Manfrotto Advanced Tri Backpack Large
£125, $120 A split photo/daypack that can be reconfigured for use as a full photo backpack with longer lenses
Like the Lowepro Transit, this split photo/daypack from Manfrotto is big on versatility. One plus point over the Lowepro is that the main compartment has dual quickaccess flaps, so you can swing the bag from either shoulder and get to your kit from the right or left of the bag.
The main compartment is similarly capacious, and further like-mindedness sees the inclusion of storage for a laptop of up to 15-inch size. This time, however, access to the laptop is via the main top opening zip, which also reveals the upper compartment for personal items.
To aid the pivoting side-access function, either shoulder strap can be used individually, and connected to the opposing bottom clip. This enables you to use the bag messenger-style, like the Hama bag. The strap you’re not using can be stowed out of the way in a pocket.
Split or full – you choose
The main divider between the photo and upper compartments can be unzipped, ideal for carrying a camera with supertelephoto lens attached. It’s not implemented quite as well as in the Lowepro bag, however, because of the lack of a fulllength opening front flap. Switching between split and full photo options is also rather more fiddly.