Lowepro DryZone 200 Backpack Waterproof Camera Bag Yellow / Black.

Priced: $299.95 Rated:   - 3 stars out of 5 by 6 reviews.
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  • ergonomic, fully adjustable backpack harness includes an adjustable padded waistbelt, CollarCut shoulder straps, lumbar support, DryFlo mesh-covered padding and load adjustment straps

Weather and Wind:

  • waterproof case with a hi-tech TIZIP zipper for water-tight protection


  • inner zip and top clip for easy access while away from water


  • self-draining outer mesh pockets and generous inner mesh pockets


  • tuck-away tripod holder designed for optimum balance
  • attachment loops for optional SlipLock add-ons
  • includes rubber handle
  • heavy-duty camera compartment, completely customizable for a variety of systems
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Colors Available:Black/yellow, Black/Gray,
External Dimensions:14.5W x 11.5D x 25H in. (37 x 29 x 63.5 cm)
Internal Dimensions:12W x 6D x 17H in. (30.5 x 15 x 43 cm)
Material:waterproof plastic-coated nylon

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Lowepro DryZone 200 Backpack Waterproof Camera Bag Yellow / Black. Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Extreme Travel Pack

I bought this bag for various reasons but specifically for a big trip to the South Pacific where I was expecting to spend a lot of time on boats, canoes, rain, rain, high humidity and rain.
If you are not concerned with your camera equipment in EXTREME conditions, look for something else. There are some great LowePro bags that are water resistant that are really cool designs.
I was able to fit the following camera equipment in the bag with ease:
* Canon EOS 5D Mk II body + Battery Grip
* Canon 24-70 2.8L lens
* Canon 70-200 2.8L IS lens
* Canon 100 2.8 macro lens
* Canon 16-35 2.8L lens
* Canon 2x extender
* Canon 580EX II flash
* Various other small accessories, including CF cards, phones, wallets, passports, etc.

The bag is easy to travel with (fits in overhead compartment in planes), extremely comfortable to carry around (when adjusted properly) and has solid chest and waist straps to distribute the load. Most innovative is the back harness system which can be easily adjusted up or down based on your height.
Of course, the best feature of the bag is the dry-suit zip. For all the complaints, the zipper is really a non-issue. You need to properly lubricate it with silicone grease (go to A Scuba shop and get the good stuff). The zipper is heavy duty for a reason. It will require an effort to open and close it. While I was a little nervous jumping into the ocean with all my gear, along with the sharks and snakes, it worked perfectly. The bag floated high in the water and not a drop of water penetrated the bag. I probably logged a few miles swimming in the open ocean. The self-draining pockets on the outside also worked really well. And yes, the security of keeping your camera equipment safe in EXTREMES, will be a trade off for ease of getting your camera in and out of the bag.
Note: the exterior compartment is not waterproof, so if you plan to go for a swim, you'll need to remember to remove everything from that compartment that you don't want getting wet.

Overall, this is an excellent bag by Lowepro. The dry-suit compartment really works superbly. Some of the design features - particularly the height adjustable harness and waist/chest straps - are superior to those on more conventional models. I would have no hesitation recommending this bag to anyone planning to take lots of gear into extreme climates, be it snow, water or sand.
Kahuna at Adorama on 04/04/2011

Quality, Comfort and WATERPROOF!

This Dry Zone pack will fit a Canon 40D with a WFT or Battery grip + 10-22, 24-105, 70-200 lenses + 2x and 1.4x extenders along with spare batteries, lens hoods, filters and a 580 Speedlight. Then there is still enough room for a 180mm Macro along with a Macro twin light and the support brackets, extenders and mounts. Now it is full and weighs about 35lbs. A tripod can be mounted on the exterior using the built in pouch and 3 adjustable snaps. The exterior pack has an additional 7 or 8 pockets for all the other stuff that is allowed to get wet. The distance from the waist belt to the shoulder straps can be adjusted using the supplied velcro separator. A very neat trick. All the other strap adjustments are normal except for the sternum strap. A feature I had not appreciated until now.

Being from New England and spending most of my vacations in Scotland, Canada and the wetter parts of the USA I know the damage water can do to photographic equipment. The main reason to buy this backpack was its claim to be WATERPROOF. It is. I put it in the shower for an hour, hot, cold, spray and full stream. Filled the bath and dropped it in. It floated. I held it under. It did not leak and I believe it will not leak on the trail.

The internal foam dividers are substantial enough to give you the confidence that a porter could manhandle the bag in a normal way or it would survive a trip around the Heathrow Airport baggage conveyor. This is not an Economy Class International carry on bag. For a start it weighs about 50% of the weight allowance (32lbs) and if packed as described above it would be refused by the Airline (>50lbs) as being hazardous to both the employees and the conveyor system! However if you are reasonably fit and travel on the surface by boat or car/bus this is ideal. It will protect your gear from mechanical damage and be very comfortable to wear and you can use your hands for other things. Although it does come with a regular carrying handle in the right place for a porter.
Martin at Adorama on 04/04/2008

A comfortable backpack thats waterproof!

The bag is not the easiest to get into granted I can agree somewhat with previous reviewers gripes but you do not need to fully waterproof your gear everytime you use it. If you are not going to be around the water don't close the interior waterproof shell....just close the external shell/plastic buckle and turn your equipment access into 2 seconds instead of the 10 or 15 seconds it might take if the waterproof shell is closed. I have not found a soft bag which is also a very comfortable, adjustable backpack that floats with my SB800, 2Nikon Bodies, 4 batteries, various accessories and 3 lenses inside.

Again Waterproof, not just water resistant.

If you are not someone who goes rafting, kayaking or would be around the water much than this bag is probably overkill and I would recommend you look for something else. But, if you want something which does what it was designed to do (keep your very expensive photo equipment dry) then give this backpack your consideration if you really have the need.
Karfredmd at Adorama on 08/08/2010

Waterproof Bag

I purchased this product for a week long rafting trip in the Grand Canyon. It kept my camera equipment totally dry and I didn't have to worry going through the rapids! The zipper to get the watertight seal is not easy to operate and works best with a bit of silicone applied each time otherwise the links miss and the seal is broken but it's not hard to fix just pull zipper back and then attempt the seal again. The pack itself is kinda heavy but allows for ample storage of my gear- I had a compact camera with housing, two slr's a 100-400 telephoto lens, wide angle lens, macro lens, 17-85 lens, photo viewer and plenty of backup batteries. They all fit easily into the pack, excellent product for peace of mind!
Mike at Adorama on 09/09/2011

Negative Reviews:

faulty zipper

Uses a SCUBA type dry suit zipper that is undoubtably 100% waterproof. However, zipper jams and is very difficult to close, even after waxing. Called Lowepro and they were very accomodating and sent me a new waterproof inset. Same problem, every time I ever needed it for a wet outdoor trip it took forever to close it up. I was so afraid to take it out I never used the waterproof zipper and closed it with the conventional zipper. I am going to contact Lowepro and see if they will credit it for another backpack.
Mike in Alaska at Adorama on 07/07/2008

Zipper is too much trouble.

The zipper is a major problem. It must be greased after every use or it does not work. After limited use, I am almost through the tube of grease they provided. You want a bag that zips up quick and reliable when weather changes. This is not that bag.
Angeles at Adorama on 12/12/2009