Lowepro Fastpack 100 - review

Product Highlights:
Water-resistant Backpack
Side Entry Camera Compartment
180° Access Panel
Fits D-SLR Camera Kit
Adjustable Dividers

The Lowepro Fastpack 100 Backpack (Red/Black) is a lightweight, comfortable pack made to carry a digital SLR camera, lenses, flash and accessories. It is made from a tough, water-resistant 420 denier nylon outer fabric that protects the equipment from moisture and abrasion. There are side-entry compartments that provide fast access to the equipment. Customize the easy-to-access main compartment with adjustable dividers. It has an ergonomic backpack harness, and a carry strap on the top.

Tough, water-resistant 420 denier nylon backpack protects digital photo equipment from moisture and abrasionSide entry camera compartment provides easy access to equipment and accessories180° access panel allows you to easily work from the bag while wearing itAdjustable dividers provide protection, and a customized fit that’s easy to loadSecurity flap provides additional protection to outer compartmentsPockets
Outer accessory pockets with fast access to large accessories
Harness pocket for quick access to MP3 player or mobile phone
Mesh side pocket keeps a water bottle or other personal items readily accessible
Built-in memory card holder
Uses attachment loops for optional SlipLock add-on accessoriesCarrying Options
Air mesh padded backpack harness provides enhanced comfort, moisture wicking and ergonomic support
Carry strap

The Review:
This bag is pretty cool. I used this pack for my trip to Washington, D.C.
Easy and lightweight; It held most of my camera accessories, but there weren’t enough padded pockets for more lenses. You could fit one D/SLR body and one lens kit in the main camera compartment; the rest of the pockets are good for camera accessories for one camera.

I used the pack to carry my Canon DSLR, Holga 120N, Konica C35 EF, and the Fisheye 2.

The top compartment is an open storage area; open meaning no individual padded pockets. This is where I kept the other 3 cameras. The way I arranged them, they fit pretty snug. Inside, there is a also small pouch, 2 pen holders, and a mesh pocket along the interior back. On the front side of the top compartment is an extra small storage area. This pocket was perfect for extra film BUT depending on what you have inside the top pocket (like my 3 cameras) the film kinda made it hard to fit my cameras. I had about 4 other 35mm film rolls in it. On the side of the pack is a small mesh pocket which could hold a small tripod or umbrella. This helped a lot when it rained.

On the straps, there is a clip-on line for extra hold and a small (I really do mean small) pocket for anything small. I put my headphones and my backup memory card in it. It’s too small for my iPhone, but maybe not to small for other style of cellphones.

For the main camera compartment, my Canon DSLR camera body with my standard/medium lens fit fine. You could also store either a flash unit or one other small lens kit; depending on the layout of the soft padding. It can be moved around as they are lined with velcro. Though, I wouldn’t move the original layout. It’s perfect enough. Inside the main compartment is also two spaces made especially for extra memory cards. In front of the main compartment is a small pocket; I used it for extra batteries. Quite essential is a cover flap over that pocket to further protect anything in it should it fall out I guess…

The part I didn’t like was the advertising: “Fastpack.” There really isn’t anything fast about it. I still had to maneuver my pack to open the flap then unzip. it took a while to that. plus, i had to keep the bag leveled so that my camera won’t fall out as soon as I opened it. When I finally took the camera out, I had to zip the pack up again which took just as much time as taking the camera out. So…I don’t see how this is a “fast” pack. Unless, maybe if you store the main camera in the top compartment and the different lens in the bottom…but in my case I tried to bring 3 other small point-and-shoot cameras so the bottom compartment was strictly for my DSLR. The term “fast” might different from person to person.

Overall, I think this pack is fine if you wanna bring one camera. The small mesh pocket on the side is great for a foldable tripod and/or a small umbrella. I liked this pack but I needed more room for more gear, so I returned it and bought the CompuDaypack; it has a lot more room and holds my 13” MacBook. It can hold a notebook as big as a 17”. The Daypack is just $10 more.

Thanks for reading (:

written by itsdebraanne on 2011-04-03