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Lowepro Flipside200 Review

 
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Jul 03, 2008 01:55 |  #1

hi all,

i've been using the bag for the past couple weeks and am ready to give a mini-review.

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it's a small/medium sized pack that looks very compact but holds quite a bit as you'll see shortly. very comfortable, having the 2 straps instead of a sling style could save your shoulders on a long outing.

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i love the back opening for the security factor. i shoot in clubs/parties so i have no worries about my keys/wallet/personals that i throw into the bag as i use my camera. that peace of mind factor is worth the price of the bag alone. the padding is comfortable and the workmanship of the bag is top notch.

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this is my current and most used bag setup for club/party events. i can hold the camera + 3 lenses + 1 flash + accessories/biz cards/hoods/batteries/​etc. + i attached a strap so i can loop my monopod to the bag when i need it.

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comfortable, compact & cheap.

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the hands-free aspect of the bag is great too .. comfortable and it never feels like the bag is going to fall. i can even do my lens changes/setup on the bag itself as it acts as a steady platform. great design.

so i've used this bag mainly for shooting clubs/events and its done a great job. it's small in form but it carries a surprisingly large amount of gear. i can even fit a 70-200mm with a little readjusting. i feel secure using it and it protects my gear very well.

i paid $60 shipped from adorama and that's a great deal .. it's a tremendous bag for the price as long as you aren't disappointed that it can't carry more!

im going to look at more lowepro stuff in the future for larger setups/notebook bags ... great quality stuff. :)

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Jul 03, 2008 02:10 |  #2

Nice review. Do you think it could be configured to hold a body w/70-200 attached, 1 other lens and a flash?


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Jul 03, 2008 07:02 |  #3

jseivert wrote in post #5839645 (external link)
Do you think it could be configured to hold a body w/70-200 attached, 1 other lens and a flash?

Just wha i was thinking.


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Jul 03, 2008 14:50 |  #4

jseivert wrote in post #5839645 (external link)
Nice review. Do you think it could be configured to hold a body w/70-200 attached, 1 other lens and a flash?

you'd be able to squeeze in the 50mm but anything bigger wouldn't work with the 70-200 attached.

detached you could probably fit the tamron in although it'd be a tight fit.


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Nov 16, 2009 21:49 |  #5

seekphotography wrote in post #5839608 (external link)
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nice idea on the hands free. Now I can get my camera with ease.




  
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Nov 16, 2009 23:40 |  #6

Nice review pictures. I have the bigger brother...the 300 and love it. However, I'm beginning to find it small and thinking of upgrading to the 400 sometime soon.


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Feb 08, 2010 14:41 |  #7

Jeff wrote in post #5839645 (external link)
Nice review. Do you think it could be configured to hold a body w/70-200 attached, 1 other lens and a flash?

Just adding to this thread. I got my Flipside 200 last week and absolutely love it. To answer the above question, it easily fits my 40D with 70-200 f/4IS attached, plus my Tamron 28-75, Canon 60 macro and Speedlite. There's even a bit of room to spare.

I've tried several bags over the last year, and this is my favourite by far. It's very comfortable to carry even for long periods, and I love having access to my gear without taking the bag off my back. The "flip" feature is very useful in Canada's snowy and often slushy winter weather when you can't just put the bag on the ground. There aren't many outings when I'll need more than three lenses and a flash. The Flipside 200 is as close to a perfect bag as I've found so far.


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Feb 08, 2010 15:06 |  #8

ceegee wrote in post #9567874 (external link)
Just adding to this thread. I got my Flipside 200 last week and absolutely love it. To answer the above question, it easily fits my 40D with 70-200 f/4IS attached, plus my Tamron 28-75, Canon 60 macro and Speedlite. There's even a bit of room to spare.

I've tried several bags over the last year, and this is my favourite by far. It's very comfortable to carry even for long periods, and I love having access to my gear without taking the bag off my back. The "flip" feature is very useful in Canada's snowy and often slushy winter weather when you can't just put the bag on the ground. There aren't many outings when I'll need more than three lenses and a flash. The Flipside 200 is as close to a perfect bag as I've found so far.

Do you think a 5D + 70-200f4IS, 24-70, 100 macro + 580ex would fit?


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Feb 08, 2010 17:44 |  #9

plasticmotif wrote in post #9568054 (external link)
Do you think a 5D + 70-200f4IS, 24-70, 100 macro + 580ex would fit?

I'd say it might be a bit of a squeeze. The problem would be the 24-70, which is pretty big. I think you could probably get the 5D, 70-200, 24-70 and the flash in there quite easily, but not the macro lens. You'd need to try it out at the store to be sure, though. However, all your gear would fit into the Flipside 300, which I also have and like.


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Feb 09, 2010 03:37 |  #10

I was all set on a fastpack until this thread. I didn't know you could do the whole hands free thing here. That is pretty damn cool.

Just when I thought I had my mind made up. You come and pull me back in!




  
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Feb 09, 2010 09:41 |  #11

Jeff wrote in post #5839645 (external link)
Nice review. Do you think it could be configured to hold a body w/70-200 attached, 1 other lens and a flash?

Youd probably want the 300 for that. Thats why I went with 300 instead.


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Feb 09, 2010 13:29 |  #12

ben_r_ wrote in post #9573651 (external link)
Youd probably want the 300 for that. Thats why I went with 300 instead.

Actually it would depend which lenses. See my post above; I can easily fit my 40D with 70-200 (F/4IS) attached, plus two other lenses and a flash. It's snug but very workable. If the 70-200 were a f/2.8 IS, I would guess there would only be room for one other lens and a flash.


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Mar 10, 2010 23:00 |  #13
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hey do you think the flipside 200 would fit my 50D + 24-105mm and my gf's T1i+50mm1.8?


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Mar 11, 2010 12:31 |  #14

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hey do you think the flipside 200 would fit my 50D + 24-105mm and my gf's T1i+50mm1.8?

It will if you keep the T1i and 50 separated. The main thing I don't like about this bag is that Lowepro cheaped out on the interior velcro and gives only one narrow strip to attach the main divider. So I have the same complaint about it that I had with my Slingshot - the interior isn't customizable. I also don't like the way the tripod attachment works. When you have the pouch deployed, it sits below the bottom of the bag, so that you can't really set it down.

What I like best about the bag, that the OP already touched on, is the security. There's no way anyone can rip off anything out of the main compartment without your knowledge when you're wearing it. However, with my need to carry two bodies with lenses attached, I'm going to have to replace it. The volume of the bag can take what I need to put in it, if only the center divider could be moved around a bit.




  
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Mar 11, 2010 15:14 |  #15

In the pictures when you are hands free, how is the bag attached to yourself? Is there something I am missing?


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