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Thursday
Aug052010

Lowepro Flipside 400aw Camera Bag Review Video

I've progressed through several camera bags now, and depspite some initial misgivings, the Lowepro Flipside 400AW is probably my favourite. You just can't beat a bag that fits so much stuff inside - if photo bags were judged purely on capacity, the 400aw would be the hands-down winner in any comparison test.

We do however live in the real world, where some of us use dSLR's, and others Compact Cameras, so the 400aw isn't for everybody. Only consider this camera bag if you've got (or will be getting) a lot of camera gear that you'll want to take with you all at once. This is a big bag, with room for a couple of bodies, lots of lenses, flashes, batteries, memory cards and loads of other bits and pieces.

As you can see in the video, I've got quite a lot of gear in my Lowepro at the moment:

Canon 350d with 28mm EF lens, 50mmEF  lens, 35-105mm EF lens, 75-300mm EF lens, 29mm Pentacon, 135mm Helios, 200mm Hanimex, Lensbaby Composer (with wide-angle converter), Extension Tubes, Tele-Converter (m42), spare batteries, memory cards, small tripod, Polarizer, lens-cleaning cloths, m42-EF adapter, Remote Shutter Release, Hi-Viz waist-coat and spare body and lens caps!

I've still got plenty of room in the the 400aw's front section, for flashes, wallet and phone, and there's enough space in the main section to put a battery-grip on my 350d and probably another lens. I've got a spare side pocket and numerous straps and clips that I could attach  all kinds of things to.

As I say in the video, with all this photographic equipment in the Lowepro 400AW, I though it would be a literal pain in the neck to carry, but after using it in anger several times I can confidently report that when carried using both straps this photo bag is very comfortable to use .

The Lowepro flipside design means that getting at you kit is more complicated than on the Lowepro Photo-Runner, but that is a security feature, and doesn't seem to bother me at the moment, however I could see the problem of swapping lenses in the rain...

Which brings me to the one of the features I missed - the rain-cover that is hidden away on the bottom of the bag. When the weather becomes more than a light drizzle, whip out the cover and your Lowe pro 400 is water-proof, but you'll then find it a little difficult to get at the front pocket.

There is no perfect photo-bag, we need different bags for different shooting situations, but the Lowepro Flipside 400aw is a great bag if you need a lot of space and all-day comfort. Recommended!

Get a Flipside 400aw from Amazon.com in the USA,

or get this great camera bag from Amazon.co.uk in the UK.

Thanks, Rob.

Reader Comments (5)

Now that You have used the Flipside 400 for some time, would You still recommend buying one?
A net store here in Finland sells one for 89,99€, which looks like pretty reasonable price for good camera back bag.

November 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSami

The 400aw is a great bag, but I'd also look at the smaller slingshot type bags, they're a little more practical.

December 2, 2010 | Registered CommenterRob_Nunn

Hi Robb, I've been searching the net just to understant if there is any room in the front pocket to transport a small notebook like the ASUS eeepc.

Is there?

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoao Mourao

You may be able to squeeze eeepc to the front pocket, but if it fits there, it'll be very tight. Also there is no padding for stuff in that front pocket and because the location of the opening to the main compartment, the bag pack spends lot of time with the front pocket against ground or bench or what ever. I would not put anything fragile in the front pocket of this pack.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSami

Hi,

I'd have to agree with Sami, there's better bags out there for small laptops. Check out the lowepro FASTPACK range of ruck sacks.

Cheers, Rob.

May 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterRob_Nunn

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