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Ok so the other day I picked up a Pro Trekker 600AW to provide me with a more roomy, better harnessed bag which also allowed room for expansion of my gear over what my Minitrekker could hold. The biggest problem was trying to get a bag with a good storage space for other things (other than a laptop) like lunch and such.
However they only had the 300 and 600 on display and no 400 and I'm feeling, after a few days, that the 600 was maybe a bit too much all at once - that its a bit too big. I wanted something with expansion room, but the biggest I have currently is a 70-200mm f2.8 with 2*TC and a 7D. The lenses I have almost get lost in the large deep bag, and I've got to learn to be creative to get them to sit without shifting around.
Thing is it just feels that it might be too much so I'm wondering how big the size reduction is down to the 400 version - whilst I've got time to exchange (and whilst the bag hasn't taken wear).
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I picked up the 400AW version a month or so ago, thats big enough, miles better than my prev Lowepro in terms of harness support and weight distribution, I've squeezed in mine 2 big telephoto zooms, 2 flashguns, a mid macro, a superwide zoom, 2 bodies one with a 17 - 70 attached and various filters, batts etc.
Thats filled the main section without touching the extra pockets and the laptop area, In my view plenty big enough for most needs, weighs about 12kg total,
Lowepro Pro Trekker 300 AW Backpack
Size 390 x 360 x 470mm
Internal size 290 x 165 x 370mm
Weight (g) 3100
Lowepro Pro Trekker 400 AW Backpack
Size 390 x 360 x 540mm
Internal size 290 x 165 x 440mm
Weight (g) 3300
Lowepro Pro Trekker 600 AW Backpack
Size 460 x 380 x 600mm
Internal size 370 x 190 x 540mm
Weight (g) 3800
Just put on scales 16.2 kg
Aye it wasn't so much lens space that was my main concern, but the sundries as well - lunch, flash units, battery packs etc.. - all the bulky additional things that I need a larger pocket for and which somewhat pushed me toward the larger 600 version - it just seems at the moment though that I've ended upwith no real gain in storage space, whilst also getting a lot of lens holding space that isn't going to be used for a considerable amount of time. (and yes I can store extra things in the main compartment of course, but it still does not get around my smaller lenses being too easily left loose in the bigger holding sections).
Just bought a Lowepro CompuTrekker Plus AW. The seller got it a year ago as a present but has only used it twice. New price in here in Norway about £240... I got it for £100
OK, so I carry round more than is perhaps needed, but I have everthing in one place. Weighs 9.8kg fully loaded (without laptop).
Great piece of kit.
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