Lowepro Outback 300AW Modular Beltpack
I thought for this post I would talk about a piece of equipment that I own.
In the image below is the Lowepro Outback 300 AW Black Beltpack. I got this bag when I started doing more portraits and event photography. I needed a smaller bag due to the fact that I would be in areas where space would be limited and the amount of gear I will have with me will be confined to the minimum to get the job done.
The bag has two lens cases attached to the main compartment. These side cases will fit small to medium lenses, like the 17-40mm f4 L lens, or 85mm f1.2 L lens. With these lenses you will have to take off their hoods and put them on top of the lens. You could put the 70-200 f4 or the 2.8 version of the lens in the side cases but without the hood and minus the tripod mount. Even without the hood and the tripod mount the lenses are a snug fit.
The main compartment of the beltpack can fit one Pro DSLR with a 100-400mm 4.5-5.6 L lens attached with it’s hood. in addition you can fit 3-4 more lenses and a flash in the main compartment. The bag comes with lens dividers that can be used to cushion the lenses if you want to stack them. The bag comes with a rain cover that when not in use fits neatly under the bag in a small pocket. The rain cover snugly fits over the bag including the external lens cases and can be quickly removed.
There is a back pocket that you can store smaller items like business cards, memory cards, cables for your camera and a small external hard drive. All of theses items can fit neatly in separate holders, and will stay put if the bag gets turned over during transport.
As the name suggest the bag has a belt that clips around your waist, that works well with the shoulder strap. When carrying the bag during an all day shoot the waist belt takes a bit of the wait off your shoulder. That being said, you will feel the weight of the bag depending on how many lenses or other accessories are in the bag. I would like to see a thicker shoulder pad on future bags of this kind, to make the shooting experience a more pleasant one for both you and your back.
I hope this review of the Lowepro Outback 300AW Modular Beltpack has been helpful to you. If you are considering buying one go to a camera store and try one out. The cost of the bag is $109.95 from either B and H photo and video and Amazon.com