My New Go-To Camera Bag
out of 5
Pros: Strong Construction, Versatile, Roomy, Easily Accessible Equipment, Adjustable Harness, Comfortable
Cons: Included Dividers, No Exterior Pocket
Best Uses: Travel, Transporting Gear
Describe Yourself: Photo Enthusiast
Let me just start off by saying I would give this bag 4.5 stars if I could because I think it is THAT good. This is now my go to camera bag.
I have a few trips planned to go overseas this year so I was looking for a backpack with the following:
–> Security/inconspicuous looks t deter pickpockets and thieves
–> Comfort – I’ll be wearing this bag all day, every day so it needs to be comfortable. I really wanted a backpack with a waist strap and a sternum strap.
–> Flexibility – I wanted a bag that could have the camera storage section removed so the bag could act as a small day pack if I decided to leave the DSLR at home.
–> Storage – I needed to be able to carry a jacket, bottle of water, map, personal electronics, and other travel items. It also needed to carry the following camera equipment: 5D, 17-40, 50mm, 70-200.
–> Quick access – I wanted a backpack with quick access to my camera similar to many of the sling bags that are on the market. I’m not a big fan of walking around with a camera hanging off of my neck, so quick access is the way to go for me.
To keep things short and sweet, I’m just going to list out the pros and cons I’ve discovered in the shot time of owning this bag.
–> Provided Dividers – The dividers that are provided with the bag are OK, but they really only allow you to “top load” your gear into this bag. If you try to load your gear horizontally through the side access pocket, you have to remove ALL of the padding and dividers and simply “drop” your camera in with one lens attached and that’s ALL you can carry in the lower camera section. This is kind of ridiculous if you ask me. If they are marketing this bag as being able to have quick access, they should include dividers to support this horizontal setup. Luckily, I was able to use dividers from my other camera bags to come up with a pretty good setup. Lowepro should include these dividers so they can sell this bag as a true dual setup. I showed my custom horizontal/quick access setup in the video attached to this review.
–> No Exterior Mesh Pocket – OK, this may seem nitpicky but it drives me nuts that there is not exterior mesh pocket for a water bottle on this bag. I’d rather there only be side access on only one side so they could have included a mesh pocket on the other side. Oh well, looks like I’ll be buying the SlipLock water bottle holder.
–> Comfort – This bag is BY FAR the most comfortable bag that I own. It may just be me, but I feel like the majority of camera backpacks feel like a shoebox with straps; they are just ridged and awkward to carry. This bag is different. The lower camera section has some structure to protect your gear, but the upper part is more flexible to fit to the contours of your back. Because it contours to your back, the bag has a very low profile which is great for travel. Also, this bag is longer than most camera backpacks which complements my lanky frame. The shoulder straps are perfect and the sternum strap and detachable waist strap are great for long treks.
–> Versatility – Like the name suggests, the bag is pretty versatile. The middle divider can be removed along with the camera dividers to create a decent sized backpack. Also, like I said above, the camera section can be setup for top loading or side access…if you have some spare dividers. It also has a built in rain fly and hidden tripod attachments.
–> Size/Weight – This bag weighs practically nothing…right around 2 lbs. when empty. I can load it up with all of my gear and it is still very light compared to my other camera bags. Also, this is just about the perfect size for travel. It can be broken down for easy storage and it can fit under an airplane seat with no problem. It can also store just enough stuff for a full day’s trek.
If you are looking for a comfortable, lightweight, and versatile camera backpack that can carry a body, 2-3 lenses, and your basic travel gear, this bag should be on your short list.
Lowepro Versapack 200 AW
Tags: Bag, Lowepro, Camera, DSLR, How to
I’ve received a few questions since posting this review/video so I decided to make a second video to answer these questions. Hope this helps!
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