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Lowepro Fastpack Bp 250 AW II, Travel-Ready Backpack Designed to Fit A DSLR, 2-3 Extra Lenses, A 15 Inch Laptop, Tablet and Space for Your Personal Gear, Black, (LP36869-PWW)
- Fits dslr, 2-3 extra lenses, a 15'' laptop plus tablet
- Camera zone: Adjustable padded interior and fast-access opening
- Device zone: Cradle fit tablet pocket and padded laptop pocket
- Open zone: Top of pack has multiple pockets and space for items
- Built-in all weather aw cover protects gear from elements
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The fastpack series has been trusted to travel for years. The next-generation pack design includes enhanced protection with a built-in all weather aw cover and cradle fit device compartment, plus three, primary storage zones to help keep you organized and ready for the fast pace of modern travel.
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Fastpack BP 250 AW II - A Travel Ready Backpack for a DSLR, 15" Laptop, Tablet & Personal Gear
Camera at the Ready
Fast side access means your camera is never more than a few seconds away from getting the shot. The customizable camera zone includes padded and adjustable interior, full-access zippered opening, and a bright grey interior for high visibility.
Devices Close at Hand
Stay connected while traveling with dedicated space to protect your laptop and tablet. The dedicated device zone includes CradleFit tablet protection and a well-padded laptop pocket.
Room for your Lifestyle
The open zone provides space for your travel essentials and the things that make your journey fun. Located at the top of the pack, it features multiple pockets and space for organizing your smartphone, cables, pens, keys and other items.
|Fastpack BP 150 AW II||Fastpack BP 250 AW II|
|What hardware fits in this bag?||DSLR with attached kit lens (such as Nikon D7100 with 24-70mm f/2.8), 1-2 extra lenses or flashes.||DSLR with attached lens (such as Nikon D810 with up to 70-200mm f/2.8), 2-3 extra lenses or flashes.|
|What size laptop fits in this bag?||11"||15"|
|What are the external dimensions of this bag?||9.84 x 9.06 x 18.50 in||12.20 x 10.24 x 19.69 in|
|What are the internal dimensions of this bag?||8.86 x 6.30 x 9.65 in||11.42 x 6.10 x 10.83 in|
|What are the dimensions of the laptop compartment?||8.46 x 0.91 x 17.72 in||11.42 x 0.79 x 18.11 in|
|What are the dimensions of the camera compartment?||8.86 x 6.30 x 9.65 in||11.42 x 6.10 x 10.83 in|
|Weight of bag||3.08 lbs||3.96 lbs|
|All Weather AW Cover?||✓||✓|
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My basis of requirement: I have had a very many camera bags over the years (Lowepro Prorunner, Lowepro Slingshot, Billingham Hadley Pro, Crumper 5 Billion Dollar house, Crumpler back pack, Lowepro Toploader 75 AW Mk1 & 2 etc...) And I currently have the Lowepro Whistler BP 450 for outdoor and extreme weather activities which is awesome! but quite big and can not be taken on a plane as carry on :( Lowepro Whistler BP 450 Backpack for Camera - Grey Any experienced photographer will tell you there is NO perfect bag that fits all scenarios, so define yours before you search for your bag.
However this time I was looking for the following:
1. A bag that could carry and provide easy access to a Canon 5DMk4 + Canon 16-35 2.8L MkIII + Canon 70-200mm F/4L IS inc a 1.4x Teleconverter attached + bits and bobs
2. I wanted the bag for street and travel photography and I did not want to have to unzip the whole back panel and expose my gear to prying eyes or dust/weather.
3. I wanted extra space for a flask/water bottle, maybe a Gortex jacket, filters, wallet, keys etc...
4. I wanted a bag that does not scream "EXPENSIVE CAMERA!!" so semi discret style was preferable.
5. After shelling out 250 quid on the Whistler BP 450!! I set a budget of 150 Pounds for this bag.
6. I wanted a couple of extra pockets for bits and bobs
7. I still wanted a bag with a level of waterproofness if caught in showers etc..
8. I wanted it big enough for all of the above, but not too big that it can not be used as hand luggage on a plane.
9. Space for my 15" Macbook Pro or iPad (I wanted a pouch to put a Camelback water bladder for hiking when not taking a Laptop, its perfect even the zip is the right orientation.)
10. facility to carry a compact tripod (Gitzo Ocean Traveller)
I first tried the more expensive Lowepro Protactic 350 AW Lowepro ProTactic Camera Bag, 350 which is a great bag and well made, However it was too small for the gear specified above, a Full Frame pro bodied camera is too tight and a pain in the ass to get out of the side access , it has very limited additional pockets for storage of smaller items, taking out a second lens meant that I had to open up the back panel, it was heavier, and it looked cool but might draw attention, would really suit a CSC Mirrorless type camera, and although the 350 was on budget the 450 was too big and was too expensive, it just did not meet enough if any of my criteria, so as much as I liked the look of it it just did not work for me so I returned it.
Well I am happy to report that the Lowepro 250 AW II ticks all of the above boxes It can easily accomodate a 17" laptop if required my 15" Macbook Pro fits with loads of room to spare, and I am very happy with the bag. Side quick access is fast and easy for camera extracion but secure enough that there is no risk of the camera slipping out, it has a waterproof cover which can be deployed in seconds and its high quality construction with nicely padded shoulder straps and removable padded hip straps. (The straps on this bag are better and more comfortable than the Whistler BP 450 AW)
No camera bag is perfect for ALL uses (hence my long list of bags historically), So I would recommend listing what is important to you as I did in this case and try your gear in the bag. this was great with Amazon due to their great returns policy which made this very easy.
I decided to take the plunge and get an upgrade for my Lowepro bag. WOW!! What a difference this bag has made for me. I can drop the right shoulder and swing the bag through under my left arm and the bag opens from the side to reveal the camera section. I can then simply grab the camera and take the shot, before closing that section and placing the bag back onto both shoulders. The bag itskef is very comfortable. It has adjustable shoulder starps and an adjustable hip belt. There is an all weather cover for the rainy days or simply for the unpredictable British weather.
Inside the bag there is an amazing amount of space. It takes my 15" laptop, my 10" tablet, my camera with lense, three other lenses (one of which is a telefoto zoom lense), my flash gun, batteries, filters and various other bits and pieces.
The tripod clips nicely onto the side of the bag or I can use the pouch for a bottle of water. This is an excelletn bag for the money and I am absolutely loving having all my kit me when I'm out-and-about!
The integral laptop sleeve fits my 15" MacBookPro and 10.9"iPad Pro fits in the inner sleeve with Finite Pencil holder case attached.
Lots of room in top compartment, I tend to use for chargers and USB sticks in interior zip pockets on weekdays. on the weekend with laptop and other stuff removed plenty of room for some daily items, like phones, food and even a pac-a-mac and spare clothes for the kids.
External bottle holder good and waterproof cover an added bonus.
I had to get one with a separate compartment for general stuff as we often go to hot climes, and take lunch and drinks in some little cool bags. Big mistake in Florida last year, as it covered my Panasonic G9 camera in condensation and I ended up with water spots on the sensor I had to clean off.
I can even break down my Ronin SC Gimbal and get it in the bag with the G9 and a few other accessories.
Bulletproof build quality reputation.
Very clever design, maximising use of the space.
Almost too many soft padded moveable walls in the camera section, I took 2 out as I didn't need that many.
Buy quality buy once in this case.
The main issue with most camera bags is you only have room for your gear and nothing else you need on a daily basis. This bag solves that problem perfectly. The camera section is plenty big enough for a camera a couple of lenses, mic etc. The other compartments provide room for everything else I need.
I used this as my hand luggage for the flight with no problems. When there was thunderstorms the rain cover worked great and kept everything dry. Although it’s shower proof without it.
The bag is comfy on your back even when carrying it around up mountains all day. Photo is on top of Uetliberg
The camera pocket is really easy to access and saves you walking around with a camera around your neck all day.
I can’t think of anything else to add to the bag except maybe the the flap over the camera pocket can be a little bit annoying to I clip before getting into the main section but I suppose it’s there to stop pickpockets.
Overall, can’t recommend enough!
The build quality is very good, all the straps feel strong and comfortable. Can’t comment on long term usage yet. I am using it 4 it 5 days a week every week and it’s going strong. I feel comfortable once it’s filled with 6000£ worth of gear. It survived the typical bad English weather and my clumsiness very well. The waist strap is very useful and comfortable when the backpack is fully loaded. The chest strap is a bit tinny and doesn’t feel as comfortable because I have a big chest. The side pocket is very good and I use the top from pocket for a high visibility rain cover and a small medic kit for emergencies.
For storage capacity it’s very good but not perfect, but that is subjective of course. It’s hard to appease a lot of storage and not to big size. My ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo feels very snug and safe in there and on my back, space for my iPad 10 inch in the same compartment. My Olympus E-M1 Mark I fits well with the 14-54mm and Panasonic 50-200mm and there is room for the battery grip fully loaded and more room for 2 medium sized lenses. The top compartment feels smaller unfortunately, after putting the laptop charger and one 500ml container for launch there very little room left for anything else. The additional pockets are plentiful for 2 USB charger, Type A, Type B, Type C and Lightning Port cables, extra batteries, Active Pencils and Memory cards.
I only wish there was a pocket on the side flap for extra battery instead of 2 memory cards (why not mix them together for quick access to both and that the bottom of the camera pocket was made of fabric instead of plastic so you can organise the dividers the way you want and not the way the manufacturer thinks it’s best (there are not enough fabric areas to make your own inside pockets).
I absolutely love the side opening, which is so handy if I'm out on the street and want to quickly grab the camera to take some candid shots. The top compartment, although fairly small is still very handy for storing things like leads, batteries, memory cards etc.
Others reviewing have commented on the tripod strap not feeling secure, but I haven't had any problems with it so far.
All in all, a great all-round bag.
You still have to remove the pack in order to get to replacement lenses or a second camera body, but nothing is perfect!
There is a nice pocket in the side which can take a small tablet pc and some paperwork. Not quite so much storage in the top section for a jumper or waterproof but it is adequate. The pull out rain protection from the bottom is still there and very useful. Worked brilliantly on a recent trip when there was a sudden downpour.
…. and you get all this for such a great price. Highly recommended.
If the space is the upper compartment were reduced (and could be, easily, I think) and that space devoted to more lens carrying capacity in the lower compartment, then you’d have a winner. But not this. Shame.
The top portion of the bag is not huge, but it’s easy to access, and big enough to take my binoculars and headphones. The special laptop section is well padded and easily fits my 15 inch model, plus a tablet.
There is room to put a water bottle or tripod base in the side pocket. The straps are well padded, and there is a removable ‘belt’ arrangement that could make walking longer distances more comfortable.
I spent ages researching and considering and finally settled on this one. For the money it is about as close to perfect as you can get. It's a big bag and can carry a big load. And even though shower proof I particularly like the waterproof cover that is stored in a pouch underneath.
The ability to get your camera out whilst leaving the bag still on your left shoulder is genius.
It's robust and well constructed and just what I needed.
The top compartment is relatively limited but is adequate for holding other small bits of gear and a small lightweight jacket.
Be mindful that the bag will support a full size tripod on the side strap. However it is far from ideal and feels a little insecure/top heavy. It is not designed for this so no complaints, merely an observation.
Very please overall.