We managed to get this versatile camera backpack just right before our trip to Japan earlier this Spring 2017. The primary requirements for the ultimate camera backpack that we were looking for were:

  • it should be not too big but can carry at least 2 DSLR bodies with zoom lenses
  • lightweight but strong
  • can carry 15 inch laptop
  • preferrably should have back entry rather than front entry (for security)
  • tripod and action camera straps/mounts
  • have waistbelt
  • not expensive but also not from cheap materials

We reviewed many backpacks that matched those criterias and got at least 5 candidates (we’ll review each candidates). In final, we found LowePro ProTactic 450 AW was the final contender. There are however few drawbacks/issues that we encountered during our trip to Japan while using this backpack. Hopefully LowePro will address them in future for next generation of ProTactic (or new backpack series).