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Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW review

The awesome Lowepro ProTactic 450AW could be THE backpack!

I’m really not much of a backpack guy. Always thought they were to awkward and unhandy to use. So when Lowepro approached me and asked if I wanted to try the new Lowepro ProTactic 450AW I was like… “naaaah!” But that would soon change to a “WHAAAAT? This is nice!

Back in the “old” days backpacks were uncomfortable and you had to take them off to get to your gear. Those days are over with the Lowepro ProTactic 450AW.

Since I work with the Sony a7S and R plus the a6000, I can actually fit 3 cameras in the backpack. That’s really nice. I took it out a couple of times last week to test it, and Saturday it was wedding time. I had a shoot in the center of Copenhagen and I decided to use the bag there. No regrets regarding that decision.

Wedding shoot

Come wedding day I had packed following in the bag:

  • Sony A7R with Sony 70-200 f4 G OSS lens
  • Sony a6000 with Sony/Zeiss 16-35 f4 lens
  • Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens
  • Sun hood for the 28-135
  • Leica Elmarit-R 2.8/24
  • Leica Summicron-R 2/35
  • Leica Summicron-R 2/90
  • Sony/Zeiss 1.8/55 FE
  • 2 ND filters
  • a load of batteries
  • Lens dust blower
  • SD cards
  • Small tripod

Versatility

The bag is really versatile. In the old days there was one opening and that was in the front. The Lowepro ProTactic 450AW has 4 openings. 1 in the top, one on either side and finally the back. The flexibility is great and adapt to your shooting style and the way you pack your bag.

Here is what I like best:

  • 4 openings adds great flexibility
  • SlipLock compatible strap system on the front and sides
  • Newly designed separators with velcro. Don’t stick like the old ones.

Comfortable?

It’s nice and comfortable to wear. Even at 25 degrees celsius my back did’nt get to hot, due to the ActivZone harness, which provides ventilation and targeted comfort for support when walking around. It sits nicely on my back and feels nice and weight distributed.

Can I recommend it?

I can definitely recommend it! It’s great for photographers doing a lot of walking. Like me at weddings, when walking around with bride and groom.

Below are some more pictures of the Lowepro ProTactic 450AW backpack.

 

Specifications:

Fits:

  • 1-2 Pro DSLRs In my case 1-3 Sony mirrorless)
    one with up to 70-200mm  lens attached
  • 8 lenses/speedlights
  • 15″ laptop
  • Tripod
  • Accessories

Technical Specifications:

Internal Dimensions: 31.8 x 19.8 x 44 cm (12.52 x 7.80 x 17.32 in)
External Dimensions: 34.8 x 27 x 48.8 cm (13.70 x 10.63 x 19.21 in)
Weight: 2.6 kg (5.72 lbs)

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