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
I own the Lowepro Slingshot 300 All Weather bag and was pleased overall with its construction and ample space for 2 cameras, 2 lenses, a flash and more. My only beef was that the single strap design on that model was uncomfortable with light clothing. I didn't need a bag with space for a laptop at the time so I didn't even consider the Fastpack even though the two shoulder straps looked more comfortable for me.
When I bought a laptop I purchased the Fastpack 350. While the two strap design is more comfortable for me personally, the bag has other problems and in some cases is the lesser bag compared to the Slingshot.
Pros (mostly in comparison to the Slingshot)
1. Space for laptop
2. At least double the amount of available open space in the top compartment for misc. items such as food, supplies etc. This also leads to a con, however. See below.
3. More comfortable straps
1. Same side access design that allows the user to quickly pull out the camera and still keep the bag strapped to your body. A little more complicated process than the Slingshot, but that's just due to the 2 straps vs. the single on the Slingshot.
2. Definitely not for shorter users. This bag is quite long, definitely longer than the Slingshot
1. Wasted space/not as much room for camera equipment. This seems like a paradox which is what makes it so annoying. This is a much bigger bag than the Slingshot, but there's less space for camera equipment! The extra space is not given to the laptop slot, however. It's given to the top general use compartment. I was still able to fit my 2 bodies (Nikon D90 and D40x), 2 lenses and flashes, but it was much tighter and definitely not as user friendly. The available camera space is also less flexible than what you get in the Slingshot.
2. Extra compartments not nearly as elegant as the Slingshots. The space for memory cards is the most obvious. In the Slingshot this compartment is secure and ample enough to hold several cards. In the Fastpack it's smaller and more flimsy. Again, seems odd given that the Fastpack is the far bigger bag.
3. Lack of all weather cover. I'm not sure why this isn't just a standard feature on bags in this price range. Still, you can fix this by buying a cover separately.
Due to the limitations of this bag I'm not sure I'm going to use it as much as I had hoped. It'll be my general lugging around bag when I'm probably least likely to use my cameras for shooting, but want them on hand just in case while I'm using my laptop. In terms of adaptability/flexibility the Slingshot is the better bag. I kind of wished I'd looked around more at camera bags that have space for laptops. This one just has too much wasted space for my needs and too many flaws compared to my only one complaint about the Slingshot (uncomfortable strap).
If you only have a single body with multiple lenses and need a bag that holds both a laptop and provides extra space for other items (the top compartment) the Fastpack might be a great choice.
Unfortunately for me, I bought a tamrac (expedition 3) in my haste to have a bag for my DSLR. Wrong decision as it was too stiff. Although my camera will be well protected, I was worried all the time that my camera LCD, camera body, lens, and other stuff would get scratched by its velcro lining (really stiff, scratched the back of my hands while moving the compartments around). Not to mention the zippers that are really a pain to open/close. I'm the type who puts his camera back in the bag instead of settling it on a table when not in use even though I know I'll be using it again in a couple of hours. So it was really tedious to open/close the whole bag just to get the camera.
I have a friend with a Lowepro flipside. I like the accessibility but I didn't like how it looked, triangular like a pigeon hole. Plus the fact that it looks like a camera bag (too flashy) and a sling-type, it would be really uncomfortable to carry it around when you try to squat or bend. That is why I just settled for the tamrac.
After a few days though, I stumbled upon the Lowepro Fastpack via youtube. I saw how great it looks (just like an ordinary backpack) and with the easy access design as well. I didn't think twice anymore so I immediately ordered it.
The bag is well designed and VERY comfortable. The back part of the bag is well padded and has a plastic cardboard underneath, perhaps to keep it upright at all times. The straps are really comfortable and one of the straps comes with a pocket for your phone, money, or other things you might want to have access on easily that will fit in the pocket.
The bottom part of the bag has the easy access area where the camera is kept. It has an inverted type zipper, instead of the metal side of the zipper, the cloth side is exposed so this helps (in a way) in sealing off the compartment and preventing splashes of water or rain from going in. As with the advertisement video, there are buckles to prevent the zippers from opening fully so you will be able to get your camera quickly without worrying that your lenses would fall out. The paddings are adjustable to fit your needs and the velcro is strong enough to hold your stuff in place but soft enough to not scratch anything, even your skin =).
As for the upper part of the bag, the zipper is installed in a regular fashion but the bag has flaps to cover the zipper. There are several pockets all over the bag that you can use to put other small items.
What I like about the bag, aside from the easy access, is that I have the upper compartment for other personal items. With the tamrac, it's purely a camera bag so there's no room for me to place my wallet, phone, keys, extra shirt, etc.. Also, if the lower camera compartment is not enough, the upper part will accommodate extra accessories such as flash guns, telephoto lens, and other accessories that comes with their own pouches.
Just to give the readers an idea of what's inside my bag. Bottom part has the camera with 18-55mm lens attached, big flash gun, 55-250mm lens, lens hood (around 3 inches deep for the 55-250mm), body cap, lens cap, camera battery charger, and AA charger. The upper part has 2 lens pen, blower, and remote receiver with transmitter. The pocket in front of the bottom part contains the AA batteris, and the foot of the flash gun.
Overall, I really like this bag. The build, comfort, and easy access makes this bag THE bag for me and will plan to keep it until it wears out or I simply have more stuff that the bag will not be able to accommodate.
Note though that the easy access opening is on the left side when worn on the back. If you're right handed (like me), it will take some time to get used to swinging the bag from your left side instead of the right. At first I thought that this would be irritating but when I actually used the bag, I realized that it's great that the easy access is on the left. I went to the zoo one time to try out my new long lens. After I was done, I figured that I would also take a shot of the entrance but my long lens couldn't capture the whole sign without me backing up. Unfortunately, there was no more space to back up so I decided to switch to my short range lens. This is where I felt the ease of having the easy access opening on the left. Since I was right handed, it's normal to swing my camera on my right side so it's more comfortable to have my backpack swinging from my left side. This gave me the ease of opening the backpack without my camera blocking the way. I was able to switch lenses right then and there without having to juggle between my bag and camera. Perfect!
I didn't want a big bag to lug around, so I wasn't surprised or upset, but -- neither my monopod nor my tripod will fit in here. If you want that -- you'll want a bigger bag.
I don't have tons of equipment (yet) but this is perfect for my needs -- One SLR camera, two lenses, spare battery, plus all my personal stuff (cell phone, wallet, etc) -- with plenty of room left.