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Lowepro DSLR fastpack 250 AW vs 350 AW - thoughts?

 
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Dec 05, 2012 22:12 |  #1

All - I'm upgrading from a few things and a small holster bag, to some larger things and I need a bigger bag that is more functional. I really like what I see on the fastpack AW series from lowepro and the price is better than other brands. I am just wondering the actual real difference in use between the 350 AW versus the 250 AW. I have...

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maybe the occasional laptop carrying

From my read the 250 seems like it will work for me and my current setup. But there's always the nagging feeling that should I buy a slightly larger bag as I grow into my gear a little more. Is there any major difference between the 350 and the 250 that I'm not seeing? Has anyone out there own one (or hopefully even both)?


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Dec 05, 2012 23:03 |  #2

Get the big bag. It's always better to have extra space than not enough space.
I bought a Lowepro Flipside 500 and I thought it will be so big since it is designed for a 500mm and I only have a 200L F/2 but with that and a gripped 5D3, I can only put about 3 small L lenses, flash and small laptop.




  
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Dec 06, 2012 02:10 |  #3

The 250 will fit everything, however you will want a bigger bag. I had a 250, quickly sold it for a Vertex 200.


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Dec 06, 2012 12:14 |  #4

I don't agree with getting the bigger bag. Not necessarily at least. Yah, you will acquire more gear. No denying that. But will you NEED to carry that additional gear all the time? I've got more equipment that I can think of, but do I need all of it with me all of the time? No. I have a Fastpack 200 (don't need the laptop sleeve) and like it bc it forces me to choose what gear to bring with me.

But maybe you do need all your gear all the time. In that case, sure, get the bigger bag.


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Dec 06, 2012 12:22 |  #5

I have kind of two issues. Storage while at home, and carrying around stuff. Honestly part of the bag functionality will simply be storage while at home (don't have a huge house, and have kids etc). So maybe it's looking like the larger one.


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Dec 08, 2012 09:25 |  #6

nccb wrote in post #15334019 (external link)
I have kind of two issues. Storage while at home, and carrying around stuff. Honestly part of the bag functionality will simply be storage while at home (don't have a huge house, and have kids etc). So maybe it's looking like the larger one.

Try to see them in person, I had the 350 and it's a big bag to use all the time.


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Jan 19, 2013 14:57 |  #7

I too am looking at the Lowepro 250 vs the 350. I have a Canon 7D gripped with 18-200, Sigma 500DG, batteries and water bottle that I will be carrying most of the time. Maybe twice a year, when my daughters are performing,m I will need to carry a second DSLR with a 70-200 L series lens.

Looking to also use the bag when I go on trips where I need to carry some personal items in the bag, tour books, map and maybe a laptop and one the 7D without the separate flash.




  
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Jan 19, 2013 15:31 |  #8

I ended up going w the 250. It was perfect for my needs. Does everything I need it to and has spare capacity. Fits a 15" MacBook Pro perfectly as well.


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Jan 19, 2013 17:37 as a reply to  @ nccb's post |  #9

Will the 250 accommodate a 7D/5D with a 70-200 2.8 IS II mounted?


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Jan 19, 2013 18:27 |  #10

Will the Fastpack 250 accommodate the 7D with the battery Grip? Is there a couple of versions of the Fastpack? I see a Video version too, not sure the difference.




  
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Jan 19, 2013 19:00 |  #11

Let me see if I can post some pics. I don't have a 7D or 70-200 but it feels like you should be ok.


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Jan 19, 2013 19:08 |  #12

sffire wrote in post #15509645 (external link)
Will the Fastpack 250 accommodate the 7D with the battery Grip? Is there a couple of versions of the Fastpack? I see a Video version too, not sure the difference.

There's a fastpak 250 and a DSLR video fastpak 250aw. The video one is a little newer model with a few added things, slightly modified design, all weather cover. I got the video one and have already used the aw cover a few times.

Some info here...
http://www.robgalbrait​h.com …age.asp?cid=7-11666-11969 (external link)


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Jan 19, 2013 19:18 |  #13

Looks like 70-200 is 8" long right? If so, then it would be close. I think you'd be wise to find one in person or order from amazon for the flexible return just in case.

Grip? Not sure. Here are a few pics of my 5d3 and a few lenses.

https://skydrive.live.​com …&authkey=!AIkxm​4KADmy0Lws (external link)


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Jan 19, 2013 19:31 |  #14

Thanks guys, I'll take a look. I like the idea of a weather cover, just in case of rain. Maybe twice a year, I would rent the 70-200 lens, I normally have the 18-200.

How does Lowepro compare with Tamrac. I have had my tamrac for 30 years now it is time to upgrade to a DSLR bag so I don't have to worry about losing memory cards.




  
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Jan 23, 2013 22:30 |  #15

My 70-200 does fit in my 250 with my gripped 7D attached. I can't fit my 24-70 with hood in the camera compartment though. I'm considering the 350 to see if that could accommodate both.


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