Reviews for Canon 300D /10D/20D/30D/40D/50D/60D /5D / 7D
(Added 28th Feb 2008)
Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG lens attached
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro lens
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel BODY
420EX flash with an
Stofen Omni Bounce attachment.
I purchased the Lowepro Fastpack 200 as I was looking for a backpack bag that would allow me access to remove and store my camera without having to stop, take off my backpack, set it down and unzip it, just to take out my camera/flash/ect.
I originally was going to buy a Slingshot from Lowepro, but decided against it after trying one out at the store. The reasons for choosing the Fastpack over the Slingshot were: #1- I didn't like the idea of all the weight being on one strap and had read complaints regarding that online, #2- When I had the Slingshot on and tried to access the bag, it had to slide completely around and rested high on my chest. I felt as though I was having to reach UP and down into the bag and it felt very awkward. With the Fastpack, all I have to do is take my right arm out of the strap and the bag easily slides around on my left side, under my arm. As you can see in my pictures, it actually slides around so that the bag is out in front of me on my left side instead of directly upon my chest.
I felt this made it much easier to access my bag for the camera. I also found it easy to access my flash or extra camera body that are in the compartments nearest the bag's side opening
After making a trip to the zoo, I found this bag very easy to use and it felt great on my back all day!
Although the bag has less "camera/lens" storage than my Lowepro Mini Trekker, I did like the balance of storage that it did give me.
The outside of the bag has several nice features including a mesh bag on the side for whatever, a Sliplock accessory attachment point on one shoulder strap and the other strap had a small pocket for an Ipod or cell phone.
The top compartment is REALLY big. There is a mesh pocket, a few pen pockets and two pockets with flaps along the back side of the compartment. I used those to store extra batteries. The compartment itself is pretty deep, approximately 5 inches in the middle and tapering down to about 3 inches deep on the side. I currently store a Gorilla pod SLR ZOOM tripod in there along with a cleaning cloth and even a 32" round collapsible reflector. There is a small outer pocket that you can see in the picture above that easily fits my 40D manual or any other papers, filters, flat items.
Beneath the flap at the bottom of the bag (which is secured by two clip straps which keep the bag from opening up completely and spilling out the contents!) is another outer pocket that has two mesh pockets inside that can be used for storage of remotes, cables, filters, etc.
The inside of the flap on the main camera compartment contains two storage pockets for your media (compact flash cards DO fit!)
Upon opening up the main camera compartment, I found I could fit my Canon 40D with Sigma 24-70 f2.8 lens attached, along with a Sigma 70-300 lens, a Canon 50mm f1.8 prime, my spare Digital Rebel BODY, and my 420 EX flash with an Omni-bounce attachment.
Overall, I really like the bag. I did not get the bigger bags because mainly, I didn't have a widescreen laptop (which the larger bags have a pocket for) and also I was trying to use this bag to force me to slim down on the equipment I carry! It is too bad it doesn't come with an weatherproof cover like the Slingshots do, but I'm not sure how much I'd really be using that anyways.
Thanks to GuyGadbois for review
for Olympus E-510
Video Review #1
(Added 30th Nov 2008)
Olympus E-510 with OwnUser Battery grip and 12-16mm zuiko lens attached
3ft off shoe flash cable
Joe Demb flash diffuser kit
Stofen flash diffuser
OwnUser battery pack for grip
Accessory video/Pc cables
Colkin filter attachments
Bottom top zipper pocket:
Colkin ND filters
Remotes in pocket
Duster with air bulb in other pocket
More filters in the mesh pocket
Lens-pen in each pen holder
Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5lens
Winter cap for cold day/nights
Olympus EC14 teleconverter
Top front pocket:
Spare lens caps
Lens cleaning wipes
Extra tripod release plates
Mini multi tool
Thanks to ApertureWolf for review
for Sony DSLR-A200
Thanks to Po Hanssen for review