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by PowerReviews
 
4.6

(based on 70 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Ideal for the adventure photographer

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

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

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

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

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

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

May Work for You; Didn't Work for Me

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

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

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

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

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

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4.0

Just what I needed!

By Joseph

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Just what I needed to carry my dslr with 150-300 mm zoom.

 
4.0

well made

By Brian

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

this does the job very well. when in position along the waistline the lid can be a little awkward to open but not a big deal. holds camera securely and is readily accessible

 
5.0

A solid camera bag for daily use.

By Zhizhen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

the bag is well built and fits my camera with lens (EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS) attached properly.

 
5.0

Top notch!

By Nelson

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Top notch!

 
4.0

would buy again

By Jerry

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

works as advertize

 
3.0

protecting with a top loader or not

By Wietse

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Although a well fabricated product which feels sturdy and a safe place for my camera, closing and opening and taking out the camera with lens in hurry is a bit cumbersome. This probably is true for most if not all top loader camera bag. One has to weigh if carrying the camera should be protected or can be carried lose on it's own shoulder band, I most likely will end up with the latter.

 
5.0

The one camera bag you need as a professional

By Pewter

from Cypress, TX

Verified Buyer

Considering a professional full-frame DSLR will cost few thousand dollars you will want a bag that adequately protects your investment and same time makes it a breeze to use, convenient and unobtrusive. This bag scores highly by all these measures. It looks great and works really good.

PRO
Bought this bag to tote my Pentax K-1, and it fits snugly and firmly and top loader design makes it a cinch to reach down and quick-draw the camera for almost instant access. I like to be low-key with my expensive gear and not advertize for would-be thieves. This bag is sufficiently plain and utilitarian - looking that most people wont easily guess it's contents. The bag is made of high-grade materials and has plenty of padding built in for the inevitable knocks. It certainly seems water-resistant as advertised and I would not hesitate to take it out in inclement weather.

CON
There are a few outside flaps and pockets but all too small to hold anything much. I ended up using the under-lid top compartment to stow away some spare batteries and white balance filter. If you need additional space for a flash or lens hood extra lens this wont do, you'll still need a primary kit bag or add-on storage accessories or extra pockets on you.

 
5.0

Great bag for hiking!

By Charisma

from St. Louis

Verified Buyer

This bag is designed well and has any features that work well and make it quick to grab the camera. The exterior pockets are designed with photographers need in mind. Adequate room for batteries and cards. The bag features plenty of padding to protect the camera as well.

 
4.0

Works Great.

By SW Ff Bill

from SW Florida

Verified Buyer

I needed a walk around bag for my walk around lens. My D500 and 16-80 2,8 fit perfectly in the bag. (lens hood inverted). Several pockets are handy for extra battery and small accessories. Very happy with the choice.

 
5.0

Great bag!

By w. Barnard

from McLean, VA

Verified Buyer

Fine bag for my 7D II and a 24-70mm lens, especially at the sale price!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

High quality case, excellent design.

By Landscape Photographer

from Roseville, CA

Verified Reviewer

Beautifully designed, rugged and excellent case for various camera and lens combinations.
I use mine with my Olympus E-M1 with the extra Battery grip and the 300mm f/4 lens mounted on it.
Fits like a dream, very happy with it.

 
5.0

Very nice case

By Eric

from Dexter, OR

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Protecting SLRs
    • Storing SLRs
    • Transporting SLRs

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

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

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

    By camguyed

    from Republic of New Jersey

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Top Loader Pro 70 AW

        By wall_flower

        from Mission Viejo, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Protecting SLRs
          • Storing SLRs
          • Transporting SLRs

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

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It fits!

          By MEB

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting SLRs
            • Storing SLRs
            • Transporting SLRs

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

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

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Super fast bag

            By jcdovala

            from Thousand Oaks, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

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

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great camera bag!

            By MPandini

            from Colatina - ES - Brazil

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easily Accessible Equipment
            • Supports Lens Well
            • Well Padded

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Transporting SLRs

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

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Great Bag!

              By Glide1340

              from Hollywood, Fl

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Protecting SLRs

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

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Great for my m4/3 setup

                By Mark from Cincinnati

                from Cincinnati, Ohio

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Lightweight
                • Well Padded

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting SLRs
                  • Transporting SLRs

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

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

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

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  I got this to use with my new D810 lens

                  By jglaser757

                  from florida

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting SLRs
                    • Transporting SLRs

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

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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