After five years and three different camera bags I finally found one that does everything I want. The LowePro Stealth Reporter 400AW. Truly remarkable. Excellent size for my needs. Easy access to the contents. Great padded shoulder strap. Incredibly rugged. Excellent protection and lightweight. If you are looking for a bag that it truly functional check it out.
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Newfie - I'm using stealth reporter d650aw, bigger brother of 400aw and also think it's a great bag - generally I love lowepro bags for their durability and longlivity
I agree ! Lowepro make nice bags. I have been using a Computrack for years, and it can carry all my stuff: Two bodies, 4 lenses, flash, chargers, etc, and my MacBook Pro as well. However, I was contemplating their new rolling backpacks, but I could not believe the price they're asking for (The same applies to Thinktank too). So I went to the nearest supermarket and bought a light folding bagage trolley for a few euros and fastened my bag to it with two bungees. Not so practical as the built-in wheels, I admit, but it does the same job and saved me hundreds of euros which I spent on my new 10-24 instead :oD
We should ask blantonreed how he likes his new Think Tank backback !
I have a LowePro Stealth Reporter 400AW, good bag, I like the AW part of it. Eventually your shoulder starts to ache and I got a Slingshot 200 AW as well. Room for the camera gear but not much else.
I got the slingshot 200 AW and I really like it. But sometimes I'd need more space.
I'll probably keep this slingshot for a while but once I change, I'll consider the fastpack 250 or 350 AW or maybe the Slingshot 350 AW.
Next time I visit a store I'm gonna check the fastpacks out.. Do they have much space for extra junk?
I have several Lowepro bags, the Pro Mag II AW, Toploader 70 AW and several lens cases and pouches for flash and cables. I have had them now for a few years and have found all of them to work great.
I use the Pro Mag II AW for all of my gear and the Toploader 70 AW when I want to travel light. I think they have discontinued the Toploader 70 AW and replaced it with the Toploader Pro AW and from what I have seen I like the older model better.
Yeah, how is the Toploader 70? I'm thinking about getting a holster-type bag- I like hiding a small(-ish) camerabag inside my Jansport backpack. I know, I'm crazy, but I like being careful.
I have a D40, so I'm absolutely sure any bag will fit it. However, I want something a little larger, just in case I upgrade to a D90 or something.
The toploader series is great, but it def looks like a camera bag.
I used it for event photography with a 70-200 on a D200 and it fits PERFECT, with room to spare, and some great areas to stash memory cards, etc.
I also like the fact that it opens TOWARDS you, not away from you, so if you use it for traveling, you feel a tad more safe.
With that said, my event photography biz is taking a dive, so I'm not using it anymore :-(
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in it, lol!
Lowepros Toploader is a great bag, especially when You do any outdoor activity, as You can add the harnesses and wear it together with backpack.
As for the load capacity, it's simply great. D200+battery grip+70-200+sb800+24-70+sigmas 10-20+databank+all cords and power in one portable (heavy) pack (with two lens cases attached).
Generally i think Lowepro makes awesome bags, and what a huge selection to choose from!.
Normaly i use my Mp-1 tho,because it gives me what i need for my 200-400 or 600, but when i go macro'ing or on vacation i bring my slingshot 200 AW, it tends to get less heavy for my back because i cant shove as much crap in it =).
I have thought of getting the Stealth Reporter, but i don't know yet.
Many people seem extremely pleased with it.
The Lowepro Toploader 70 AW will work very well with your D40, but the Toploader 65 AW would probably be a better fit even with an upgrade to a D90. Just to give you an example I can fit a D300 with a AF-S DX 18-300mm VR lens and battery grip into the Toploader 65 AW. It is just a tiny bit snug, but it works so the D90 with same lens and battery grip would fit fine in the Toploader 65 AW.
If you are looking for more room to fit another small lens in the bottom or other accessories in then the Toploader 70 AW or 75 AW would be better.
I am not talking about the new Toploader Pro AW bags, I am talking about the older line. From what I have seen I do not like the newere line as much.
Alright, thanks. So what's the size of them? Larger the number, the bigger the bag?
And when did you get an 18-300 lens? Never heard of that one before. :D
akatsuki - as for Stealth Reporter I can highly recommend it, it's a great bag if You need to carry more than one camera and laptop, actually the only drawback I found with this bag is the lack of tripod support, apart from that it's a great bag
one thing ive found my 200AW to be missing is the ability to have my laptop with me.
I almoast always have my tripod with me, or my mono, but you can always use a old camera strap and mount that to your tripod to carry it like so.
I might just get the Stealth Reporter D650 just for the ability to bring my laptop with me in it, i hate carrying it seperately.
The Lowepro Toploader 75 AW is one of the few toploading bags that will hold a Nikon pro SLR body with the AF-S 70-200mm VR lens attached.
I have the stealth 400AW also, and I love it, I use it any time I need to carry more than one body and one lens. It's very durable, spent a year in Finland with me traveling around very often and is holding up fine!
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