Lowe­pro Tran­sit Back­pack 350 AW

£100, $93 Trans­forms quickly and eas­ily from a full photo back­pack to a split photo/day­pack

NPhoto - - Test Team -

The Tran­sit is de­signed to work equally well as a full photo back­pack or as split photo/day­pack. The lat­ter is the more ver­sa­tile and us­able con­fig­u­ra­tion: after piv­ot­ing the bag on its left shoul­der strap, a side-ac­cess flap en­ables you to grab a cam­era and lens.

In split con­fig­u­ra­tion, there’s enough ex­tra space for up to four ad­di­tional lenses, a flash­gun and some ex­tra bits and bobs in the main com­part­ment. The sep­a­rate up­per com­part­ment is also of a gen­er­ous size, and the rear com­part­ment is de­signed for a lap­top of up to 15-inch size.

Un­like most com­pet­ing de­signs, this back­pack has a sin­gle flap cov­er­ing both main com­part­ments and can be eas­ily fully or par­tially opened with a sin­gle pair of zips. Fur­ther­more, it’s very straight­for­ward to re­con­fig­ure the bag as a full photo back­pack, which makes it equally prac­ti­cal when you’ve got a su­per-tele­photo lens at­tached to your cam­era. It’s a very clever con­cept that’s bril­liantly im­ple­mented.

Prac­ti­cal magic

De­spite strong and rugged build qual­ity, this is the joint light­est bag on test at just 1.1kg. With a cou­ple of small in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal pock­ets, plus a good tri­pod car­ry­ing sys­tem, it’s the most ver­sa­tile bag in the group.

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