John Huxley reviews a free-standing backpack for those starting out

Case Logic Kontrast Pro DSLR backpack at a glance:

  • 30.9×23.8×46.9cm (external dimensions)
  • 25.9x18x39.8cm (internal dimensions)
  • Weight: 1.7kg
  • Price: Around £65
  • Website: www.caselogic.com

You can spend a great deal of money on a good photo backpack, but Case Logic’s Kontrast Pro DSLR is priced at an affordable £65. However, given that you’ll spend hours wearing a backpack, does this make it good value, too?

One key feature of the Kontrast Pro is its hard plastic base, which allows it to stand upright on its own. It may not seem like a key feature, but it can save your bag, and later your back, from getting wet. The fact that it’s free-standing also means it’s easy to get your kit in and out without having to support the bag. It is a neat trick and we’re happy to report that even when the bag is full, it stays upright.

The Kontrast Pro has the usual adornment of pockets and pouches. There are pouches and straps on the side to hold a water bottle or a travel tripod, while a rear pouch can store a 15in laptop, as well as a 10in tablet. A zipped front pouch has pockets for smaller items, while camera kit is accessed through a zipped compartment on the top of the bag, or through the main body of the backpack. The idea is that a pro-size DSLR can be stored at the top and accessed quickly for shooting, while lenses, flashguns and so on are placed in the main compartment for less-frequent use.

Case Logic Kontrast Pro DSLR backpack – key features

Back padding

The padding on the rear of the bag is firm and comfortable on the shoulders.

Side handle

On the front is a vertical orientation handle, which is useful for getting it in and out of luggage racks.

Zips

Each zip pull has a cord for easy use when wearing gloves.

Case Logic Kontrast Pro DSLR backpack – our verdict

This bag is well made, sturdy and can store enough kit for a short trip. It can accommodate a DSLR, as well as a 24-70mm, 70-200mm and around four smaller lenses, or a flashgun or second camera body. In use, it’s comfortable on the shoulder and upper back, but could do with a fraction more padding on the lower back.

SCORE: 4 out of 5

Also in the range

case logic kontrast range

Case Logic has a number of different bags in the Kontrast range, all of which feature a hard plastic base to support the bag and prevent it getting wet. The bags include the Action Camera Case, Compact System Camera Shoulder Bag and a DSLR Zoom Holster. If the backpack is too big, take a look at the Kontrast DSLR Shoulder Bag, which costs £50.