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Lowepro Fastpack 100 - Black
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- Side Entry Compartment provides easy access to D-SLR equipment and accessories
- Dual Compartment Design ensures camera protection
- Features 180-Degree access panel with adjustable dividers
- Outer accessory pockets provide external storage for other accessories with fast access
- Tough, water-resistant outer fabric protects against moisture and abrasion
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|Item Dimensions||16.3 x 8.7 x 8.1 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2.3 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.45 pounds|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||Limited Lifetime|
|Shipping Weight||1.6 pounds|
On streets or trails, you can shoot all day when you wear the lightweight, comfortable Fastpack 100 backpack from Lowepro. It protects a digital SLR with a compact zoom lens attached, plus an extra mid-range zoom lens (18-200mm f/3.5) or flash unit, audio player, and lots of personal gear. You won't mis a shot, because the side-entry compartment lets you quickly grab equipment and accessories, without having to take the backpack off! Customize the easy-to-access main compartment with adjustable dividers, use the outer organizer to keep large accessories handy, and manage memory cards with a built-in pocket. Brethable, contoured shoulder straps distribute weight evenly.
From the Manufacturer
Fastpack 100 Highlights:
1. Side-entry Compartment
2. Dual Compartment Design
3. 180-Degree Access Panel with Adjustable Dividers
4. Outer Accessory Pockets
5. Harness Pocket
6. Security Flap
7. Mesh Side Pocket
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Top Customer Reviews
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The upper compartment is very roomy; in fact, probably too roomy. I have a ton of stuff in there with lots of room to spare, and can even stuff a jacket in there. If I were asked to redesign the bag, I would make the camera compartment larger while making the upper compartment smaller. I just don't need all the space in the top part. If you filled the bag to it's capacity, I'd say it'd be too heavy to lug around all day. I'm glad I didn't get the larger bag, and I think the smaller bag wouldn't hold enough camera equipment; this bag is a great size for everything you need.
The bag is not as wide as a book bag. It does stick outward a little bit, so you have to be conscious about that when in a crowded area or you'll bump into someone or something; although it doesn't take long to get used to it.
Comfort is great. Shoulder straps are well padded, the back is also well padded so it doesn't dig into you if you have a lot of gear/weight in it. There is no attachment for a monopod, but that can be easily fixed. I sewed a length of black velcro toward the top (on the side), and put the monopod in the mesh pocket then secured the upper part of the pod with the velcro. It works great, and it looks like it was made that way :) If you do this, be sure to add a piece of heavy material on the inside of the bag to reinforce the bag material and stitching.
The front flap with quick release snaps covers the zippers for the main camera compartment and the smaller pocket just under the flap. Since this hides the zippers, you don't have to worry about it opening up (or someone grabbing the zipper) and all of your equipment falling out. The zipper itself is not loose, in fact it's very tight; it's not going to unzip by itself like some cheaper bags.
When wearing the bag, you can take your right arm out of the strap and 'swing' the bag around to your left to access the camera compartment. I usually just take the bag off if I'm changing lenses (just to be on the 'safe' side) but changing filters or getting the flash is not a worry. Maybe with a little more practice I can change lenses this way too, but I just haven't had the bag long enough to do so.
One last thing: if you want to 'weather-proof' the bag, go to Walmart or a sporting-goods store and get a can of waterproofing spray for camping tents. Apply several coats, allowing the bag to dry thoroughly between coats. The material that the bag is made of is a thick, highly durable, canvas-like synthetic. Applying the spray will not harm the material and will help in instances when you get caught in a rain shower.
This bag is very well made. Well constructed, durable, comfortable, looks nice, and afford-ably priced. It's a great bag and I'm very happy with it. I wouldn't hesitate a second to recommend it. Happy Photographing!
The compartment at the top easily holds snacks, e-reader, ipod/mp3 player, mini-umbrella, hat, extra camera batteries.
The padded shoulder straps make it easy to carry everything as they are soft and don't cut into your shoulders as some other backpacks do.
Some other reviewer mentioned it didn't have a waist belt. This concerned me too because thought loaded bag might be too heavy but mine fully loaded doesn't really need the waist belt. Overall, I agree with the design decision to leave it off. After all, they did include the waist belt with the Fastpack 250 that adds a compartment for a laptop. Most likely it is needed with this addition.
I'm very happy with this bag.
I've previously traveled for weeks at a time with a traditional Domke shoulder bag (J-1 or J-3). Here are the pros and cons of the Fastpack compared to a traditional "journalist" bag:
-- More comfortable to carry for long periods.
-- Doesn't look like an obvious camera bag.
-- Once zipped up, your gear is well padded on all sides; it can sit sideways, go in an overhead compartment, etc.
-- Leaves plenty of extra space for your water bottle, guidebook, sunglass case, lunch bag, whatever.
-- Obviously less convenient during a shoot. Your camera is pretty easy to get to. You could maybe get to one more lens with the bag still on your shoulder. But that's it.
-- Layout of the main compartment is not very flexible; the dividers can only be positioned pretty much as shown in the photo (though they can be removed).
-- No D rings or straps for a tripod, etc.
In size, the 200 model is a good fit for a Canon 5D (or 50D) without battery grip. A 5D with grip or a 1D would barely fit. Regarding lenses, a 70-400 f/4 will fit mounted on the camera or in the space below, barely. For smaller size L zooms (such as a 25-105 f/4 IS) you could fit four (one on the camera, one next to it, two below) and still have room for a flash.
Note the 200 model has exactly the same space and layout inside the camera compartment and top compartment as the 250 model; the only different is that the 250 adds a laptop compartment and a waist strap.