Last year I bought a Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II camera backpack for an international trip.
I found it to be an excellent backpack which allows me to carry a good amount of photography gear (including a small tripod) as well as my 17″ MacBook Pro. I was tired of carrying a separate laptop bag as well as my then main camera bag (a Lowepro Nova 190 AW).
Having gone for a few shoots this year, I decided it was time to properly, and somewhat permanently, equip my Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II with a camera rig which will cover 95% of my shooting requirements, and which I can literally ‘grab and go’.
Here is what I keep packed in it:
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II with LP-E6N battery and SanDisk Extreme 16GB CF card
- Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
- Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM + hood
- Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM + hood
- Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM + hood
- Canon TC-80N3 Timer Remote Controller
- Canon LC-E6E battery charger + AC cable
- Canon LP-E6 battery (spare)
- SanDisk Extreme 16GB CF card (spare)
- SanDisk Extreme IV 8GB CF card (spare)
- Hotshoe-mounted spirit level
- Princeton Tec FUEL headlamp
- Neoprene lens cleaning cloth
- Giottos Rocket-Air blower
- Business cards
- Print of Street Photographers’ Rights fact sheet
- Apple 12W iDevice charger + 1m USB cable
- Shintaro SH-XCR3 CF card reader + USB cable
- Manfrotto M3293A4 tripod and Manfrotto 494RC2 ball head
The tripod is on the outside of the bag, and is affixed to the bag via an in-built tripod foot pocket, and a strap to keep the legs close to the side of the bag.
What is not packed, but can be packed when we are heading away, is the following:
What is also missing is ND and GND filters. Having recently replaced my Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM with a Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM, I need a new NiSi 150mm filter system to replace my Lee 100mm filter system, which at the time of writing I have not yet purchased.
The good news is that my Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II will easily accommodate this, and there is still room.
Now, this rig covers most of my shooting needs. What it does not cover, however, is wildlife, for which I use my three largest lenses.
Fortunately, I have two other backpacks which can accommodate those, as well as fit a lot of the equipment packed in my Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II.
I am very content with both the backpack and the array of equipment I have packed into it. It holds a lot of gear, is not too heavy, and still has room in the top compartment for more gear if I need it. Plus, it is ready for a shoot ay any time.