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Lowepro Photo Hatchback Camera Bag for Micro 4/3?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by billbooz, May 14, 2014.

  1. billbooz

    billbooz Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 23, 2014
    Lynchburg, VA USA
    William H. Booz
    By now anyone who has read my posts here or on my blog knows I am an incurable bag addict! Since there appears to be no twelve-step program for this condition, I'm just going with it and continue to always look for the "next great bag." I could, perhaps, just perhaps, solve my problem by not going by the camera bag displays when I go into stores, but that's most likely NOT going to happen!

    The bag that most recently caught my eye is the Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L. It normally sells for US $89 and is on sale at BestBuy for $55. Plus, I have a $15 Rewards Certificate (most gotten from buying other bags probably!) that expires on Saturday. So, it will JUST cost me $40! It'd be a shame NOT to buy it, don't you agree?!

    The bag I originally liked for my micro 4/3 gear was Lowepro's Streamline Sling (http://www.infotor.com/blog/gallery-of-streamline-sling-interior-pockets/). I really liked that bag. It was small but accommodated what I wanted to carry, but to get to things you had to remove things. Didn't like that. I returned it in favor of its cousin, the Lowepro Streamline 250, which I'm using now. (http://www.infotor.com/blog/change-of-mind-the-lowepro-streamline-250/) Different configuration and it's working fairly well, but getting a little crammed since I added the FL-36R flash. I plan to purchase the 75-300mm lens to add to my toolkit next month, so I'll need space for that along with my E-M10, 17mm/2.8, 14-42mm, 40-150mm, FL-36R, and two accessory bags.

    So, THE QUESTION: does anyone have any experience with the Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L (or its cousin, the 22L)? It appears to be in the "smaller but roomy" category with several configuration options that, I believe, will address the shortcomings of the Streamline Sling. Any feedback or therapy advice much appreciated. (I'll take heed of the feedback but probably not the therapy advice!)


    Bill Booz
    http://www.infotor.com/blog
     
  2. aaronlongphoto

    aaronlongphoto Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 2, 2013
    Louisville KY
    Aaron Long
    I have a lot of experience with the hatchback bag. (though I cant remember which one I bought -_-) but i loved mine. it took a lot of abuse from me and was glued to my back for a solid year, it held all my m43 equipment and also my dslr gear (when I had it) the multi-configuration were nice but my only complaint was the only way to get the camera out of the bag was you had to remove it from your back to access the opening. if that doesn't phase you then I highly recommend the bag.

    mine is the pepper red( even though it defiantly isn't red its orange.)

    btw I am a bag addict also and working in a camera store doesn't help when new bags show up in out store.
     
  3. BRH72

    BRH72 New to Mu-43

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    Mar 1, 2014
    Haines City, FL
    I have had the gray 22L for 2 years now. I could not see my self with out it. I had it with my Sony SLT Gear in it. Once I moved over to Micro 4 3rds. I just reconfigured my bag and it works great. Also with the size of the Micro 4-3rds system. I can fit more in my bag. You can not pass it up for $40.00.


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  4. billbooz

    billbooz Mu-43 Regular

    198
    Jan 23, 2014
    Lynchburg, VA USA
    William H. Booz
    Thanks, Aaron and BRH72. I read a post from Derrick Story about a student who used this bag and she commented that she liked being able, using the waist strap, to take the bag off her back, swing it around to her front, and open it up to get at her camera gear. (http://thedigitalstory.com/2012/08/exploring-the-northw.html) I'll have to check that out, as, you're right, Aaron, I prefer the way it works with sling bags and am not crazy about the rear access deal. I was, though, thinking that that is where I'll store lenses and flash not in use and put the camera body with current lens in the top compartment.


    Bill Booz
    http://www.infotor.com/blog
     
  5. billbooz

    billbooz Mu-43 Regular

    198
    Jan 23, 2014
    Lynchburg, VA USA
    William H. Booz
  6. billbooz

    billbooz Mu-43 Regular

    198
    Jan 23, 2014
    Lynchburg, VA USA
    William H. Booz
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    Bought the Photo Hatchback yesterday and spent some time this morning taking everything out of the Streamline 250 and moving it into the new bag. I've posted some picks with an article and also a gallery of images (link in post). I'm going to experiment with using the waist strap and see just how easy it is to keep that on when taking shoulder straps off and bringing bag around to the front to access the camera compartment in rear of bag. More to come, but I'm thinking this bag is a nice size and weight and might just last longer than my last two!

    Article: http://www.infotor.com/blog/camera-bags-back-to-a-backpack/


    Bill Booz
    http://www.infotor.com/blog
     
  7. BAXTING

    BAXTING Mu-43 Top Veteran

    806
    Aug 5, 2012
    Los Angeles SFV, CA
    Bradley
    I've got one and I love it for when I need to carry my gear with me and have some extra room as well.
     
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  8. joker

    joker New to Mu-43

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    Apr 3, 2014
    SE SC
    Greg
    I've had my eye on the 16L version for my m4/3 system ... please post a few pics when you get everything situated. I'd love to see how it works for you.
     
  9. billbooz

    billbooz Mu-43 Regular

    198
    Jan 23, 2014
    Lynchburg, VA USA
    William H. Booz
    Joker, link above has several of my initial packing ideas with a link to a gallery with more. But as I use it, I will, as you suggest, make changes and will take shots. Already did some prelim shots of having the bag secured around my waist and spun around to my front to access the rear gear compartment. Will post them this week. It's workable, but unless there is absolutely no place to put bag down, not sure I'd do this much. Time will tell. And before anyone flames me (as one guy has) for putting links to my website in posts, let me say that I am NOT doing that to get hits. I do it simply because I post in a lot of different places and it is far simpler for me to post images in one location and link to them.


    Bill Booz
    http://www.infotor.com/blog
     
  10. DL Photo

    DL Photo Mu-43 Veteran

    216
    Nov 15, 2012
    Richmond, BC, Canada
    Dave
    I have the 16L version and works well of all of the equipment listed in my sig. I bought this bag because it is compact and comfortable. Enough room in the top of a light jacket, snacks and the front holds my iPad.
    I actually like the rear access zippers for travel (have a trip to Europe coming up). I feel a little more comfortable knowing that my equipment can't be accessed unless I take the bag off my back. Really a great bag for this price.
     
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