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Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW Camera Backpack - Professional Protection For Your Camera Gear or DJI Mavic Pro/Mavic Pro Platinum
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- Fits 1-2 Pro DSLRs, one with up to 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached, 8 lenses/speed lights, 15" laptop, tripod and accessories. The ProTactic 450 AW also fits the DJI Mavic Pro drone
- Never miss a critical mission thanks four access points: the molded, turret-loading top, quick-grab from both sides, and full, back entry for set-up and security
- Create limitless set-ups with a robust, Slip Lock compatible strap system. Internal Dimensions: 31.8 x 19.8 x 44 cm (12.52 x 7.80 x 17.32 in) External Dimensions: 34.8 x 27 x 48.8 cm (13.70 x 10.63 x 19.21 in). Weight: 2.6 kg (5.72 lbs)
- Get versatile with five modular accessories - water bottle pouch, accessory case, tripod cup and two cinch straps - all Slip Lock-compatible and included with pack
- ProTactic features ActivZone System technology to deliver targeted support at shoulder blades, lumbar and waist for comfort on the move
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ProTactic 450 AW - High Performance Professional Backpack For Pro DSLRs and DJI Mavic Pro Drone
Stay Cool And Comfortable
ActivZone harness provides ventilation and targeted comfort for support on the move. Remove waistbelt to reduce profile for packing or travel; wear it for extra support and storage – two zippered hip pockets offer space for quick-grab items.
MaxFit System Dividers
Pack the maximum amount of gear and micro-adjust for a snug and secure fit with the patent-pending MaxFit System of padded and adjustable dividers. The ProTactic BP 450 AW holds 1-2 Pro DSLRs, DJI Mavic Pro, OSMO handheld camera, a 15" laptop, a tablet, mic, tripod and more.
Includes 5 Modular Accessories
Get versatile with five modular accessories: water bottle pouch, accessory case, tripod cup and two cinch straps – all SlipLock-compatible and included with pack.
Create limitless set-ups with a robust, SlipLock compatible strap system. Add a tripod or monopod with cinch straps and tripod cup accessories (included).
CradleFit Laptop Pocket
Store your laptop in the CradleFit pocket that suspends and protects your device within the pack.
Interior And Exterior Pockets
Keep accessories neat, organized and easy to access with multiple interior and exterior pockets.
All Weather AW Cover
Safeguard valuable gear with the patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover that protects pack from the elements.
ProTactic 450 AW
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|What Hardware Fits in This Bag?||1-2 Pro DSLRs, one with up to 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached, DJI Mavic Pro, OSMO handheld camera||1-2 Pro DSLRs, one with up to 24-70mm f/2.8 lens attached|
|What Are the External Dimensions?||13.70 x 10.63 x 19.21 in||12.13 x 9.06 x 16.93 in|
|What Are the Internal Dimensions?||12.52 x 7.80 x 17.32 in||10.63 x 6.30 x 15.16 in|
|Weight of Bag||5.72 lbs||4.40 lbs|
|What Size Laptop Fits in This Bag?||15"||13"|
|How Many Speedlights/Lenses Does This Bag Hold?||8 lenses/speedlights||6 lenses/speedlights|
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The ProTactic 450 AW delivers high performance to pro photographers who need an urban-inspired pack that delivers on all fronts: accessibility, versatility, comfort and organization. Customize your kit for the way you shoot. This pack offers limitless set-ups with four ways to access your gear. The robust SlipLock compatible strap system allows you to attach extra gear when you need it. The ActivZone harness provides ventilation and targeted comfort for support on the move. MaxFit System dividers for maximum gear capacity. Protect gear with the built-in All Weather AW Cover. The ProTactic 450 AW fits 1-2 Pro DSLRs, one with up to 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached 8 lenses/speedlights, a 15" laptop, and a tripod. The ProTactic 450 AW also fits the DJI Mavic Pro drone.
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Here's the sports kit:
- 1D Mark IV body with EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens attached
- EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM
- Black Rapid RS-Sport strap
- Think Tank Hydrophobia 70-200 2.8 Rain Cover
- GoPro Hero3+ and selfie stick
- Misc stuff - Rocket Blaster, Lens Pens, microfiber cloths, etc
I need to be able to carry all of this on my back, and get to it in a short period of time. That's not a ton of gear, but the combination of pro body and 100-400 lens eliminated a *lot* of bags. After a fair bit of research and dimension analysis, it came down to the Lowepro Pro Tactic 350AW or 450AW, and the Manfrotto MB PL-3N1-35 backpacks. Thanks to Amazon's Prime service, comparing these bags was relatively painless and I feel like I owe them a comparison review as a result. Here's what I found:
I loved the Manfrotto bag on paper. The bag is attractive. The sling concept has worked great for me in the past, so that functionality was appealing. Also, not all of my kit is cameras/lenses, so I liked its spacious upper compartment; and all those extra pockets are really nice. But, holding the loaded bag made me change my mind. The 1DMkIV/100-400 fit great and came out of the side pocket without any trouble; and the extra padding in the main compartment is very nice; but it's really too big of a bag to comfortably function as a sling. Worst of all, the straps aren't really up to the task - they're woefully underdesigned for a bag of this size. I really can't imagine toting this thing around fully loaded at a football game. A lot of reviews blast the numerous buckles on this bag, but I found them to be very well designed - they enable the bag to be a left- or right-sling bag without dumping your gear out the other side or allowing the zippers to open too far. So I'm not sure what folks are griping about there. Bottom line, I wanted to love this bag but just couldn't once I tried it.
On to the Pro Tactic AW bags... the build on these bags is amazing - clearly a notch above the Manfrotto bag. Zippers/pulls are solid; shoulder straps are more beefy; padding against your back is more serious - more like something you'd buy at REI for multi-day backpacking. And they have an armored feel to them - the body of the bag is somewhat rigid, and the top cap is even more rigid. The stitching, zippers, materials are all top-notch. The external pockets are the one knock against these bags - they are tiny.
Comparing the 350/450 - the 350 is nice and compact, and holds *most* of my kit without trouble. But, it is a major effort to get the 1D Mark IV out of the top opening, leaving me with the option of opening the back cover to extract the camera - both are just enough of a hassle that I can't see myself enjoying this bag on the sidelines. It gets 5-stars for build quality, but it just doesn't work for my application (not a fault of the bag). The 450, on the other hand, is a tad bigger than I'd like - not as big as the Manfrotto, but just big enough that I wish it was a little smaller. On the plus side, the 1D Mark IV comes out of the top compartment cleanly, and the other gear is not squished into the bag. And it's comfortable to wear with everything loaded.
All things considered, the Pro Tactic 450AW is the best choice for me.
The main advantage of this bag is its excellent use of space, and the inclusion of three(!) direct access panels for removing a camera rig without removing the pack entirely or opening up the main door. Many other camera backpacks attempt to be dual-use by including permanent separate compartments for “stuff”. These stuff volumes detract severely from the amount of actual photo gear that can be stored, such that even a large pack of this type can carry only a relatively small number of bodies and lenses, especially big zooms. Not so with the 450 AW, which is one big volume with plenty of dividers that can be customized as needed, including when one wants to carry “stuff”. This is a pack that will allow me to have several big lenses, and, most importantly, will allow me to change from a really big lens to a small prime, and still have an open space that will accomodate the really big lens off the camera.
As for the direct access panels — to me, these are pure gold. I love side access openings in a backpack, and it’s getting harder to find. I won’t buy a backpack that doesn’t have at least one, and the 450 AW gives you three: left, right and top. This is just awesome for my use.
Overall construction is robust, and the bag has internal stiffening to make it semi-rigid. The stored rain cover cleverly acts as part of the bag’s bottom cushioning, but it isn’t so clever if you actually have to use the cover, because then you greatly diminsh the bottom padding once the cover is pulled out.
Others have noticed that the utility webbing, which is sewn on to offer alternating large and small attachment points, has the wrong size sewn down the bag’s centerline. The smaller of the two sizes goes down the middle, so when attaching something like the tripod pouch, it, and therefore the tripod, will be off center because the pouch strap is too big to fit the smaller size attachment points. This is a valid issue, but it’s easy to get around it by simply not putting *all* the tripod feet into the pouch. Most full sized tripods that would benefit from having the pouch won’t fit all three feet into it anyway, so simply install the pouch one row off center, and just put one or two of the feet into the pouch, keeping the tripod itself on center, and relying on the straps that hold the tripod to the pack to keep the legs from opening up.
The computer compartment in the main door will hold a thin (ala Macbook Pro or Dell XPS) 15” laptop, but that’s it. Anything thicker or with an unusual aspect ratio probably won’t work.
The chest and waist straps are among the worst I’ve seen on a photo backpack of this size and MSRP. The waist starts off with promise, because the back half has wide, cushioned wing straps that come around the hips. But from there, it’s all downhill, as the actual cross-strap that comes around the front and buckles together is a narrow, thin strip of uncushioned nylon. Worse than this is the chest strap. I’m an athletic man, with a 44 inch chest. Letting the strap out all the way I can just barely get it to buckle (and even with the pack empty the chest strap has to cut well into my chest to buckle), and as before the strap is a thin, narrow strip of nylon that is inadequate for either comfort or stability with a pack with as much carrying capacity as this one. This was an inexcusably bad choice by Lowepro to save a few pennies. On balance, I would’ve been much happier seeing the bag with a street price closer to full retail in exchange for better body straps. Something like thick, smooth seat belt webbing would’ve made the strapping arrangement substantially better while keeping costs down. This deficiency alone takes this bag from 5 stars to 3. Too bad there’s no real DNA left in Lowepro from its long ago parent, Lowe Alpine.
The one other notable issue is that while the bag is sturdy, it’s assembly quality is mediocre bordering on poor, and definitely not to the standard of a $249.99 MSRP backpack. A bag at that price should be pretty much flawless in terms of stitching and panel alignment. That’s not the case here. Some panels don’t align well, and material is not cut accurately, leaving seams that can be bunched and very crooked, giving the bag a sloppy appearance. I returned the first example I received because the utility webbing on the top and bottom back panels were sewn out of alignment by about 1/2 inch, which shouldn’t have passed QC even in a Chinese factory.
I will add one minor additional gripe, which is that the individual divider inserts have the velcro flaps that don’t attach to the dividers right at their edges. They’re sewn about 1/3 of an inch in from the edges. This means that if the the divider is put in an opening that equals its full length, its velcro flaps will attach to the walls of the pack at an angle, which decreases the contact area and makes the velcro more likely to peel away.
This is bag with some incredible features, marred by some cost saving moves that are complete headscratchers. Surely, Lowepro didn’t save *that* much by cheaping out on the straps and the assembly quality. These are telling and they reflect a super-high retail markup on this bag that isn’t warranted. It’s such a shame, because in all other respects this is probably the best designed all around camera backpack I’ve seen in a long time. The storage options are huge, the ergonomics and camera access features are excellent, and it is generally solid and protective. Of course, it may not have been just cost that drove the resulting flaws — it may have also been product segmentation, because had they fully rounded out the AW 450 as I described, I’d be hard pressed to find a reason to buy one of their pricier bags. At any rate, if you can live with the straps (and I can, for now) and the rather shabby assembly quality, I think you’ll find this to be a really good all-around photo backpack, *provided you get it steeply discounted from MSRP*. If you are bound to spend the full $250, please do yourself a favor and look at other alternatives for the same price first. I plan to keep mine, but it’s highly unlikely I’ll purchase a Lowepro bag again if this is the best they can do.