Monday, 25 April 2011

Beyond the Lens - In the Bag

Written by Tamara Kwan of TammyLynn Photography

Photographers, we love to talk about our equipment and the bags we keep them in.  To me a camera bag should be like your personal assistant, ready with your gear at your finger tips. We all have our preferences when it comes to bags and what we want them to do, the most important thing being to protect our gear. I’ve bought a lot of bags over the years, and they’ve all done a pretty good job at protecting my gear. I must say though that not all bags are created equal; and you usually get what you pay for. I’ve bought cheap bags that look really cool and that I was excited about only to be let down when it starts coming apart and zippers break. That said I’ve also had an expensive name brand bag come apart on me as well. I tried to contact them about it as the bag was still fairly new and they didn’t want to know about it. Needless to say I’ve not bought any more of their products.

The above bag which I’m holding and showing off my Olympus kit is the Lowepro Fastpack 200. This was my second Lowepro bag. The first one was the first series of their SlingShot bags. I really loved that bag and how I could swing it around and have easy access to my gear without having to set my bag down. Sadly I had a shoulder injury and was advised by the doctor not to use sling bags anymore, but to use backpacks to evenly distribute the weight. That’s why I got the bag above, same sort of system but as a backpack. Love these bags, nice and sturdy with loads of pockets. I especially love the tiny pockets for memory cards and small things you are constantly looking for, all at your fingertips.

As for customer service with Lowepro? Well I’ve never had a problem with their bags so I’ve not contacted them with a problem. I have talked to a few of their representatives and they’ve always been more than helpful. A friend of mine did have a problem with one of their bags though, the zipper broke on it. He contacted them to ask about repairing it as he loved the bag, not expecting them to replace it or anything as it was a well used bag. Well they did replace it and they replaced it with the latest design of the same range. Now that is good customer service!

Recently I reviewed one of their bags for them, the Pro Roller Attaché x50
 I’m in love with this bag; it’s like having my own personal assistant!  You can read my review here on my blog: TammyLynn Blogs: The Lowepro Pro Roller Attaché x50. I also had a bit of fun with this bag and made a very short stop motion animation video with it. You can see this on YouTube here: TammyLynnPhotog: Lowepro Pro Roller Attaché x50. My little video was also featured on the Lowepro Blog, you can read about it here: Lowepro>Products> An Animated View.

When you find a good camera bag that’s just right for you, it’s like having a best friend look after your gear. J

Here's the video: 

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