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Deal Guru
Jun 15, 2012
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eBay is where I mainly buy them from unless I want it faster.
Fake or not, the Lowepros I've gotten last well.
I see there's a version II, also checkout Think Tank's.

2-4wk from China -> CanadaPost, no customs every time I've ordered, ymmv.
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Deal Addict
Oct 8, 2007
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Bedford
AncasterRFD wrote: eBay is where I mainly buy them from unless I want it faster.
Fake or not, the Lowepros I've gotten last well.
I see there's a version II, also checkout Think Tank's.

2-4wk from China -> CanadaPost, no customs every time I've ordered, ymmv.
It seems like these may not be fakes, but perhaps original Version 1. Some discussion of them here. These things seem to be $150 locally, which, hurts my feelings :D

http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/94-p ... china.html
Deal Guru
Jun 15, 2012
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Southern Ontario
Lol, that 400AW is one of the Lowepros I got off eBay, $65.

If it's fake, the QC is high as comparing to ones at Vistek, I couldn't tell the difference. I've abused it and the rain cover works. As long as its durable, there are no granular technical requirements to fulfill like electronics so it's good enough for me.
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Deal Addict
Oct 8, 2007
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Bedford
AncasterRFD wrote: Lol, that 400AW is one of the Lowepros I got off eBay, $65.

If it's fake, the QC is high as comparing to ones at Vistek, I couldn't tell the difference. I've abused it and the rain cover works. As long as its durable, there are no granular technical requirements to fulfill like electronics so it's good enough for me.
Good enough for me. I might get the 400 AW and the Toploader.
Sr. Member
Aug 3, 2011
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Toronto
i was in the market for a lowepro flipside bag and asked the seller if it is a fake (price difference was high if got locally). The deler was upfront and told me "These are high quality imitations". Didnot end up buying from ebay because of time constraints.
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Jun 29, 2008
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North York
You also probably won't get Lowepro's warranty.
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Oct 8, 2007
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Bedford
thericyip wrote: You also probably won't get Lowepro's warranty.
Understood. And there is some value in that warranty for sure.
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Oct 8, 2007
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Bedford
The more I think this thru, I really need a bag to transport my D7100 with attached 70-200 VC to events. I have a Peak Design Slide to carry the camera around at the shoot. When I read reviews of the Lowepro Toploader, it seems that it works best with a wrist strap, the idea is that you put the camera back in the bag between shots. Probably not a good strategy at events.

For day to day walk around stuff, and travel, my Lowepro Slingshot 202 AW has been working great. It is just too small for a 70-200.

http://store.lowepro.com/slingshot-202-aw

I have been looking at this Amazon Basics back pack as an interim solution. With the current prime 25% discount, comes to $37 CAD$, which is hard to beat. If the paid event work continues, it will be easier to justify something more expensive. Kinda the same idea as the 400 AW.....

https://www.amazon.ca/AmazonBasics-DSLR ... camera+bag
Deal Guru
Jun 15, 2012
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Southern Ontario
In terms of transportation, I'm looking into a wheeled Pelican, idea from RFDer Frank311. Didn't give it much thought until I saw Victoria Will use it as an instant apple box to get more height when she wanted.
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Oct 8, 2007
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Bedford
Purchasing lenses seems easier than figuring out what bags/straps will work best for your shooting. I have seen some of the pros locally rolling in their Pelican cases to events. Good solution as well.
Deal Addict
Jun 29, 2008
1881 posts
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North York
A cheaper and just as good option is to buy a Vanguard Supreme Divider Insert and a matching size Maximum Waterproof Toolbox. The toolbox is often on sale at CT (lowest was 50% off I've seen). I believe the Vanguard 46 or 53 matches perfectly with the Maximum Large.
Newbie
Jan 8, 2007
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I have this bag (maybe an older version) from Aliexpress for $70 AI (?) with two 70-200 lens pouches . I took it to Henry's and had a direct comparison and wouldn't spot any difference. Definitely worth a try!
This is the bag that I try to use every time, but it does have some restriction like sitting down on a chair as an audience. But I then pivot the bag and have it at the front. This works well on highly pick pocketed train rides in Europe.
Newbie
Jan 8, 2007
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thericyip wrote: A cheaper and just as good option is to buy a Vanguard Supreme Divider Insert and a matching size Maximum Waterproof Toolbox. The toolbox is often on sale at CT (lowest was 50% off I've seen). I believe the Vanguard 46 or 53 matches perfectly with the Maximum Large.
Currently at half price.
http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/tools-har ... nt=Default
Deal Addict
Jul 17, 2003
1333 posts
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Toronto
I have a lowepro passport sling from ebay that is a fake (seller disclosed it also when I messaged him).
Quality is pretty good, but the padded inserts were slightly thinner than in the authentic one.
Nevertheless, it's good enough to protect my gear.

fake = $27 CAD = http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Lowepro-Passport ... SwBahU9r82
real = $70 CAD = http://store.lowepro.com/ca/passport-sling-iii-ca
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Nov 21, 2008
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North Vancouver, BC
baillieul wrote: Just as an update, I picked up a ThinkTank Streetwalker Hardrive bag bundled with a D600 as a Kijiji throw in. Really nice bag. Most comfortable backpack I have EVER carried.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/thinkta ... ogle.ca%2F
I bought the Streetwalker and it's amazing how much I can fit into it. Two camera bodies, 50mm, 25-105, 150-600, flash, and a ton of accessories. Very comfortable and great build quality.

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