Wowza what a monster of a camera bag. The best thing of it all is that the Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW doesn’t look like a camera bag but a hiking bag. It’s surely designed to handle the needs of a hiker and a photographer.
Early when I said a monster of a camera bag, I wasn’t lying as this bag is pretty large at least for my small frame of 5’8.
Storage isn’t a problem with the Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW. You’ll find a slot or compartment for your landscape photography and hiking gear.
Also, the way the bag is configured with the removable photography compartments, you have the ability to completely convert the bag to a hiking bag. This is a huge plus for active photographers that hike on a normal basis.
AFTER FIRST USE
The Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW was first used for a photoshoot at Murphy’s Ranch in Santa Monica. The location of the shoot required about a 2 mile hike. Therefore, I thought it would be a great opportunity to test the active photographers camera bag.
I was able to use each feature minus the water reservoir. The two modular removable camera cases provided an easy means to remove the gear from the bag. The design allowed me to keep the camera cases (camera, two flashes) out in the open while the bag (Lens cleaner, rocket blower, CF cards, SD cards, Lens filters, Flash modifiers, Flash remained on my back through the entire shoot for easy access.
I used the reservoir pouch to fit a Joby gorillapod SLR-Zoom for my flash and the tripod compartment fit my gorillapod Focus for my DSLR.
The waist pockets were great for easy retrieval of compact flash cards and/or lens cloth.
The bag even though it might seem big and heavy is rather light on the back due to its design to include a airflow suspension system that offers a breathable trampoline style back.
As I mentioned the Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW could also be converted to a dedicated hiking backpack due to its design. With that said, my rover is currently used as an emergency survival bug-out-bag.
A FEW OF THE FEATURES I FOUND MOST USEFUL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: (view a full listing at the manufacturer website http://store.lowepro.com/rover-pro-45l-aw
- 2 modular removable camera cases
- Multiple storage options
- Front stash pocket
- Hydration ready (It would be great if hydration was included)
If you are a professional outdoor or hobbyist photographer or hiker, then without a doubt the Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW is for you. There aren’t that many bags in the market today that offer the ability to completely convert from a camera bag to a day pack. When you find yourself on a professional shoot out in the wilderness requiring miles to hike, you’ll be happy that you’ve included this back to your list of bags.
Just make sure you buy a hydration pack as this does not include one for you.
There is no such thing as too many bags and each bag has it’s on function and purpose.
Disclosure: We’ve received this product at no cost for this review. The views and opinion expressed in this review are mine and cannot be bought.