The Lowepro CompuDay Photo 250 is a really good bag. First, it can house a 15-inch MacBook Pro. Then, there is an easy-access door on the side so you can easily get your DSLR which, in my case, is a Canon 5D Mark II fitted with a Canon EF 24-105 f/4L lens. And when you don't have your DSLR with you, you can actually compress the camera compartment to the side and make the bag an "ordinary" laptop backpack.
|A list of what the bag is capable of.|
An added bonus: if you look at the photo above, this backpack has a luggage sleeve so you can attach it to the handle of your rolling luggage whenever you go from one terminal to another; or when you simply feel like doing it. :) There is also an outer mesh pocket for a water bottle.
|The camera is easily accessed from the side-entry pocket.|
|My old but trusty MacBook Pro. The removable pocket is provided.|
You can see here the camera compartment on the right.
Also, there aren't any compartments for your CF cards, something I cannot understand for a camera bag, though a wallet for your cables and other small stuff is provided. Since this bag would be heavier because of the laptop, I was hoping that Lowepro put a sternum strap and a waist belt. And again, I wished Lowepro put a thicker wider strap to the bag. As bags go, and as I always said before, you cannot go wrong with a thicker, wider strap.
|With the camera compartment compressed, the bag can serve as an|
|The front pocket can house a lot of stuff also. Check out the speedlite...|
and my orange iPhone bumper!
There is no space for a tripod though it isn't much of an issue for me for I don't bring one most of the time.
All in all, I am very happy with this bag. It can house a 15-inch MacBook Pro, a DSLR and a set of overnight clothes. The Lowepro Versapack 200AW (my review of that bag here) is still my most favorite bag but the CompuDay Photo 250 is a very close second.
|The frontmost pocket can house maps and other things like lens caps|
Oh, finally, the wife said that the bag looks like a school bag, quite affectionately, but that is something I can live with. I am fine with it. :)
The books that can be found inside the bag are Martin Evening's Lightroom 3 Book and Scott Kelby's Photoshop CS4 Down and Dirty Tricks. In the front pocket, together with the speedlite, are my Kindle 3 and Lumiquest Promax System.
All shots made with a Canon Powershot G12 (my review here). Want the best bag for your G12? Check out my review of the BlackRapid SnapR here.