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


  • David says:

    The Pro Messenger 160 AW is the answer for my need for an inconspicuous bag that not only holds my DSLR with grip but also keeps it safe from the elements should the need ever arise. No more fiddling with plastic bags when it begins to sprinkle!

  • Gene Phan says:

    I’m a freelance web designer/developer and amateur photographer. The Lowepro CompuDay Photo 250 would be the perfect backpack for my current needs since I can fit all of my essential equipment whenever I travel.

  • Chen says:

    I want the Pro Runner 300 AW because my bf needs it for his new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM!!!!!!!

  • Mike says:

    I’d go with the Pro Runner 300 AW because I need something that can fit all of my gear with room to spare without having to worry about the weather or bumping into things.

  • Nick says:

    I have a bunch of lowepro bags and lens holders. It’s a solid product with awesome capabilities. The next bag I have my eye on is the photo sport 200. I do a ton of hiking camping and outdoor sports and the photo sport looks like a great asset to my photo gear. I’d love to put it through its paces. Lowepro=top notch gear.

  • RohithT says:

    The Photo Sport 200 looks like a superb bag; I have its little brother, the PS 100 and love it. The PS 200 would be perfect for when my travel needs require a more substantial bag or when I’m on really long hikes, as opposed to day hikes/urban adventuring, which the PS 100 is great for.

  • Chip Lenkiewicz says:

    The Photo Sport 200 is still at the top of my list for a backpack camera bag. The light weight design, combined with space for most any gear and tons of spec whatever adventures I could face.

  • Kim Maxwell says:

    I tend to prefer waist bags but I don’t have a Lowepro… yet. From the gift guide I like the exchange messenger in black (love the bright interior) as a first choice because of the size, what it holds, that the flap flips all the way over and the way it is carried. Second choice is the Pro Messenger 160 AW for the same reasons ~

  • JSOP says:

    Different situations call for different bags. Some situations afford you the time to casually lay out and pack your gear in your “camera” bag . But on other occasions you want a bag you can pack quickly, access quickly, and carry discreetly. The Pro Messenger 160 AW is a bag that meets these needs. The main flap allows quick access to both pack and get to your gear without zipping, unzipping, buckling, or unbuckling. Zippers and buckles work great when the situation allows for it, but sometimes you want or need to be more discreet and have quicker access to your gear and the Messenger 160 allows that while still offering the protection and security I only trust to Lowepro. When the situation is right, I’ll still use my SlingShot, Magnum or Mini-Magnum (the Magnum and Mini-Magnum are both over 30 years old and still in use), but the Pro Messenger will be the bag I get for those situations when I just need to grab my gear and go.

  • I have a Stealth Reporter 200 which is very durable and versatile and here what appeals to me is the Photo Sport 200 AW for my outdoor adventures.

  • Neil says:

    My favorite individual bag is the S & F Slim Lens Pouch 55 AW, which is a perfect for for my 17-50mm with its lens hood still on. I love the entire S & F series though as too handy for words…

  • Eduardo says:

    I already own the Exchange Messenger and it is a great little bag for my DSLR and other stuff wher im not carryng the camera, the Pro Messenger 160 AW wold be an amazing upgrade 🙂

  • Stephanie says:

    The passport sling is definitely the bag for me! It has enough space for my camera and a few essentials and then some… I love a sling bag because it allows me to just stop, snap and go. I don’t have to take off the bag to get to what i want, i just reach down, unzip and i got my camera in hand! Awesome bag.

  • Steve says:

    I think the Pro Messenger would be the bees knees. Big enough to hold all my gear for the day but still unobtrusive.

  • Mark says:

    Photo Sport 200 AW looks to be a perfect fit for weekend trips on the bike. I have the Slingshot 200AW it works great but it would be nice to have two shoulder straps for longer trips.


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