Safe camera storage for less: Lowepro ProTactic BP350 AW II backpack is under AU$200

Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW II camera backpack deal
(Image credit: Lowepro)

Choosing the right camera bag is important – not only do you need to consider the volume, but also how well the bag can protect your gear. And this is a more important consideration when it comes to choosing a travel-friendly camera bag.

Ideally, you’d want something that’s tough and comfortable to wear as well, just like the Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II backpack. It scored a full five stars in our review and for good reason - and is one of the best camera backpacks around.

This backpack has a modular design, with several accessories that can be purchased separately, depending on your needs. But even without the additional pouches and bags, there’s plenty of room here for a 15-inch laptop, your camera body (whether DSLR or mirrorless), a few lenses and even a drone. 

Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II backpack | AU$299.95 AU$199.20 on Amazon (save AU$100.75)

Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II backpack | AU$299.95 AU$199.20 on Amazon (save AU$100.75)
While Amazon has listed the launch price of the backpack on its site, this sturdy and versatile Lowepro is now two years old and is retailing for about AU$300. So while it’s not quite the whopping 55% off that Amazon claims, it’s still a very respectable 33% off right now as compared to some Aussie stores. So if you’re after a solid travel camera bag that’s not too expensive, we can’t recommend this highly enough.

It’s built from heavy-duty fabric and sturdy zips, weighing in at around 2kg when empty. That might seem like a lot, but there’s plenty of cushioning here and lots of pockets that can easily fit documents, memory cards and anything else you might need on your shoot. There’s even space to carry a medium-sized tripod.

Adding to all that is a waterproof cover that’s stashed away in a pocket on the underside of the backpack itself, so you know your gear will be safe no matter what the weather throws at you.

When it comes to accessibility, Lowepro has kept every kind of photographer in mind by offering side access on both sides of the bag as well as the usual top U-shaped zip for those who prefer rear-opening backpacks. If you think the hip belt is annoying, you can even remove it when you’re not planning on hiking with your gear. In fact, the hip belt can be used separately and fits a few more bits and bobs in its two zipped pockets and loops.

In Australia, this bag retails for around the AU$300 mark, although you can find it for about AU$250 as well. Amazon, though, is taking things further and has slashed the price down to a few cents over AU$199, making it one of the best prices we’ve seen for this excellent Lowepro backpack.

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Sharmishta Sarkar
Managing Editor (APAC)

In addition to looking after they day-to-day functioning of Digital Camera World in Australia, Sharmishta is the Managing Editor (APAC) for TechRadar as well, and helps produce two of Future's photography print magazines Down Under. Her passion for photography started when she was wandering the wilds of India studying monkeys (yes, life took a sharp turn somewhere along the way) and is entirely self-taught. That puts her in the unique position of understanding what a beginner or enthusiast is looking for in a camera or lens, and writes to help those like her on their path to developing their skills or finding the best gear. While she experiments with quite a few genres of photography, her main area of interest is nature photography – wildlife, landscapes and macro. She still prefers an optical viewfinder but is utterly fascinated with what mirrorless technology has been able to achieve. 

With an ear to the ground in the Asia-Pacific territory, she is constantly on top of camera news and breaking developments in the Australian region, in addition to sourcing local deals during big retail events like Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday / Cyber Monday. 

She’s also a skilled stargazer, always eager to share astrophotography tips such as photographing the blood moon without even using a tripod!