Monday, May 14, 2012

Lowepro Urban Photo Sling Review

I got a box a couple weeks back. In it are two new bags from Lowepro. The bags were actually so new that I didn't know about it before!

The smaller of the two is the Lowepro Urban Photo Sling 150 while the one on the right is the Lowepro Urban Photo Sling 250. The bags are sling bags so it means access to your camera gear is very easy.
Loading them up is very easy. Just unzip the front cover all the way and you can load the bag up. With the 150, I was able to load a Canon 7D with a hooded Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens (my longest lens to date) and a Canon 430EX-II. When I changed to a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L lens, I was even able to add a Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens at the bottom of the camera-lens set up.

With the bigger 250, I was able to put all of the above inside the bag! The bags are so compact yet they can contain a lot.

As you can see from both photos, I was able to put the Studio and Location Lighting Secrets book by Rick Sammon and Vered Koshlano (my review of the book can be found here). This is because there is an iPad slot inside - yes, you can put an iPad in the bag. Also, though it is not as obvious as I'd like it to be, there is a slot on the right side of the 250 where you could put a compact tripod, like a Joby Gorillapod. You can see the tip of the ball head at the photo above.
Then, when you are out-and-about, you get your DSLR from the top. The front cover prevents the bag from opening all the way - well, as long as you have the belt locks secure, your gear won't topple over. So make sure the front cover is secured before you go out shooting.

There is a small pocket on the left side of either bags where you could put a front lens cap or a filter. Also, there is a belt loop on the strap where you can attach small accessories. In my case, I attached my CF-card case, a Lowepro DMC-Z.
On the front is a pocket where you can store some stuff like your keys, your iPhone, etc. This portion is covered when the flap is down.

I walked the streets of the Windy City to test out the bag. With the wife as the videographer and our friends as my models, I was able to put together a video of the test. You can check it out below:

What are my findings?
Well, as I've stated in the video, the bag(s) are rated:
Highly Recommended!
So get yours here:

A special thanks go out to Derrick Story and Yvonne Petro of Lowepro for making the review of these bags possible. Sometimes, you just need to ask...
Photos of the bag and the video clips were made using a Canon Powershot SX230 HS.
Photos of my models made with a Canon 7D and a Canon 24-105 f/4L lens.
Video was made with the iMovie app in a Macbook Pro.


  1. Not clear from the video whether you had the Urban 150 or 250 during your walkabout! Which was it?

    1. Hi. In the video, I used the 150. If you want to check out the 250 in action, check out my other blog post:

      Thanks for visiting my site.



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