batteries and a few small accessories. The front pocket is large enough to fit a light jacket and other small personal belongings. The total weight of the bag plus gear is then about 11kg, and a little more if a monopod or tripod is attached. I am very happy with this Backpack, which is well built, comfortable to carry and about the right size for my needs, but... The only reason why I give it 4 stars, is that the bag is slightly less roomy than I expected. It seems that the Canon EF500mm f/4 with Hood reversed does not fit as neatly inside the central compartment of the bag as shown in Lowepro's advertisement. It could be that the Canon 500mm f/4 Lens Hood has a larger diameter than the one from Nikon which is shown in the advert. When I fit my Canon 500mm f/4 in the central compartment of the bag, the lens Hood compresses the lateral compartments quite a lot as shown in the picture I submitted, and reduces substantially the space available on each side of the Hood. Except for some small accessories, it is then impossible to put any gear such as a second camera body, an additional medium lens or a Flash in this part of the bag.
    Date published: 2012-07-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Useful Bag I Own This backpack was a Christmas present from my wife, and a step up from my Flipside 400, which was and is a phenomenal bag, but into which I couldn't quite fit all the gear I wished to carry. (Please read my review there, as I truly love that bag, and it's very suitable if you don't need the carrying capacity of this one.) As other reviewers have stated, it's very simple to slip one's arms out of the shoulder straps while leaving the hip-belt securely attached, swivel the pack to the front, unzip, and access gear--all with the assurance and security of what amounts to a portable table on which to swap lenses and access gear. (Please note that you do NOT need to support the bag with a knee--or anything--while doing this.) Additionally, this pack enables me to carry a considerable bit more than its smaller sibling. See the attached photo for details, but I pack the following: D300 with attached 35 f/1.8, an 80-200 f/2.8, and spare flash batteries (packed in film canisters) in the center column, bordered by a 50 f/1.8 (stacked on top of my Giotto Q-Ball Blower), SB-800 flash, Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 (with Tamron cap), 18-70 f/3.5-4.5, and a silica canister wedged at the bottom, while on the other side reside filters and Cokin filter holder, 105 f/2.8 macro, 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR, and another silica pack to keep things dry--all in the main compartment. Please note that this pack is significantly deeper than the 400, hence the increased capacity; in the Flipside 400, neither 105 f/2.8 nor the 70-300 could be stored vertically. In the six weeks I've had this pack, I've appreciated the ease with which I could access my gear while leaving nothing significant out of my kit. Strengths: * The integral AW cover; great to have, and missing from the Fastpack 350 that I once used. * The integral tripod holder is also a nice feature, but it's a bit small for my Manfrotto 055CXPRO3--small, but functional. * A decently roomy front pocket in which you can store a jacket and other items. * Straps and attachment points are well thought-out, and the two elastic-mesh holders will hold a a 32 oz--water bottle. (Note that slick, 20 oz. water bottles with no indentation will slip out, much to my chagrin! Use one with an indentation, or attach the Lowepro water bottle holder, as I have.) * The hook and loop (velcro) dividers are more customizable than many similar packs. * I have yet to use this pack in a setting where I'd fear theft, but because of this pack's design, it is absolutely ideal for such an environment. * The bag is inconspicuous, but attractive. * Relative to the Flipside 400, the bottom two inches of the interior are MUCH more accessible--MUCH! * Again, deeper than many bags * Again, can be easily accessed without removing the pack AND without supporting on a knee, even loaded as shown in the photograph. Cons: * Zippers. As on the Flipside 400, I'm not impressed with the beefiness of the zippers, BUT I haven't had any issue whatsoever with zippers on either bag. They simply aren't as robust as those found on Pro Trekkers and the like. *If you have larger lenses, please see another review here, showing that when so loaded, the lateral compartments can become quite compressed. (I can't take credit for this observation.) Summation of both the Flipside 400 and 500: In summation, short of a full trekking expedition requiring a larger bag with beefier harness to accommodate all this photo gear and a lap-top besides (such as my since-discontinued Computrekker Plus AW), this is absolutely my go-to bag. Its speedy access to a lot of gear without either a back-breaking experience or the need to put the bag down, superb protection of equipment, well-considered ergonomics, and delightful carrying ease over a long haul all ensure that hip-packs and lesser backpacks will see less use or hit the secondhand market. (I haven't yet sold my Flipside 400, but haven't used it since receiving this bag.)
    Date published: 2013-02-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cavernous Space Inside I ordered this backpack to haul a full-frame SLR with battery pack and a 70-200mm zoom, along with a flash and 3-4 other lenses. I thought I'd go large in case I needed to pack a 300mm or 400mm f2.8. This backpack could easily handle the larger lenses. In fact, it's prbably a bit larger than what I need now, and that comes with a downside. When I had it on and was trying to maneuver through a crowd, it caused problems. On the plus side, I like the integral rain hood. During a recent rainstorm I had a monopod attached on the back, and the rain hood had no problem covering it as well. I also like the feature of the opening to the main camera compartment on the back of the backpack. When setting the bag on the ground, you aren't worried about it getting wet or dirty for when you have to put it on again.
    Date published: 2013-10-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Opens easy, but can't close Moved up to this from a 300 flipside, which was getting too small for me. I loved the 300 because of the flip, and being able to access my gear without needing to ground the bag, and so was expecting the same thing in its bigger brother. On the plus side, the 500 is cavernous, and can hold pretty much everything I have... but big downside revealed its ugly head when I spun the bag around and opened it... opened easy - awesome, but when I tried to close it, it was practically impossible. The hip straps are attached to the part of the bag that opens, instead of to the side of the bag, making closing it up an extra pair of hands affair. I watched the Lowepro video on their site to see if I was doing something wrong, but they cunningly only show it being opened, and not actually being zipped closed. To do so, the bag needs to be grounded, or someone needs to help hold it up... regardless of weight in the bag, unlike the 300. For me, thats poor design, and something that could have been easily remedied in testing. Honestly, I probably would send it back if I lived in the US.
    Date published: 2014-04-04
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