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Lowepro Pro Roller X200 review

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)


Keywords: lowepro, roller, x200, bag, non_nikon

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X200 and more compartments

On the other side of the lid are a couple more compartments. You wouldn't believe it to look at it (or, indeed, to read the specs), but this will happily take a MacBook Pro 17". LowePro only actually rates the X200 up to a 15" laptop but the MacBooks are sleeker than most, and it all works very nicely.

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Mac Book  does fit

When the laptop is zipped up inside, you would never guess that there was anything there but perhaps a couple of magazines.

If the idea of putting two Pro bodies, a laptop containing your life's work, and your eight best lenses all into the same bag scares you a little, not withstanding the industrial strength padding, then help is at hand. Lowepro has built in a locking system which allows you to zip lock all of the compartments shut, or even lock them to a convenient anchor point for extra security.

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Lowepro locking system

Think that's enough features to be going on with? We're not even half done yet. Lowepro have included a tripod support facility, basically a kind of carrier which attaches to the front or side, and a strap that holds the tripod in place higher up. This works pretty well at the side,

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but no matter what we did, we couldn't figure out how to attach it at the front. Not really a problem, but the instructions could have been clearer — which is really the only fault I can find with this bag.

You also get an interesting support foot built into the back, viz:

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Built in support foot

Clearly this was a feature that someone wanted, though I couldn't quite get my mind round it. On the 'kitchen sink' principle of including everything you might possibly want, Lowepro have also put a tripod style holder hidden in the top of the extensible carrying holder, and also supply a turning nut, so that you can leave your camera on it as a makeshift tripod (no, seriously, they really mean it) or put a remote flash on. I have to say I tried this once and decided it probably wasn't for me — certainly not with a D3, but flash-holding duties might come in handy if you were pushed.

 

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Originally written on April 27, 2011

Last updated on April 22, 2016

Martin Turner Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

Expert professional PJ & PR photographer Ribbon awarded for his valuable contributions to the Articles section and the Wiki

Zaventem, Belgium
Moderator, 4986 posts

3 comments

Mike Bachman (reijo) on September 4, 2012

Can anyone explain how to set the code for the locking system on the lowepro x200

User on July 15, 2011

I have recently purchased this bag to complement my Pro Trekker 300AW which is becoming a bit heavy for my ageing frame. I recently travelled from Brisbane to Canberra (Australia) and found that the x200, complete with 14" dell laptop in the 300AW padded bag for extra protection fitted in the overhead locker of a Boeing 737-400 as configured in Australia for QANTAS. (The x100 was too small for my laptop for ready access for airport security checks.)

Mike Orr (Nitehawk5169) on April 28, 2011

Martin has done a very complete evaluation. Lowepro makes a well designed camera transport system. However, this particular bag would not meet my needs because I need a bag that will store in an airplane overhead.

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