A while back, I bought the LowePro FastPack 350
as my "carry everything" bag. In truth, while it carries alot, it does not carry everything. And its bulky.
So, in an attempt to defeat bulkiness, I sought out a new bag. After much searching, I became aware of the LowePro Classified 160AW
. Having used it on and off, I have to say, so long as I don't need a laptop on my person, I love it. :)
A short discussion had folks wondering what I put in it. So, since pictures can do a better job than words alone:
|Gear I normally pack into my FastPack350|
That's one flash
, a pack of batteries, a CF card holder
, an extension ring, an A700 DSLR w/17-50/2.8 lens
, a 50mm/1.4 lens
, a 70-200/2.8 lens
, an Apple iPad
, and a 15" MacBookPro.
With the exception of the MBP, everything fits into the Classified.
|Nothing in my sleeve... yet.|
|In goes the camera with mounted lens... FYI, the camera|
can be stowed away with the 70-200/2.8 mounted, in this bag.
|Yep, it closes.|
|The iPad goes into the sleeve pocket.|
|The card holder, extension tube, and pack of batteries in|
the outter most pocket.
|And there it is. All full and happy.|
Note, one of the original reasons why I opted to get a Fast Pack 350
was because a good deal of weight on one shoulder/arm/etc. can cause a good deal of strain. This is no different. There is a belt you can hook onto the main strap and one of the D rings to stabilize the bag as well as take some weight off your shoulder. I strongly recommend using it, unless you like neck/shoulder/back pain.
The FastPack 350 can hold all that and more, thanks to an extra large top pocket. The FastPack 350
can also hold up to a 17" laptop. Fits the 15" just fine. Note, with all that gear AND the laptop, it gets heavyenough that you might still get some back pain.
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