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Feb 16, 2009 22:52 |  #1

Hello everybody, I received my Lowepro Classified 160 AW in the mail today, just in time for a trip up to Reno, Nevada. I thought I'd take some photos and post a quick review. Smaller images were used for quick browsing, each one is linked to a larger version.

I was looking for something that wouldn't stand out too much in a crowd, unlike my blue Flipside 200. The "Sepia" color also keeps it from looking too utilitarian.

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The outer material is nylon like all of Lowepro's offerings, but this nylon is thicker and looks more durable than anything on my other Lowepro bags. It also has some leather accents; the stripe running down the front, the handle and all the zipper pulls.

Sell 'N Send is running a promotion for a free neckstrap with bag purchase. I already have a Lowepro Voyager that I use and like so this was a nice bonus.
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Accessory pockets are under the front flap, they include an ID window and space for things like pens and paper. There's a key clasp, and at the end of that I found this bag's included card holder.
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The dollar bill is for reference only, it did not come with the bag as compensation for a good review.
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You can acutally jam alot into the front pockets... (Sigma EF-500 DG Super)
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The back of the bag has two pockets. The lower pocket houses the AW cover, and the upper pocket is small and thin, probably for a wallet or other small and thin items.
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As you can see, it dosn't fit the 50mm f/1.8 II well. I did this to give you an idea of how large it was.
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Canon EOS 7D EOS 5D Mark II EOS 40D PowerShot G10 | Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM EF 50mm f/1.4 USM EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 | Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX | Canon Speedlite 270 EX Speedlite 430 EX | Sigma EF 500 DG Super

  
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Feb 16, 2009 22:55 |  #2

The interior is interesting because it includes leather-tipped dividers. Lowepro's thinking is that these semi-rigid dividers are to support the camera to keep it at the top of the bag when longer lenses are not attached. The full set of dividers provided can be seen here. (external link)

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Full (sort of) 40D w/ mounted 70-200 f/2.8L IS, and a 50 f/1.4 at the bottom. The idea is to include a 16-35 II on top of the 50mm.
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I think the shoulder strap is worth mentioning. Metal buckles and plenty of padding, it also has some very grippy rubber non-slip on the bottom. The leather semi-circle, it's to keep camera straps from falling off your shoulder... I wouldn't trust it.
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Canon EOS 7D EOS 5D Mark II EOS 40D PowerShot G10 | Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM EF 50mm f/1.4 USM EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 | Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX | Canon Speedlite 270 EX Speedlite 430 EX | Sigma EF 500 DG Super

  
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Feb 16, 2009 22:56 |  #3

Nice review. Can you supply us with images of the camera inside the bag? How many lenses could fit in the bag?

The bag itself looks pretty nice.


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Feb 16, 2009 22:59 |  #4

That looks like a nice bag... very similar to the ThinkTank Urban Disguise series.


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Feb 16, 2009 23:09 |  #5

dissembled wrote in post #7341351 (external link)
Nice review. Can you supply us with images of the camera inside the bag? How many lenses could fit in the bag?

The bag itself looks pretty nice.

Here's the camera inside the bag. Not much to see really, it's standing on the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. The 50mm on the left is the 1/4 with hood attached (not reversed) and there's still plenty of room for another lens (my Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 EX EG fits on top with room for my Giottos Q-ball).

snails wrote in post #7341348 (external link)
Full (sort of) 40D w/ mounted 70-200 f/2.8L IS, and a 50 f/1.4 at the bottom. The idea is to include a 16-35 II on top of the 50mm.
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As for interior size and capacity, it can probably hold 2 70-200 f/2.8s in parallel with a large flash along side with the dividers or lens hoods removed. Realistically, it's meant to hold a 70-200 f/2.8 with camera attached and 2 lenses or 1 flash, and it certainly can do that with a little wiggle room. The zipper you see on the "front pockets" photo is actually an expansion zipper, I have no doubts someone could fit in more than what I've mentioned. I only have so many lenses to try to fill it with however.


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Feb 17, 2009 02:38 |  #6

Man...seeing that makes me glad I made one. The price is ridiculous for that thing like Think Tank as well. Looks like the Tamrac Pro 5.


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Feb 17, 2009 11:54 as a reply to  @ _aravena's post |  #7

Looks great... Thank you for the review!!! btw is it possible to place a gripped dslr pointing downward?




  
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Feb 18, 2009 02:11 as a reply to  @ noktosh's post |  #8

I had this bag for a little while. It held my gripped 50D with the 70-200 f/4 IS mounted (facing downwards), as well as the 17-85, and the 580EX II, along with a charger or two. Unfortunately, that was all it could hold. I wanted to make sure my bag would be able to accommodate a 3rd lens in the future, so I exchanged it for a Stealth Reporter D300. It leaves me a lot of room to grow, but I would still like a messenger-style bag, so I'll probably get the Classified 200 or a comparable bag sometime in the future.


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Feb 18, 2009 08:39 as a reply to  @ jonv112's post |  #9

Nice review. I have the Classified 140. The 160 was just too big for a quick outing, which is what I wanted.

I love the bag. It's built like a tank. It'll hold the 5D2 with a 24-105 lens and heavy Pacsafe 100 strap attached, and a 580 Speedlite. It's all I need for an evening out with the camera or a short walk thru the city. Very sturdy, very understated. Doesn't look like a camera bag. It's got fantastic depth, so that you can leave a lens on the body, and put it vertically in the bag.

On trips, I take all my gear in a Tamrac Expedition 5 backpack and the 140 packed in the suitcase. Unless I'm going out for landscape shots in the country, I pack the 140 up and use it during the day.

I bought it over the similar Thinktank, as the Classified is heavier-duty and better constructed, IMO. Sorry if I seem to be hijacking this thread, don't mean to. Just want to add praise to this series of bags.


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Feb 18, 2009 13:09 |  #10

snails wrote in post #7341348 (external link)
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does the butterfly knife come with it?:)

Good review. Would you happen to have pics of it being worn, for size and orientation?


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Feb 18, 2009 14:29 |  #11

Hangbot wrote in post #7353030 (external link)
Would you happen to have pics of it being worn, for size and orientation?

Hope this helps. Bigger bag is the 160, smaller one is the 140.

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Feb 18, 2009 15:14 |  #12

hi. is it able to hold a gripped xti or will it "bulge" and not maintain the square contour of the bag. looks very nice!

cheers!


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Feb 19, 2009 17:43 |  #13

Hangbot wrote in post #7353030 (external link)
does the butterfly knife come with it?:)

Huh, totally missed that I had that in one of the pictures. Good catch.

junji98 wrote in post #7353843 (external link)
hi. is it able to hold a gripped xti or will it "bulge" and not maintain the square contour of the bag. looks very nice!

cheers!

I'll have to check this out and get back to you.




  
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Feb 19, 2009 20:04 |  #14

Thanks TV - bags always seem perfect in the store, and then you try them on and realize how big they really are:)

Really great review Snails! I was looking into the Stealth Reporter, but think I may have to pick up a 160 now:D


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Feb 19, 2009 20:29 as a reply to  @ Hangbot's post |  #15

nice, I was looking for some shots of this, THANKS!


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