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Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack Work with Gripped Cameras?

 
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Dec 28, 2010 10:00 |  #1

I am looking to purchase a Lowepro pro runner 350 AW for my Gripped 50D and a few lenses.. I would normally go into my local store to do reaserch on camera bags, But i have no time right now and i need a bag this week. Does anybody use this backpack with a 50D or any xxd series bodys with a grip? Do you like it?............

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Dec 28, 2010 10:12 |  #2

I'm about to get the same bag. Interested in this thread.


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Dec 28, 2010 15:20 |  #3

It does not. It puts WAY too much pressure on the prism.

Besides that ONE detail, that bag is PERFECT for what I need. But that ONE detail is enough for me to not get it.


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Dec 28, 2010 15:58 |  #4

I own the 450, and carry my 5d Mark II gripped in there, with no problems at all. I love that bag!!!!


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Dec 28, 2010 18:29 |  #5

There is a huge difference between the Pro Runner 350 Vs 450. The 350 specs are: INTERIOR 11.2W x 4.5D x 15.2H in. whereas the 450 specs are: INTERIOR 12.2W x 6.7D x 18.5H in. The critical question asked by the OP regards the depth of the bag, 4.5 Vs 6.7". Most gripped camera bodies are just over 6" tall meaning that the gripped camera will be 1.5" too tall to fit inside the Pro Runner 350 while upright but there is room to spare in the 450. One would have to lay the camera body down with a pancake lens on it.


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Dec 28, 2010 18:31 |  #6

There is a huge difference between the Pro Runner 350 Vs 450. The 350 specs from the Lowepro website are: INTERIOR 11.2W x 4.5D x 15.2H in. whereas the 450 specs are: INTERIOR 12.2W x 6.7D x 18.5H in. The critical question asked by the OP regards the depth of the bag, 4.5 Vs 6.7". Most gripped camera bodies are just over 6" tall meaning that the gripped camera will be 1.5" too tall to fit inside the Pro Runner 350 while upright but there is room to spare in the 450. One would have to lay the camera body down with a pancake lens on it.
Measure your gripped camera body height to make sure it will fit in the bag you purchase.


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Dec 28, 2010 18:53 as a reply to  @ Mike K's post |  #7

If you use the bag configuration wizard on the lowepro site you'll find that the 350AW isn't meant for gripped bodies. I made this mistake - forget to check off grip when selecting my equipment on the checklist.
In a way I'm glad I made the mistake - the extra depth of a larger bag like the 450 would make fitting in overhead bins difficult I think. Maybe only a problem if you have a laptop in there I'm not sure.
I remove my grips and they fit quite well in a spot that really wouldn't be getting used for anything else.
I was also a little surprised to find that a 75-300 is a little too tall to stand vertically in the 350AW and wastes a lot of space when laying horizontally.
Don't get me wrong - I really like the 350AW overall.


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Jun 01, 2011 23:21 |  #8

I have 60D gripped in the bag with no issue

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Jun 01, 2011 23:55 |  #9

snapshot2011 wrote in post #12520116 (external link)
I have 60D gripped in the bag with no issue

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I disagree. Yes, it physically fits. Yes, you can zip the bag shut without struggling. Is it a good fit? I don't think so at all. Is a gripped camera being well-protected in the 350? I don't think so.
Lay the bag on a flat surface. Put the gripped camera in the bag. If the top of the prism is above the zipper on the side of the bag it's too tall.
Put a laptop in the back compartment and repeat the above experiment. I'll bet the camera is now sitting out of the bag by 1-1.5 inches. Not good.
Fine if it never goes anywhere but from your house to your car perhaps but not suitable for regular airline travel or rough service.

Personally I'm now a little sorry that I bought the 350. I've outgrown it already and I think I should have bought a Pelican instead and kept my 2 existing Mountain Smith bags for lighter loads.


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Jun 02, 2011 00:21 |  #10

I have two gripped 7Ds in a 350 with no issue.

I put them in on their side (CF card door-side up). That makes it easier to grab them and roll, makes it so I can take a card out of them without pulling the camera out and it's better for your lens mount, too, if you're putting them away with a lens on.

I love my 350.

My roommate also has a 350 and have a gripped Nikon D300s and a gripped D700 in it with no problem either.


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Aug 18, 2011 13:50 |  #11

I've a well-worn LowePro CompuDaypack that I take everywhere, typically stuffed snug with an 11" Alienware m11x laptop; gripped 30D or 7D body; Tokina 11-16mm, Canon 24-105mm and Canon 100-400mm lenses. Taken it to Alaska, out west, Iceland, Southeast Asia, Southern Africa, just about everywhere. Great bag. Takes a beating.

I also have a larger Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW. I intentionally chose it in lieu of the 450, even though the latter (as mentioned above) fits a gripped body far better, for carry-on airline travel. I planned to install the grips in country, then break down again for the flight home.

I'd love to use the 350 AW instead of the CompuDaypack to cart an extra body on photo vacations, and I do for road trips. Yet for longer travels, I'm always worried it won't meet specs and will be shunted into the checked area of the plane. So at the last minute, I invariably decide to stick with the proven CompuDaypack. It's still a great design, but it has no room for anything else.

Anyone have positive experiences to relate getting the 350 AW bag on flights? Has anyone had problems getting the 350 AW on a plane?

I'm heading for Kenya in the Fall, Virgin Atlantic, Dulles to Heathrow and Heathrow to Nairobi, on large Airbus A340-300/A340-600 planes. I wouldn't try it on Alaskan bush planes, but these are roomy cabins.


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Aug 18, 2011 13:58 |  #12

I'm glad somebody brought this thread back up, I've been wanting to add my latest two cents.


I've been carrying two gripped 7Ds and one 1D mkIII in my 350 all summer.

So, yes, the 350 does still fit gripped bodies. Three of them.


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Aug 20, 2011 23:31 |  #13

Sam6644 wrote in post #12520414 (external link)
I put them in on their side (CF card door-side up).

Sam6644, did you hear the slap to the forehead from where you are? I just tried it and it fits so much nicer, voila! Thanks for the tip.


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Aug 21, 2011 00:11 |  #14

Haha! no problem.


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Aug 21, 2011 09:42 |  #15

Yes, it fits perfectly. When you store a body (gripped or not) in portrait position it makes it so much easier to store and retrieve.


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