I’m getting ready for a 17 day trip to Italy in a couple of weeks. Since I plan on taking my Canon 40D and all my lenses, I wanted to have a safe and secure way to transport them. Did some research on camera bags and decided to get the Lowepro Mini Trekker AW.
The Mini Trekker is a backpack specifically designed to hold camera bodies and lenses. The interior is spacious and cames with Lowepro’s velcro separator system which allows you to adjust the compartments’ size to fit your specific gear.
Here I have my 40D, 17-55mm, 100mm macro, and 50mm lens packed into their own compartments. As you can see, there is still quite a bit of room for any new gear I may acquire (which is a definite possibility ^^).
Although it doesn’t have a section dedicated for notebooks, I found that my Mini 9 fits quite nicely into one of the sleeves on the back flap. There are also smaller pockets for memory cards, cords, etc.
I was a bit worried about getting a camera bag that would be too uncomfortable to take while traveling (the reason I got a smaller backpack), but I’m happy to say that the Mini Trekker is pretty easy to wear. The shoulder straps are padded and so is the rest of the bag so I don’t feel the bulky items like my camera body poking through. It also has a waterproof cover you can take use in case of bad weather.
Pretty happy with the purchase but will know for sure how it works out when I take it to Europe. The Mini Trekker retails for $180 but I bought it new on Ebay for $65 (thanks, China).