on 10 November 2009
I wanted a small compact bag to carry around my Canon 1000D DSLR camera in and after browsing around the shops, this seemed to be the best option for me.
The main compartment has two removable dividers which you can adjust by sticking them to the strips of velcro inside the bag. This is handy and flexible if you really needed to organise and hold items into place but at the same time, it can make removing items a little difficult because they tend to catch onto the velcro. The hot shoe did this quite often when taking out the vertically placed 1000D but, you do learn how to take it out without any difficulty eventually.
I've managed to find enough room to fit a 18-55mm kit lens and a 55-250mm telephoto lens inside. It feels well cushioned.
You'll also find two smaller pockets for memory cards inside when you unzip and lift up the hood of the bag. Even some space for something such as pens and pencils.
The hood overlaps the zips to the main compartment which means if it rains you don't have to worry too much about any excess water seeping inside to your equipment. Very nice touch.
Outside on the back of the bag there is a narrow pocket big enough for filters, batteries, lens hoods, small notepad etc. At each side of the bag where the strap clips onto are two elastic pockets which I don't really use but I found they're flexible enough to fit a bottle of Volvic water if you wanted to or just some rolled up pamphlets.
Last but not least, there is another two zipped up pockets at the front of the bag as you can see from the photo. Handy for holding the lens caps or filters when you just want to remove them temporarily. The bottom pocket where the clip is has a very puffed up cushion to it which makes any item inside feel safe and is big enough to hold a point and shoot compact camera.
A thick long strap is the main means of carrying this shoulder bag around and has a plastic non-slip padding on it so that it doesn't slide about on your shoulder on the move and minimise discomfort. The handle too is puffed up making it very comfortable to carry around even by hand.
A nice comfortable to carry compact bag with plenty of cushioning and pockets for all those camera accessories.
on 7 June 2011
I bought this bag when I up-graded from an EOS 400D to an EOS 5D. Recently I have up-graded my lenses. I was surprised when I didn't have to up-grade my bag, hence this review.
So, what's in the bag? I have:
EOS 5D with BG-E4 battery grip attached.
A spare EOS 5D
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
Canon Lens Extension Tube EF 12 II
Giottos GTAA1900 Rocket Air Blower
Delamax Diffusor Softbox
In the front pockets:
Eclipse Cleaning System Solution
PEC-PAD Photowipes for Photographic Emulsion, 100 Sheets 4x4
6 spare 5D batteries
8 spare AA batteries
Black Rapid RS-7 Camera Strap
It's all a nice snug fit and due to its size, one would never tell it has so much expensive equipment in it. This is the main reason I like it. It also as pockets for flash cards, lens pens, WB cards...
I wrote this review to let others know what it's capable of holding and I hope it helps.
on 1 March 2012
This is a nice compact bag for a DSLR with a useful 'pac-a-mac' style waterproof cover. It's well padded for protection, and has several pockets for memory cards, filters, etc. My only gripe would be the comment "Capacity - 1DSLR, 2-3 lenses and a flash unit". This I'd like to see! I put a Canon EOS 600D with std 18-55 lens fitted, and a Canon 75-300mm lens in the main section - JUST! There is no room for manouver - which suits me as it won't move around...but it certainly wouldn't hold another lens and a flashgun unless you stored them in the unpadded side pockets. Fortunately I don't have any other accessories (yet) so this bag will suffice - but if you do have other lenses you may like to consider a larger bag.
on 16 August 2009
I bought this bag for a Nikon D90. I wanted something initially to carry the camera fitted with the 18 - 105 kit lens only, but with room for a couple of additional lenses and a flashgun etc as I expand my kit. This was ideal, being neither too small or too big. It is very well made with lots of additional secure pockets for memory cards, filters etc. The bag also comes with a waterproof cover which pulls out of a flap in the base. The bag can still be opened when this is in place. A recent trip to Scotland with it's inherent variable weather proved it's worth. All in all an excellent buy.
on 3 April 2010
I have a D90 with the kit lens (18-105mm) and also 70-300mm zoom, so was looking for a suitable bag that wasn't too large but would be able to carry the camera, lenses and other accessories - mindful of the fact that I would probably be getting a Macro lens at some point as well. Also I wanted the D90 fitted with the 70-300mm zoom to fit in the bag.
Having found a positive review from someone also with the similar camera kit I took the plunge and bought this item already having a Lowepro Zoom AW case and knowing the great quality of their products. When it arrived I suppose I was a little disappointed with it being larger than I had in my mind that it would be, but it does perfectly what I need. I've arranged the inside of the bag so that I can fit the camera + 300mm zoom, which it does and can still zip the top down. I'm a little concerned that you can feel the end of the zoom on the bottom of the case, which is decently padded but it means needing to be careful when putting the bag down on a hard floor since it would be impacting the lens if put down too hard. There is still space in the bag for another lens and all my accessories easily are stored as well.
For anyone with this combination of camera I would recommend the bag. It's not going to be suitable for carrying with you when hiking (which is one function I was hoping the bag would fulfil), but as a moderate size "do it all" camera bag it's definitely great quality and does the job.
on 25 March 2009
I bought this bag to accomodate my Nikon D90 with the 18-105 lens attached, with room for my 70-300 as well. The camera fits perfectly with the smaller lens on it, and the bigger lens easily fits alongside it, in its own space, using the suppled velcro dividers (of which there are six). With the 70-300 lens on, the camera will just fit with the lens pointing to the bottom of the bag, but unless you position the camera in the middle (I have it at the side to make more room), you can't do the zip up fully, though you can still do up the outer clasp. The space remaining is just enough for either another lens or an external flash (I intend to put my Sony HD camcorder there so I can cover every photographic eventuality). There are also numerous pockets for filters, cards etc.
The build is very good - neat, tight stitching, and it has a very comfortable padded handle. The shoulder strap is also well made, and has quality metal carabiners rather than the usual plastic variety.
The only very minor gripe is that due to the squared-off nature of the bag around the area where the zip closure is, it's a two-handed job to zip it shut as you need to make sure that the corners of the 'lid' are properly over the corners of the bag itself before you can attempt to zip it shut. Having said that, you need two hands to fasten the outer clasp anyway. Maybe things will change when it's had more use and is more pliable.
The All Weather cover (the AW bit in its name) seems to be very good, and is easy to stretch over from where it is stored (stays anchored at its storage pouch, and you pull it over the whole bag, and push both parts of the clasp through designated holes so you can still do it up/undo it). I haven't used it in bad weather so far, but it certainly looks like it will do what it's supposed to.
On the whole, after looking at hundreds of bags online, I think I made the right choice - the brown/black colour also looks smart, and makes a pleasant change from the usual drab black bags.
Recommended if you have a similar camera set up (would be too small for full-frame DSLR unless you had nothing else to carry with it).
on 26 October 2011
I already have a Lowepro Rezo 180AW which is a great bag, plenty of room for Nikon D5100, 70-300mm lens, flash unit, filters, chargers, lens hoods and all the little bits and pieces you tend to accumulate. The only problem with that is sometimes you just don't want to carry everything around with you. That's why after investigation I went for the Nova 170AW. I wanted something that I could put the camera and the lens in that was a little less obtrusive. This is where it gets interesting, don't get me wrong the 180AW is a great bag if you have loads of kit to carry around the cons to it are
The 180 All weather covering doesn't cover the rear of the bag.
When you have the All weather covering in place you can't get into the bag without removing the top partially to unzip.
The access into the bag is the opposite of what you expect (the flap over the top is not the way in), you have to unzip around the top, this you can get used to though.
The Nova 170AW however, the All weather cover goes completely around and you can still get into the bag to get your kit without removing the covering
The access is what you expect the flap over the top is the way in and the top fits over the top part of the bag. Apart from the internal room which I think you would struggle to comfortably fit more than a full size DSLR and a zoom lens into you do get a full length zipped pocket on the rear, 2 elasticated open pockets one on each side, a zipped pocket on the flap on the front, a slightly deeper zipped pocket underneath the flap on the front, a zipped pocket on the top of the lid inside and 2 velcro pockets for cards on the flap inside. Downside the strap buckles are plastic but I'm not sure you would get enough into the bag to overstress them anyway. Would I recommend the 170AW, if you want a day bag to carry your essentials in yes, if you want to carry more than a camera and a lens and somewhere to put your phone and car keys, think of going to the 180AW.
on 20 January 2010
Got this bag bought for a recent birthday present and I'm very pleased with it. Inside you have two movable dividers that are held in place by Velcro. It holds my Canon 50D with the standard 18-55mm kit lens attached, and plenty of room for another lens along side to the length of 70-300 (or up to a length of 190mm with ease) There is still plenty of room when you zip the bag up for the camera strap attached to the camera. There are numerous compartments in which I have CF cards, batteries, filters, air brush and various other bits and pieces. The build is typical of Lowe Pro, excellent! If you need a travel bag for a DSLR+kit lens and a telephoto lens and accessories, look no further!
UPDATE 26/01/10 I recently borrowed a couple of lenses from a friend and attached a 55-200 to the 50D body and I could still fit a 75-300 and 18-55 kit lens in the bag at the same time!
on 3 August 2010
I had a lot of difficulties deciding on the right camera bag for my DSLR + accessories. I really liked the style and layout of the Lowepro branded products and I'd heard great reviews suggesting their bags were very well made and offered all round padded protection. I was not able to find the 170AW on the high-street. I knew the 160AW would be too small (shallow) and I certainly did not want a large cumbersome bag such as the 180AW etc. Although, the sizes quoted on the website were confusing, I took a chance on the 170AW. Believe me I was extremely pleased! The bag will accommodate a Canon EOS 450/500/550D body with EF-S 18-55mm and/or 55-250mm lens mounted. There is enough space for 270EX Flashgun, second lens, battery chargers, x4 SDHC cards, x2spare batteries, AUX leads. The external front pocket is also very convenient for mobile phone & car keys etc. The stretchy side pockets are great for odds n sods or even drinks bottles. The padded shoulder strap and grab handle makes it very comfortable and a joy to carry.
I would also like to add that Amazon.co.uk were absolutely brilliant in replacing the first faulty bag. The original order was returned using the self-return process without a hitch and a new replacement bag delivered by 1st class post!
on 28 September 2011
So I treated myself to a new camera the 600d and decided I really needed something to carry it around in and protect it when needed. I couldn't really be bothered going into a shop and looking at them, so decided I would make my decision off reviews of bags on here.
What I was after - I wanted a bag that would 1. protect and encase the camera 2. be water proof 3.have enough room for me to fit an extra lens and other bits without having to force everything together. Also we were going away on holiday so I wanted something that the camera could be in and out of, and when drinking wine / getting merry / on the beach it could safely be tucked in to.
Practicalities - so there are a couple of pull out padded walls in the main section so you can subdivide it, or pull them out completely. Thought this was a great feature. There is a nice big pocket at the front, and two small elasticated pockets at the sides. On the lid there is a nother zip pocket. So generally I found I had my shades in one side pocket, my purse and phone in the front one (its under the clip so very safe) and perhaps tickets / lip balm / other girly bits in the small zip one, with the camera in the main bit. This worked a treat for the whole week and I abandoned any handbags as the case was so practical and actually looked very nice (good matt finish, looks very professional / good quality).
Size - I would find it hard to believe that anyone would not like the size of this bag, its very compact but holds a few handy bits plus your camera, and room for extra lens too. Perfect. I think this bag and I will be friends for a long time.
ps. the waterproof jacket for it is genuis, and you would never know it is there unless you go looking for it :)
pps. the strap is very comfortable and easy to adjust immediately - i.e. with one hand when you're walking along