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Lowepro - Fastpack BP 250 AW II Camera Backpack - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 429 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for Mavic 1/pro/2!!

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    Paramedic502
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    OK so to start this backpack is a great value for money! Has worked to carry all my Drone gear in one convenient package. I did add another case to my setup which you can purchase from BestBuy and I removed all the dividers in the lower compartment. This set up has just worked better for me. I will include a picture to illustrate. I would include the other product number but I believe it is against the rules. But you can purchase it near the drones or camera cases look at my picture and you should be able to figure it out. I did a review on it if you can see my other reviews on BestBuy. I place my 12.9’ tablet behind the case and still have room for more goodies. I use a another case in the top section to hold all my cables, adapters, SSD, etc. I use the laptop section of this backpack to hold the collapsible landing pad, solar panel, and 13’ OSX air. As far a durability, yet to be determined. I am probably overloading the design but I haven’t had any failures. I do however, make sure to use both shoulder straps as just throwing one on a shoulder is probably not a good idea with my configuration. The laptop section is padded very well. The shoulder straps are padded well and seem durable enough for my use. I have had this backpack for a few months and not one problem. I really like the side zipper configuration of the bottom pocket as it allows me to remove the other case and deploy the drone much faster Than the fly more case. This allows much flexibility for my deployment options for the given mission. The backpack feels good on the shoulders even with the weight I’m carrying it is dispersed well. No complaints with this purchase. Highly recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good size, decent design... could be better.

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    Cynder70
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    A trip to Africa with bag size and weight limitations had me consider a new combined camera/laptop bag. I did some research and found the Lowepro Fastpack 250 would offer the things I needed and at a good price. It has a nice space for a single DSLR and a couple lenses, power converters, cords, etc. The top compartment offers a deep chamber to carry wireless headphones and miscellaneous items. Back sleeve for the laptop and iPad. It's well designed overall but could be better. For example, the rain flap over the camera portion is basically useless beyond a rain flap. A zipper on the inside of the flap would be a great place to toss receipts or cables. I also found that the side access for the camera was handy but the zipper always seemed to be in the wrong spot... it was necessary to fidget with it all the time to get what I needed. The zipper didn't allow the flap covering the camera compartment to open far enough to keep the flap from falling back over. Also, failing to fully zip or not considering zipper placement could allow contents to spill out. I lost a couple small things that way. The bag size also didn't offer a lot of back support. It can hold a lot of gear. Fully loaded, my bad weighed nearly 25lbs—camera, laptop, battery backs, wireless headphones, etc. It doesn't sag under the weight but it relies on the shoulder straps to carry the load. I've had camping packs that did more to support the weight. Spend some time getting those shoulders and waist adjustments made before your trip. Overall, it's a good, roomy bag that can be super useful. It has some minor shortcomings—served me well enough but I have to admit, I might try to find something a little more finessed for the next go-round.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can't be beat for twice the price.

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    Sparisland

    This bag allows me to head out on a wildlife cruise or sailing shoot with a single bag. I can fit a D500 or D800 with an attached 18-300 or 70-200 a couple of extra lenses or flash if needed, filters, batteries, etc., an attached Black Rapid Yeti strap. I carry an iPad and a couple of hats in the laptop/tablet compartment and there is still plenty of room for a 15" MAC. The top compartment holds a fleece or Thinktank rain-guard plus a full-sized pair of binoculars, glasses, sunscreen and could hold more. The height and zipper location are perfect for reaching down and removing the binoculars without lifting it off the deck. Under the flap on the back is another compartment large enough to hold-rain sleeves or a couple of DVD sized items plus the flap can be used to lash a windbreaker. The lashing straps could be longer in my opinion but I am able to fit an XL sized rain jacket/windbreaker securely. There is a water bottle/tripod leg pocket that fits a good sized bottle very securely. Haven't tried the rain cover but it is there. The strap system is also great. I have worn it for a couple of hours, fully loaded, and not been uncomfortable. Up ladders, down stairs, in cramped quarters - the bag is very stable and the chest cross-strap works well. Another nice feature is that the straps can be fully tightened and lashed flush against the back so that there is nothing for anyone else to trip on when you need to place the pack on the deck/floor between your legs while shooting. There are a few weak points: It is possible but not easy to remove the camera while supporting the bag by one strap but this is not really a sling...it's a large camera pack. It really could use a few more lashing points for gear or preventing it from moving around. The most serious weakness, IMHO, is that the adjustable foam dividers are a little too long and can't be shortened, there aren't enough of them and they are oddly-designed, and there are not enough velcro points on the sides so the camera and lens just doesn't fit quite right. I worked-around it but a pro camera users might find it difficult to close the zipper. It's not an out of the park hit, but it's still a home run.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Terrible design for pro photographer

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    Jazbo

    Do NOT get this bag if you are a pro and expect to protect your gear. Terrible design, leaving it impossible to rearrange Velcro sections in any way. The strips they attach to aren’t symmetrically distributed along bottom and sides. So, if you want to switch things so the bigger section is along the left, you can’t without greatly weakening the hold it will have. See my picture for how terribly this bag holds a pro zoom lens. The bottom of the lens smashes back against the camera body - which then smashes against the outside of the bag. Drop the bag on that side once and your camera is a goner. The sides are so poorly designed for Velcro that you can’t just make a bigger section for your pro flash. It is left sticking out, and will get smashed and broken if the bag ever lands on that side. Bottom line, this is A TERRIBLE BAG for anybody who actually cares about their gear. I cannot imagine any reason to get this bag - unless it was just to show folks as a curiosity of “Here’s what happens when the people who design something never attempt to try it in real world circumstances.”

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Survived Almost Two Weeks In Spain

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    MichaelC
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    I bought this bag to protect a new Canon 70D camera body, two lenses, a flash, several batteries, and some memory cards, along with assorted accessories like battery chargers, etc. I also wanted something that would protect my iPad when I could not lock it away in the hotel safe during the days. I had read reviews both here and other sites of bags that did not hold up over time, that either had the fabric rip, or zippers break. This bag held its own and then some. I was a little more rough with the bag than I care to admit, yet it protected my gear perfectly, all zippers returned home in working order, and the fabric of the bag looks as if it were brand new. The bag also has a large area to carry other items (non-camera related, if needed). At times I had a jacket stuffed in it, and other times I had my noise cancelling headphones, and things I would need on a plane or bus. The strap that would be used to keep a tripod attached to the bag was especially useful for me to hold my airplane neck-pillow while navigating the airports. The only negative (if you can call it that), is that I wish the documentation were clear as to where the protective "rain hood" was for this bag. It took me a while to figure it out that it was under the bag, and not fully detachable (presumably to prevent it from being misplaced/lost), and in its own little pocket. Overall, this is a very nice bag with many possibilities. I would highly recommend anyone looking for this size bag to get it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Looks bigger than the space it actually has

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    khairil
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    I think the bag definitely is bigger than the space it actually has. There are two main compartments, with one slim computer compartment to slip in a 15" notebook. That one slim computer compartment, I think is slick. I like it. It's nicely tucked at the back of the bag so that it is protected by your back when you put on the bag. The other thing I like is it has weather protection sleeve you can wrap the bag in. When not in use, the sleeve is nicely tucked into a pocket at the bottom of the bag. Now for the two main compartments. The main top compartment, I use mainly to store cleaning tools, and accessories (e.g.: extra straps, charging accessories). To my surprise, that space fills up pretty fast. I guess the material used does not allow much expansion, in case you want to stuff the space and see how much it can hold. The bottom main compartment, is where the camera goes. Here, I see we can fit in one DSLR comfortably, 2 at most, maybe. If one DSLR is in place, there are space to comfortably fit one telephoto lens, and one prime, maybe two at most.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Greatly improved over the previous model.

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    OmegaMoon2k
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    The new Lowepro Fastback BP250 AW II is greatly improved over the original model. It is larger in size, made with better materials, uses higher quality zippers, and comes with additional compartments for a 15-inch laptop and tablet. Camera storage can easily hold a DSLR (cropped sensor) with lens attached with room for two more lenses. There are also smaller slots for accessories like battery and chargers and memory cards. The top compartment has great versatility with room for a cell phone, headphones, books and other travel items. Inside there is a zippered compartment to secure your passport, currency and other important documents. The zippers have been upgraded and their eyelets have enough clearance to support a TSA-approved lock. An all-weather cover is integrated into the bottom of the backpack. There is an attachment for a tripod and the backpack can be secured to your luggage. Fully-loaded the backpack feels well-balanced and the padding of the straps provide good comfort. There is also room for a water bottle or travel umbrella. Aside from the Lowepro brand name on the front, the Fastback BP 250 AW II looks like any other backpack.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Backpack for in the field Photographers

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    JDtheJD1
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    Because of my need to preserve visual evidence for work becoming the rule rather than the exception, I needed to have a means of transporting both my HD Camcorder with its attachments and my still photography cameras, both digital and analog, with their respective attachments and accessories. While I was aware of the Lowepro brand, it was not until a friend of mine (a serious photographer) informed me, that given the cost of my cameras, under no circumstances should I skimp on a transport system. He showed me his array of Lowepro bags and spoke so highly of the brand that I knew that I should seek out their products. Enter Best Buy and the helpful sales associate Ramon, who helped me pick this all weather backpack that is both roomy, and weatherproof. Its design features easy access compartments for your cameras, lenses, charging cords,spare SD cards, etc. . A special bonus is that it has a roomy internal pocket for a laptop. This means that I can go to a site with my tripod, lighting, spare mikes and my editing laptop.all in a well balanced backpack that distributes the weight evenly and fits over seasonal light outerwear. I haven't tried putting it on over my winter parka, but, I've had no problem putting it on over my fleece zip ups that I favor in the fall and early winter. Putting it on over a rain poncho should be no problem either. Overall, Lowepro hit a home run with this backpack.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent photo backpack

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    GeorgiaGpa
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    I am very pleased with this backpack. Its design distributes the weight very well. The straps and back are cushioned in a thoughtful fashion. The interior compartment for storing the camera gear can be adjusted to accommodate different bodies and lenses, etc. It has an outside easy access zipper to reach one main camera quickly without taking the whole cover off. I like the rain jacket that is stored in the bottom of the pack. I was also glad to see my little Sirui tripod fit in the pouch and strap on the side of the backpack. It is comfortable with a full load. The waist and chest straps are a plus and are adjustable. Well designed and built backpack for hiking around without the eventual pain caused by a shoulder bag style of camera bag. There is a flat pocket on the back for a laptop or tablet. Also a storage spot above the camera gear area. Other pockets, too. I have always liked LowePro and was glad to find this at a BestBuy store near me. And they matched the B&H Photo price!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mid-sized camera bag that safely carries a laptop!

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    BWDscott
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    I have been carrying this bag every day for over a month. Comfortable to carry. Sturdy construction. Weather resistant with additional rain cover built in. I carry a Canon 80D with the battery grip and the 24-70 lens attached. It fits nicely in the side access section of the bag, allowing quick access to the camera. I also carry several lenses and other accessories which have plenty of room in the adjustable gear section of the bag. The most impressive part of the bag... and one of the most important features to me, is the separate, zippered compartment for a laptop and tablet. You can access those items without exposing the camera or gear. My only complaints are minor. The suspended tablet slot in the bag is too small to hold a 10" tablet if it has any type of case or sleeve on it. A tablet does fit in the laptop space with a laptop if the laptop isn't real thick. The tripod strap and the way it allows movement of the tripod when in transit, could be designed to hold the tripod tighter into the side of the bag. It works great for a monopod, but could be better for a tripod. Overall, the bag performs great and carries everything I need.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lots of Space

    Posted
    Jbell
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    Great bag with many compartments. I constantly find myself reorganizing and finding better ways to store various equipment. 2 things which could be improved. 1. A padded top pouch would make for an excellent place to quick store your camera when just walking about. The traditional storage area requires you to lay the pack on the ground, unclip, unzip and then retrieve - a little inconvenient when you want to walk about without having the camera always in hand but easily accessible. 2. The tethered hook, while mostly used to secure an item inside the pouch, would be better served if accessible outside the bag and more robust. This way, the bag could be hung from a fence or another object when wanting to retrieve an item out of the top sections. Other than that, well constructed and very comfortable to wear.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A good backpack for the money

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    D500
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    I would recommend this backpack to anyone looking for a backpack. Backpacks aren't for everyone. It depends on your shooting style, the equipment you own, and whether you prefer backpacks vs "regular" camera bags. The side zipper opening allows quick and easy access to your camera without the need to open up the entire backpack. If you own a minimal amount of equipment or smaller camera bodies (ie a single APS-C body and one lens, or maybe a mirrorless body and one or 2 lenses, you might find this bag to be too big for your needs. If you own several full-frame bodies and 3, 4, or 5 larger lenses, this bag will probably be too small. I have a D7200 and D500 along with several smaller-sized lenses, speedlight, monopod, spare batteries, charger, filters, and a few other miscellaneous bits of gear. When I travel and want to take "everything", I mount a lens on one camera so its ready to shoot and leave the lens off the second camera so I can fit everything in the bag. If I want to travel a little lighter for a day trip, I leave some unnecessary things at home and mount lenses on both cameras. Overall, a good mid-sized backpack.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great photo backpack

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    IslandDad
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    I read many, many reviews of photo backpacks before deciding on this one. The downside of many photo backpacks is that there isn't room for anything else except for camera equipment. I wanted something that could carry my camera equipment, laptop, and some stuff for infligh entertainment. This one has it all. It has a small area at the top for storage and in the back there's an area for a laptop AND tablet. I can definintely see myself traveling with this one and using it daily once I got onsite. The downsides are 1) it's not as rugged as the Maxpedition bags I'm used to using, but they don't make any photo specific gear - yet 2) It's a bit light on organization. I would have liked more pockets and zippered areas 3) Two obvious omissions are the lack of pockets on the bottom front flap and on the (removable) waist strap. Having pockets here would have made the bag much more usable 4) The zippers. They really should have a means of locking them, particularly the one for the laptop/tablet area. There is a fabric loop at the top where the zipper ends, but the zipper it's self doesn't provide a good area for attaching a pad lock.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Bag at Reasonable Price

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    amw2016
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    I'm a relentless researcher when it comes to bags, and this one has unexpectantly become one of my favorites, (if not my favorite). With its multiple compartments, handy organization & comfortable padding, it safely holds a significant amount of gear comfortably. In the bottom compartment alone I'm able to carry a Canon Mark III 5d with an attached 70-200, 35mm, 100mm, 2 600EX II-RT Speedlights, and an LCD light. On the outside bottom flap - an ND fliter, in the top compartments: a small purse, a large phone, a hard drive, and other bits and pieces (like keys, pens, sunglasses, extra camera battery & battery charger). And last but not least, a 15" Macbook in back. This seems pretty phenomenal considering its relatively small size and level of comfort - particularly since I'm a short woman, and not particularly strong. For times when I need to carry any more equipment than the aforementioned, I use a roller bag instead as it would be just too much weight to manage on my shoulders in any bag. I would recommend at this point without reservation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good quality, a tad heavy

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    Imnotu
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    I bought this thinking I would use it to go overseas. I loaded it up and instantly realized I didn't want to haul this around all day in the airport or anywhere else for that matter. It starts out fairly heavy when empty. Add a laptop, camera, couple of lens and other assorted miscellaneous and you really start to feel it. It is built well and has a decent amount of storage. I would recommend this bag for any trip you can leave the extras home and only take camera gear and snacks. Lose the laptop and it changes everything. Keep in mind I tend to over pack and always have a hard time deciding what doesn't make the cut. That kinda leaves this bag out as an option because of it initial empty weight.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Holds it all

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    tommybass
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    I needed another bag for my wedding photography gigs and chose this Lowepro 250 browsing at Best Buy. I've had other Lowepro bags and cases, so I trust this brand. It's a big backpack that holds my backup camera and a whole bunch of accessories and flash accessories I need on wedding shoots. Also has a perfect compartment for my laptop too. I don't wear it during my shooting but I can see doing that in some situations. It has both a chest and waist strap for total security and comfort. It also has the ability by way of another strap to slip onto my Pelican wheeler if needs be but I just carry it on my back, since it is quite comfortable. I can see this particular backpack really useful for professionals as well as adventure shooters going into the wilderness and need a weather proof case to carry into the back country.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best camera backpack I've used

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    Ayangu
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    Before buying this backpack I had a vivitar backpack of the same size. Build quality was good but it only lasted 2 years. I tend to treat my backpacks roughly. This Lowepro camera backpack is the only one I use especially because my photography outings last all weekend. I'm able to fit my Fuji xt20, Fuji 35mm, 16-50mm and 27mm pancake lens in the padded sections with room for 2 flashes, extra batteries and a spare charger. I also squeeze in 2 days of clothing in the same compartment. The back part houses my 13" macbook pro while the top compartment holds my ssd drive and phone charger with room to spare. I drop this bag on the ground when setting it down and throw it in the rear seat of my SUV and there are absolutely no signs of rips or tears at all. Most importantly, it protects my gear from dings and scratches even during rough usage. I don't think I will need another camera bag again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Backpack with Plenty of Storage

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    morgrar
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    This is a great, sturdy, and good looking bag. It holds plenty for most people. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is the tablet pocket is a little too snug for a 10.5" iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard and I wish the pocket arrangement in the camera compartment was a bit better. I often struggle with the number of lenses I'd like to carry with me. The configuration isn't as flexible as I'd hope it to be, as the three varying sections aren't equal. The middle and bottom side are about the same width, but the top side is narrower eliminating the option of having a lens in there. But I'd imagine for most people that are looking for a camera bag that can also hold their laptop/tablet, and have pockets for other misc. items (chargers, cables, SD cards, etc.) this bag will easily serve them quite well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big. Bulky. Better.

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    TechNerd
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    I recently purchased both Nikon and Canon camera kits. The stock bags that came with these kits did not offer much equipment protection or security when in the field. The Fastpack 250 allows for rapid access to the camera with an attached lens when you're ready to shoot. Then it lets you easily put your equipment away to protect it from the elements. The pack is big and bulky, so my daughter got the Fastpack 150. Downside is that the main equipment area is not as configurable as I would like. This holds true for the 150 as well. Compact lenses are fine, but the top storage area needs to be used when packing a larger lens like the Sigma APO 70-200mm. The good news is that that case for the larger lens fits well in the top storage area. The laptop pocket is a great addition to this bag. I am spoiled being able to take everything in one kit. Well made, and overall, well thought out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good fit

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    Jeremy
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    I used this on multiple flights after purchasing. The layout of the padded section is a little odd to me but it gets the job done. A small section toward the top of the padded area doesnt actually fit a camera lens or camera, I just used it for external hard drives and filters. The laptop storage is nice and was easy to access. The top section fit two reasonably sized books and a pair of headphones easily. All in all, perfect for my needs. On most flights I carried an A7ii, 3 lenses, 3 external drives, 3 filters, a laptop, 2-3 books, laptop peripherals like mouse and charger, and a pair of bose qc35ii headphones in their case. There's still room for more. Also, I have a more rounded shoulder profile making a comfortable bag hard to find but there were no issues with this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend