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Lowepro Lens Exchange Case 200AW Review

Lowepro Lens Exchange Case 200AW Review - We look at the Lowepro Lens Exchange Case 200AW - that lets you change lenses with ease.

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Category : Bags, Cases and Straps
Product : Lowepro S&F Lens Exchange Case 200AW
Price : £45
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Specification

The Lens Exchange Case 200AW is from Lowepro's Street & Field range - a flexible system with cases that attach to a belt or harness so you can add or remove items as you need them. This case has a unique design, allowing you to temporarily hold two lenses so you can easily switch lenses as you work.

Lowepro Street and Field Lens Exchange Case 200AW - front
Lowepro's Street and Field Lens Exchange Case 200AW has a unique fold out double temporary compartment to make changing lenses easier while you're on the go.
Lowepro Street and Field Lens Exchange Case 200AW - side view

Lowepro Street & Field Lens Exchange Case 200AW Features

The Lens Exchange Case is 26.5cm tall and 14cm wide, so it can house a Canon or Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 size lens or any other brand with a maximum height of 240mm.

It features two side mesh pockets for lens & body caps or filters. Lowepro's All Weather AW Cover is tucked in the back and their SlipLock attachment tab is ready to attach to the S&F belt or harness system. The main compartment is opened with a wide, easy-grip main handle that can be used to carry the lens if you don't want it over your shoulder using the 37mm webbed strap.

The compartment lid zips right down the front and when opened out reveals the two inner compartments and provides easy access to the lens. When closed you can secure the lid with a metal button style clip. The shoulder strap can be removed and has a padded none-slip grip that's curved and measure 70mm at the widest point.

Key Features

  • Two compartment design
  • All-Weather cover
  • Slip Lock attachment tab
  • Wide shoulder strap with wider pad.
  • Carry handle
  • Mesh filter pockets
Lowepro Street and Field Lens Exchange Case 200AW -  back view
Lowepro Street and Field Lens Exchange
Case 200AW rear view.
Lowepro Street and Field Lens Exchange Case 200AW - rain cover on

Lowepro Street and Field Lens Exchange Case 200AW. seen here with the All-Weather rain cover pulled out and slipped over the case.

Lowepro Street & Field Lens Exchange Case 200AW Handling


Lowepro Street and Field Lens Exchange Case 200AW - interior Lowepro Street and Field Lens Exchange Case 200AW - rain cover

There's plenty of room inside the case for a decent sized zoom. Here an old bulky Pentax 70-210mm f/4 is seen inserted, but it will take larger lenses including Nikon and Canon's 70-210mm f/2.8s.

The case is comfortable even with a heavy lens in place, thanks to the well thought out strap. The wide padded grip is narrower in the middle so it hugs to the shoulder and the strap swivels on the case clips so it sits upright wherever it rests. Even the zip closing hand grip is curved to suit your grip and is also comfortable. It's clear Lowepro have taken into account previous feedback in designing a product that's first rate in handling.

The raincover is easy to remove and quick to slip over the case to offer protection as soon as it's needed. And when you're done it's easy to slip back into its enclosure, unlike some we've seen in the past.

Lowepro Street & Field Lens Exchange Case 200AW Performance

There's not a lot to add to what we've already covered in the handling, other than testing the waterproof feature. We submitted the case to a shower from a hose to check it doesn't let water in when the cover is in place. It passed with flying colours. It's a shame that the case zip doesn't go back right over the edge of the lid as the interior is slightly exposed at each corner, so if you did want to risk using it without the all-weather cover water could get in. That said it would take a fair bit to do any harm.

Value For Money

The Lowepro 200AW is quite expensive for a lens case at £45, but surprisingly the Vanguard ICS 25 is £39 and although well padded with a similar belt clip and carry handle, it has no exchange system or filter pockets. The similarly priced Kata AP-323 (although currently just £30 with Amazon) has all the padding and connections, but lacks the exchange system and carry handle. Manfrotto have a far less expensive £19 Lino Astuccio VI Lens Pouch, but that's lacks any features as it's really designed as padding for inside your larger camera bag. Tamrac's MX5347, designed for their modular system is a similar size with a carry handle and beats the rest price-wise at just £16, but again doesn't have the exchange system. So the Lowepro is high in price, but also unique in what it offers.

Lowepro Street & Field Lens Exchange Case 200AW Verdict

I've rarely been excited about a lens case, but this one is different. Lowepro have seen what is a constant problem for photographers and addressed it with a case that we didn't think could exist. If you change lenses in the field you'll know what we mean and this case solves that problem. Not only that it's also a great lens protector, so combined it beats anything currently on the market.
 
  A simple idea to make a photographer's life easier. The cost could easily be covered in avoiding an accidental lens drop as you exchange lenses.

Lowepro Street & Field Lens Exchange Case 200AW Pros

Convenient double pocket system
Padded and weatherproof for great protection
Comfortable to carry lens

 

Lowepro Street & Field Lens Exchange Case 200AW Cons

Zip doesnt entirely cover back of compartment

FEATURES  
HANDLING  
PERFORMANCE  
VALUE FOR MONEY  
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Lowepro S&F Lens Exchange Case 200AW Specifications

ManufacturerLowepro
Bag type
StyleLens Case
MaterialPolyester
Dimensions
Weight500g
Width135mm
Height265mm
Depth140mm

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