Lowepro Fastpack 250 Camera Bag Review

Lowepro Fastpack 250 Camera Bag Review

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CompuDaypack line of SLR and laptop bags from a few years back, Lowepro pioneered the first designs for a backpack that can transport both camera equipment and a notebook computer. While the CompuDaypack was original, it was heavily criticized for its lower camera compartment that wasn’t easy to access. Photographers require quick retrieval of their equipment whenever a photo opportunity arrives. Learning from this first attempt, Lowepro’s newest offerings – the Fastpack series – moves the access point to the side of the bag alloying you to quickly grab your gear and go.

Lowepro’s Fastpack bags come in two sizes, with the smaller 250 that we used for this review recommended for larger semi-pro and pro-sized DSLRs and laptops with up to 15.4-inch screen. The larger Fastpack 350 is designed for photographers using larger lenses and holds 17-inch widescreen notebooks. In both cases, the Fastpack has a typical backpack profile, with the laptop storage inside a side-entry pocket behind the back pad and the side-entry camera compartment located at the bottom of the bag.

build quality, Lowepro is well known for high quality standards, and the Fastpack 250 is no exception. Thick ballistic nylon fabric, smooth polyester interiors, solid stitching, and durable hardware, and thick padding help make the Fastpack a superior product. The various zippers feel rugged, Velcro camera compartment dividers stay firmly in place, and even the accessory pockets feel like they can handle some abuse. In terms of padding, Lowepro provides ample padding around both the laptop compartment and the camera compartments; with a camera, several lenses, and a laptop packed away, everything feels safe and secure.
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Photographers using larger professional SLR bodies and large zoom lenses or telephoto primes will likely find the Fastpack’s space a little cramped. The Fastpack series might not offer as much camera equipment storage as similarly sized camera bags, but most camera bags can’t protect a full-sized laptop as well. The storage flexibility combined with the Fastpack 250 one of the best options for digital photographers.

Pros:

  • Plenty of room for notebook, accessories, and a reasonable camera kit
  • Excellent padding
  • Rugged build quality
  • Traditional design that doesn’t draw unwanted attention

Cons:

  • Placing a 15.4-inch notebook inside makes it uncomfortable to wear as a backpack
  • Cell phone holder only fits smaller cell phones
  • Not weather proof
  • price
  • ease of use
  • quality
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