Photo Sport 200 AW

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Photo Sport 200 AW
A backpack designed for athlete-photographers who like to go fast and light.

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Trail running and photography. Mountain biking and photography. Snowboarding and photography. Adventure sport athletes who like to go fast and light — but equally like to capture the moment — will enjoy the freedom and comfort of this pack.

  • Ultra-lightweight construction with high-performance fabrics provide comfort, durability and resiliency during extreme activity
  • Ultra-Cinch Camera Chamber protects camera gear in a padded and secure compartment and helps prevent bouncing while athlete/photographer in motion
  • Zippered, side-access pocket allows photographer to quickly rotate to front, unzip, un-cinch and access camera
  • Toploading upper compartment provides up to 13.9 liters of personal space for items like a jacket, lunch, cell phone, etc.
  • Dedicated hydration pocket with port provides storage and easy access to liquid from a hydration reservoir (not included)
  • Multiple attachment points offer a variety ways to expand carrying capacity
  • Sternum strap with built-in safety whistle offers a quick way to sound an alert
  • Patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover™ protects camera and personal gear from the elements
Reviews
Photo Sport 200 AW is rated 4.3548 out of 5 by 31.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Photo Sport 200 AW, perfect for travel Had used this bag last summer and the year before, for 3 weeks trips in Europe. It was perfect for my Nikon 7000 and two lenses (Sigma 18-250 and Sigma 10-20 mm). Very practical (I can change lenses, without stopping walking, in 12 secs.) and secure, it is now my principal daypack in all occasions.
Date published: 2013-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hiking bag that keeps my kit safe. This bag came with me to The Black Hills, Yellowstone, Glacier and Yosemite national parks in the USA. It carried my canon 60D, sigma 24-70 2.8 and canon 50 1.8 along my macbook pro 13" that I slid into the back section and on some days the top compartment would carry memory cards (in a peli case), food, water, hard drive, rain or down jacket and hammock to name a few. Most of my days were spent walking or scrambling trails ranging from 3 to 15 miles and this bag took everything I gave it on the chin. I have a bad lower back and this bag didn't aggravate it but could do with thicker waist straps. I would recommend this bag to any hikers, bikers, climbers etc who need a practical bag that carried their camera and other essentials.
Date published: 2013-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Bag except for the Straps I've been using the Photo Sport 200 AW for over a year and it is basically a good bag. There is a limit as to how much camera gear can fit into the padded area, usually a body and lens with a second lens. When I hike with a 3rd lens, I end up keeping it in a padded case in the main gear area. There is also room for non-photo stuff like food, clothing and survival gear. Where this bag falls short is the the straps. They are too narrow and thin and it make carrying the backpack fully loaded uncomfortable. The straps dig into your shoulders, especially in warm weather when you are only wearing a t-shirt. If this bag had wider and thicker shoulder straps it would be perfect.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All year around! This light weight backpack has ben with me up in the lappish mountain every time. I use it in summer and winter. It works every time. It is so easy to cary the photo-gear an still space for safty equipment and som extra clodes. I realy like the backpack. My next by will be the larger one.
Date published: 2013-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally you can end your long search for an outdoor photography bag... I use this product for hiking, camping or pretty much anywhere I go away to. First let me say I spent months trying to find the right bag, even bought some that I sold weeks later for a loss just trying to find the right one. I was looking for an outdoor bag that would hold a water bladder, a decent amount of gear and not be too bulky. Let me say this bag filled all my needs; I really tip my hat off to Lowepro well thought out. It felt like this bag was design for an outdoor photographer, who wanted to make sure they can take their favorite gear out on an adventure. Some main things I like: -The bag's physical size is just right not too small and not to big on my 6 foot frame (this was a problem for me because I found bags to be either too big for hiking or just way undersized). -The bag size tends to match how much you put in it. What I mean is if I pack the bag lightly the bag size is a lot smaller, but when the time comes I can pack her up and the bag becomes a lot larger to accommodate everything. -Pockets on the belt for snacks (great little pockets for gum, peanuts etc. that you don’t need to stop for). -The space for the bladder. -The molded back for air flow, which still comfortable. -The camera area is almost a bag within the bag because you can use a draw string to pull the padding tight to what you have within it. I too would highly recommend this bag for the outdoor/sport minded photographer.
Date published: 2013-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight and practical, excellent quality I bought this backpack two years ago and since then it's been by far my favorite backpack. I am a mountaneer and former climber so I have used lots of different backpacks in the past. After I took on photography I had been looking for a backpack that could properly accomodate my photo equipment. The Photo Sport 200 is just what I was looking for when going on daily trips. It is very lightweight and quite rugged. It's got all the pockets and slings one might need. I use the laptop pocket to carry my filters and the camera inner bag accomodates my D600 with 24-120 + 16-35. The shoulder straps could be just a little thicker as they tend to fold up on the sides. I just wish it was a little bigger (taller) to fit more clothes in the winter, but other than that I am very happy with this product.
Date published: 2013-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My bike/photo back bag Pretty awesome backbag. I have done a lot of research before buying one and there is no regret. When you think about getting your gear outdoors, the first concern is about protection, mainly when you go for bike trip. The camera compartment does its job very well. You do not feel like your equipment is in dangerous, so you are free to ride your bike downhill and if the worst happens, just get up, clean the dust and go on. Beside that, I have gone for several day bike trips and I took everything I needed inside it: water, fruits, tools, camera, lens, clothes, glasses, gloves, repairing tools, etc. Of course you will not be able to take supplies for 3 days, but it is not the purpose of this bag. Also it is very comfortable and you will not get tired on the back when you use the waist strap, that also can carry some power bars. I found very easy to grab the camera, shot put it back in the bag and ride back to the trip. The only thing I would complain about is that the camera compartment would be removable, so you could use the bag without it.
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good But Not Great I’ve been looking for this pack for years. I’ve used a TopLoad Zoom AW for about 15 years on a chest harness, to carry large 35mm or a German TLR across mountains and deserts, but I’ve wanted to make a change for a long time. Something for a camera body and extra lens, food and clothing and, very importantly, a hydration system. Problem is, few packs have the ability to carry a hydration system, and anyone spending the day in the backcountry will be hard pressed to do it on a couple of water bottles. So, all these years I’ve carried the camera--ever-ready--on my chest, and everything else in a conventional day- or backpack. So, I grabbed this Photo Sport 200 AW up with great gusto. But, I haven’t been able to get behind this pack and the reason is simple: it carries heavy. The old adage--a heavy pack that carries light is more comfortable than a light pack that carries heavy--applies to this pack very well: it weights nothing, but carries heavy, and that’s a terrible shame because it’s so close to being just right. I carried this pack in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons for almost three weeks of hiking, and then carried my water, spare lens and jacket and food in my old daypack, with my TopLoader on my chest with a 28-200 4.0 on my full-size DSLR. Other than sweating front and back--what I was trying to get away from--the old setup was more comfortable. Okay, putting a large DSLR with lens on one side and the rest of the stuff on the other isn’t a fair comparison, but, then again, if that’s what you’re trying to get away from, maybe it is. There’s always trade-offs, and the ultimate judge has to be the factors that define the need: if I’m giving up instant access to my camera, then there has to be a corresponding plus to compensate, such as greater comfort. Let’s start with me: I’m 5’8”, a 34.5” waist and 18” torso and 42” chest. That’s a firm Medium in most packs. I’m a furnace, so comfort is everything and I prefer packs with good ventilation on the back, but I’m not willing to give up carrying comfort for a little air circulation. I got used to the structured back panel; it’s not the best ventilated, but it’s good, and it kept its shape and held the weight as designed. A good frame sheet--or back panel--holds the weight vertically, while keeping sharp things from poking the wearer in the back. This did both very well. Hydration pocket: well designed, placed nearer the back in a separate, zippered pocket, with a hang tab to secure the top of most hydration systems from collapsing into the bottom as you drink it dry. Three small elastic straps on the shoulder straps allow you to guide the drinking tube through to keep in handy and out of the way while hiking. Designed for 70 ounce bladders, I could slide my 100 ounce system in with only a snug fit. The fabric itself is light, seemingly well made ripstop material, and LowePro’s AW system worked perfectly, evidenced by a four-hour hike through varying levels of rainfall that kept the camera inside and dry. The failing, then, is in the shoulder straps and more so the hip belt. The shoulder straps were adequate, even if just barely, but the hip belt needs a little more height or at least more structure to ‘hold’ the weight up (overloaded hip belts collapse rather than keep their shape and nestle the load on the wearer’s hip bones). I would say these components made the pack worth about 10 pounds of carrying capacity, and that’s an easy number to exceed with a day’s worth of stuff. And, I loved the hip belt pockets, which I used for spare batteries, memory cards and lens cloth. Let’s add up my load: water weight about 6 pounds, camera and 16-35mm lens with 28-200 (4.0 L IS) stuffed into the little pocket next to the camera, about 5+ pounds, insulating layer and rain jacket, another two and a half pounds; food a pound, headlamp, battery, gloves about another pound. That’s about 15-16 pounds, and it carried like it was twenty, while a better pack would make it feel like 12. And that’s not good. I carried the above load up mountain trails and had to transfer the weight to my shoulders since the hip belt wasn’t able to keep the load on my hips. I got used to the way it carried, but it wasn’t as good as it should or could be, and I left the tripod in the car rather than further overload the pack. Camera compartment was very tight for my camera and spare lens, and getting it out was almost acrobatic: keep the belt snapped but loosen it, slip right arm out and swing pack around to my front and unzip. The left strap kept falling down--pack straps aren’t made to swing around like slings--which left me crooking my arm to hold the pack up and remove/install my gear. And since my 5D Mk III has the tripod mount and the hand strap, this already bulky camera was barely able to fit inside. Removing the Arca-Swiss mount, and the camera goes in easier. The compartment is too shallow to carry the 28-200 on either of my cameras--the other being a 50D, which fits much better--though as the spare lens it slides into the lens space tightly, which is as it should. I haven’t filled this pack to the top yet, but, then again, having discovered the shoulder straps/hip belt can’t handle the load for a day of shooting in the backcountry, I didn’t so much as take my very light tripod unless it was warm enough to leave corresponding layers in the car. I wore this pack with the above load up to six hours a day. The structured back panel left my merino shirt soaked, which, even with good air flow is just how it’s going to be. However, the measure of a pack isn’t how much stuff it carries, but how it carries the stuff, and this pack has the volume to carry 20+ pounds, but the shoulder and hip structure for about half that amount. I’ve been waiting for this pack for 20 years, and finally LowePro brought it out. Unfortunately, they erred on the side of light rather than on comfortable carrying capacity. Adding a better structured hip belt, perhaps tied into the back panel as part of the structure of the overall pack, would transform this from a good pack for light camera equipment, to a great pack for all your daily shooting--eating, drinking, clothing--needs.
Date published: 2013-09-30
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Question & Answer

Will this bag hold my nikon d5200 with 55-300 lens?

Asked by: Dennis
Yes the Photo Sport 200 AW will fit your Nikon D5200 and 55-300mm lens unattached.
Answered by: LoweproWebTeam
Date published: 2015-06-24

What size bladder will fit in the reservoir pocket? 

Asked by: RDCPhoto
The Photo Sport 200 AW will fit a hydration reservoir up to 70 oz. or 2 liters.
Answered by: LoweproWebTeam
Date published: 2015-07-19

Hello. I already have a Flipside 10L and i´m looking for a medium backpack. How many liters in TOTAL? I know that the top part is about 15L. Thanks!

Asked by: Leonardo_Neves
Hello, Camera Compartment: 3L Main Body: 16L Lid: 1L For a total max volume of 20L
Answered by: LoweproOnline
Date published: 2015-05-22

Does the Photosport 200aw take a tripod, if so what is the max size? Thank you.

Asked by: Attjocko
You can carry a light weight travel tripod in the large side pocket. It was probably designed for a water bottle but with the hydration pouch inside this is a redundant feature. Plus, you ca use the upper compression strap to hold the tripod tight against the pack. 
Answered by: RichL
Date published: 2015-07-13

Hi, can I put a Canon 70D with a attached lens (canon ef 70-200mm f/4) in the quick access photo compartment of the 200 AW? Thanks

Asked by: Mathilde
Hello, For your camera and lens combination, we would recommend the larger PhotoSport Pro 30L: http://store.lowepro.com/photo-sport-pro-30l-aw
Answered by: LoweproOnline
Date published: 2015-07-15

I just purchased the Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW backpack and everything looks as advertised. I have, however, been unable to locate the rain fly shown in the product pictures and described in the product writeup. Can you help me locate it? Thanks.

Asked by: rah1
Hello, The All Weather Cover is located on the bottom of the bag. Look for a fabric tab with the "All Weather Cover" icon on it, and pull the tab away from the bag.
Answered by: LoweproOnline
Date published: 2015-07-13

What are the internal dimensions of the camera compartment?

Asked by: BJess
Hello, The internal dimensions of the camera compartment are: 19.5 x 9 x 23 cm (7.68 x 3.54 x 9.06 in)
Answered by: LoweproOnline
Date published: 2015-01-24

can i fit my canon 650D with 10-22 mm lens in the main camera compartment along with 70-200 f4 on the side?

Asked by: elevenzerosix
Hello, The additional 70-200 f4 would be too large to be considered a fit. For the gear you have listed you should check out the larger Photo Sport 30L: http://store.lowepro.com/backpacks/photo-sport-pro-30l-aw
Answered by: LoweproOnline
Date published: 2014-06-23
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Dimensions & Specifications

Fits:

  • Up to a pro-sized DSLR with a kit lens attached
  • Flash
  • Hydration reservoir (up to 70 oz. or 2 liters; not included)
  • Personal items

Technical Specifications:

Internal Dimensions: 19.5 x 9 x 23 cm (7.68 x 3.54 x 9.06 in)

External Dimensions: 27 x 17 x 49 cm (10.63 x 6.69 x 19.29 in)

Top Compartment: 22.5 x 10.5 x 20.5 cm (8.86 x 4.13 x 8.07 in)

Weight: 1.3 kg (2.86 lbs)

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