Lowepro Transit Backpack 350 AW
£100, $93 Transforms quickly and easily from a full photo backpack to a split photo/daypack
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.
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.