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Review – LowePro Outback 300AW

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment

In the past, I have always used backpack style camera bags. I thought that I would mix it up a little and try out a few bags that might show the different varieties that LowePro has to offer. So, I have been trying out the LowePro Outback 300AW beltpack bag for the last few months.

First off, the Outback 300AW has a ton of space. One of my favorite features is the dual lens pouches on the outside of the bag. There is one on either side, freeing up space inside the bag for more camera gear. Once I put my two spare lenses inside the pouches, I had a ton of room for the camera and a few spare lenses inside the main compartment. The main compartment can be configured in a large number of ways to accommodate your camera body and lenses.

On the lid of the main compartment, there is a large velcro pocket and four small velcro memory card pockets. The zippers on the lid of the main compartment have teardrop shaped pulls with a rubber (plastic?) semi-circle that make them a breeze to pull.

The front of the bag has a large zippered pocket for storage. Inside this pocket are three wide pockets that would be good for storing small tablets, batteries and business cards. There is also a large mesh pocket that covers the width of the bag.

The back of the back has a strap that would hold the bag in place when placed on your luggage while traveling. The shoulder strap is held in place with heavy D-rings and has a very nicely padded pad for comfort. This bag is also equipped with a waist strap. The waist strap is very heavily padded and will allow you to spin the bag around your waist while using it for easy access. Underneath the padding for your back, there is a weather proof cover. This cover easily comes out and covers the bag should you get caught in a storm.

Overall, I really like this bag. As I stated earlier, I have previously always used backpacks. This was a nice change and opened up my eyes to other options. I highly recommend this bag.

Here are the specs and technical information from LowePro‘s site:

Capacity:

Pro DSLR with grip and standard zoom lens (up to 70-200 f/2.8) attached; 3-4 extra lenses or flash; accessories

Size(Interior):

10.6W X 6.7D X 11.8H in./

27 X 17 X 30 cm Size(Exterior):

21.7W X 9.3D X 12.4H in./

55 X 23.5 X 31.5 cm Outer fabric:

600D Nylon PU, 210D Nylon PU, Nylon Webbing, Polypropylene Webbing, Velex PU

Interior Fabric:

210D Nylon PU, Velex PU, PE Foam, EVA Foam, Brushed Tricot, Nylon

Weight:

3lbs/1.4kg

The Outback 300AW is available in Black and has a Suggested Retail Value of $129.99.

**Images courtesy of LowePro.
**LowePro sent me this bag to review. After my review, I will send this bag back to them

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Review – LowePro Classified 250AW

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment

For a little bit of a change, I asked the folks at LowePro to send me a shoulder bag for my latest review. They sent me the Classified 250AW. The Classified 250 AW has room for 1-2 SLRs with a lens attached, 2-3 more lenses and up to a 15.4 inch laptop.

I was heading down to the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City, so I decided to bring the bag along to test it out. I knew I would need space for things I was going to pick up throughout the day, so I took out a lot of the separators and put in the bare necessities for camera gear. I took my body and two lenses, put them in one side of the main compartment, and left the rest for storage.

Using the luggage sleeve on the back of the bag, I attached it to a rolling bag that I was also bringing along for the show. It was the perfect fit and made my life a lot easier that day.

The front of the bag has a flap that hides two large velcro closure pockets for storage and another large pocket that runs the full width of the bag. The large pocket can hold a lot of extras and includes a key clip and a memory card holder. The memory card hold will accept up to 6 memory cards. It rolls up nicely and seals with velcro. In this section, there is also an zippered section that will allow the bag to expand for a little more room.

On the back side of the bag, along with the luggage sleeve, there is another pocket. The pocket is thin, but is as deep and wide as the bag. On the bottom of the bag, there is a velcro pocket that hides the All Weather Cover. Just slip it out and right over the bag for protection from the elements.

I really liked the many uses of this bag. It not only makes a great camera bag, but also a great laptop bag. While not it’s intentional use, I really liked using the extra room in it for carrying information and items picked up at the PhotoPlus Expo. This is a great bag! I highly recommend it.

Here are some specs from LowePro‘s site:

Capacity:

1-2 professional DSLRs with 70-200 f/2.8 lens attached plus 2-3 additional lenses or flash, plus 1 widescreen notebook up to 15.4″ (most models)

Size(Interior):

15W X 6.3D X 11H in./38 X 16 X 28 cm Size

(Exterior):

18.3W X 11D X 14H in./46.5 X 28 X 35.5 cm

Notebook Compartment Inner Dimensions:

13.8W X 1.4D X 11H in./35 X 3.5 X 28 cm

Front Compartment Inner Dimensions:

6.7W X 1.2D X 8.7H in./17 X 3 X 22 cm

Outer fabric:

840D x 150D Nylon Poly Blend PU, Full Grain Leather, 420D Nylon, 1680D Nylon PU, Dry Flo Mesh, 190t Nylon PU

Interior Fabric:

Velex PU, 210D Nylon PU, Brushed Tricot Nylon

Weight:

4.2lbs/1.9kg

The LowePro Classified 250AW is available in Black or Sepia and has a MSRP of $229.99.