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06-11-2020, 05:41 AM   #1
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Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AWii

wondering if any members here have used or are still using the Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AWii.

How has the experience been, using this huge lens carrier.

Any particular aspect of the bag or design of the bag that you do not like or find cumbersome etc?

Hope to hear from some of you.

06-11-2020, 11:56 AM   #2
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You're not getting much feedback, sadly. Have a look at Think Tank's equivalent, also, in my experience Think Tank has consistently delivered better craftsmanship than Lowepro.
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I had it for a few years. I first used it with the Pentax DA560 and K1 then used it with my Canon 600 F4 IS II and 5DSR.

It is a decent bag holds the lens with body mounted fine and gives decent support and protection. With the Canon and a teleconverter mounted it wouldn't fit if I remember correctly.

I got rid of it because it wasn't comfortable for me to wear hiking to a shooting location, it's very narrow and the shoulder straps didn't fit my back neck very well.

I ended up getting two other bags for specific purposes for my long lens now. For when I travel by air I have the Gitzo Adventure 45L backpack. I can't fit the 600 with a body mounted in it, separate it fits, but I can fit all my gear in it for a carry on bag. I can get the 600/4, 70-200 2.8, 24-70 F4, 1.4x and 2x TC and a 1DX2 and 5 DSR bodies in it.

For everyday use and car trips I use the Lenscoat 4Xpandable bag. It is narrow like the Lowepro but the straps fit my back more comfortably for long hikes. I'm also able to attach other bags with the molle webbing to carry food, water and other things I may need for a day out in the field. Then when I travel by air I use this bag as one of my two checked bags and typically use it to carry tripod and gimbal head and any jacket or other clothing I'll need on my trip. Once I get to my destination the 600mm goes in it with body mounted for normal use.

I haven't found one bag that can do it all when it comes to long lenses and I've been through a few of them. The two I have now are so far the best I've been able to come up with for my needs, but I'm always looking for that perfect bag that can do it all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by termy Quote
wondering if any members here have used or are still using the Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AWii.

How has the experience been, using this huge lens carrier.

Any particular aspect of the bag or design of the bag that you do not like or find cumbersome etc?

Hope to hear from some of you.
I have the Lens Trekker AWIII. The model that came out after yours. I keep my DA560 and K3 in it and have nothing but good things to say about it. I believe the AWII model was just a bit too short for the DA560. It is a quality backpack.

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I am always amazed when folks try to put entire systems on their backs, instead of break down components for various uses into smaller, more modular approaches to carry challenges. Why? Inevitably I need personal gear in addition to photo gear, so having many choices for carriage available here in house becomes important. And, I carry food, and energy drinks, weather gear and personal protection for the body to endure high country deep wilderness penetrations. If one looks beyond lens cases/body cases combos, finding padded cases made for other photo gear, such as support gear, video gear, and lighting gear, and gun gear too soon leads to other case-carry solutions regarding long lenses and most other gear. And, wonderfully, often at a cheaper cost.
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thank you all for the sharing.

On some of the things pointed out by some.

Yes, not just looking at Lowepro, and certainly not just looking at specialised type of bags for long lenses.

oh, on the aspect of dimensions.
The AWii should be able to take on the DA560.
internal height of 600 AWii is about 63cm, more than enough for DA560, even with camera mounted.
AWi will not fit though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dwalt Quote
I believe the AWII model was just a bit too short for the DA560.
I know that the DA 560mm does fit into the AW II with attached K-1.

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QuoteOriginally posted by climbmountainway Quote
I am always amazed when folks try to put entire systems on their backs, instead of break down components for various uses into smaller, more modular approaches to carry challenges. Why? Inevitably I need personal gear in addition to photo gear, so having many choices for carriage available here in house becomes important. And, I carry food, and energy drinks, weather gear and personal protection for the body to endure high country deep wilderness penetrations. If one looks beyond lens cases/body cases combos, finding padded cases made for other photo gear, such as support gear, video gear, and lighting gear, and gun gear too soon leads to other case-carry solutions regarding long lenses and most other gear. And, wonderfully, often at a cheaper cost.
For me, leaving the camera and lens together in a backpack allows me to set up quickly when I stop for a wildlife shot. I set up the tripod then I pull the camera and attached lens out of the backpack.
This also means I don't have to attach the lens outdoors so I prevent wind getting dirt inside. For me, this works just as I want.
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