Lowepro Fastpack 200 – Review
The Lowepro Fastpack 200 is a small/medium camera backpack. It is capable of carrying a Mid-size DSLR with grip and standard zoom lens attached and has space for 2-4 lenses and a flash depending on internal configuration. The camera is quickly accessible by slipping off the right shoulder strap and swinging the bag round sling style. There is a good size pocket for accessories and personal gear at the top and a 2 smaller accessory pockets on the front.
The fastpack 200 is an ideal walk about bag and is my primary bag for photo walks and days out. I have been using this bag for about 6 months and have also travelled with it on several occasions. The shoulder straps are reasonably well padded but there is no waist belt or chest strap to help stabilise or distribute the load so if you ram it full of heavy gear it can get uncomfortable. The material and zips on the bag seem to be good quality, The buckles which hold down the front flap which covers the front pocket and stops the main compartment opening too far when swinging the bag to the side to access the camera are pretty low end but are still intact and close with a nice click. I have been caught out in the rain with this bag a few times and it seems reasonably water resistant, it is one of the few Lowepro bags that do not have the all-weather cover. SO far my gear has stayed dry and safe but I wouldn’t fancy using it in heavy or prolonged rain.
- Good padding to protect gear
- Quick access to camera without removing bag completely
- Lots of space for personal accessories (packed lunch on photo walk, book when traveling)
- Doesn’t have Lowepro’s excellent all-weather cover
- Could benefit from upgraded harness (waist belt etc.)
Over all I really like this bag for general purpose use and there’s not much I would change about it. If you want to get one check out the link here to amazon and help support this site.