Lowepro Nova 2 Soft Case

Nova 2

This great traveller has external elastic mesh pockets, a NoDrop Pocketâ„¢ to prevent spills when you change lenses or filters, and an OverLap Zipperâ„¢ for added protection against dust, moisture and hard knocks. The Nova 2 holds a SLR with a lens attached, plus 2-3 extra lenses.

User Reviews (8)

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markgoldberg   Professional [Apr 26, 2006]
Strength:

Great protection for its size and weight, excellent build quality and feature design

Weakness:

Hard to get to front pocket at times, better strap attachment hardware would be nice. Strap thing is my main gripe. Would have gotten 5 stars if not for this.

Those of us who are constantly evolving and updating our camera and lens arsenals are also in a continuous flow of new bags to hold that stuff. One writer said "You can never have enough camera bags."

This is my second Lowepro bag. I had been carrying my new (then) D70 with 18-70 and accessory flash in a small Samsonite bag. I had a very large Tamrac case designed to take the whole arsenal of bodies, lenses, and flashes to paying gigs. The older Lowepro is a beefy, heavily padded case which could carry two bodies with a few lenses and/or flashes, but was still too big for comfort when touring.

Lowepro also came heavily recommended from my Nikon School instructors, and the latest ones had very well though-out features, like front pouches designed NOT to fall open and dump the contents (a problem of my Tamrac case.) I looked at the various Nova AW models and found the Nova 2 as the optimum choice for my application. The Nova 3, while larger physically, was designed to carry more skinny lenses but were not up to holding some of the fatter zooms I used with my D70.

The Nova 2 was optimum for me because it could hold the D70 body with compartments on each side to hold two lenses, or a lens and a flash. In fact, I have been able to carry THREE lenses - one zoom on cam, two smaller lenses (28-200 and 10.5 fisheye in one pocket and my SB-800 (with dome) in another. It is most comfortable with the 18-70 on cam, but I can get away with the 17-55 if I'm carefull.

There's space in front for things like extra batteries, extra cards, lens cleaner, and transfer cables. There's a pocket in the back which can hold a manual and one of those little folding reflectors. There are mesh pocket on both sides which hold a pocket tripod and some of my advertising goodies, plus a small exterior pocket on the lid for lens cleaner pouches and pocket change.

The strap is nicely designed with two surfaces - a non slip on one side, and a gel pad on the other. The strap is contouted. My only gripes are that the strap does not have swivels, so changing shoulders is inconvenient if you want a particular side. One one or two occasions, the strap has popped off, so a nicer snap attachments would be better. There is a carrying handle on top which is great for some situations. There is also a rain cover which can be deployed if needed.

Overall, this bag holds a lot for its size, and offers very good protection.

Customer Service

Excellent service from B&H as expected.

Similar Products Used: Lowepro, Samsonite, Tamrac, Ritz, Portabrace
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Bellthecat2003   Intermediate [Apr 22, 2003]
Strength:

Holds a lot of equipment for its size Plenty of zippered pockets Solid construction Inexpensive Well-padded Comfortable

Weakness:

Shoulder strap is not removable, but that is a very, very minor complaint

The LowePro Nova 2 is a well-designed, nicely-sized bag in the Nova series. It's suitable for carrying a 35mm camera body and a couple of lenses, plus a lot of other stuff in the various zippered pockets. It comes with two padded dividers that can be moved to suit, and that stay in place with Velcro. It's comfortable to carry, with a well-padded shoulder strap and a padded handle.

Customer Service

Have never needed it

Similar Products Used: Off-brand bag
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
SG   Beginner [Sep 18, 2001]
Strength:

Rugged construction Well padded

Weakness:

The only drawback is that the shoulder strap is not removeable.

What a great little bag! My Minolta X370 easily fits in the bag with a lens on it, an extra lens, and a flash. Plenty of room for film and instruction manuals. I don''t worry about my equipment, the bag is well padded. Easy to carry, looks good too.

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jim Meyer   Expert [May 05, 2000]
Model Reviewed: Nova 2 Verticle Camera Bag
Strength:

Well-made, good padding, well thought-out, flexible.

Weakness:

The strap is a little short for tall guys like me. I had to buy a longer strap to put on it.

This bag is a perfect fit for my traveling kit, which consists of a Nikon F100, 28-105, and 70-300, plus hoods, film and a few other items. The dividers are very sturdy and the padding is excellent. I feel my equipment is well-protected in this bag. It is easy to open and close, and is well-balanced. Not expensive, either!

Customer Service

None needed.

Similar Products Used: Other Lowepro and Tamrac bags and cases.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Dennis Kok   Casual [May 02, 2000]
Model Reviewed: Nova 2 Verticle Camera Bag
Strength:

1-Small, which makes the bag easy to take with you.
2-A lot of room for such a small bag
3-Very solid and protective
4-Good price

Weakness:

None

For it's size and price a GREAT bag!!!! It also looks great!!!!

Customer Service

No problems with the bag so far.

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
James Robinson   Intermediate [Dec 28, 1999]
Model Reviewed: Nova 2 Verticle Camera Bag
Strength:

Easily fit 1 SLR plus 2-3 lenses, flash,
filters, batteries and the seperate film bag is great! Like the paddes strap too.

Weakness:

None

Nice size bag for the the travelling SLR. The seperate film bag is a real plus. Not as pricey as the similar Tamrac models. Great buy.

Customer Service

N/A

Similar Products Used: Other LowePros
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
j. mcintosh   Intermediate [Jun 25, 2001]
Strength:

well padded;
well balanced;
shoulder strap = comfortable

Weakness:

For the size...none.

The more I cram into this bag, the more I like it:
I can fit: Camera body,sb-28 flash,50mm, 24mm, 90mm macro w/ hood, filters, x-tra batteries, blower brush, lens cleaning cloths & fluid, 6+ rolls of film and w/ (not much) room to spare.
5)

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Eric Lindskog   Casual [Sep 14, 1999]
Model Reviewed: Nova 2 Verticle Camera Bag
Strength:

Price, Features (tons of pockets and detachable film sack), Rugged

Weakness:

Not yet

This is a good bag for the $. Lowe seems to copy Tamarac in many bags of this style but sells them for about half the price. So far a very protective and rugged bag.

Similar Products Used: Old Tamarac something or other
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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