New favourite Camera Bag, Flipside 500.

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New favourite Camera Bag, Flipside 500.
Apr 9, 2012

For those that have similar gear as I do, which I would say are many, and like to use a backpack, then this may be of interest.

I have been a long time fan of the Lowepro Flipside 400 as it was supremely comfortable, adaptable and could fit my normal Nikon gear for travel. I can walk all day with this on my back, no problem.

The great thing about the Flipside type backpacks is that the side that is against your back is face up when you remove it from your back for quick and easy access. It also meant that the side that is against your back doesn't get dirty from when you place it on the ground, thus keeping your shirt clean. The other bonus is that you can access the gear when the waist belt is still attached by slipping out of the shoulder straps and swivelling round your waist to face you, which you can't really do with a normal rear opening backpack. See the Lowepro video:

http://vidego.productvideocast.com/player.php?p=d56n3419

This is my normal travel gear packed in the 400:

D700 (attached to 24-70 f2.8)
16-35 f4 VR or 14-24 f2.8
24-70 f2.8
70-200 f2.8 VRII
1.4x TCII
2x TCIII
Depending on subject matter, I would also take either:
D7000 for reach or 105 f2.8 VR Micro, or 85 f1.4G or one of the SB flashes.

This was my set up:

Unfortunately, this pocket was not quite big enough for my 300mm x 230mm laptop:

I did sometimes have the Nikon 300 f2.8 VRII lens case attached to the waist belt of the Flipside 400 for when I was using it, but that was never on overseas travel due to weight restrcitions and size. It does make for a brilliant left elbow support, especially for steadying the longer lenses:

I always thought that a larger version of the Lowepro Flipside 400 would be great and just recently, Lowepro released the Flipside 500, a tad bigger and able to take the 500 f4 (unattached) or the 300 f2.8 attached, plus other lenses. This is my new favourite bag!
http://products.lowepro.com/product/Flipside-500-AW,2294,14.htm

Here are the size differences:

Inside:

I can fit in:
D700 attached to 300 f2.8 VRII
16-35 or 14-24 f2.8 - middle foreground
24-70 f2.8 - right foreground
70-200 f2.8 VRII - right side at the bottom of the bag
TC's top middle

Spare spot is where D700 (or D7000 depending on what is attached to 300 f2.8) or in future, there will only be a D800 as I won't need the D700 and D7000 as the D800 will serve as both cameras and so I will have a spot spare where there is a blank spot as in the photo for something else.

Or I can fit the 500 f4 down the centre by removing the divider that runs across the bottom part of the bag which is now at the end of the 300 f2.8, and then have:
16-25 f4 VR or 14-24 f2.8 as above
24-70 f2.8 as above
70-200 f2.8 - Top

Here it is configured for the 500 f4:

The rear pocket can fit my 300mm x 230mm laptop, but probably nothing larger, but that is all I need. It will also easily fit a tablet or iPad.

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 Lance B's gear list:Lance B's gear list
Nikon D800E Nikon D810 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED +13 more
Nikon D700 Nikon D7000 Nikon D800
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