Lowepro Photo Classic BP 300 AW Non Fancy Review
May 17, 2019
Aside from your camera and lenses, your gear bag is one of the most important items in your arsenal. No matter how nice your camera is, if you can’t get it from point A to B safely, it’ll be useless to you. With so many bag options available, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to find the right one for your gear. I know when I first started looking for a bag, it seemed like an endless search to narrow down my choices. I knew that I wanted a backpack, so I could fit more of what I needed and I also wasn’t too concerned with the size. Some people prefer to keep a smaller profile when it comes to bags, but in my case, I just wanted one with enough space and protection for my gear.
After browsing on Amazon for several minutes, I finally landed on the Lowepro Photo Classic BP 300 AW (try saying that 10 times fast). The look of the bag, and the fact that it had some really good storage capacity, were some of the things that sold me on the Lowepro. I knew Lowepro was a quality brand, so I decided to give it a shot and see how it would work.
I chose this bag because it had the space for me to carry my camera, several lenses, a flash and a few other accessories. It’s a good size bag, not too huge but also not super small either. The bag has a lot of nice features that make it very comfortable and easy to travel with. I’ve owned this bag for about 3 years now and I have to say it’s definitely been a good asset for me. Here are some of the features about the bag that I really enjoy.
When it comes to backpacks, one of the biggest factors that determines how often you use it is comfort. If a bag is super uncomfortable and you dread having to carry it, chances are you won’t use it often. When it comes to this Lowepro bag, from the moment I put it on, I knew that it would be something I take with me often. The bag has a lot of good padding both on the straps and the backing. Even when you load this bag with all your gear, it still feels very comfortable and at times, you even forget that your’re carrying it. The bag does a good job of distributing the weight of your gear and the added side padding gives you more comfort for long treks.
Another feature that I really like about this bag, is its storage capacity. Now of course there are other bags with more storage capacity than this one, but for my needs, the size of this bag is perfect. If you’re looking to carry a camera body, a few lenses, and maybe a flash or small drone, then this will fit perfectly for you. The bag comes with padded dividers that can be adjusted as needed, to safely hold your camera and other gear. My only concern with the storage, is the fact that there’s only one elastic strap that goes across the inside to hold the camera in place. I would have liked a couple more straps within the body to hold other gear in place, but with the padding that’s provided, it’s not too big of a deal.
Besides the main storage, the bag also offers a lot of smaller compartments for things such as cables and memory cards. I like the small compartments, because they allow me to stash extra accessories that I may not use all the time, but wanted to have on me. The bag also has a sleeve that’s big enough to safely hold a tablet. There were several times when I was in a bit of a bind but was able to find an extra cord or card in those compartments, to help me get the job done.
Lowepro Hidden Gems
The last feature I am going to hit on is a two for one! These are the hidden gems that come with this Lowepro bag. One of those gems, is the bag’s ability to carry a tripod. Since I use a tripod for both photo and video, I typically like to have it on me as much as possible. I use a Manfrotto compact action tripod when travelling, and this bag does a great job of allowing me to carry it without much fuss. The bag has a small pouch that can be popped out when carrying a tripod. The pouch holds the tripod in place, once you slide it into the bungee style straps on the outside of the bag.
The other hidden gem in this bag, is its built in All Weather Cover. The cover is hidden neatly inside a zippered compartment. If you didn’t know where to look, you would definitely miss this one (exactly why it’s called a hidden gem…get it!?). The cover is great for those times when you get caught in the rain or snow and don’t want your gear bag getting completely drenched. The cover stretches out and encompasses the whole bag, helping minimize the impact of the elements on your gear. It’s a nice touch to complement the quality build of this bag.
Overall, I’ve really enjoyed the past 3 years of using this bag. It has quickly become my daily driver when it comes to carrying gear. The comfort and capacity make my life a lot easier, because I can bring all the right tools without being super uncomfortable. If you’re in the market for a new gear bag, I would definitely recommend checking out this bag or some of the other models.