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Lowepro Compact Courier Camera Bags Review

Lowepro Compact Courier Camera Bags Review - Daniel Bell takes a look at two Lowepro Compact Courier camera bags, ideal for use with mirrorless cameras such as the Sony NEX range.

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Category : Bags, Cases and Straps
Product : Lowepro Compact Courier 80
Price : £10
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Lowepro Compact Courier 70
Lowepro Compact Courier 70

The Compact Courier series of bags from Lowepro are designed to fit the NEX series, such as the Sony NEX-5N, as well as other compact system cameras. Both bags can hold the camera with an 18-55mm lens attached as well as providing room for a pancake/16mm lens. The bags are available in black with red piping or grey with arctic blue piping, priced at around £30 for the 70 version and £35 for the 80.



Lowepro Compact Courier 80
Lowepro Compact Courier 80

Lowepro Compact Courier Camera Bags Features

  • Built-in microfibre cleaning cloth
  • Pocket for memory card inside flap
  • Padded interiors
  • Made from water resistant materials
  • Adjustable/detachable shoulder strap
  • Compact Courier 80 fits a Sony NEX with 18-55mm lens attached with room for a pancake/16mm lens
  • Compact Courier 70 fits most compact system cameras with an 18-55mm lens attached, seperate auxiliary pouch for pancake/16mm lens
  • Available in black with red piping or grey with arctic blue piping
Lowepro Compact Courier 70
Lowepro Compact Courier 70

Lowepro Compact Courier Camera Bags Handling

Both bags are very similar, they both have a flap which folds over the zip and is attached firmly by velcro. On the inside of this flap is a velcro pocket where you can keep your spare memory cards and in the fold you will find the built-in cleaning cloth. Both bags also have a large zip across giving a big opening in order to insert your camera. If you prefer to not carry a bag round your neck, both bags have loops which can attached to your belt.

Looking inside the bags is where the main differences occur. The Compact Courier 70 is just one space, with nothing but the padding inside. The 80 model has two sections, one for the camera and one for a spare 16mm lens. The 70 makes up for this lack of internal partioning with a seperate pouch for the 16mm lens which can fit to the strap of the bag or your camera strap.

Lowepro Compact Courier 80
Lowepro Compact Courier 80

Lowepro Compact Courier Camera Bags Performance

If you're not into carrying large amounts of kit with your compact system camera both these bags are ideal. There is plenty of padding to protect your camera from the odd bump and the water resistant material means you'll be OK if you're caught in a rain shower. There is room for your memory cards and you'd be able to tuck a spare battery in the bag as well.

Lowepro Compact Courier 70
Lowepro Compact Courier 70

Value for money

The Compact Courier 70 is available for £29.95 and the 80 will set you back £34.95. This is  reasonable for a camera bag of this quality. Have a look at our complete guide to camera bags for more ideas of what's available.

Lowepro Compact Courier Camera Bags Verdict

If you've just bought a compact system camera and are looking for your first bag you can't go far wrong with the Lowepro Compact Courier bags. They are ideal to house your camera and its 18-55mm kit lens and a 16mm lens if you have made the extra investment.

 

The Compact Courier Series is ideal for compact system users looking for a bag to protect their camera.

Lowepro Compact Courier Camera Bags Pros

Water-resistant
Well padded
Built-in microfibre cleaning cloth


Lowepro Compact Courier Camera Bags Cons

Only designed for use with 18-55mm and 16mm lenses

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Lowepro Compact Courier 80 Specifications

ManufacturerLowepro
Bag type
StyleCompact Case
MaterialNylon
Dimensions
Weight200g
Width165mm
Height205mm
Depth80mm

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Lowepro Compact Courier 70 Specifications

ManufacturerLowepro
Bag type
StyleCompact Case
MaterialNylon
Dimensions
Weight200g
Width165mm
Height205mm
Depth80mm

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