Lowepro CompuTrekker AW Camera Bag, Nikon D5000 & MacBook Pro 15″

by Klaus on February 1, 2010

in Photography

I recently replaced my Lowepro SlingShot 350 AW camera and laptop bag with the Lowepro CompuTrekker AW bag, which for me, is a far better choice. If my SlingShot 350 didn’t break, I probably wouldn’t have replaced it with the CompuTrekker. But it did and I’m glad to have an ordinary backpack available, since it does get quite heavy with all the equipment loaded.

Click here to read about my experiences with the Lowepro Slingshot 350 AW and a MacBook Pro 15″ Unibody.

Let’s have a look at some of the gear I’ve filled my CompuTrekker bag with:

Click to enlarge: Lowepro Computrekker AW

In the picture above, the bag contains:

  • Nikon D5000 with 70-300mm Tamron lens
  • Nikkor 18-200mm lens
  • Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 lens
  • Tamron 90mm macro lens
  • Nikon SB-600 flash
  • Various cables: USB, cable release shutter, wireless receiver.
  • Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom
  • Lens hoods

I have a few other lenses besides the above, that didn’t fit in the bag when I took it’s picture. But then again, I don’t need to carry around all my stuff all the time, just what I believe I’m going to use. Besides the above, the CompuTrekker AW also holds my MacBook Pro 15″ Unibody laptop as well as lens filters, extra battery and memory for the camera plus other stuff that can be useful to have close-by when travelling.

So far, I’m really happy with this Lowepro CompuTrekker AW. It fits what I need, very well, and it’s really comfortable and feels extremely solid and well built. I can only recommend this combined camera and laptop bag!

As I wrote in my previous post on the SlingShot 350, I was going to get me a SlingShot 100 also. I just did that, last week, in fact. I quickly learned that the Lowepro Toploader Zoom 1 wasn’t really my thing when I’m out on a photowalk. It doesn’t carry much, only the camera with a 18-200mm lens and perhaps a small prime (35mm or 50mm) in the front pocket, not very protected against bumps etc. Also it’s not a “fast bag”, in the sense that it does take you some time to get it to your front, unzip, pull out your camera – and shoot.

That’s why I went for the Lowepro SlingShot 100. While it’s not a “faster bag”, as such, it will carry more and do so much more comfortable than TLZ1 did. SlingShot 100 holds my Nikon D5000 camera body with mounted 18-200mm lens, a small prime and a medium-sized lens such as the Tamron 90mm macro.

Bottom line – if you have a 15″ laptop, or smaller, and a DSLR camera, the Lowepro CompuTrekker AW is a really great bag that will fit enough equipment for most users. I highly recommend it!

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Michael Aulia February 2, 2010 at 02:29

I’m still waiting for my $20 camera bag from eBay..lol
I’ll definitely upgrade mine to a much better one (LowePro most likely) when I own the camera (at the moment Canon lend the EOS500D to me)
.-= Michael Aulia´s last blog ..SteelSeries Xai Review =-.

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Perry February 11, 2010 at 17:16

How do you like your Nikon D5000? Quite a good dSLR.

We were very impressed as it was the first dSLR with video recording capabilities.

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Klaus @ TechPatio February 11, 2010 at 18:02

I really enjoy the D5000, thanks.

Before the summer, I’ll be looking to invest in a compact camera that will give me around 24mm wide angle (or better) and HD video – so if you ever test a camera like that, within the $350 price range, feel free to let me know 🙂

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Marius February 21, 2010 at 00:53

Cool post!

I see you’re a die hard Lowepro fan, and I appreciate that, even tho I have a Tamrac bag myself, but have you ever considered/used other brands, like Crumpler?

Also if you get the HD point and shoot camera, please let me know as well.

Thanks,
Marius

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Tim Thurlow May 25, 2010 at 23:50

This is a nice bag with plenty of features. We find in the UK that Lowepro is still the most popular brand for serious photographers but Crumpler is extremly popular with the every day user and new camera users.

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