I finally got around to dusting off my old P3 to take some pictures of my Lowepro Fastpack 250. My previous camera bag was a simple shoulder bag which left my shoulder incredibly sore after hiking or carrying it around town all day. Since I began work in Caotun, it became quickly apparent that I would need a bag large enough to carry around my rain suit for the occasional daily downpours, my camera equipment because I’ve been appointed to photograph events at my school, and anything else I don’t want to stuff my in pockets during my daily commute.
The top compartment is huge, I usually stuff my rain suit in there along with a host of random accessories.
The camera sits in the side compartment which is modeled off the design of Lowepro’s popular Sling Shot line. Accessing the camera involves taking off one of the straps and swinging the bag around. The straps on the back flap prevent the side compartment from opening totally to prevent anything in the bottom compartments from falling out… when it’s completely opened you can see there’s a lot of room for lenses and other accessories:
Right now I carry my D40, 18-55mm kit lens, my budget 55-200mm VR lens, my 50mm f/1.8 lens, and SB-600 flash with room to spare. As usually the compartments are customizable. One drawback is I wish there was a small velcro strap to hold the camera body snug when opening the side compartment.
The bag can also carry a 15.4″ laptop computer, here it is pictured with my 12″ iBook G4. I’ve never had to carry around my laptop any long distances, so I cannot speak for how comfortable it is when used that way for long periods of time. The straps and back are padded nicely. I wore this bag packed with my camera equipment and rain suit on a 4+ hour bike ride to Zhongliao, Jiji, and Mingjian without any discomfort. A big drawback is that it doesn’t have a rain cover [which isn't a problem for me if I wear my rain suit over it].