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    Lowepro flipside 400

    I've had this bag for a couple of weeks now
    what can I say - Brilliant
    It fits everything you see on my signature including tripod or monopod
    the great thing about it,is the bag swings around to the front after you've disengaged the shoulder straps & opens from the back supporting itself against the waist straps
    Kinda feels like you're selling icecreams at the football but it is very convenient when it comes to changing lenses etc & quick too!
    the only downside I can think of is when someone picked it up off the couch thinking it was closed not realising it opened from the rear & spilled thankfully only the efs17-85mm onto the carpet, I take care to Zip it up each time now
    My rating: 9/10
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    Thanks bryan, I'm off to the shops today to get a backpack. My little Nova 2 can't fit everything in it anymore. I have been looking at this one and the Vertex 100. The flipside is $80 cheaper and will do everything I want so i'm leaning towards the flipside. I will try both on and have a closer look in the shop.

    Thanks for the review.

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    hmm ... I'm considerign this pack after some searching around.

    Can you give us an update on your thoughts on the pack a year on?

    I can't see the gear you have in your sig - you have most likely changed it since your OP.
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    I've had the Slingshot 350 for over a year and a half now and whilst I've never left Australia with it it has travel over most of the southwest and been to Brisbane a couple of times and on of those was via Sydney for 8.5 hours.
    All with no problem and for me a lot easier than the Flipside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterking View Post
    I've had the Slingshot 350 for over a year and a half now and whilst I've never left Australia with it it has travel over most of the southwest and been to Brisbane a couple of times and on of those was via Sydney for 8.5 hours.
    All with no problem and for me a lot easier than the Flipside.
    Can you tell me how you have found the Slingshot easier than the Flipside?

    I'm out all day sometimes and my concern with the Slingshot is having the weight on one shoulder for that length of time.

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    I have the Flipside 200 AW and find it great. I mean it's not going to fit a big lens in but it gets all my gear in fine.

    Recently in Albany - Lake Seppings I was shooting Blue-billed Ducks and Musk Ducks etc. and as I was riding (it was quicker this way, and when I didn't need it I left it by the pump while shooting) I needed quick access to my lense, as it was a bit dangerous holding my camera while riding (even though I did). All I had to do was swing the bag around unzip it, and shoot away, I just left the bag hanging down as there was nobody about, so nobody was there to laugh at me. I find it a great bag, though what Byran said has happened to me a couple of times as well. My bag also fits my tripod on the back. It's also very supportive when you have the waist strap on (I don't usually have it on, but did as I was riding this time) and I found my back didn't get tired quickly, as I was shooting half the day, it distributed the weight nicely.

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    I got the flipside 300, its pretty good, holds all my gear well as well as my tripod.

    Only problem is that it does feel a little topheavy with a lot of weight on the underarms, where the straps are. Otherwise its perfect.
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    I have the Flipside 400 as well, for me it's nowhere near as comfortable as my old Orion Trekker, I find the Flipside 400 makes my shoulders and neck ache if I'm using it for any more than an hour or so. The shoulder straps seem to have a tendancy to slide outwards rather than stay put on my shoulders.

    I've done a side by side comparison with a mate's Slingshot 200, I did find the Flipside a lot more comfortable than the Slingshot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by enduro View Post
    hmm ... I'm considerign this pack after some searching around.

    Can you give us an update on your thoughts on the pack a year on?

    I can't see the gear you have in your sig - you have most likely changed it since your OP.
    I just noticed this thread
    the FS 400 is still great, but like Phil said it can get a little uncomfortable after a while, I'm pretty much used to it now
    I can carry the 7D with 100-400 IS attached plus flash & 3 other lenses including a 70-200 F4L & tripod

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    I`ve had the Flipside 400AW for over 6 months and have always found it very comfortable to wear,and ,as I found out recently,the all weather cover works very well.Highly recomend it.
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    Out of all the Lowepro, ThinkTank and various other bag makers I've looked at, the FS400 just keeps coming up as the pick of the crop for my needs. However, one question I couldn't get an answer to from the myriad of reviews on the net was whether the tripod holder can handle something like a Manfrotto 055XBPRO or similar, or is it limited to the 100 dollar jobbies you buy from a Kodak store?
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    I have the FS 300 and so far has met all my needs. Can carry everything, Filters, Tripod, 3 Lenses, Camera, Cleaners etc.

    Great little bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captured Exposure View Post
    I have the FS 300 and so far has met all my needs. Can carry everything, Filters, Tripod, 3 Lenses, Camera, Cleaners etc.

    Great little bag.
    Thanks for the info.

    Can we know which tripod you have?

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    I tried my mates Flipside 400 a couple of times, pick mine up next week.
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    I really like a snack or two and a bit of water when out and about and see the Flipside 400mm has a section on the rear for that seems to fit sationary etc. Will it fit a 1L or better 2L of water and couple of sandwiches at least?

    Some of the Lowepro bags will accommodate Lowepro add-ons on the sides, does this bag feature those?

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    Re: Lowepro flipside 400

    Picked mine up on the weekend, $200 but worth it.

    Yeah, there's some room in the back of the bag. You could easil fit snacks, but doubt you'd fit 1 or 2L bottles in there as well. There are two stretchy mesh pockets on the sides which could easily fit a 600ml bottle each, and yes, there's a couple of slip-lock tabs on the straps that go over your shoulders and what looks like 2 more on the side of the bag. The website only mentions they are there, not how many, so assume 2 for sure, but maybe 4.

    Hope it helps. It's a great bag!


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    Good thread,

    I'm contemplating ordering one this week.

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    Re: Lowepro flipside 400

    The only thing is that I'm not convinced a largish tripod would be too secure on the back. I'm planning on getting a Manfrotto 055XBPro and sizing it mentally I reckon it'd poke up too far. It would definately fit my plastic fantastic though. There's also some clip straps on the top of the bag, but the curve across the top makes this more suited to a jacket than a rigid object.


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    I just ordered the '400 and it will be here tomorrow so there's no turning back now!

    I have the Manfrotto 190xpro-b and won't be changing tripods for a while, I expect it will fit well.

    The onle design flaw as I see it will be having to carry the tripod when the rain cover is up! It really shouldn't have been too hard for the designers to have worked out how to have the tripod on the outside while the cover is up.

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