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Lowepro adds video-focused bags to Fastpack line (updated)  
Monday, October 3, 2011 | by Rob Galbraith
Lowepro has announced a trio of new backpacks in its Fastpack line, each with an emphasis on the transport of digital SLR video and audio equipment. The DSLR Video Fastpack 150 AW, 250 AW and 350 AW combine a side-entry camera compartment (meant to be accessed while the bag is suspended from one shoulder and swung to the front), an upper compartment for audio gear (a removable pouch is included) and a padded laptop slot; a mount on the side of the bag enables a tripod or video rig to be attached. The three backpacks include a built-in rain cover as well.

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Video Focused: The DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW, 250 AW and 150 AW (Photo courtesy Lowepro)

The three packs will hold the following:
  • DSLR Video Fastpack 150 AW Built to fit a shorter digital SLR (without a grip) with a short focal length zoom (such as a 17-55mm f/2.8) attached, plus one extra lens, one shoe mount flash or LED light, a pair of headphones, a microphone, extra audio gear, a 13 inch or smaller laptop and a tripod or small video rig.

  • DSLR Video Fastpack 250 AW Built to fit a shorter digital SLR (without a grip) with a short focal length zoom (such as a 24-70mm f/2.8) attached, plus two extra lenses, one shoe mount flash or LED light, a pair of headphones, a microphone, extra audio gear, a 15 inch or smaller laptop and a tripod or small video rig.

  • DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW Built to fit a full-size digital SLR with a medium focal length zoom (such as a 70-200mm f/2.8) attached, plus two extra lenses, one shoe mount flash or LED light, a pair of headphones, a microphone, extra audio gear, a 17 inch or smaller laptop and a tripod or small video rig.
Though geared towards multimedia shooters, the Video Fastpack series would seem to be just as useful to a stills-only photographer who wants access to the camera compartment without having to remove the backpack completely, as well as carry a tripod, which is a feature the original Lowepro Fastpack series lacks.

The Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 150 AW, DSLR Video Fastpack 250 AW and DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW are shipping now at expected street prices of about US$100, US$120 and US$130, respectively, in the U.S.

Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack questions and answers

We received the following replies to questions we posed to Lowepro about its new DSLR Video Fastpack line. The answers are from Lowepro Senior Product Manager Tim Grimmer.
 
Q. What are the key differences between the original and DSLR Video Fastpacks, other than the top compartment layout (and included pouch) and the addition of a tripod/rig mount?
 
a. All Weather Cover
b. Tripod/rig mount
c. Laptop access from the top of the bag rather than side, which is better when the bag is under the seat or in an overhead bin
d. Streamlined storable waist belt
 
Q. Do the DSLR Video Fastpacks incorporate openings for audio cables to run in/out of or any other video/audio-specific features, beyond the removable pouch in the top compartment and the tripod/rig mount?
 
a. Headphone hook in top compartment
b. Cord management pouch
c. Tripod/rig mount
d. Dividers sized to better accommodate an LED light
 
Q. Is there any reason a stills-only shooter would want to purchase an original Fastpack over a DSLR Video Fastpack, other than to save a little bit of money on a comparable size of bag? The slightly cleaner design of the DSLR Video Fastpack and the option to attach a tripod would seem to make the new bags preferable to the originals, even if video/audio capture isn't part of the equation.
 
We believe that the new DSLR Video Fastpack is a great option for both still shooters and video shooters, especially with the upgraded features of AW cover and Tripod mount.

The features available on the original Fastpack, that are not offered in the new model, are a large waist belt and the option to order it in red.

Revision History
October 17, 2011: Add question and answer section

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