After buying the Canon 100-400 zoom lens, which is rather large, I realized my camera bags were too small. None could hold both the lens and my Canon XSi, let alone anything else.
It’s important that I can carry all my gear on photo trips, including the camera with zoom lens attached. It’s equally important to be able to get to all the gear with relative ease.
I considered several camera bags made by a number of companies, including various Slings. After extensive research, I decided to get the Lowepro Flipside 400 AW. The bag is lightweight and made with care, and has everything I need and more.
Comfortable to carry fully loaded
Lowepro Flipsides are more comfortable than sling style camera bags, especially for some women. These bags are designed to be loaded from the part that’s against your back, opposite to how many others are designed.
In addition to providing extra security, the design allows the pack to be swung to the front and opened without removing the bag. Generous padding of straps and the waist belt makes carrying the bag comfortable with everything loaded.
Room for plenty of gear
The Flipside 400 AW has adjustable dividers that allow for custom organization within the main compartment. It holds my camera and four lenses with room to spare. The camera with the 100-400 lens attached and the lens hood reversed fit into the bag just fine. The pack is deep enough to easily carry the camera with the camera grip attached too.
I can swing the bag around, open the zippers and remove my camera and lens for a “quick” shot. It has several zippered compartments to carry spare cards, batteries and other accessories. It also has pockets for items such as keys, money and side pockets for water bottles. There are extra straps on top to attach a jacket if you wish.
The 400 AW has a cleverly hidden tripod holder, which can be used when I want to carry a tripod or monopod. It also has a built-in All Weather (AW) cover that can be wrapped around the entire bag for protection when it rains.
I’ll be using Lowepro Flipside 400 AW for a very long time. I recommend it to any photographer who travels and needs to keep their gear secure yet close enough to capture a shot in a moment.