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Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW Review

Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW

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The Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW is one of the best around. As long as you choose the right size for your needs between the 350 AW and the 450 AW. If you're looking for a reasonably sized camera backpack travel or commute, the Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW should definitely be within the top of your list. It easily fits 2 camera bodies as well as 1 or 2 additional lenses with extra accessories. The Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW is small, practical & low-key!

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After getting a new mirrorless camera – the Sony A7rII – and a few lenses (55mm f1.8 + the 90mm 2.8 macro), the need of a backpack came as an evidence.  Listing all the photography gear that had to fit the bag helped narrow down my options.  I then started looking around for the best available options on the market.  There are so many different specialized backpack bags dedicated to cameras and photography gear…   Choosing the right one clearly is a matter of personal needs & taste.  Lowepro being the or one of the segment leader, I naturally considered their bags.  The Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW seemed too big for my small number of gears – at the time :)…  So I decided to go for the Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW instead.

I purchased my Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW bag in Hong Kong over a year ago.  It has since traveled with around many places within Asia, Europe and the US.

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The Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW standing on its own. +banana for scale (:

First Impressions

Like many of their bags the Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW is all black and very discreet.  Its style echoes military stealth to my mind and it definitely does not scream ‘I’m carrying expensive gears’.  It has a distinctive look to it because of the multiple SlipLock straps positioned everywhere except in the back area and top.

The Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW has over 50 attachment points.  It allows to customize the accessories you may want to attach to your bag.  Strongly built with a rigid body, a breathable back panel to improve sweat evacuation.  4 different openings/zips to access your gears, SlipLock systems +waterproof cover at the bottom.  Harness and waist strap, dedicated 13” laptop and accessories compartments.

Lowepro created the ultimate no compromise reasonably sized camera backpack.

Capacity & Packing

Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW Review
Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW open and empty with my configuration of dividers. +banana for scale 🙂
Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW Review from StillBinary
Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW w/ a Sony a7r2 w/ 90mm macro mounted, Sony a6300 w/ 10-18mm mounted. +a MS Surface Pro 4 inside

The Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW bag’s maximum capacity allows to carry:

2 full frame DSLR bodies with a lens on each of them
+3 lenses
+1 additional accessory such as a flash
+13” laptop
+smaller accessories inside the dedicated accessory pockets.

The Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW comes with too many dividers.  And thanks to the 4 openings, the possibilities offered to configure the bag to your specific needs are limitless.   The dividers are padded and come in different sizes to allow for a very specific configuration.  You will more than likely not need all of them as once your start adapting the inside of the bag to your needs, you will realize that you have too many of them.

Preparing the bag to your specific carrying needs is an easy task but it can be long as there are so many possibilities that you may have difficulties making your final decision…  Not to be complained about though, on the contrary, it’s nice to have such flexibility.


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