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LoweproDSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy (5)
  • Cumbersome (3)

Best Uses

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

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great all purpose pack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

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

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

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5.0

Better have plenty of equipment

By Williamd

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This backpack is big and will hold plenty of photography equipment, a sleeve for a laptop/tablet along with room for ponchos or extra clothes. It may be too large to place under airline seats which I was hoping to do. Quality is good and as usual B&H shipped timely.

 
5.0

Funtional

By Matthew

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Layout is usable. If you have a moderate amount of gear as well as a laptop this will serve you well. I use for video recording with addit

 
5.0

The backpack suits all my needs

By Alikhanov

from Armenia, Yerevan

Verified Buyer

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

The product reallt suits all my needs. I wanted to carry my laptop, camera, lenses, flash and other items in one place and not to carry them in separate bags. The laptop area is even bigger than 15.6 inch laptop size. My laptop is thin, so I think that 17 inch one also will fit in that area (I haven't try, but it feels like that).
It fits really good on me, so that carrying it is not a problem, even if it's heavy.

 
5.0

Lowepro Fastpack 350 AW

By DJS

from Undisclosed

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

This is my second Lowepro bag. I ran out of room with the other. Awesome, durable, great size and price.

 
5.0

Love it!

By Paula

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I love everything about this bag!
Has a lot of space and I like that I can hang my tripod on it too.

 
5.0

would buy again

By Joseph

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

great item.I feel safe knowing my equipment is safe.I like the waterproof cover. Plenty of storage.Great price, fast shipping

 
3.0

Ill configured, capacity too small

By Randolph

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I purchased this backpack to move up in size to hold more of my equipment.  Physically it is about 1/3 larger than my prior backpack but no matter how I tried to configure the 350 AW I could not make it hold more than my old, smaller, backpack.   The quick retrieval opening was too small to get my 5D MkII through easily.  The straps fall across the back making opening the backpack awkward.  The velcro panels are too small and ill configured to maximize the inside of the pack pack.  I purchased this backpack and am selling it unused for about 1/3 of what I paid for it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Happy so far

By Tom

from Fort Worth, Tx

Verified Buyer

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

Has a very large capacity and camera is easier to get to than with previous backpack.

 
5.0

Capacious backpack!

By Craig

from Greenville, SC

Verified Buyer

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

I have it loaded with my gear, though it's nowhere near filled. Plenty of space to expand! I haven't actually used it on a trip yet, but it seems to be comfortable. My only problem is getting my Canon 6D with attached 24-105L f/4 to stay snug. There is a lot of room in the camera compartment, and as the sides are not fully compatible with velcro the divider placements are limited. I think I'll need to roll up a t-shirt to pad the camera a little bit and to keep it from sliding around. Would be great with a longer lens attached, and perhaps a battery grip. Really roomy.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great bag but.gear doesn't fit

By KK

from Redding CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

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

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

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

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

the laptop fit perfectly in the compartment.

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

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

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

All in one camera bag

By Sal the shooter

from Atlanta

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easily Accessible Equipment
  • Roomy
  • Useful Compartments

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Protecting Gear
    • Transporting Gear

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

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

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Perfect for my needs.

    By Bukkawight

    from Vermont

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

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

        By Robby B

        from Long Beach, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Transporting Gear

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

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

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Excellent Organizer and Carrier for Photographic Equipment

          By Joby

          from Memphis, TN

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Storing Gear
            • Transporting Gear

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

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

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beast of a Bag

            By jpoc photo

            from Saint John NB

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy when fully loaded

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Gear
            • Transporting Gear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            pro bag. very large as in Big

            By Driftwood McGee

            from Portland, Oregon

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

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

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

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

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

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

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                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!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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