Manfrotto Veloce V - £90/$100
An intriguingly versatile piece of kit, the Manfrotto Veloce V works equally well as a split daypack and camera pack, or as a full photo backpack. If you choose to use the top section for your camera and attached lens, rather than for assorted travel paraphernalia, you get the bonus of quick access via a top opening section.
This is secured with a zip and large secondary metal fastener. You'll certainly know if you've left the latter undone, because it bounces around and makes a noise rather like a cowbell. By taking out a couple of internal dividers, the Veloce can accommodate a DSLR fitted with a large 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.
Put your camera into the lower section and it benefits from an additional flap that fits into the body's handgrip, keeping it firmly locked in place during transit. As well as being able to take up to four regular sized lenses, a full-length inner section offers ideal space for a long super-telephoto lens - or one of Manfrotto's smaller tripod models. You can't sub-divide this space, however, because there's no Velcro facing for attaching dividers to.
The Veloce's build quality is very good but, as with most of the backpacks on test, the laptop compartment is just not big enough to take a 15.6-inch widescreen model.