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Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L AW
Amazon Price: N/A $64.95 (as of April 28, 2017 11:41 pm –
A sleek, outdoor-inspired daypack offering multi-functional carrying options and secure gear access for beginner or casual photographers.
Absolutely Perfect Camera Bag
112 people found this helpful.
I wanted a stylish backpack that had plenty of space for normal items, and a designated space for my camera, this bag is all that and more. The camera compartment is removable and a flap comes out in the event that you just need a regular backpack. Also the all weather rain fly is very easy to apply and put back away. If I could I would rate this 6 stars and I definitely recommend. Happy Shooting!
10 people found this helpful.
This backpack just arrived over the weekend and since most people, including myself, were concerned about how big it was I have a couple pictures to help you out. The backpack seems to be exactly the size I wanted, it holds my essential camera gear plus the main storage compartment has room for a change or clothes and a pair of flip flops or a lunch for two. One picture shows a 13″ macbook pro, one of the new-ish thinner ones fitting into the outside pocket. It does fit all the way into the pocket though it is a bit snug. It does the leave the computer pretty exposed though, if something were to hit the back of the backpack it would pretty much hit straight onto your computer. I would feel safer about keeping my computer in a backpack that was designed for one and had the computer sleeve against your back but this is do-able. The second picture is a D7000 with 18-105 lens, go-pro hero 3 with floaty backdoor. Extra cords and chargers for each. There isn’t any extra room but I bought this for going day hiking and cruising around town, not carrying photo equipment like a pack mule. The water bottle pockets on the side are plenty deep but not very wide, you could hold one of the tall Nalgene bottles in each but it would put a little bit of pressure on the contents inside. They would each hold a regular plastic disposable water bottle fine though. Hope this review and pictures help.
My perspective as a dad of a toddler
53 people found this helpful.
I have had a Lowepro sport 15L for a couple of years, and it has served me really well. I love everything about it until the birth of my son.
Great backback, but carefully consider your needs before buying.
2 people found this helpful.
I can’t fault Lowepro for their construction. This is a wonderfully made bag with some clever design solutions for the common needs of someone doing some light trekking with a camera. I bought the larger (22L) of the two sizes for this model, and am glad I didn’t go smaller. I’ve stuffed a thin jacket in the top and found room for little else at those times. That said, the internal zip and mesh pouches inside the top are great to have, and I make good use of them holding things like batteries, chargers, and a collapsible 12×12 white balance screen. The thin pocket made for a tablet is a great fit for the iPad I own. Overall, for the things they have designed for, they have done a great job. Again, I think the construction and materials rival that of my Camelbak and REI bags. Having a built in rain fly is something I wish my other bags had like this one does.
22L too big for my small frame so used the 16L
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Purchased for an international trip, like the configuration, but found it too big to be comfortable for my 4’11” frame. I already had the 16L, so took that with my mirrorless camera and three lenses, and it worked very well, and returned the 22L. Not a lot of storage on top, but enough for a day pack and minimally enough for air travel. Brought my iPad, with Logitech Ultrathin keyboard cover, which fit well in the front pocket. Really like that it has a rain cover. Adjustable, padded camera storage that is removable from the bottom. You can open the velcro separator and push long thin items behind the camera holder or use as a full bag with the camera holder removed. In my case the camera died and I did remove the padded case and put it in the suitcase. I can see using the camera insert in another bag at times as well. Waist belt and chest strap, which tends to come off if it slides down to the end of the strap. Recommend whatever is the appropriate size for your body type. 16L is tight for a DSLR with lenses.
Almost two years old and still going strong!
I really love this bag! I’ve had it for almost two years and it’s been a life (and back) saver on multiple occasions. I’m definitely more of a photo enthusiast and far from a professional, so I don’t carry a ton of equipment. The main items I keep in it are a Nikon D7000, the kit lens it came with, an 85mm Nikkor and a recently purchased Tamron 70-200mm. I can pack the camera with the kit or 85mm mounted in the padded camera area of the bag, but it’s definitely not going to fit mounted with the 70-200mm. But that’s not a big issue for me, as I can find other space for it in the top half of the bag or maybe even adjust the velcro compartments down low to pack it separately. That’s what I love about the bag – the flexibility it offers. After packing the camera gear, I still have room up top for filters, chargers, camera card cases, my GoPro, other cables, etc. I’ve slid in a MacBook and iPad into the outer pocket on different occasions also. I will say I’m not a big fan of doing that for extended amounts of time, just because it feels like it puts a strain not only on the Mac stuff, but the zipper and fabric of the bag. I haven’t had any issues with tears or holes and I’m probably just being paranoid, but it’s a personal preference not to push my luck with it. Most of my bag’s travels are pretty tame – mainly amusement parks, cheer competitions, school functions and whatever else my kids are doing that I’m trying to document. But it has been caught outside a couple of times in the wet, particularly one time at Arlington National Cemetery where I got caught in an unexpected downpour for about 15-20 minutes of good hard rain. I popped on the rain cover and hoped for the best. While I’ll admit I had a bit of a sinking feeling as I was drenched to the bone, everything in my camera bag was perfectly fine! That was my clincher! Love this bag!
Great pack that carries a lot of gear!
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Darn near perfect pack! I recently purchased a Panasonic FZ1000 Bridge camera and needed something to protect my new toy while traveling. I’ve owned about 20 backpacks/day bags/travel bags over the last 50 years and there has never been “the perfect pack”-but this one comes pretty darn close, especially considering it’s protecting a camera, binoculars and carrying all the junk I lug around. My wife and I are avid birders and have some high end binoculars. Add in the new camera and a week long trip to Belize and you get a scenario where I needed something to carry and protect all of my gear. The camera and an external microphone fit perfectly in the main compartment, and even had room for a pair of 10×42 bino’s. A water bottle and small travel umbrella fit in the side pockets, and still had room for my 8×25 bino’s, batteries, rain coat and a Kindle Voyage in the top pocket. And it fit under the airline seat! All of that was on the heavy side and the bag was pretty well maxed out. I didn’t even bother with the waist strap since it’s not load bearing, a beefier one would be nice.
high quality, right price, perfect size.
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My daughter is taking photo in high school. She takes our (it was supposed to be mine…) Nikon D3200 with her everywhere. SHe will not even let me handle it anymore….(Hint to hubby, I want a new camera please). She complains about the NIkon bag being too small to carry what she wants to take on trips, and the other camera bags that we have are just too big. She wanted a photo backpack, and so we went looking. REI had this in stock for about $100, and we were about to buy it, when someone reminded me that I am an Amazon Prime member. On prime it was less than $75 shipped. I normally would have just bit the bullet, and supported the Brick and Mortar store, but they did not have the Galaxy Blue color. Anyway, it got here in less than 3 days, so thank You Adaroma, and Amazon. Now I will feel more at ease when the Kiddlett goes on her trips with her Photo Teacher and friends
Extremely versatile and useful backpack!
I bought the 22L, Galaxy Blue version. I own multiple camera bags, always looking for the best one for multiple situations and this bag is quite near perfect for my uses. This is not my first Lowepro bag, but it will likely be the one that I use the most simply because it’s so versatile.