Lowe Pro 350 AW review

I’ve included my most used and carried photography gear in this list and pictured. Out of the four lenses I carry, they can probably be ranked in the following order (number 1 being the most used)

1) Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8
2) Nikkor 50mm f1.4
3) Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8
4) Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8

However most of the pictures I publish online come from the 14-24mm and 24-70mm. The 50mm is awesome for cameo work and I favour the 50mm and 70-200mm for portraiture and creative work.

I find  that with the Nikkor 14-24mm F2.8 I’m usually using it at the 14mm or 24mm end and don’t tend to use the middle range as much. If I could change anything for architectural work I’d love a tilt and shift. Unfortunately Nikon only does a 24mm at the wide end whereas Canon does a 24mm and a 16mm – which makes me really jealous! But then I know Canon users are envious of my 14-24mm so I guess things are even.

I have noticed that Canon lenses are generally shorter and lighter than the Nikon equivalents which make them more efficient for packing and carrying. However, whilst I’m fit enough to carry this bag I’m not planning on changing anytime soon and if I was after fast and light I’d really consider a micro 2/3rds solution such as the Olympus OMD E M5. See bythom’s review if you’re considering moving in this direction: http://goo.gl/KdDKtW

You may also notice that I have an L-bracket on my D800. This is by Really Right Stuff and is permanently attached to my camera as it makes shifting between landscape and portrait orientations really fast and easy. It is a pain to access the ports though as you need a toothpick or thin screwdriver/knife to poke it open. I used to have the L-plate further away from the camera to leave space to open and close the flap easily but found that it increases the width of the D800 making it more tricky to pack in my F-StopGear ICU’s (review coming soon).

Camera Bag
Lowe Pro 350 AW
F-StopGear Tilopa BC (newly acquired – review to follow)

Main section:
Nikon D800
Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 (usually attached to camera body)
Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8
Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8
Lee big stopper
Lee little stopper
Lee Foundation Kit

Stored in main compartment flap
x2 Sandisk 16 gb CF cards
x2 Sandisk 16 gb SD cards

Outside pocket
Trigger trap cables for D800 and D7000
Pocket Wizard N10-ACC cable for remote triggering

Back section:
Macbook 15”
Cleaning kit
Camera strap

Top section:
Nikkor 50mm f1.4 with soft cover
RRS multi-row panorama setup
PCL-LR Panning clamp
CB-10 Camera Bar
PG-02 VA Vertical Arm with oversized lock. Serves as vertical component.
B2 LR II clamp
MPR-CL II nodal slide
BEX-1.75 Spacer

Other bits ’n’ pieces
X-rite ColourChecker
x2 spare EN-EL15 batteries
Just | Mobile – battery charger for phone
Leatherman Charge multi-tool
Leatherman tool bits (screwdriver heads, allen keys, etc)
Flint for creating sparks (kept inside for camping trips)
Permanent marker
Ballpoint biro pen
Montane Sabretooth Jacket Water resistant, windproof, fleece lined with hood
Tiger coin bag for loose change 😀

Lowe Pro 350 AW review

Cleaning kit was packed down the back of my bag – so missed it in above shot.

Outside of the bag
Gitzo Tripod Series 2 6X Mountaineer 4-section Tripod with G-Lock
Markins Q10 ballhead

If I’m out wanting to do portraiture I will substitute the Lee Filters for a SB-910 and SB-800 (which easily fit in the same space). I’ll then carry a light stand or two and a couple of umbrellas instead of the tripod. This means that I’ll ditch the pano equipment which leaves a lot more space for pocket wizard triggers or snacks.

This is how I pack my Lowe Pro 350 AW for architectural and landscape photography.

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