New Photokina Gear? It’s in the Bag

By September 18, 2012Design Room, Events, Products

If you’re not tempted by the latest offerings at Photokina by Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Panasonic, Hasselblad, or Samsung, then you’re probably not a gear head. And fortunately for us at Lowepro, that was not the situation in our booth today.

Tim Grimmer demos the Photo Hatchback for a video  recorded interview. #photokina #lowepro
Tim Grimmer demos the Photo Hatchback during a video recorded interview.

Photographers from all over the world stopped by to see which bags best protected their gear. We fitted big DSLRs with grips, mirrorless compacts, and just about everything in between. The feeling was, if you have a new camera, we have just the right bag for you.

Here are a few of my recommendations:

Overnight Outdoor Adventure – I’d go with the new Rover Pro 45L AW. It’s our best offering for pro camera and overnight backpacking gear. And it is so comfortable.

Favorite Multi-Use Backpack – Have you tried the Photo Hatchback 22L? It features a dedicated sleeve for an iPad, removable camera box, mid-compartment floor that folds down and opens up the entire interior, and two side mesh pockets. Great for cameras, and terrific without.

The Perfect “It Doesn’t Look Like a Camera Bag” Bag – The new Pasport Sling II holds your medium-sized DSLR or mirrorless compact… and lots of other stuff too. I even got my jacket in there today. If you want to be comfortable and “off the photo radar” while on the go, take a look at the Passport Sling II

Checking out the removable camera cases in the new Rover Pro. #photokina #rover pro #lowepro
Checking out the removable camera boxes in the Rover Pro.

Speaking of the Passport Sling II, I discovered today that it holds all sorts of stuff, including a packed lunch, clean diapers, and a box of business cards. Like I said, if you’re in Cologne, Germany this week, bring your stuff. We’ll find a bag for you.

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, Online, Derrick has formed a virtual camera club called The Digital Story ( 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

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