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Lowepro Stealth Reporter D650 AW
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100% of reviewers £120.00 9.0
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Description: Created for photojournalists and news photographers, the Stealth Reporter D650 AW is designed to withstand the elements while providing quick access to lenses and digital accessories. Although the Stealth Reporter D650 AW was designed to be light weight, it's still heavy on features and durability. Durable ballistic nylons, high density closed cell foams, deluxe shoulder strap, metal hardware and an All Weather Cover ensure that this one tough bag.

Capacity: large pro SLR (up to Canon EOS D2000, or Nikon D1H or D1X) with 80-200mm f/2.8 lens attached; additional body; 2 short lenses; large notebook; memory cards, flash, charger and small tripod

Size (Interior): 16.1W x 7.3D x 11H in. / 41 x 18.5 x 28 cm

Size (Exterior): 17.1W x 11D x 12.6H in. / 43.5 x 28 x 32 cm

Outer fabric: water-resistant 600D TXP ripstop and 2000D ballistic nylon
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VinnyP
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Registered: February 2006
Location: Surbiton Surrey
Posts: 1147
Review Date: Mon February 19, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: £120.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Holds a lot of gear, easy access, well made and offers good protection.
Cons: Holds a lot of gear, bulky


This is my vault bag. It holds all my digital SLR kit except the 600 and the heavy tripod (see pic). This means it is silly heavy and really only used for storage at home or carrying kit to the car, then onto a (nearby) fixed shoot. Considering how heavy it is it is remarkably easy to carry and a few flights of stairs or a couple of hundred metres do not bring on a hernia. The strap is thick, strong and well padded but it also adds a waist strap to keep it from flapping around. It also has a separate handle which, essentially IMV, goes around the bag so you are not picking everything up by the lid.

It is up to the usual Lowepro quality with good quality fitments and ballistic nylon. The layout is easy to modify and offers good protection being well (maybe to well) padded. It comes with a media wallet which is a bit over engineered (and so sits in a draw) and a mesh pouch which I havenít found a use for either. It also has a dedicated space for any laptop you may care to put in it. I use this for other things but YMMV.




It is easy to access most of what you want quickly and many of the features seem well thought out. You can access a body with lens attached and most of the top level, through a weatherproof zip on the top, without opening the main bag. It has plenty of pockets and likewise, most of them can be got to without opening the main lid. It is pretty weatherproof but has a waterproof cover if it gets really bad. You can attach several Lowepro accessories at either end if you need more space or flexibility.

Usually I decant what I need for any shoot to other bags from here but it is still good to go straight away. The top layer has the Nikon 17-55 2.8, Sigma 10-20 (H), Nikon 300 2.8 VR (D), Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR (G) and the D2X body (F) The D200 (E) can be stored attached to any one of the top layer lenses without needing to mess around with the layout (Usually the 17-55 as in the picture). I can also grab the SB800 flashguns leads and brackets (K), blower (I) or remotes. (J) Also on the top are a monopod (A), folding tripod and FLM head (B) and a table tripod (C). Spare batteries and memory cards are in open topped pockets.



Tucked away but still fairly easy to get to are the less used gubbins. 50mm 1.4 (L) 85 1.8 (M) Sigma 30 1.4 (O), Sigma 105mm Macro (P) 1.4 1.7 and 2.0 Tcons (Q) The MB200 grip (R) and the usual assortment of storage, caps, cleaning, batteries and filters (S). All of this together with hoods for all of the lenses fits comfortable but it is snug these days.

In conclusion. It is pretty much ideal for what I use it for but I canít see it being much use on a long hike or for city exploring. I think itís too big for carry on and not sturdy enough for the hold so, for travelling, a hard case and a smaller bag is still the way to go. The only improvement for me would be an external tripod loop, but then you'd loose the "Stealth" part I expect
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M1ke A
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Registered: November 2007
Location: Sussex
Posts: 542
Review Date: Mon November 26, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: £120.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Quality bag that can hold a lot of kit
Cons: Can get quite unwieldy when loaded up

Vinny has done a cracking job describing this bag so I'll just add a few extra comments.

Firstly mine is never as loaded up as Vinny's pictures . That said, I do cram most of my kit in it.

Typically it'll have a 1D2n & 70-200 f2.8 in the middle, 17-40L, 28-80L, 15mm fish and a couple of flashes. For practical purposes that's the main compartment used up, leaving the 'outer' front compartments for cards, cords, batteries and so on. Depending on the task at hand, I can add my 20D but that's without a lens being fitted to it.

The rear laptop sleeve will take quite a bit of kit but interestingly I had a bit of a struggle adding a 15" laptop over the weekend.

Lugging the thing around can be fun and I recommend shortening the main strap as much as poss and carrying it diagonally over your shoulder and back.

If I'm using the car or short trips on public transport it's my preferred bag. If I need to do a reasonable amount of walking, my Crumpler Pyjama Pride rucksack is nicer on the back.

Yes it's a lot of pennies but is fairly nondescript (hence the name ) and will adapt to being used in various guises.
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