I am a camera bag nut.
I’m like Goldilocks, I’ll keep looking until I get it just right. Thankfully, I haven’t gone through the whole B&H catalog – just most of it.
A few months ago, I was looking for something that would enable me to carry my DSLR, a couple of telephoto lenses, my tripod, some lens-cleaning supplies and compact flash card or two, around town.
I wanted something on the small side, not for big trips when I need more of my kit, but a bag I could use whenever I was traipsing around the city shooting.
Now I know there are a million bags that fit that criteria but if it doesn’t work on my body, it’s irrelevant.
I tried slings (they put too much weight on one side and the next morning my back would read me the riot act), I tried other backpacks, but initially all the sizes I found were too bulky or too big or, I don’t know, they JUST DIDN’T FEEL RIGHT.
One day while I was walking up and down the bag aisle at B & H photo for the millionth time, I came upon the Lowepro Pro Runner 200 AW DSLR Backpack – Black. It seemed smaller and more manageable than other bags but roomy at the same time—an unusual combo to say the least. I put it on and it was light as a feather—granted it was empty, but other bags I’ve tried are weighty in their own right and when coupled with the gear irritate the crap out of me.
I bought the bag, fully expecting to bring it back two seconds after I loaded it up at home, but to my delight it felt great. It’s small enough to allow me to navigate narrow doorways, crowded streets, subway squeezes—even at rush hour—and I have everything I want at my fingertips.
Other features that I really like:
- There’s a rain cover—I haven’t had to use it yet but happy to know it’s there.
- A front section that has small pockets for a notebook, smart phone, wallet, pens and other accoutrement that I might need while walking around.
- The interior is nicely padded, I don’t worry about damage if I put it on the ground.
- The backpack straps are very comfortable.
Months later, I am as happy now as the day I got it. Whoopee!