A while back I posted “Let’s Try Something New” in which I went over one of my bags at the time and why I liked it. I got a good reception from that so I continued on to do another piece on the LensPen. That too got good feedback so I’ve decided to keep the write ups and reviews going. Naturally, I sat down and put together a list of the stuff I use and felt would be worth writing up. It didn’t take long before my list was in the double digits. Before it got much longer, I decided to get started on one. First up, the Lowepro Fastpack 250.
The Fastpack series by Lowepro comes in 4 different sizes. In order of increasing size it starts with the 100, then 200, 250 and finishing up with the largest, the 350. The model I have, the 250, is about middle of the pack which is just perfect for me. As with most photographers, for the longest time I was scared to go out and not take all of my gear with me. My reasoning was always, “what if ______ happens then I’ll need ______ .” I quickly realized it wasn’t worth suffering because blank might happen. I could cut my pack in half (or more) and get back to worrying about taking picture and not “what am I going to do with this 40 lbs of expensive gear for the next 4 hours as we walk around.” With my new mindset came a need for a lighter and smaller bag which is where the Fastpack comes in. It hold all the stuff I need and them some. (Just in case I have the urge to pack a few things I won’t need unless blank happens. What can, I say old habits are hard to break.)
I’ve had the Fastpack for a number of months now and I’ve put it though its paces. I’ve been to a few location jobs, traveling by car and plane, theme parks, zoos, the beach, and much more. I’ve pretty much carried this bag every where I go and it has yet to show any kind of wear or tear. I mentioned plane above, this bag is great for carry on. It’s light weight, can hold up to a 15″ computer plus your gear and room for other stuff you can use in the terminal like a book, kindle, and charger. I don’t know about anyone else but TSA always likes to inspect my camera stuff when I fly. This bag is nice because with just a couple zippers the whole bag opens up and the pesky TSA doesn’t have to go rummaging through all my stuff because its all right there.
I highly recommend this bag and/or series of bags from Lowepro. If you haven’t given it a shot check out the Fastpack line when considering your next bag.
Here is a shot of what I usually pack in my bag. What you see there is my essential gear that I don’t go out without, pocket dog included.
All jokes aside, the picture below is what it actually looks like in my bag. The small lens in the middle is my fixed 50mm, the white lens is my telephoto zoom, and the other item is my flash. The open cavity is where my camera with battery grip and lens fit (missing because I need something to take the picture with). There is a zipper pocket on the back side of the flap where I store spare batteries. On top of the bag there are a couple pockets where I keep the rest of my stuff, then along the side is a zipper that opens the length of the bag to fit up to a 15″ laptop. Here is a list of everything I usually carry. I can fit more but typically if I need to then I’ll just switch to my Classified Sling.
- Canon camera with battery grip
- Canon general purpose f/4 zoom lens
- Canon telephoto f/4 zoom lens
- Canon f/1.4 prime lens
- 1 Canon flash (600EX-RT)
- Wireless flash trigger and receiver
- 1 Manfrotto swivel umbrella adapter
- 1 Manfrotto super clamp
- 2 Spare Canon batteries & 4 spare NiMH AA batteries
- 2 Spare memory cards
- Kindle Fire
- Cleaning stuff; LensPen, Rocket air Blower (Medium), brush, cloth, and solution
- And an assortment of other odds and ends
- 14″ Laptop (rarely, only when traveling)