Review: Lowepro Streetline BP250
4.0Overall Score

Price (RRP): $349
Manufacturer: Lowepro

Tired of the same old camera bag look? So is Lowepro, and for the “Streetline” series has something a little more edgy, and a little more urban. And it’s a little cool, too.

Features and performance

Camera bags have the tendency to be a bit same-same these days, and if you’ve ever gone out on a walk with a bunch of photographers and thrown your gear down, perhaps to eat lunch, good luck working out the difference between the bags.

Chances are your bag is going to be like theirs: black, bulky, and made to hold lots of gear, and given you can’t just work out which yours looks like in a jiffy, there’s always a concern that you’ll run off with someone else’s gear.

Worse, if you take gear with you on your regular day to day, the bulky and often oversized camera bags can be troublesome to keep with you, constantly forcing you into a path of trouble when there’s an obstacle in the way for you to inadvertently knock over with that large gear-filled sack on your back.

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The Lowepro Streetline BP250 tries to pull back on this by taking the gear bag and flattening it quite severely, offering a small movable gear space that doesn’t follow the same modular design Lowepro bags typically offer, and yet letting you fill the rest of the bag with stuff that might be useful, say a computer, a tablet, an a jacket and bits and bobs.

Inside the bag, the space is padded with a slick softened fabric set out in divided areas, offering a space for a 13 inch laptop, a tablet and then just stuff.

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That “stuff” section can be divided up with the aforementioned moveable space, which offers up both a large block and a small block of space at attaches to the inside of the bag by way of one of two straps stretched along the inside of the luggage.

You don’t have to use this divided section, and you can either flatten it when not in use or take it out altogether.

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When in use, though, you can pack in a camera and a lens, or something else altogether, making this a fairly versatile piece of luggage for walking around with.

One side for a lens, another for a small body. While you can store the gear when the section is outside the backpack, you'll want to pack the bag when this section is on the inside, otherwise it probably won't go in easily.

One side for a lens, another for a small body. While you can store the gear when the section is outside the backpack, you’ll want to pack the bag when this section is on the inside, otherwise it probably won’t go in easily.

Helping this versatility is the outside, which for a change doesn’t scream “photographer” thanks to the lack of regular typical black found on every other camera bag.

Rather, the Streetline BP250 arrives with a more newsprint-look, with a speckled grey “DWR” or “durable water repellant” fabric, which isn’t totally hydrophobic, but does appear to throw water to the side when it is hit with the stray drop.