An addition to the popular toploading bags from Lowepro, the Cirrus TLZ25 has an up to date design, soft insides and reasonable water defence.
Lowepro Cirrus TLZ25 Specification
- Interior dimensions:15.5 x 10.5 x 21 cm
- External dimensions:18 x 13 x 26.6cm
- Capacity: One DSLR camera with short zoom lens attached, memory cards and small accessories.
- External material: Water and abrasion resistant fabric
- Internal material: Brushed tricot
Lowepro Cirrus TLZ25 Build quality
Released as updated bags to reflect updated digital cameras, the Cirrus range have a brand new look. Three models are available in the range and the TLZ25 is the largest of them all.
It is capable of holding a DSLR with a lens fitted and an extra lens in the bottom. Alternatively, if you prefer, a few accessories like filters or a small flash can be placed in the bottom of the bag.
Two support arms are provided for the camera body to sit on while the lens slots down the middle. The arms are made of foam and are not stiff, but are strong enough, coupled with the Velcro fasteners, to hold the DSLR and lens.
A small pocket is located on the inside of the lid to hold memory cards, batteries and other little accessories. It is not big enough to hold things like pens, which is a shame.
Lowepro Cirrus TLZ25 Holding on
The Cirrus TLZ25 has three ways of being carried and they are by a belt loop, hand strap on the lid or by the shoulder strap that is included with the bag. The belt loop is strong and made out of the same fabric as the rest of the bag.
The canvas shoulder strap is only basic, which lets the bag down. It is the largest bag they make and designed to carry more equipment, so seeing a padded or neoprene strap would have been nice.
Lowepro Cirrus TLZ25 Performance
The belt loop allows the bag to be fitted to your waist at the correct height for easy access and also allows you to move around without the hindrance of the bag getting in the way. The zip can get a bit difficult to operate, but I am being brutally critical.
To test the bag against water attack, I submerged it an inch under water to see how long it could fight off the invasion. It lasted one minute before the first signs of water started seeping through the joins at the bottom. Lowepro do only say that the bag is water resistant, not water proof.
This test means that the bag will cope with moderate rainfall, but will struggle in heavy rain or if it is accidentally dropped in a river.
Lowepro Cirrus TLZ25 Verdict
The Lowepro Cirrus TLZ25 is suitable for the photographer that wants to take a minimal amount of gear out on a shoot or if they are flying on an airplane and want to keep their DSLR with them.
It is not overloaded with pockets, forcing you to think about what you want to take with you.
It is a nice bag with soft, springy insides and a comfy fit when fitted to a belt.
Lowepro Cirrus TLZ25 Plus points
Fits well to belt
Good build quality
Lowepro Cirrus TLZ 25 Minus points
The design is the only apparent difference to other toploaders
The Lowepro Cirrus TLZ 25 costs around £32 and is available via the Lowepro website.
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The camera used was the Sony Alpha A100 DSLR and standard 18-70mm lens.