I got my hands on a Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW II. This has long been a favorite of nature, wildlife and sports shooters who want a safe, comfortable, easy way to get their long glass out into the field.
The Lens Trekker 600 AW II has interior dimensions of 9.1W X 8.5D X 24H in./
23 X 21.6 X 61 cm. This means you can attach a DLSR to a 600mm lens and still carry the rig inside the bag. (It’s tight but it fits.)
I tested the bag with my Sigma 300-800 F/5.6 and sorry – no dice. The bag will easily carry the lens alone, but not when a DSLR is mounted.
The bag offers what you’d expect inside. Good padding via adjustable padded dividers. There is also a nice, large front accessory pocket for additional storage. There are memory card holders inside the lid of the bag and like many of these bags, you can attach additional bags to the Trekker.
There is also a way to attach your tripod to the bag safely, comfortably and securely.
I was very impressed by the craftsmanship of the bag. It’s not cheaply made (nor should it be at $175.) It’s sturdy and its backpack-like harness system made it easy to carry either my Nikon 500 or 600mm lens around on my back. Since I like to carry my big glass with a body mounted, ready to work, my only disappointment with the Lens Trekker 600 AWII is that it won’t allow me to use my Sigmonster in that configuration.
The bag ships with an all-weather cover and the zip-down main compartment is very easy to access.
Those of you who know me are aware that I have lots of bags and generally prefer stuff from ThinkTank because it’s so well built. In this case, ThinkTank Photo doesn’t make a bag this tall and checking the Lowepro quality on this particular bag leads me to think that quality is in no way an issue with the Trekker.
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