The Lowepro DSLR Video Pack 250 AW is an offshoot of the original Fastpack bags introduced back in 2007. The overall design of the bag works the same; however, there are some tweaks and updates to cater to video shooters and just improve the bag as a whole.
Whether you are shooting photos or video, the DSLR Video Fastpack 250 AW is a great backpack for toting a variety of gear.
I’m pretty mobile, so my 15″ MacBook Pro goes everywhere with me. The DSLR Video Fastpack 250 AW is a perfect fit for the 15″ MacBook Pro, while the 150 AW holds the 13″ MacBook Pro and the 350 AW handles the 17″ MacBook Pro.
I like the how the bag loads laptops from a top zippered compartment, rather than some bags that want to load from the side. I leave a small USB dongle plugged in all the time for my Logitech trackball, and it can sometimes get hung on bags where I load my MacBook from the side. This isn’t the case with the Lowepro bag, which leaves my Mac quickly accessible and free from hanging up on a zipper or lip if I were to otherwise try to load it sideways.
If you aren’t familiar with the Lowepro Fastpack series, the big feature is a dual compartment setup for cameras and lenses in one compartment and “other stuff” in a separate compartment. As a day bag, the new Lowepro line makes good use of this.
The camera compartment is easily accessible while leaving the bag on one shoulder and swinging it around to your front. you can then half-unzip the camera compartment and safely retrieve a DSLR with lens attached. There’s a safety strap in place to prevent you from unzipping the compartment too far and risk losing expensive lenses to a nasty fall.
If you happen to need more gear though, you can just slip the bag off your shoulders, and unlatch the safety strap. Then you can access the entire camera/lens compartment. It will hold a DSLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached, along with a couple of lenses and/or flashes. If you go smaller than a 70-200mm f/2.8, you can likely get 3-4 additional lenses in there beyond your basic camera and lens kit.
The top compartment on the Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 250 AW will hold any number of accessories or other items you want to tote along. It falls short of handling an iPad or a full-size notebook; however, there is plenty of room for video accessories, as the product name implies. I found myself stuffing 2-3 external hard drives, my Sony MDR-7506 headphones, and Logitech trackball in there on many occasions.
There are pouches for pens, business cards, and the like in the top compartment. There is a zippered pouch for containing loose items. Additionally, there is a nice cable organizer that is a self-contained case, which zippers close and is secured under an elastic band at the base of the top compartment.
On the outside of the Lowepro bag, there is a tripod pouch and strap on one side of the bag. There is also a nice little side pouch, which I have confirmed will hold at least two 12-ounce cans of Mountain Dew (I’m sure it will do water bottles too). Likewise, there is an external zippered pouch on the top compartment cover that is handy for holding quick access items like boarding passes and whatnot.
All in all, the Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 250 AW is a great camera backpack. It holds a mid-size kit along with plenty of small accessories. There is a lot for a DSLR user to love in this camera bag. Additional details and specs available on Lowepro’s website.
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