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Lowepro Nova 170 AW

Written by Gail Bjork

I wanted a bag large enough to hold my photo equipment and accessories, yet small enough that it doesn’t feel like I’m carting around a piece of luggage.

lowepro camera bagGetting back into owning a single lens reflex camera can be an expensive proposition. I certainly didn’t want to skimp on the camera bag that protects my gear!

Soon after purchasing my first digital SLR, the Canon XSi/450D, I found myself buying a second lens and accessories such as higher capacity secure digital memory cards, filters, a lens hood…you get the picture.

My requirements for a camera bag

My very old, well-used and loved Domke bag is not padded enough to protect delicateelectronic equipment. Besides getting a well-padded bag, I wanted on large enough to hold my photo equipment and accessories, yet small enough that it doesn’t feel like I’m carting around a piece of luggage.

The Lowepro Nova 170 AW fits my requirements perfectly!

Nova 170 - insideIt holds my XSi with the kit lens attached, my Canon 55-250mm IS lens, charger, some memory cards, cables and a few cleaning supplies.  It can also hold a flash unit, but I don’t own one. Instead, I squeeze my Panasonic FZ18 in the bag.

Padded interior dividers can be adjusted to fit the gear so things don’t move and get bumped around when carrying the bag.

One of the things I really like about Lowepro All Weather bags is the special cover that protects the bag from the elements. It encases the entire bag yet equipment can still be accessed. The cover has its own storage compartment and can be folded and tucked away when not in use.

The Nova 170 has a very comfortable padded shoulder strap, a cushioned grab handle and a belt loop so the bag can be worn as a beltpack.

My new DSLR is in good hands…both mine and the camera bag!

For those who need more room to take lenses in and out of the bad when in the field, I recommend the slightly larger Lowepro Nova 180 AW.  The Nova 190 AW is even larger.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.


  • Vincent, I wouldn’t advise putting the camera in the bag with the 55-250mm lens attached to it. If that’s your requirement, I’d get a slightly larger bag. Visit the Lowepro site for other sizes. Here are the specs for the 170 AW. Be sure to look at view 2.