Hello all of you
I recently made the move and brought myself a DSLR, and of course a bag to carry it in.
As far as I remember, Bjorn V.S. gave me the advice to go for a LowePro Flipside 200, and as I found the bag very useful and Bjorn is a very competent guy, I went for one.
First of all some basic facts:
It comes in two editions, the 200 and the 300. Basically the 300 is about $10 more expensive, and offers a little bit more space. You can buy the bag in three colors, black, blue and red. The color is the only thing that differs the bags. It is designed to be a backpack, making it easy to carry. It is also water resistant (up to a certain level of course)
Now to some of the features: (from now on I’ll concentrate on the Flipside 200)
The bag is opened from the back, making it more secure to carry with you in crowded places, as opening becomes nearly impossible when you wear it. It feature a inner section for camera, lenses and more, a tripod/monopod holder and some other small compartments for the rest.
It can take one DSLR camera, with vertical grip and a 18 – 200mm lens attached. After that you have room for about two more lenses, but these mustn’t be too big, that means for example a 50mm and a 18 – 85, stored to the left of the camera. As with most bags these days you can move the inner sections to make the bag fit you needs. Above the camera compartment, there is a removable section that can store stuff like your manuals, filters, charger and more. The bottom side of this compartment (that will be in contact with your cameras back) is coated with a fabric that is designed not to scratch the screen on the camera.
Now on to the outside.
The bag features a small compartment on one side that is designed to store memory cards, and other small stuff. On the other side is a net that can take everything from gloves to smaller bottles. On the front of the bag, you can carry a tripod or a monopod. To do this you simply flip out a small holder on the bottom, and place one of the tri/monoped legs in this, then attach it securely and you are good to go.
When carrying the bag, there are two straps to attach over your stomach and chest to prevent the bag from falling of. Also you can let the lower one be attached, then turn the bag around to your stomach, making it possible to take out the camera easily. (This is very well presented in the product tour in the link)
- Lot of space for a small backpack in it’s price class
- Good value for the money
- Tripod/monopod holder
- Compartments for almost all you need
- A little bit tricky to adjust the inner compartments to fit the camera perfectly
The bag from the front, with and without tripod/monopod holder out.
The inner compartment opened from back
Bag from the back
The small outer compartment, that can take memory card and more.
The inner compartment with size indicated. Inside is a Nikon D90 with the 18 - 105VR and lens hood attached.
The LowePro flipside 200 is a decent, easy to use camera bag or backpack, with high potential that will satisfy most people’s needs. It might be too small for the professional photographer who won’t be able to fit all his stuff in there. But it’s a good complement to the other bags you might own, as it makes it easy to carry the camera, a couple of lenses, extra battery, tripod and a couple of memory cards with you for a day of photography.
I strongly recommend this bag to anyone who’s looking to buy the first DSLR and want to have a decent bag to start up with. Also if you are looking to upgrade from a smaller one, this is definitely a good choice!
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(Please give me some feedback)
- Daniel -