Photo Hatchback 22L AW
Reviewed by Chris Gardner
The Photo Hatchback 22L AW looks like a standard rucksack.
When you open this Lowepro bag from the top, you discover a small storage compartment in the top and a larger one below.
You don't access the lower compartment, which is actually a padded camera cell, from the top. Instead, there's a zippered flap door in the lower back area.
There's room in the 22-litre bag for a digital SLR camera (which sits in the cell facing up or down) and a couple of spare lenses.
The camera cell can be closed with a drawstring and lifted out of the bag. The compartment between the top and bottom of the bag can then be removed and the bag becomes a standard rucksack.
It's got a couple of side pockets for drink bottles and tripods, although I found my medium-sized Gorilla Grip was too chunky to fit in without stretching the stitching.
However, a more standard tripod should fit.
I've been using this bag over the summer and found it preferable to my Lowepro shoulder bag in several ways.
First, it's more comfortable to carry a bag on your back than over your shoulder.
There's also more room for compact flash cards, tripods and other essential camera gear in the Photo Hatchback, but there's a downside to that, too. You end up carrying far more with you than you might otherwise.
Because it's tall and thin, its footprint is also smaller than other camera bags. Its other downside is that getting to the camera quickly from your back for that money shot is a no-no. You have to remove the bag, lay it face down and open the flap door, which can take minutes.
A smaller, 16-litre version is available.