Lowepro Flipside 300 DSLR Camera Backpack
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
- Fits up to a pro DSLR with lens attached (up to 80-200mm f/2.8), 2-4 extra lenses or flashes, tripod, accessories and small personal items
- Body-side access provides easy access to gear and extra security while wearing
- Hideaway Tripod Mount secures a tripod to the pack
- Removable accessory pouch for neat organization of extras
- Removable waistbelt and adjustable sternum strap help distribute weight evenly
There is a newer model of this item:
Only 20 left in stock (more on the way).
Customers also search
Sold as is. No refunds, no returns. Please contact me if you have questions.
Compare with similar items
| || |
Lowepro LP37238-PWW Truckee BP 250 LX Outdoor Camera Backpack, Fits 15 inch Tablet, for Compact DSLR/Mirrorless, for Sony, Canon, Nikon, 1-2 Lenses, Gimbal, Video Drone, DJI, Osmo, Mavic, Light Grey
Lowepro LP36955-PWW Photo Hatchback BP 150 AW II Camera Case (Black/Gray)
Lowepro LP37015-PWW, Flipside Trek BP 350 AW Backpack for Camera, Stores DSLR with Lens Attached, Extra Lenses, Tripod, 10 Inch Tablet Grey/Dark Green
Lowepro Fastpack PRO BP 250 AW III Mirrorless and DSLR Camera Backpack, QuickDoor Access Camera Bag Insert, 15 inch Laptop Compart- Camera Bag Backpack for Mirrorless, DSLR, Nikon D850, 300D Ripstop
|Shipping||—||FREE Shipping. Details||FREE Shipping. Details||FREE Shipping. Details||FREE Shipping. Details|
|Capacity||13 liters||20 liters||16.0 liters||8.7 liters||31.1 liters|
From the manufacturer
Lowepro Flipside 300
Compact Outdoor Camera Backpack Fits Pro DSLR and 2-4 Lenses.
Lowepro Flipside 300 Pro DSLR Camera Backpack
Perfect for a Pro DSLR
The Flipside 300 fits up to a Pro DSLR with lens attached (up to 80-200mm f/2.8), 2-4 extra lenses or flashes, tripod, accessories and small personal items.
Customize and Organize Your Gear
Features an adjustable and padded camera compartment for easy customization of gear. The Flipside 300 also has a front storage panel for extra accessories and small personal items, and a removable accessory pouch for neat organization of extras. SlipLock attachment loops expand carrying capacity. Mesh side pocket offers quick-grab storage for water bottle or other item.
Provides Comfort and Security
Removable waistbelt and adjustable sternum strap help distribute weight evenly. Body-side access provides easy access to gear and extra security while wearing. Silent zipper pulls provide quiet access around film crews or wildlife. Hideaway Tripod Mount secures a tripod to the pack.
|Flipside 200||Flipside 300||Flipside 400 AW||Flipside 500 AW|
|What hardware fits in the bag?||DSLR with lens attached (up to 80-200mm f/2.8)||Up to a pro DSLR with lens attached (up to 80-200mm f/2.8)||Pro DSLR with lens attached (up to 300mm f/2.8)||Up to a pro DSLR with grip and 500mm f/4 lens|
|What are the internal dimensions?||7.01 x 4.96 x 14.96 in||9.06 x 5.43 x 15.94 in||10.63 x 5.91 x 16.73 in||11.02 x 7.28 x 18.90 in|
|What are the external dimensions?||8.58 x 6.18 x 16.54 in||10.16 x 6.85 x 17.52 in||11.93 x 9.96 x 18.11 in||11.81 x 12.80 x 20.08 in|
|Weight of bag||2.20 lbs||2.64 lbs||3.52 lbs||4.40 lbs|
|All Weather AW Cover?||No||No||Yes||Yes|
The Flipside 300 is a very compact, lightweight outdoor camera backpack. Body-side access provides easy access to gear and extra security while wearing. Adjustable and padded camera compartment for easy customization of gear. Removable accessory pouch for neat organization of extras. Hideaway Tripod Mount secures a tripod to the pack. Silent zipper pulls provide quiet access around film crews or wildlife. Removable waistbelt and adjustable sternum strap help distribute weight evenly. Mesh side pocket offers quick-grab storage for water bottle or other item. SlipLock attachment loops expand carrying capacity. The Flipside300 fits up to a pro DSLR with lens attached (up to 80-200mm f/2.8), 2-4 extra lenses of flashes, tripod, accessories and small personal items. Internal Dimensions: 23 x 13.8 x 40.5 cm (9.06 x 5.43 x 15.94 in); External Dimensions: 25.8 x 17.4 x 44.5 cm (10.16 x 6.85 x 17.52 in); Weight: 1.2 kg (2.64 lbs).
From the Manufacturer
The compact, lightweight design of the Flipside 300 backpack lets you carry your pro digital SLR without worry. The unique back compartment entry gives you safe, easy access to camera gear when you're setting up plus extra security when you're on the move. Outer storage panels keep digital accessories and personal items close at hand.
1 Pro DSLR with 300mm f/2.8 lens attached plus 1-3 additional lenses or flash units, 1 tripod, multiple cables, memory cards, manuals and other digital accessories.
Flipside 300 Highlights:
1. Back Entry Compartment
Provides easy access to equipment as well as extra security when pack is being worn
2. Outer Storage Panels
Centralizes digital accessories and personal gear for handy access
3. Hideaway Tripod Holder
Carries a compact tripod or monopod when you need it and easily concealed when you don't
4. Removable Accessory Pouch
Allows you to take cables, chargers, manuals and other key accessories with you when you need them or easily left behind when you don't
5. Detachable Waist Belt and Adjustable Sternum Strap
Helps to stabilize pack, distribute weight evenly and ensure carrying comfort when you need it
6. Mesh Side Pocket
Keeps a water bottle or other personal items readily accessible
7. SlipLock Accessory Loops
Expand carrying capability via SlipLock compatible pouches
8. Tough, Water Resistant Outer Fabric
Protects against moisture and abrasion
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2011
Reviews with images
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Had upgraded my DSLR camera and added a few lenses, so it was time to look for something new, a case or bag that would be more versatile than my trusty shoulder bags that had served well for years. I needed room to store and carry the following:
1 - Nikon DX-series DSLR with an attached lens
1 - DSLR body (this was optional)
1 - Nikon 55-200mm or 55-300mm zoom lens for DX-series
1 - tripod, either a Benro Travel Angel or a larger Tiltall
1 - on camera flash unit
4 - batteries for Nikon
1 - charger for camera batteries
1 - lens filter wallet
1 - Amazon Kindle (all of my manuals are in PDF files there)
Lens cleaning supplies, extra SD cards, and extra cell phone batteries
Had seen a number of photographers using backpacks, and it seemed like a good idea for overall convenience and functionality, so I searched online here, looking at various offerings from Tamrac, Kata, Nikon, Tenba, Lowepro, Case Logic and many others, and then the process of elimination began, starting from measurements of my gear and a list of personal requirements. Finally decided on this Flipside 300 and ordered it.
Must admit that this was the first time that I had ordered a bag without physically checking it out, but I had prior experience with Lowepro, so it seemed to be a very good choice at the time. The backpack arrived a couple of days later due to Prime membership, and I started fitting my camera gear to the bag.
The appearance of the Flipside 300's zipper-less front is likable. It resembles a daypack or small outdoor pack than a photo bag, and this adds to the security benefits for those of us carrying photo gear in the four-digit and higher price ranges. Then again, I've never heard a photographer carping that somebody unzipped their bag and stolen a lens. A thief would be risking a lot to try it, and if anything they would be more likely to slit the fabric open, in which case the Flipside would do little for you. If you get it, do so for the capability of opening it while it is attached to your waist, and not the for any so-called theft deterrence feature. And squirrels in the woods don't want to steal your filters.
It's a well-crafted product that is made of sturdy nylon-based cloth. The outer fabric is weather and water resistant, though for more than mild precipitation, it might be suggested to seek shelter or find a rain cover for the pack. The shoulder straps are comfortable and quite adjustable; they're comfortable enough for all-day usage. Bought the Lowepro DMC-Z accessory wallet as it had the ability to readily attach to the backpack's shoulder straps via their SlipLock system, and it worked.
There's a hand grab handle on the top, quite useful if one is unloading it from a car, or traveling by air or train. The waist belt is highly adjustable, and all of the nylon plastic fastening hardware is of reasonably good quality, and in use weight seems to be distributed quite well. It's a comfortable and stable pack while in use.
The dimensions of the Flipside 300 were important for travel reasons. This pack has a height of 17.5 inches, its width is 10.2 inches, and it's 6.9 inches deep. It weighs 2.6 lbs unloaded, so all of this combines to a size and weight that works well for airline travel... just remember to carry it on the plane with you.
Inside the main compartment of the pack is a zippered, removable accessory pouch, located at tor top. There's enough room in it to allow for carrying a flash unit, battery chargers and spare batteries, and other loose accessories of your choice. The Velcro-attached dividers are good, though they don't offer the flexibility that I've found in other backpacks and camera bags. That's a personal reflection, but your experience may be different.
There are a few observations on the back entry compartment that should be mentioned. It's true that is offers extra security when the pack is being worn and you're in crowds, but access to it when in the field can be a nuisance if you're trying to grab a lens or accessory. It should be noted that while the zippers on the back entry panel are of good quality, with decent pulls on them, the zippers do bind towards the top as one is closing the panel. This seems to be due to the protective flap that covers the zipper, and something that I hoped would cure itself with time; it hasn't. In addition, the zippers don't quite reach the bottom of the pack on either side, so it's not advisable to store frequently accessed gear there.
There's a convenient tripod attachment on the front of the case. The bottom part hides away, concealed in the base when you're not using it and the quick-release securing strap further up on the pack will easily accommodate a monopod or a compact to medium travel tripod easily.
There's a side compartment for storage, but it's not good for much more than a few pens, some SD memory cards and a notepad. It's handy, but in this backpack's next generation, one might hope that the designers would build it to a more generous size. Balanced on the other side is a mesh side pocket, which is good for a water bottle, windbreaker, compact umbrella or whatever other odd item you might want to put there for accessibility while in the field. If you're going into the woods, you could store some nuts or seeds for the squirrels there.
On the first outing in the woods, I was almost ready to give up on this bag, because I couldn't get it together with the "working platform" idea, and thought that the squirrels and other woods critters were laughing at me. I suspected that the raccoons were hilarious watching my contortions. After awhile, though, I learned that the Flipside works if one took the time to figure it out and deal with what at first seems to be really goofy if not ridiculous-looking. It takes a few steps: with the waist belt fastened, slip out of the shoulder straps and get the bag off your shoulders, then rotate it around until it's in front of you, with the belt still attached.
Supported by the waist belt, the bag will flip down until its flat base rests against your leg. It might initially bump into another more crucial area if you're a male, but work with it. Unzip the back access panel and you'll be ready to change lenses and get to your other gear stored inside. Because the bag rests against your leg in this position, the Flipside can provide enough reasonable support and steadiness to work in moderate comfort for short durations. As long as you limit your working time in this belt-pack position, Flipside is relatively pretty good for shooting and accessing your gear... and ignore any snickering squirrels, just feed them.
I've had this bag in service for over a year now and in general have been happy with the overall ergonomics, build quality and adjustment range of this backpack. The straps have offered enough of a range that has allowed me to adjust for various equipment loads, and it's sturdy enough.
However, the zippers on the main compartment as noted above are still an ongoing issue. Other characteristics that I dislike are the facts that the external storage pocket is too limited for practical storage. In addition, there are some bags that come with rain cover but this one doesn't. It is `rain resistant' with its sealing zippers, but that's not a substitute for a cover in a contemporary bag.
If I was looking for a similar bag today, I would give more serious consideration to those from Kata, with their first-rate Sling/Backpack series, or even more to the excellent Street Walker series from Think Tank, a company that truly excels in the offerings that they make for nature photographers, urban shooters, and photojournalists alike.
I've rated my Flipside 300 as a solid 4 out of 5 stars, and for the obvious rationale: it's constructed solidly, generally comfortable, versatile, and an excellent dollar value compared to others in this range. It carries my gear and does it well. , and standing true to its advertising - ability to carry a large lens/body combo. I cut that extra point due to the balky zippers, lack of a rain cover and because of the wimpy side pocket, which I hope that the designers will address in future editions. If these things don't matter to you, then go for it, because other than those points, I would recommend it.
This is just a quick preview of the back pack, I will update it once I have gotten to use it properly. I live in the Caribbean on an Island called Trinidad and Tobago and I needed an all round back pack for upcoming events and part time jobs. I know for these upcoming events I will want something sturdy and that can give me access to a wide range of my equipment instead of just limiting me to what i can carry. I use my average Canon shoulder strap bag which is very similar to the Canon Deluxe Gadget Bag 100EG. Which if jam packed can fit many of the essentials I would usually need. However it does limit me on what I can carry. It also puts a strain on your back and shoulder after 3-4 hours of shooting. You will tend to feel a bit sore after.
Pro 1- I wanted a functional bag that only I had access to as some of the events I will attend will be crazy packed with people. I hated the idea of the average opening to my main camera equipment on the outside where anyone could open my back pack and steal something of value. Which is why the back opening compartment on this camera bag is great as I am the only one who has access to it when I flip it around.
Con 1- As far as I know The backpack is meant to rest around your waist while open. I believe the manufacturers said it has to rest on one knee for support. So you will have to raise your knee up. The main bag compartment to your camera equipment CANNOT open all the way with a full load of your equipment. This is because the waist area is attached to the main zipper area which is pulled upwards due to being strapped around the waist while the weight of the rest of the bag pulls down. Even with using one knee as a rest support it personally feels a bit awkward. You will have to open the compartment half way or three quarters. I am sure though as I get to use this bag more and more I will find a personal way to overcome this. We all have our own way of doing things.
Waist straps and Chest straps- Pro
When pulled towards the body the straps feel secure to you. I wouldn't see any problem jogging with this is for fitness events where I would need to get ahead of the participants to get the shot. The quality of the straps is good though, nice and thick, a bit of padding which should help prevent chaffing.
Con - For broad and big people these straps may feel awkward. I am 5 feet 10 inches tall, my chest is a size 44 inches and my waist is 36. It does feel a bit tight around the chest for me, I am sure i will get used to it or can adjust it. I do bend down or stoop low for some of my shots. I had to adjust the straps to loosen them to stoop. This can be a hindrance when one wants to get an 'in the moment shot' from a lower angle. When I stand up, I have to tighten the straps once more.
When I saw the bag I honestly thought it would have been much bigger looking. However, three people saw it and said that it looked big. I hope to travel in the far future and carry this on board an air plane so hopefully the bag size fits the requirements.
Room in main area- Pro
It actually holds a lot of equipment depending on how you fit it and customize the compartments. (Note:obviously the more you fit in it, it will get heavier. And this bag can get heavy to hold. But once on the back and strapped tight the weight is better displaced)
Con - To me this bag lacks width, It feels very snug width wise. Length wise it's good.
Outside compartment- Pro
It can hold items according to how you fit them. The main outside compartment can fit a tshirt rolled up and stuffed to the bottom area. Great to have a spare tshirt when shooting in unpredictable weather. Maybe even fit a couple packaged snacks. You can fit a sandwich or two but they might get flattened.
Cons- It's very tight and snug. I have big hands and I have to rustle around putting in and taking out items from this area. The smaller inner compartments to fit items like batteries, pens etc.. should be made with stretchy fabric. If I need to swap out my flash batteries or camera body batteries it will take some time to maneuver and get them swapped out. I have to use one hand to pull the fabric back while I use the other to try and get the batteries out.
Weather cover- Pro
This weather cover easily pops out from the bottom, No trouble getting to it. It covers the entire area of the bag that is behind your back. Haven't tested it out in the rain yet. It definitely has some bagginess to it if you have anything extra strapped outside. No cons to this yet.
Straps on top sides- Pro
I used one side of straps to attach my two lens hoods. One for the 70-200mm F4 L lens and another for the 24-70mm F4 L lens. It is noticeable but secure. Don't see any cons there.
Water bottle compartments- Pro
Stretchy fabric, fairly wide. It should hold most standard sized water bottles. Fairly deep, not much worry about the water bottles falling out. There are two,one on each side. Great if you wanna take an energy drink and water.
Monopod/Tripod holder- Pro/Con
The base holder is nifty and accessible. In my opinion this is only for monopod attachments. I have a standard tripod, only one leg can fit into the base holder.
Memory Card holders- Pro
There are three memory card holders on the inside of the main camera compartment. They are very snug which works to hold the memory cards in their casings in place I wouldn't worry about them falling out.
There is a thin zippered area on the main inside area which would be great to fit a wallet or phone for safety. This area is directly below the memory card holders.
Con- fabric could be a bit stretchier to get to the memory cards. It's a bit of a pickle to pull them out.
What did I put in the bag?
Main Camera compartment- I fit my canon Rebel T3i attached to my 24-105mm F4 L lens, 70-200mm F4 L lens, 18-55mm kit lens, 70-300mm F4-5.6 telephoto, 50mm F1.4, Youngnuo YN 560 3 camera flash in case, 2 body caps and on top those my pocket flash 270 EX2. I just placed them all in there to see what could fit. I did take out the unneeded dividers and adjusted the others to my liking.
IN the outer main compartment I put a rolled up Tshirt at the lowest area. I fit 2 extra camera batteries and 4 packs of double a batteries in the other compartments.
As I get to use this bag I will update my thoughts on it. So far it does what it needs to do. With a couple minor flaws.
Top reviews from other countries
- Really dependable. After six years of heavy outdoor use my old 400 AW suffered not a single stitching failure, fabric split or broken zip. I'm confident this larger version will be just as durable.
- Only one way into the main compartment. For me, this is a plus. Multiple quick access points (side, top etc) increases the possibility of theft and the risk of equipment falling from the bag. Once the Flipside is on your back, nothing is going to fall out, and there's no way to extract any of your gear without first getting it off your back.
- Very configurable internally.
- Lots of space. I can easily pack my two FF DSLRs with lenses attached to avoid lens changes in what are often far from ideal conditions, along with everything else I typically need (first aid kit, pano rail, two 1L water flasks, head torch, spare cards, batteries, cleaning gear etc)
- Being a little taller than the 400, I can now mount my large CF tripod on the rear of the 500; with the retaining buckle tightened there's no tipping or instability. This leaves room for coats and extra clothing layers across the top of the backpack.
- Although not as adjustable as some higher-end hiking backpacks, I used my old 400 AW on 8-10hr hillwalks many times. Being a little taller, the 500 actually sits better on my back, and should be even more comfortable on long treks.
- Now that there's a newer version II model of this backpack, the original design represents even better value for money (£103 vs £155 for the newer version at the time of this review)
- The only flaw in the design for me is that the rain cover cannot be disconnected from the backpack - it's permanently attached to the base. While this means that you can never leave home without it, it also means that once it's wet, you must either leave it hanging off your backpack to dry, or stuff it back into its storage area on the base while still wet (probably not a good idea).
- If you intend to use the "flipside" functionality (slip the straps off your shoulders, spin the bag round on your waist and open the main compartment), you need to exercise care if you don't want to drop your gear. Tighten the waist strap before hand, and preferably keep one hand on the top handle to avoid the bag slumping downwards as you open it.
Two extra things I'd add:
1) Make sure you get the real Lowepro by buying either direct from Amazon or an Amazon marketplace seller you know you can trust. There are lower quality fakes in circulation.
2) If you're struggling to decide over this vs. a smaller option, don't; just go for the 500. You'll find plenty of ways to use that extra space!
The removable sections are very useful for customising your bag to fit whichever selection of cameras/lenses you need, and the separate compartment I find useful for storing spare batteries, cables, memory cards and, most importantly, snacks.
All in all, this is a great bag, which is comfortable to carry for long periods (even with a couple of full frame cameras and selection of hefty L series lenses).
My only quibbles are;
1: The main compartment is awkward to open fully due to how the zipper is designed (presumably designed so that when using the 'Flipside' facility it doesn't flop open and drop your gear all over the floor.
2: Another problem with the zip is that, when the bag is opened wide, the zip becomes almost hidden in the fabric and is tricky to reach.
3: It would be very easy for light-fingered scumbags to open the rear section quickly and easily in a crowded situation, as the zips are very prominent and obvious. The last thing I need is someone pilfering my snacks without my knowledge!
It can be tricky to access the zip to the main compartment if you've had to open the bag up fully, as it gets pushed
You can secure a smallish tripod or monopod to the the outside. A small flap comes out the bottom of the bag for the tripod leg and a strap further up secures it.
The mesh pocket is good for about a 500ml water bottle. Not sure anything larger would fit.
The right side has a zip pocket for memory cards a battery and maybe a filter. You will know when you overload it - you can’t do the zip up.
Quality is usual lowepro standard.
If you want to carry a small kit (1 body a couple of lenses) about comfortably, and you are a smallish build this bag could be the one for you. If your on the large side and/or have a large camera you’ll need something bigger.
This is an interesting little bag that will perfectly suit some people but, I suspect, not many. It's been replaced by a new version that seems more suited to the tablet age and is probably a more useful bag but this little fella still has its uses, at the right price. I needed a bag to store action cams and accessories for occasional use and that would need to fit in a small locker. The 200 does that job very nicely and works for my purpose but there could be some flaws for other uses. The main (only) compartment opens from the rear, ie against your back, a love it or hate it system but at least it's secure. The disadvantage is that it's a faff to get to your gear, may not be a problem for some but there's no quick way here. The pack is way to small to be opened around the waist, as the pictures show, unless you are very compact and can use the otherwise pointless waist strap. The main zipper is covered by a storm flap which is great but it does make it more awkward and slower to open. The joy of the excellent Lowepro line up is that there is just about a bag for everyone. My advice before buying the 200 is to think carefully how you intend to use it and how much kit you want to carry, of course. If you want to access your stuff quickly (why wouldn't you - this bag isn't big enough for most landscapers) there are better options.
But no, my EOS 80D with kit 18-135 and a backup 700D body with a 60mm fit nose-to-nose, a 70-300mm and a 12-24mm zooms to the sides and I've still got about a third of the space left.
If you're running out of space you've either got some big glass or you're taking too much with you.
It is looking like I've got space to stuff a weekend's clothing in here too.
Quality - everything feels excellent and robust.
Weight - oddly when packed the whole pack still seems to feel lighter than the Velocity 7 sling that it replaced - but the sling only held one camera and a spare lens. Weird.
I'm not sure about carrying a tripod on the back using the tripod - perhaps I need to stuff the back pocket more but I'm getting a lot of movement here. Putting the tripod in one of the side pockets and securing with the strap however is rock solid.
Looking forward to the first outing to try this in anger now.
Overall - excellent value for money.