A photographer’s backpack and shelter for the gear.
After the camera, the second most important asset is the thing to protect your gear. Every photographer or videographer knows how important it is to carry as much equipment as possible when going for a shoot. The capacity of a van mixed with a versatility of a donkey is something that I would go for. But as a compromise and for more practical reasons we are left with a wide array of backpacks to chose from.
A photographer’s backpack is something which to me deserves respect and consideration. It can make a huge difference in a bad situation, changing the way you feel from where I bought mine when I went to Lisbon for holiday. After a few looks through the stores and reviews on the internet I got my eyes on the LowePro Tactic 450 AW. It was on stock in store at Jessops Oxford Street so decided to pay them a visit.
Being a mountain man all my life I know a good backpack, I just never owed one designed to carry photo equipment. I was a kind of love at first touch as the material, stitches and top cover made a really good impression on me. So when I got this LowePro tactic on my back instantly I felt it was built to feel comfortable for long periods of time. The backpack it self it tough and rigid. The small top compartment has a case-like layer which can stand shocks really well. The shoulder straps and the inside part of the backpack are made with a sponge-like, breathable material so that it doesn’t go uncomfortable even after long periods of time.
The inside of the backpack is very ingenious because you can change the storage area with the supplied pads.
I even take it with me on mountain trips sometimes as a normal backpack, as this one truly is a workhorse. See in in action on a ski trip to Poiana Brasov. The material is vey dense so that when I take it with me on streets of foggy London never had a problem. And for when it rains the LowePro Tactic 450 AW comes with a rain cover that you can pull from the bottom.
The most important thing for me when I was looking to buy a backpack for my gear was to find one that would suite a wide array of situations. I don’t want to have a bag for every occasion. I want a backpack that is big enough for camera, lens kit, batteries, GoPro 4 at times, and even my tripod at times. And still be comfortable enough to keep it on my back for a full day. And why not, even space for a bottle of water. And maybe keys and other small possessions, but not in the same place with the gear. I know, I too thought I was crazy to think I can find something like this. But somebody had the inspiration to design the LowePro Tactic 450 AW. And after using it just a couple of times you understand that it is a product with a very specific type of customer in mind.
After more than a year and a half of using the LowePro Tactic 450 AW I can only say it is worth every penny I payed for. The price of 250$ might make some of you to have second thoughts about purchasing it but when I think off all the times it kept my gear protected gives no space for second thoughts. As always, you get what you pay for.
After a long period of time in which I’ve put my LowePro Tactic 450 AW to the test I can conclude that it is a workhorse. Not so often it happens to me for a product to leave such a good impression. I can only thank myself for not settling for less. Spacious, rough, neat look and construction plus the versatility make the LowePro Tactic 450 AW the ultimate photographer’s backpack.