Monday, March 3, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Lowepro Video FastPack 350 with the Quantaray Photo Backpack
After 20 + years with my trusty Quantaray photo backpack, I finally looked to upgrade to something modern with extra slots for video/audio extras. The Quantaray has travelled to and around India 5 times and has made extensive trips throughout the northeastern US. With the extra storage on top for miscellaneous items, the pack has served me really well.
The Fastpack 350 has sternum and waste straps as seen below. This makes the loaded pack very comfortable. When I first lifted the case with camera and gear packed, I thought it was rather heavy. Once I put it on my back and adjusted the straps, I found it very balanced and comfortable. It remains to be seen what effect a laptop will have on the setup.
On the other side there is not only a water bottle mesh pocket, but also a hidden tripod sleeve if you are inclined to carry it that way. Again this would have been handy on my recent trip. The shots below show the tripod pullout sleeve and mesh pocket. Unfortunately, you cannot carry a bottle and tripod at the same time.
On the top pocket there is a removable audio pouch that can be used for not just audio items. It Velcro's to the bottom of the top pouch. There is also a few pockets to told an audio recorder, filter pouch, batteries...etc. You can even put business cards, ID cards in there. The is also a clip in the front for a headphone cable. With all those items, you still have room to pack a small jacket or similar item and even food items.
He is a full on view of the camera compartment. It is well padded and quite spacious. Actually the pack has a good depth to it and you can actually stack 2 prime lenses comfortably. On the left, even though it is quite narrow there is space for 2 Speedlights with no problem. On the inside of the pull up flap there is space for a couple of SD/CF cards. On the bottom of the case is a pullout rain cover. It also adds the padding when setting the pack down.