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Lowepro Protactic 450 AW

 
Fast351
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Mar 01, 2017 16:30 |  #1

So my wife and I recently traveled to Saint Lucia for a winter vacation. We actually scheduled a guided photo tour with a photographer there, so I wanted to make sure I could bring both our cameras, and we also just got a GoPro for shooting underwater while SCUBA diving, so that needed to come with. Additionally, I always bring my laptop so I can upload pictures as we go, both for backup purposes and to keep family in the loop as we enjoy the warmth of the Caribbean!

Anyway, I initially ordered the 350AW size of this bag, and while it was nice, it just BARELY didn't fit my Dell laptop with a 13.3" screen (it's advertised as holding a 13" laptop, and they weren't kidding, not a millimeter bigger).

The 450, while a little bigger, fit everything just right.

My list of gear hauled in this bag:

Dell Latitude 3330
Canon SL1 with 18-55 EF-S attached
Canon 55-250
Canon 70D with 17-55 EF-S attached
Canon 24-105L
Canon 35/2.0
Tokina 11-16
Speedlite 430II flash
B&W 77 polarizer
4 hoods for lenses
4 batteries + charger for SL1
3 batteries + charger for 70D
GoPro Hero5
GoPro SuperSuit housing
GoPro housing handle

Miscellaneous cables and flash cards and thumb drives.

The total weight of the pack was 22#. It isn't something I'd want to haul around while hiking but it worked great for getting the gear down there safely on the plane. I brought a small Adorama slinger bag for daily use.

The good:

Very secure system, hardish shell, fit great in overhead bins, stored lots of stuff, relatively comfortable to carry (as comfortable as a 22# backpack can be anyway).

The bad:

Kind of expensive ($180). The bag itself weighs a couple pounds, so heavy for hiking use. The access to the lenses is awkward since it goes through a panel that faces your back.

I would definitely buy it again! It will be my haul gear bag for all future trips, but you need a day bag for walking around.

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bigVinnie
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Mar 03, 2017 10:49 |  #2

Thank you for posting this. I was JUST looking at this very pack.

I currently have a Lowepro Slingshot 302. I hate it. Not really a backpack, not really a shoulder bag. Since I now use my iPad pro a lot to shoot with it really doesn't do much for me.

Sounds like the 350 might be just the ticket. Do you know if the mounting system is standard Molle? Lowepro just calls it sliplock.


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fplstudio
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Mar 10, 2017 00:45 |  #3

Got the same few weeks ago for my birthday and like it a lot. The only issue I can complain about is the excessive weight of the backpack itself.
The biggest plus are the unexpected comfort for such a huge bag and the 3 way access (top, sides, back). I highly recommend it, particularly if you carry long lenses (70-200 2.8 ii, 100-400 ii, 150-600s)


Canon 5Ds R | 16-35 4L IS | 24-105 4L IS | 70-200 4L IS | 100-400 4.5-5.6L IS ii | 14 2.8 Samy | 35 1.4 Art | 85 1.8 | 135 2L | EXT 1.4X II | AD200 | V860ii-C | 2x TT600

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MiamiC70
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Mar 10, 2017 20:18 as a reply to bigVinnie's post |  #4

Get the 450 AW if you will use with a gripped body otherwise will not fit in a 350 AW.

MOLLE is not standard but close enough. It is a hybrid of MOLLE and LowePro MOS system.




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bigVinnie
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Mar 11, 2017 10:32 |  #5

Good info. I've been scouring youtube for info on this thing. I'm glad you said that about the 350. I was thinking about going with that one.

Most complaints I've seen have been about the weight of the bag and the straps being a little thin on the padding.


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Apr 21, 2017 15:40 |  #6

I've had this bag for several months, thought I was having an issue with my camera being too tall for the bag and it was true but only because I left the L bracket on the gripped body. Without the L bracket it fits perfectly fine. I think that is similar for most bags I assume


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Anandnra
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Jul 26, 2017 08:08 |  #7

I have this as well and use it for storing most of my equipment. It's a bit big to tote around. I generally use smaller one for travel taking only what I think I might need on the trip.




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