One of the items that almost all photographers use is their camera bag. While some photographers can be picky with their bags, some prefer a simple backpack. Whether you’re an amateur who only uses their camera once a year or a full-time professional photographer, having a good camera bag is essential. However, with a variety of bags and designs to choose from, finding the proper one may be a bit overwhelming.
We've searched online and created a list of the top 10 bags to buy this year. We've also included a buying guide at the end to help you find your perfect bag.
Below is our list of the best camera bags that you can find online. We did extensive research so you don't have to! Each product was selected based on the safety and durability of the camera bag and the overall comfort and experience of the photographer.
|Type of bag||Backpack|
|Size||13 x 9.8 x 5.5 inches|
|Type of bag||Messenger bag|
|Size||12.2 x 7.8 x 4.7 inches|
|Material||High-density canvas and leather trim|
|Ideal for||Casual, professional, outdoor|
|Type of bag||Shoulder bag|
|Size||9 x 7 x 6 inches|
|Ideal for||Casual, professional|
|Type of bag||Sling bag|
|Size||16.1 x 10.2 x 6.7 inches|
|Type of bag||Holster|
|Size||3.4 x 3.1 x 3 inches|
|Type of bag||Harness|
|Size||7.5 x 7.5 x 3 inches|
|Ideal for||Casual, travel|
|Type of bag||Wheeled backpack|
|Size||24 x 15.3 x 10.6 inches|
|Type of bag||Hard case|
|Size||22 x 9 x 13.8 inches|
|Ideal for||Travel, professional|
|Type of bag||Wheeled case|
|Size||33.5 x 12.2 x 11.8 inches|
|Material||Cordura webbed nylon and plastic base plate|
|Type of bag||Backpack|
|Size||18 x 12 x 8 inches|
|Material||Padded nylon, heavy-duty waterproof bottom|
|Ideal for||Casual, professional, travel|
DSLR Camera Backpack (Large)
Vintage Camera Messenger Bag
Soft Padded Camera Bag
Sling Bag Style Camera Case
BlackWidow Camera Holster
ProInStyle Dual Shoulder Leather Harness
Wheeled Camera Backpack
1510 Case With Foam
Equipment Trolley Carry Bag
DSLR Camera Backpack
Waterproof Backpack with Lots of Room
Multi-Purpose, Easy to Use and Stylish
Medium-Sized Bag Ideal for One Camera
Ideal for Travel and Outdoor Photography
Perfect for Point-and-Shoot Photographers
A Great Alternative to a Camera Bag
A Perfect Travel Companion
A Camera Bag Ideal for Check-In Luggage
Transport Your Big Equipment Like Lights and Tripods
Perfect Amount of Space For All Your Camera Gear
|Type of bag||Backpack||Messenger bag||Shoulder bag||Sling bag||Holster||Harness||Wheeled backpack||Hard case||Wheeled case||Backpack|
|Size||13 x 9.8 x 5.5 inches||12.2 x 7.8 x 4.7 inches||9 x 7 x 6 inches||16.1 x 10.2 x 6.7 inches||3.4 x 3.1 x 3 inches||7.5 x 7.5 x 3 inches||24 x 15.3 x 10.6 inches||22 x 9 x 13.8 inches||33.5 x 12.2 x 11.8 inches||18 x 12 x 8 inches|
|Material||Water-repellent nylon||High-density canvas and leather trim||Nylon, microfiber||Nylon||Plastic||Leather||Nylon||Quality ABS||Cordura webbed nylon and plastic base plate||Padded nylon, heavy-duty waterproof bottom|
|Ideal for||Outdoor||Casual, professional, outdoor||Casual, professional||Travel||Casual||Casual, travel||Travel||Travel, professional||Professional||Casual, professional, travel|
When choosing a camera bag, questions you should ask yourself are: first, do I need a camera bag? What equipment am I carrying? How big a bag do I need?
Do I need to hold all my gear or a select kit? Where will I carry my bag and is it comfortable? Finally, what's my budget? With these questions in mind, choosing the right camera bag will be a bit easier.
Before choosing a bag, consider the style of photography you are doing. If you’re a landscape photographer then a backpack could also be the simplest choice for you.
If travel photography is your passion hand luggage that also holds your laptop, passport, and tickets would be ideal. You would also want to pack a smaller bag to use once you get to your destination.
Whether you have one camera and lens or are a professional with a whole set of equipment will influence your choice greatly! It's also important to consider where you want to bring your camera and how you want to use it.
Camera messenger bags and shoulder bags are definitely very practical. With many compartments and zippers, these messenger bags provide fast access to your camera and room to hold extra lenses.
Carrying your laptop, lunch and a water bottle makes messenger bags multi-functional. Most designs feature comfortable straps, rain flaps, and sturdy zippers.
Whether it’s a soccer game, or a safari at the zoo together with your kids, all you may need is a single camera and lens. If you think “holster,” you’re probably imagining something strapped around your waist during the times of the Wild, Wild West. But the main similarity here is that it helps you to draw, aim, and shoot with ease.
Holster bags are unique as they’re designed for carrying your camera and your favorite lens. There’s no space for an extra lens or accessories with these bags. There are holsters made to suit both mirrorless cameras and DSLR cameras. Some holster bags are designed to hang off your belt around your waist or be carried by a strap.
This is great because it takes all the load off your shoulders and offers easy accessibility to the camera. Holster bags are made to guard your camera. They sometimes include a built-in rain protector to protect your gear from the elements. These rain protectors easily slip over the bag.
Camera roller bags are great for transporting huge amounts of heavy camera gear without having to hold it all on your back. They're especially popular when traveling since you can take all your gear with you.
The inside of the roller bag is broken up into a variety of protective compartments to hold lenses, laptops, and tablets. Studio lights, flashes, and gimbals are no longer hard to pack items.
Camera backpacks are popular for carrying around your gear. If you're hiking through areas that will include streams, mud, and elements that put your camera’s well-being in danger, you'll need a bag that's up to the task. Hunt for something that’s not just waterproof, but is also crush-proof and designed for travel.
Backpacks are designed to hold camera gear and items like your phone, keys, or a snack. When traveling, you would like a snug camera backpack that will carry your equipment, lenses, and tripods. You will also have enough room for things like water, food or a jacket.
Since camera bags are used to protect your camera and accessories, it's important to look for one made from materials that can withstand the weight of your equipment. Most camera bags are made from natural fibers or man-made high-tech materials. Canvas, cotton, nylon, and leather are used by most brands for their durability.
Your backpack should protect your camera and equipment from rain, dust, and even shock while you travel with your gear. Camera bags should be water-resistant and prevent dust and moisture from getting in.
Remember that the regular insertion and removal of the camera and equipment can wear out weak materials fast, and placing the bag on the floor and dragging it also causes it to wear out fast.
When buying a large camera backpack, remember that the more the storage capacity that’s available, the more weight you will have to lug around.
When considering the size of the bag take into account the amount of equipment and accessories you will need to carry. If you travel by air your backpack will have size limits that may affect your choice of the bag.
The number and sizes of the different compartments inside and outside the backpack should not be overlooked. If you travel with a variety of cables, battery packs, lenses, and other equipment, consider a bag that has multiple pouches that can fit your items.
Features you might take into consideration are room for the camera cleaning kit and enough padding for the camera and lens. Waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof specs are absolutely necessary.
It’d be best to shop for a bag that may not require you to shop for external dust and rain cover to guard your valuables. Check the quality and materials of the bag to make sure that they're dustproof. The bag should include flaps that provide extra protection.
Zippers make it easy to access equipment and the camera fast. Choose backpacks that give you access to the major compartments without the need to remove the straps for those quick shots.
A full photo backpack opens the entire bag with one zipper, while a half photo bag opens halfway to give you access to the lower half of the bag. If you are buying a small backpack a full photo backpack would be ideal. The half photo bag is ideal for larger backpacks that carry several accessories inside the bag.
To be a photographer you need more than just a camera bag. Become great with these products.
A camera bag is a must-have accessory for every photographer, regardless of the type of photography. Bigger bags are great for photographers who like to carry all their equipment with them. Yet, some photographers are more concerned with conforming to the carry on baggage regulations on flights.
Lighter bags can be carried easily for hours on end, especially on hiking trips. Whatever your requirements are, we hope that this buying guide made your choice easier.
Author: Mart-Mari Jansen van Vuren
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