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Flipside 500 AW

The large-capacity, big-lens, weather-protective backpack: Flipside 500 AW.

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The large-capacity, big-lens, weather-protective backpack: Flipside 500 AW.

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Lowepro expands its award-winning Flipside series with a large-capacity, big-lens outdoor backpack for professional photographers who shoot adventure and sports images: the Flipside 500 AW.

  • Body-side access design provides added security while wearing
  • Unique, back-entry compartment with easy access offers easy access to gear when pack rotated to front
  • Capacity for a 500mm f/4 lens protect, store and carry a large telephoto lens
  • Roomy and padded camera compartment provides protective and adjustable divider system for easy customization of gear
  • Contoured shoulder strap with padded waistbelt evenly distributes weight and provides exceptional comfort
  • Patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover™ protects gear from rain, dust and sand
  • Hideaway Tripod Mount™ system helps secure a tripod to the outside of pack for easy access
  • Zippered, front storage compartment with space for a tablet provides quick access to a tablet, small accessories and personal items
  • Built-in memory card pockets offer quick access and storage of extra memory
  • SlipLock™ attachment loops increase carrying capacity with compatible cases, pouches and bags
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Rated 4 out of 5 by 1 reviewer.
Rated 4 out of 5 by A great bag with some minor issues After using a Slingshot 202 AW for over a year for events and walking around town, I decided I needed a larger pack for travel and when getting more gear to a destination was a little more important than the quick, light package the Slingshot offered. I opted for the Flipside 500 AW over some of the more outdoor-oriented packs (Rover Pro, Flipside Sport, etc.), looking for something that would be as versatile as possible. The bag has delivered on versatility and then some! Within the first week, I found myself cramming it with 2 DSLRS with grips, speedlites, and 4 lenses, as well as 2 tripods attached to the exterior to hike up a mountain to take some engagement shots for a buddy (when I say hike, I really mean it...plus a short rappel to reach the ledge where I took the photos as the couple finished a climb). Despite my efforts to overload the pack, it felt solid and comfortable throughout the hike and has ever since. The stitching, padding, exterior fabric, and overall build quality have me believing this thing will be around for years to come, whether or not I'm super kind to it. Inside, the ability to customize and readjust the padded dividers has been excellent as my gear inventory grows or changes for each outing. I don't always use it, but the ability to keep the hipbelt buckled and spin the pack around to access gear is greatly appreciated when I'm on the hiking trail or even on wet pavement. Rear gear access helps ease my mind when walking through crowded areas like airports and downtown districts. The front pocket swallows up any packs of extra batteries, snacks, a rain jacket, or anything else I may need for the day--I generally stick my netbook in there when going through the airport for easy access at security. One qualm with the pack is that its hipbelt rides abnormally high when I wear it. I'm 5'9", so an abnormally long torso isn't to blame here, it's just the slightly shorter height of the pack that puts the hipbelt more toward the middle of my stomach. The belt still works to keep the load near your back and stabilize it over uneven terrain, but it's not shifting any of the weight to your hips. Theoretically, this could create a greater chance of shoulder discomfort, but I've never felt any as the padding and shoulder straps seem to do their job quite well. Another issue I've encountered, but have a hard time being upset about is the rain cover. It's absolutely awesome to have it integrated and always with you, but it's unusable if you have a tripod on the pack. When the rain starts, you're faced with the decision to go without the cover or to carry your tripod separately to get out of the rain. I can't think of a great design solution to this limitation, though, and I've only encountered it once--it's a small nitpick at a good pack. Overall, this is a great and versatile pack that allows you to transport and access a bevy of gear quite comfortably. For me, that translates into less time worrying about where things are and more time behind the camera. November 8, 2013
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Does the Flipside 500 fit a DSLR with attached 500/4 lens?

I have a Nikon D800 with grip and a 500/4 VR lens. It's not clear from the description if I can have the lens attached on the camera in the bag.
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Yes, this bag was built to fit a DSLR with attached 500mm f4 lens.
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Does this bag complies to Airline cabin baggage size?

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This bags dimensions are outside of the normal carry on range. The smaller Flipside 400 however does fall within the majority of domestic flight requirements:

http://store.lowepro.com/flipside-4...
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The Flipside 500 has 2 Sliplock attachment points (one on each side), so you would be able to attach one Apex to each side of the bag.
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Flipside 500AW

I have just purchased the 400AW and it is not big enough for my equipment, I have a canon EOS5D with Grip, a 24-105L and 100-400L zoom lenses plus other bits, Ideally I would like the bag to be carry on compliant but the 500AW does not appear to be so.
If I purchased the 500AW would it still go in overhead lockers as the dimensions of this are smaller than the Pro Trekker 400,
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Airline carry-on restrictions can vary from airline to airline, but we don't show the Flipside 500 AW as carry-on compatible.

You can check with your specific airline to see what their specific size requirements are and if the Flipside 500 would fit.

A lot of traveling photographers with a ton of gear to carry will carry two bags, a carry-on compatible roller for all their gear and then a backpack for when out in the field.
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Can Flipside 500 AW carry a 14 inch laptop?

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Hello Rejith,

The largest non camera device that will fit into the Flipside 500 AW is a tablet.

You can use our online Bagfinder tool to see all of our recommended fits for a 14" laptop:

http://www.lowepro.com/bagfinder
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Dimensions & Specifications

Fits:

  • Up to a pro DSLR with grip and 500mm f/4 lens
  • 1-2 extra bodies
  • 2-4 extra lenses
  • Flash
  • 3 memory cards
  • Tripod or monopod
  • Tablet
  • Accessories and personal items

Technical Specifications:

Internal Dimensions: 28 x 18.5 x 48 cm (11.02 x 7.28 x 18.90 in)

External Dimensions: 30 x 32.5 x 51 cm (11.81 x 12.80 x 20.08 in)

Weight: 2 kg (4.40 lbs)

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