It’s in the Safe – Photo Hatchback 16L AW

The Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L AW is my travel companion while covering CES in Las Vegas, NV. Even though I often use this versatile backpack for outdoor trips, it has a number of features that I love for city life too. One in particular is the removable camera box.

Photo Hatchback 16L AW

I store my Olympus OM-D and PEN mini camera bodies, plus 5 lenses, in the padded compartment with storm-flap closure and grab handles. During work hours at the trade show, I can easily access all of my gear. But once the day is over, I like to work with just the PEN mini and a prime lens for street shooting, leaving the rest of my equipment back in the hotel room. This is where I put that removable camera box to use.

Removable Camera Box

I take the camera box out of the Photo Hatchback, with the balance of my equipment stored inside, and then secure the entire unit in the hotel safe. I don’t have to unpack the bag and fool around with individual components, because everything is already organized within the removable compartment. I’m just temporarily relocating it.

In the Safe

I can literally do this on my way out the door. It only takes seconds. Once I return, I unlock the safe and put the camera box back in the Photo Hatchback, and I’m ready to go back to work.

Here’s a short movie that details this entire process.

This feature has saved me a great deal of time. In the past, I had to take out individual components from my camera bag, figure out how to arrange them in the safe, then move them back. It was a real hassle. The Photo Hatchback has changed all of that.

Plus, once the camera box is removed from the Photo Hatchback, it’s a fully functional backpack that can be used for recreational activity. Bottom line, this camera bag is just as wonderful in the city as it is on the trail.

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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