Lowepro Holiday Gift Guide

By November 23, 2011Products

Here’s a hand-picked selection of gear that will help you choose the right Lowepro bag for the photographer in your life. Each item is linked to the Lowepro product page for more information and for a ballpark price. But we encourage you to also check with your favorite specialty dealer.

And from all of us here at Lowepro: we wish you a picturesque holiday season!

Gifts Under $50

Apex 110 AW (shoulder bag for Compact System Cameras and all-in-one compacts)
Lightweight, rugged and designed to withstand the elements, Apex AW bags are perfect for even the most discerning adventure photographer.

Exchange Messenger (light messenger bag for all types of cameras)
Combine a classic bike courier profile with Lowepro’s protective and practical design sense and you get the Exchange Messenger — a well-priced DSLR shoulder bag that offers soft-sided protection with modern appeal.

S&F Lens Exchange Case 200 AW (innovative case for DSLR zoom lenses)
Our breakthrough, purpose-built design allows a one-handed lens exchange. This inventive case is ideal for busy photographers who need to switch out lenses as they work.

StreamLine 100 (stylish shoulder bag for Compact System Cameras)
The slim and stylish design of Lowepro’s StreamLine 100 almost conceals the fact that it’s purpose built to fit and carry a compact system camera kit, plus a few extras. Compact, lightweight, yet truly protective, this sleek shoulder bag provides an easy and comfortable way to keep your camera gear within reach.

Gifts Under $75

Passport Sling (versatile sling bag for enthusiast DSLRs and Compact System Cameras)
Lowepro’s Passport Sling is designed for today’s photo enthusiasts who want to carry an equal amount of camera and personal gear as they sightsee, travel, or go out for a walk with their DSLRs. Its unique and comfortable shape is unlike a traditional sling bag — it truly conforms to the body and easily moves with the wearer.

Nova 170 AW (high value shoulder bag for enthusiast DSLRs and Compact System Cameras)
No need to let the weather stop you from shooting –the Nova 170 AW includes a 360 degree All Weather Cover that protects your gear as you work. Size to carry the most popular digital SLR cameras; lenses; memory cards and accessories.

Toploader Zoom 55 AW (case for enthusiast DSLRs with lens attached)
Lowepro’s Toploader Zoom 55 AW offers a weather-protective, streamlined, and easy-access carrying solution for outdoor photography enthusiasts who are passionate about their pursuits. This toploading design is ideal for a day of outdoor activities, travel or sports. With Lowepro’s patented All Weather AW Cover, gear is protected from the elements.

Gifts Under $100

CompuDay Photo 250 (high value backpack for enthusiast DSLRs and Compact System Cameras with laptop storage)
It holds your laptop… and your camera… plus life’s essentials: cell phone, MP3 player, portable hard drive, USB, keys, wallet, snacks, jacket, tickets, pens — any convenient item you want for the day. As you move through the world with your lean and lightweight CompuDay Photo 250 backpack, it’s ready for every inspiration point.

SlingShot 102 AW (sling bag for enthusiast DSLRs and Compact System Cameras)
Designed for the photojournalist. Adopted by the enthusiast. Improved for all! Introducing the next generation of SlingShot AW from Lowepro. Our newest, fast-access SlingShot AW series builds on the inventive design of the original and incorporates what many photographers are looking for: faster access, extra space for personal items, improved organization, and the ability to add a tripod.

Gifts Under $150

DSLR Video Fastpack 250 AW (urban backpack for enthusiast and pro DSLRs with laptop or iPad)

The DSLR Video Fastpack AW series builds on the award-winning design of the original Fastpack backpack and incorporates flexible options for today’s multimedia photographer who shoots with a DSLR or HD video-enabled DSLR. Fast access and flexible organization are key elements of this protective, yet lightweight design.

SlingShot 302 AW (sling bag for enthusiast and pro DSLRs)

Innovative sling bag includes: a patented All Weather AW Cover; 3 SlipLock attachment loops; built-in microfiber cleaning cloth; dedicated memory card pockets; and easy-glide zippers; plus a fully padded main camera compartment with an updated divider system to accommodate the most popular DSLR models.

Gifts Under $200

Photo Sport 200 AW (award winning adventure backpack for enthusiast DSLRs and Compact System Cameras)

Adventure sport athletes who like to go fast and light — but equally like to capture the moment — will enjoy the freedom of Lowepro’s Photo Sport 200 AW backpack. It’s an ideal carrying solution for trail running, mountain biking, snowboarding and other active outdoor pursuits. The dual-compartment design offers ample space for personal gear and a camera kit. Contoured adventure-pack construction features ultra-lightweight, resilient and high-performance technical fabrics for improved durability during extreme activity. The Ultra-Cinch Camera Chamber protects camera gear in a padded and secure compartment and helps prevent bouncing while you’re in motion.

Pro Messenger 160 AW (stylish deluxe shoulder bag for pro and enthusiast DSLRs)
When your gear feels right, your work more smoothly. This idea inspired the design of our Pro Messenger AW. Its durable, yet soft exterior is reminiscent of classic canvas, but it’s actually a modern performance fabric. It’s built to fit pro-sized camera gear in configurations you’ve told us work best. And it has an innovative flap that effortlessly folds in half to quiet your moves and quicken your pace.

Pro Runner 300 AW (efficient backpack for enthusiast and advanced DSLRs)
The Pro Runner 300 AW DSLR backpack delivers a compact, streamlined and urban-inspired solution for photographers who carry their gear through crowded airports and busy city streets. This feature-filled design fits a camera, tripod and accessories, plus a few personal items, in a highly organized pack.

Derrick Story is the Photography Evangelist for Lowepro.


About Derrick

Derrick Story is a professional photographer, writer, teacher and photography evangelist for Lowepro. He has authored several digital media books, including his latest, The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers and The Digital Photography Companion (O'Reilly Media, publisher). Derrick is a Senior Contributor for Macworld magazine where he writes a digital photography column, and he's a regular presenter on the popular training site, Lynda.com. Online, Derrick has formed a virtual camera club called The Digital Story (www.thedigitalstory.com) that's open to all photography enthusiasts. The site features weekly podcasts, daily posts, training videos, and reader-submitted photos. You can reach Derrick at DStory@lowepro.com


  • Jason Kirk says:

    The DSLR Video Fastpack 250 AW fits my needs perfectly. It has a spot for everything with easy access and if the weather turns bad the All Weather Cover is a gear saver.

  • Howard J says:

    I have a hard time choosing between the DSLR Video Fastpack 250 AW for it’s awesomeness for backpacking and the S&F Lens Exchange Case 200 AW which would be awesome for street photography with its lens exchange system! Why are there so many choices??

  • Michele Cramer says:

    The Black Pro Trekker AW II. It has lots of flexibility inside to carry accesories and would be a great asset to haul my gear in my fledgling photography business. Also, the harness system would be great for my back!

  • brian huang says:

    Exchange messenger is a great bag around town. Small & light!

  • MIke Krehbiel says:

    Video Fastpack 250 AW

  • Simon simson says:

    Slingshot 302 AW, my kit has outgrown my 200AW and it’s just an awesome design. I bought a flipside 300 and while it’s great for transporting gear, the access you get using a slingshot while not even taking it off can’t be beaten.

  • Mike Stackpoole says:

    Yellow Photo Sport 200AW FTW!

  • Cynthia Martinez says:

    I go to college in SLC, Utah and think the Lowepro CompuDay Photo 250 would be the perfect bag for carrying my laptop, camera, books, personal stuff, etc. I think the side entry to have access to the camera is very convenient, especially when you’re on the run! I love that there’s room for a nice size water bottle as well. Looks like a great bag for a student such as myself!

  • Steven Blackwood says:

    The Yellow Photo Sport 200AW for sure!

  • Randy Lantz says:

    My choice would be, Magnum DV 6500 AW.

    All my stuff would fit and be well protected, and I hate backpacks.

  • Zack Howard says:

    I would have to go with the Photo Sport 200 AW. I just got into mountain biking this year and plan to do a lot more of it next year, maybe even enter a few XC race. That means a lot of time spent behind the handlebars either training or just riding with friends. I know I’ll want to bring my Canon T2i along at some point, so the PS200AW with it’s ample room for camera gear and enough personal space left over to live out of would be the perfect fit.

  • Law Boon Hee says:

    CompuDay Photo 250 is certainly my choice! I carried it day to day, i can carried my dslr, laptop together and still feel very comfortable, plua it’s doesn’t really tell people that you are carrying dslr or laptop but a fashionable backpack!

  • J.Wu says:

    The Photosport 200AW is the perfect dslr bag for the outdoor photographer/enthusiast. With the new patent pending camera cinch system that keeps the bag snug against your body while trekking on a hike, down a
    Slope, or on your bike. The water reservoir compartment will keep you hydrate while
    KeepIng your gear safe. It’s a great balance of storage capacity, comfort, and versatility that makes this bag an all around winner. The color is nice too!

  • Corbin Smith says:

    I would love the Pro Messenger 160 AW. I have been using my old Mini Trekker, but would love something a little less conspicuous and more accessible while I am out shooting. I try to take my camera everywhere with me because you just don’t know when that perfect moment will pop up.

  • Julian Lau says:

    The Apex 110 AW would be perfect to carry my body and a small lens when i don’t need all my gear.


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