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Lowepro Toploader 70 AW

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88% of reviewers $70.00
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A slightly smaller holster bag made for travel and active sports, with an All Weather Cover™ to see you through the toughest conditions. Carry it on the Chest Harness (included), on the shoulder strap — or add an optional S&F Deluxe Waistbelt and use it as a beltpack. Includes a reverse-open lid and attachment loops for optional SlipLock™ add-ons and Cinch Straps.

Capacity: SLR with attached 70–200mm f/2.8 lens (most makes, non IS) and lens hood (reversed)

Size (Interior): 6.5W x 6D x 10H in. / 16.5 x 15 x 25.5 cm

Outer fabric: water-resistant 600D TXP™ ripstop and 2000D ballistic nylon



 


          
canonbuff
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Registered: Nov 29, 2005
Location: United States
Posts: 104
Review Date: Jan 14, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Love this bag, traveled to many countries as a carry on with lens bag attachments and have never had any breakage. Very secure attachments, very well thought out system.
Cons:
None, very light weight and aesthetically acceptable.



Jan 14, 2011
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Registered: Mar 25, 2005
Location: Canada
Posts: 657
Review Date: Jan 19, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $70.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very practical, rain protection, can hold lens with hood on, extendable (like all Lowepro professional products).
Cons:
Original harness/strap can be adjusted from only one side, and not comfortable; ugly; the front little pocket is not easy accessable.

If you want a container for your camera gears, not a fashion statement, this one is for you. It holds a pro body with 70-200/2.8 type of lens (hood reversed), or 24-70/2.8 lens with hood on, and can fit a flash inside as well (may be a little tight)

There are side extension loop for add-on cases, and can attach to Lowepro belt/harness, and/or vest. Very configurable.

Strongly recommend this large model and you may regret to choice the smaller ones.

Ugly ! There is no fashion consideration at all Smile


Jan 19, 2009
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Registered: Jan 4, 2008
Location: Germany
Posts: 53
Review Date: Jan 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very practial. Robust. Reverse-open lid.
Cons:
Original harness/strap not very comfortable.

My comments are also for the 75AW, which is a bit bigger. Of course it is relatively big (long). So what? It is supposed to hold, protect, and provide quick access to a pro body with a quite big tele lens. And it does a fairly good job.

It’s my preferred bag when I go for a tele-shooting-walk. It perfectly holds an EOS 5D with a 100-300 APO Sigma or a 4/250 Leica (2nd), the latter even with extender, both with an ArcaSwiss plate attached (I also tried the 70AW but it is too short for these lenses and a bit narrow for pro bodies). It even holds a Speedlite 580EX simultaneously in the main compartment so that the exterior compartments are still free for further (small) stuff.

I don’t use the chest harness though. It isn’t very comfortable for me. The same goes for the original shoulder strap. I use a neoprene shoulder strap (also on my camera, if any) which is much more comfortable (coushioned!). I attach one end to a lateral plastic ring and the other end to the posterior ‘handle’ of the 75AW. In this way, the top of the bag is oriented a bit forward and the camera is easier to get to.

I would rate the 70AW the same as the basic idea and its realization is the same and I cannot complain that it is too small for my body/tele lenses when it is just not made for them.



Jan 13, 2008
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Registered: May 30, 2007
Location: Netherlands
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Review Date: May 30, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Highely versatel, handling of a Slingshot, Minibackpack or belt holster. Many connectiosn with other Lowepro Gear
Cons:
opening rather small even for pro DSLRs with neckstrap

I have a Lowepro Computrekker AW for all my gear, and a Lowepro Oriontrekker if i want to take several lenses, and filters and a flash, combined with storage capacity for food and drinks this works well.

But there are times when je want quick acces of your gear and in different settings. A slingshot could be de answer, but is has minor variable settings, of carrying possibillities.

The Toploader is great, i have variable lenscase or i leave them at home, can carry it on my back, front, hips, on a harness etc. So together with the Computrekker and the Oriontrekker i am able to make different configurations even on a holliday, although this is not possible when flying due to the amount of bags i have to carry.

In ocmbinations with the Toploader i have a 3, 4 and 4s lens case. # 3 and 4s are most of the time attached and a 70-200 F2.8 IS USM is carried in the LC4 seperately.

Minor side of the Toploader is the opening of the Toploader. All the Toploaders are made for the same purpose but the opening is smaller on the 70 and 65 Toploader. It Would be smarter just to make them less deep. And so my EOS 300D with Batterygrip and Optechstrap needs a little pushing to get in the bag. With Toploader 75AW this was no problem, but is is to big for standard lenses and to pricy.

Excuses for my poor english ;-)


May 30, 2007
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Registered: Feb 13, 2007
Location: Canada
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Review Date: Feb 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Well made, offers great protection from bangs and bad weather. Chest harness offers extra versatility.
Cons:
The internal dividers could be stronger. Mine is an older version so the interior is nylon, maybe the newer ones are softer for digital bodies.

My toploader is one of the earlier versions that doesn't have the sliplock attachments. I've used it under many different conditions including -30 canadian winters (i put one of those disposable hand warmer pouches in the bottom, it keeps camera and batteries useable). It will accomodate a full size body with my 70-200mm attached but if you use a WA theres just enough room for a small zoom or prime as well.
I've found the chest harness to be very useful. It feels a bit odd and bulky hanging in front but if you leave the bottom strap off one side you can angle it more to one side which seems comfier. An added benefit is that with the harness cinched tighter it makes a good stable elbow platform to steady your long lens. Hardware and zippers have all stood up well.
Highly recommended


Feb 21, 2007
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Registered: Feb 18, 2006
Location: United States
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Review Date: Apr 16, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: It holds my camera safely and securely. Torrential rains are a non-issue with the included rain cover.
Cons:
It's kind of big for a bag that essentially carries no more than a camera and flash. The front harness is useless. The shoulder strap over the neck and shoulder, with the bag somewhere on my back is perfect.

Like one of the other reviewers, I use a Toploader 75. It is one of a very few bags that will accommodate a Canon pro body or a 20D with a grip and L-bracket. When your camera body is 6.75 inches tall the number of bags at your disposal starts to drop off. I normally leave the house with an EOS 1D MkII N fitted with a Kirk Enterprises L-bracket and an EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS lens, and a Speedlite 580EX, and that's all the bag will hold. It protects one body, one lens, and one accessory extremely well. This bag is fairly large, considering how little you can carry in it, but you will be very happy with it when the rains come. When I need to carry more than one body or multiple lenses I switch to a Tamrac Expedition 8 backpack.

Apr 16, 2006
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Registered: Mar 8, 2004
Location: Canada
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Review Date: Mar 27, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: well padded.
Cons:
poor design, poor customer service, expensive.

my comments are for the 75AW, same bag as the 70AW except slightly bigger.

the bag's design makes for a relatively large exterior, but has little room inside.

you can fit a DSLR with grip and a 70-200 in the main compartment, and maybe a flash with a pair of gloves along with some CF cards in the exterior compartment(s), and that's all this bag will carry .. not a lot considering it's almost as big as my regular bag which carries about twice the gear (in fact my whole kit).

the shoulder strap is not contoured, and there is no area in the bag to store the back harness strapping, unless you want to give up the one remaining small exterior compartment.

and I broke one of the plastic clips for the nylon strapping with no more than normal pressure to tighten and the Canadian distributor has requested sending in the WHOLE BAG for inspection (at my cost) .. and have yet to even reply to my e-mail suggesting a more sane approach would be to simply send in the broken clip.

it is fairly well made (broken clip aside) but poorly designed .. my very much smaller basic Domke bag will carry more gear (but not as well protected).

bottom line is if you need a bag to give solid protection to*only* a DSLR and big lens then the 75AW should fit the bill.

my apologies to Lowepro for the low rating, but this bag (and customer service) needs improving.
Mike


Mar 27, 2006
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Registered: May 12, 2005
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Review Date: Dec 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great expandability. Built like a tank, well sort of, I don't think steel camera bags would catch on! Good shoulder strap. Well padded with good positionable pieces to secure your camera. All weather cover does what it says on the tin.
Cons:
Chest harness is a nice idea, but not as substantial as necessary when the bag's filled with kit. There should be an extra set of straps to hold lens cases each side more secureley. That's all folks!

I can fit any canon SLR (even EOS 1 series SLR's, just!) with mid price zoom lens fitted in the main compartment, along with remote cord, lens brush, lens cloth, and spare lens/body caps.
The front compartment can take my; film, CF cards, flash batteries, camera batteries (BP 511 and CR5's), and my lowepro gloves (which are also quite good).

All of that at the same time!!!!!!!!

I have stuck a lowepro lens case on each side the cinch straps provided to secure the accessories are at the base of the case, extra straps would be good at the to top to stop the lens cases wobbling around. I improvised and used a shoe lace to secure the top of the lens cases to the bag.

How can I write so much about a camera bag!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Once the lens cases are on it and your gear is in it you won't look back. It's like a tardis!!!!

Not perfect but bloomin' excellent none the less.

It's a must for any photographer; press, wildlife, amateur, landscape or adventure.

I bought the case when I was 17 and I'm still using it regularly now.

James.


Dec 18, 2005
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Lowepro Toploader 70 AW

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Reviews Views Date of last review
8 31094 Jan 14, 2011
Recommended By Average Price
88% of reviewers $70.00
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
8.50
8.13
8.3