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The Best Urban Camera Backpack For Everyday Carrying

As a professional photographer who walks around the city every day, the weight and size of the backpack are important to me. Especially when I am taking the subway, the bigger backpack takes up too much space and it is also not convenient when to sit down. It was so hard to find a perfect backpack that both have the portable size and handy function. I have never stopped the desire to search for better solutions from various brands until I saw a deal on B&H last month. I finally got my Lowerpro ProTactic BP 250AW at the price of just $65.27 including tax (now $99.99 on Amazon / $118.99 on eBay). After using it for a month, I shared my feelings here:

Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com
Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com
Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com
Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com

Before started I would especially talk about the feeling of backpacking, because it is so comfortable! The wide spacing between the shoulder straps is particularly suitable, and the ventilation system on the back is very well designed and does not feel particularly painful on the shoulders.

Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com
Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com

First of all, the 250AW package is the smallest one in the series, with 350AW and 450AW respectively. The size and capacity of this bag are designed for mirrorless camera users, but I found that my Canon EOS 5D Mark III and 24-105mm lenses are completely problem-free. Even can hold one camera and two lenses have no problem, there is still a lot of space enough to put batteries and accessories. Compared to the Lowepro Flipside 200 I used before, there is more space for accessories and all the grid are flexible, the most important thing is there is a space for iPad and notebook.

 

Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com
Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com

The padded Touch-Fastened interior dividers can be completely customized or removed. This is particularly intimate can be changed according to fulfill equipment upon different needs. I removed the bottom layer of the partition to put my Lee filter system for long exposure.

 

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Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com

 

My favorite back-open design of this bag completely cures me who feel not safe. In addition, the backpack has also designed 3 side access pockets on both sides and above, it is very convenient to take my camera and filters out of the bag, never have to worry about opening the entire backpack on the street.

 

 

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Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com

 

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Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com

 

When I first got the backpack, I found that the whole bag was solid and tough, like a tortoiseshell. This is also one of the reason make me purchased. I prefer to take the camera from the top, the accessories are placed on both sides, this design just right for my appetite. I like the top opening design, I feel very safe with it.

 

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Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com

 

 

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Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com

 

In addition to these, the built-in rain cover may give this product a 5 starts rate, it can protect the backpack and equipment when raining and snowing.

 

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Lowepro Pro Tactic BP 250AW review by LaidBackPerson.com

 

I’ve used the Lowepro Flipside 200 for many years, which is also a very good one and I like it so much, but compared with the Pro Tactic 250AW, there is less space for iPad and notebook, no side pockets, no built-in rain cover.

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I hope you can know more about Pro Tactic series by reading my review and wish you to get a perfect camera bag to travel with you.

Early morning walk in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Financial District

Manhattan Bridge | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Manhattan Bridge | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Brooklyn Bridge Park | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Manhattan Bridge | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Sunrise at Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan Skyline | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Manhattan Bridge and east river by Edi Chen
Manhattan Bridge | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Brooklyn Bridge Park by Edi Chen
Brooklyn Bridge Park | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Jane’s Carousel | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Lower Manhattan Skyline by Edi Chen
Lower Manhattan Skyline | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Brooklyn Bridge Park by Edi Chen
Brooklyn Bridge Park | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Water taxi on east river by Edi Chen
Water taxi on east river | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Brooklyn Bridge Park by Edi Chen
Brooklyn Bridge Park | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Brooklyn Bridge Park | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Early morning in Wall Street by Edi Chen
Early morning in Wall Street | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Pier 15 South Street Seaport by Edi Chen
Pier 15 South Street Seaport | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Financial District by Edi Chen
Financial District | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
New skyscraper building in Financial District by Edi Chen
New skyscraper building in Financial District | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Pier 11 South Street Seaport by Edi Chen
Pier 11 South Street Seaport | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Take shower for dogs on the street by Edi Chen
Take shower for dogs on the street | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Front Street at Seaport area by Edi Chen
Front Street at Seaport area | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Fulton Street Seaport Area by Edi Chen
Fulton Street Seaport Area | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Union Rat at Fulton Street by Edi Chen
Union Rat at Fulton Street | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
UPS guy working on the street by Edi Chen
UPS guy working on the street | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
One World Trade Center in Sunny day by Edi Chen
One World Trade Center in Sunny day | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
Woman are talking on the phone on Fulton Street by Edi Chen
Woman are talking on the phone on Fulton Street | JUN 25, 2018 | EDI CHEN
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366 days project in New York City

I’ve never done any personal project since the day I become a professional photographer, even don’t know the real meaning of the personal project. I’ve lost my own creation and lifestyle since I start my own business as fashion and event photography studio around 2010. I spent 80% of my life to learn and find out the rules of the game, try to catch more client, deal with the problem, manage the studio team. Then I moved to New York City in 2015, I was excited when standing on the street in this city like dreams come true, but in meantime, I feel lost. I have no idea what should I do and don’t want to go back my wrong way again. I have to find a way out while maintaining a livelihood, paying my rent and feed my family. I’ve always had the idea to shoot a personal project, but I don’t know how to start till one day. When I went back to a building and found that it had ceased to exist, I realized that the city in which I lived was quietly changing, and each one of us was here looking for balance. As I drove down the road to Sedona, I decided to name the project “BALANCE”. This one year-long project would be the most challenge thing to me in my tire life, and I will step on way of finding myself.

I took the first picture for this project on January 7, 2016 when back from Arizona, and continued daily through January 6, 2017. During this time I photographed 366 symmetrical subjects in and around New York City completing my project. I focused on diverse structures and perspectives of architecture as well as different views of the city enhanced by mood, harmony, proportion, and balance. Each day I traversed the city going from neighborhood to neighborhood and all five boroughs in search of symmetrical beauty. On these daily shoots, I had to be prepared for weather, lighting or any other random occurrence which either hindered or helped my work.

I went through the biggest snowstorm in New York in 2016. And I saw the most beautiful sunrise and sunset.
This project start from Jan 7, 2016 to Jan6, 2017

This concept of urban symmetry photographs was inspired by the fascinating and remarkable architecture of the city of New York. Everyone has their own idea of New York….what makes this city great? New York is a place where scenes, images, and events can appear at any time. I felt a calling and noticed how the environment where we live is ever changing. I explored the city and visited countless buildings, subways, museums, bridges and historical landmarks. Some of these places were chosen through extensive research and others just by happenstance. At times I would have to revisit locations for the perfect shot and in doing so noticed that some buildings either changed or even disappeared upon my return. Looking closely at some of the photographs you can see these changes that occurred, such as a pigeon standing on a structure or missing bricks in a building. These “imperfections” reflect the realities of life and that which surrounds us.

With an endless passion and a long list of shots to start with.
Cold temperatures are the biggest enemies of my own.
It usually takes a long time to capture a perfect moment.
The weather is getting warmer, take the tripod and start the long exposure.
There are few shots on the list, and I have to walk on the streets to find more targets.
Have to go farther to find, sometimes to travel a few hours of subway.
Waiting alone for a few hours to take a picture has become accustomed for me.
Sometimes I need to get the location 2 hours early before the job starts with only 4 hours sleep. I almost gave up the project, I was exhausted. Luckily, I kept it down.
One months of mental exhaustion, no target, no time.
The benefit of reduced work is that there can be a lot of time to explore this city.
The more tense I am when close to completion, the less I can do without relaxation.
When it’s almost done, it’s only just begun.

Some people hear the noise.

Some people hear the rhythm.

Some people seem glamorous.

Some people seem lonely.

Some people talk about fashion.

Some people are making history.

Sunrise, sunset.

Four seasons in one year.

One city. One person. One camera.

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