Still, this year I did, and we’ve entered into a sponsorship arrangement so you can expect to see me endorsing their products.
It’s not a big leap of faith as I’ve gone through one of their camera bags every couple of years since I began shooting professionally 15 years ago so I am familiar with the gear and I can say (hand on heart) that Lowepro produces my equipment of choice.
This year, in recognition of my age and an increasing reluctance to carry 23 kilos of camera gear more than I have to, I have opted for the Pro Runner 450 AW camera bag with the roller wheels which I expect to use mainly around airports (http://www.lowepro.com/prorunner_roller). It’s the largest bag I can squeeze into an airplane cabin locker and, with luck, the ease with which I will pull it along behind me will convince airport security that my carry-on luggage does not exceed the maximum weight requirements (you only have to witness my pitiful performance to convince them otherwise when the bag’s on my shoulder to realise how important this feature will be to me). It’s also about the largest size I’m prepared to carry comfortably on my back when I’m shooting.
Beyond that, the bags have always proved to be tough (the main zipper particularly which is important given I’m in and out of it so frequently (often with the same patience reserved for the 40 kilometre per hour driver ahead of me in a 60 kilometre speed zone), my camera gear is easily accessible through a single flap and the design feels comfortable on my back. Oh, and it’s proved water resistant enough.