The Lowepro Whistler BP 450 AW
Is this the Best Bag For Landscape Photography?
A few of you have asked about the bag I use for landscape photography so I decided to make a video about it. Some of you had more questions so I grabbed a few photos to explain it better. I’m currently using the Lowepro Whistler 450 AW
I’m not sponsored by Lowepro so these are my opinions, this is just my way of saying cheers for subscribing to my YouTube channel. If you have any questions feel free to comment below or on the YouTube video
+ Carry a lot of camera equipment
If you’re like me and seem to carry everything “just in case you need it” this bag may be for you. I manage to pack in all of my day gear and have always had more gear with me than I needed.
+ Room For clothing and day wear
The back section is for your camera gear and the front and top sections are for everything else. The front compartment as expanding zips to allow you to squeeze extra things in the bag whilst being able to make the bag more compact when not in use.
+ Weather Resistant
The bag comes with a rain cover but the fabric used on the outside is weather-resistant too. The rain mostly slides off helping to protect your equipment.
+ Protective Case
Your camera gear goes into an internal compartment which is surrounded by a rigid segmented compartment. I hit the deck whilst walking down Pillar. I took a few rocks out with my neck and hurt my leg but there are no marks on the bag and the cameras were fine
The bag is usually around the £260 mark. Although I do think the bag is well made so you get what you pay for.
– Annoyingly heavy
It’s not too heavy, but you know it’s there.
The dividers are quite rigid
I can’t fit the 135mm with the lens hood fitted backwards. It fits upside down though like in the videos so it’s not a big issue
What fits in the bag?
Internal dimensions is 24.2 x 16.6 x 40 cm
External dimensions is 31 x 30.2 x 57.2 cm
Front Compartment Dimensions-29.5 x 9.5 x 55.5 cm
Top Compartment Dimensions-27.5 x 17 x 9.5 cm
Landscape And Wildlife Camera Bag
- Lens cleaning stuff
- Layers – hoodies, tops, coats
- Gorilla Pod
For sunset/rise trips I also put a torch in this compartment
- Sweets (Very important)
- Rainproof coat
- Windproof coat
- Built-in rain cover for the bag
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Update after 2 years of use
I’ve been putting the Lowepro Whistler bag through its paces over the last 2 years and it’s been out and about almost every day. Here’s an update on my opinions of the bag
+ The bag is comfy
I do a fair amount of walking. The walks are often 10+ miles up in the Lake District fells with the bag fully loaded. The shoulder straps are fairly thick so they don’t dig into your shoulders. The bag has a waist strap and chest strap which help divide the weight up
The waist strap helps to put the weight on your hips spreading the weight out allowing you to walk further before the fatigue starts to kick in. It doesn’t sound like it would make any difference, but experience says it does.
– It’s expensive
The bag varies from around £220-£280 on Amazon which is expensive. BUT it protects equipment that is more valuable so it may be worth the investment for you. I’ve used it almost daily since I got it and if the equipment held up as well as my body has, I would have needed new equipment after some of the falls.
– The bag is really heavy
Whilst it is comfy, because of the amount of space available inside. It gets pretty heavy. When I first got the bag I had to fill my old bag full of weights and rocks and walk the stairs to build my legs up.
Now I barely notice the bag is there but it is a bit of a learning process when you first try and get used to it.
+ You don’t get a muddy back
The bag is backloading, meaning the front of the bag goes in the mud and the camera section is behind the shoulder straps. You don’t have to worry about your back getting covered in mud anymore.
+ Your camera equipment is safer
Another perk of the bag being backloading means that somebody can’t come up behind you and open the bag and steal your equipment. You access the equipment via the section that is up against your back making it more difficult for thieves to get in
+ Easy to attach a tripod
There is a heavy-duty strap on each side of the bag. You can clip your tripod in so that it doesn’t move and the weight stays close to your back so your centre of gravity is better. It takes a few seconds to attach and unclip the tripod making photographs more likely to happen.
It was really awkward to get my tripod out of my old bag, If I was unsure, I wouldn’t bother. Now I take more chances
+ It protects your equipment
The bag is quite rigid due to the box type of protection. I’ve landed on it on rocks, grass and snow (all to test out the bag, I’m not clumsy).
I’ve put some clips of my falls into the review video
This does mean that you can’t fit as much equipment in as if you’re like me, you stuff as much in as possible. There isn’t much give so you may find some things don’t quite fit e.g. Some lenses with the lens hood attached
+ 1 bag ready to go
Before getting this bag I used a variety of smaller ones depending on where I would go. I would almost always forget something when rearranging the bags so now that I have 1 big bag, I rarely forget to pack things now.
This has been quite a big excuse killer for me. Everythings ready to go, I just need to head out with it
– 1 bag ready to steal
Touchwood this won’t happen, but if it does all your gear is in one place in a vessel designed to carry it
+ The bag is water-resistant
Water pours off the bag fairly well. I’ve been out in heavy rain and haven’t had any issues. There is also a waterproof cover inside the bag that you can use if needed. I always have a tripod on the side of the bag though so the cover doesn’t fit then.
Would I recommend buying it?
Yes. This bag has got rid of a lot of my excuses and has joined me on hundreds of adventures. If you do a lot of photography outdoors, this would be a good addition to your photography equipment.