Review

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

A standard looking well built black toploader photography bag by Lowepro. The Lowepro Toploader Zoom 55 AW seems to be a photography bag that would be great for photowalks and or photography strolls in parks and botanical gardens due to its lighweight and toploader design that allows for easy access and storage for the camera.

FRONT of the Lowepro Toploader Zoom 55 AW

  • One front pouch for quick access items like lens cleaner fluid and cloth along with enough room for a right angle adapter and a colorchecker passport. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD0BQl6QLI0&feature=share. One item that would have been great was to have two zippers to enclose the front pouch so that if quick access is necessary each zipper could hold each side and leave the top portion open.

TOP of the Lowepro Toploader Zoom 55 AW

  • Dual zippered opening to easily access your camera. The toploader is configured in a way that it allows you to keep the toploader unzippered but yet it cradles your camera in that I feel comfortable transporting my camera unzipped.

INSIDE MAIN CHAMBER of the Lowepro Toploader Zoom 55 AW

  • Zippered pouch to hold more important items you want protected from the elements. (You can store your wallet, special tools, more compact flash cards and batteries)
  • Large main chamber (to hold up to one camera body without grip and a 70-200mm lens) There is also a padded Velcro piece to allow for support for shorter different sized lenses.
  • Handle on the large main chamber flap for easy one handed transport.

BOTTOM of the Lowepro Toploader Zoom 55 AW

  • Not Applicable

LEFT SIDE FROM FRONT of the Lowepro Toploader Zoom 55 AW

  • Two gear loops with enough room to fasten a Joby gorillapod or monopod
  • Bag trap loop at the top and bottom loop to use to fasten to body

RIGHT SIDE FROM FRONT of the Lowepro Toploader Zoom 55 AW

  • Same as left side

BACK of the Lowepro Toploader Zoom 55 AW

  • Belt loop to allow the use of a belt system and make the bag into a camera holster.
AFTER FIRST USE:

As you possibly already know there is no such thing as a camera bag to rule them all. You can never have just one bag for all uses. For the Lowepro Toploader Zoom 55 AW as stated earlier would be perfect for photowalks and strolls at a botanical garden or even an urban city adventure. Surely enough one Saturday morning, I used the Lowepro Toploader Zoom 55 AW at the local botanical garden and was a pure delight. For the most part of the time at the gardens, I kept the top loader flap unzipped for easy and fast retrieval of my camera. I felt comfortable even during a fast stroll that my camera is secure. When I needed to access the front pouch to pull out my lens cleaner, I realized that if the front patch had two zippers similar to the top pouch then I’d be able to also keep the front pouch open for easy access to items.

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photo credit: Lawrence Atienza

The Lowepro Toploader Zoom 55AW felt comfortable on my side as the straps are crossed on my shoulder. I had a 90mm macro attached to my camera so it might not be the best test for long period use of the bag but I am sure the Toploader Zoom would hold up well.

 

A FEW OF THE FEATURES I FOUND MOST USEFUL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS INCLUDE: (view a full listing at the manufacturer website)

  • The bag is designed to allow for easy top access.
  • Lightweight and slim design
  • All weather
  • Fully padded interior

 

 I’ve detailed the specs from the Lowepro website below:

TOPLOADER ZOOM 55 AW
INTERIOR:
6.3W x 4.3D x 10.2H in.
16 x 11 x 26 cm
EXTERIOR:
7.6W x 6.5D x 13H in.
19.5 x 16.5 x 33 cm
FITS:
DSLR with attached lens (up to 80-400mm f/4.5 or 100-400mm f/4.5); memory cards; extra batteries or small accessories.

 

CONCLUSION:

All levels of photographers would find the Lowepro Toploader Zoom 55AW a great addition to their camera bag arsenal. The Toploader Zoom 55 AW is just the right size for a photowalk around the city or a nice relaxing stroll in a garden for some flower photography.

Disclosure: We’ve received this product at no cost for this review. The views and opinion expressed in this review are mine.

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