When I first started in photography as a youth, I carried all of my stuff together in a bag I purchased at my local camera store that barely held all the stuff I had, let alone protect it.
I have evolved my tastes and practices since then, and the makers of camera bags have evolved and developed new types and styles of bags that provide both protection and convenience.
Among the current lines of photography bags are styles such as hard cases, camera backpacks, roller cases, camera sling bags, and other dedicated camera bags.
Photography Bags For Your Needs
One of the ways my tastes and needs for camera bags has changed over time is that I now choose a camera bag based on the anticipated needs and requirements of the planned photographic job or outing.
When going out just for fun or some other photographic excursion that only requires one camera and perhaps a couple of lenses or just one, a smaller camera bag is preferable. Working a photo job that requires more equipment, or on a trip of a couple of days, a medium sized camera bag works. Sometimes, a photographer needs most of their gear at hand inside a large carryall.
Hazard 4® Photography Bags
Hazard 4® manufactures tactical gear and top quality outdoor adventure, extreme sport, and travel gear. Clothing, luggage, watches, eyeglasses, and other equipment is manufactured by Hazard 4® in the U.S.A. to a high level of quality and usefulness.
I’ve been using Hazard 4® bags for awhile now, and they have proven to be of superb build quality, functionality, and convenience.
Let’s take a look at three of my favorite Hazard 4® bags for any kind of adventure.
Bandoleer™ Small Sling Pack
The Bandoleer™ Sling Pack is one of the smaller size camera bags designed as a camera sling bag. A sling pack combines the advantages of a backpack, namely the ease, comfort, and safety with the easy to access capability of a regular photography bag.
Worn as a camera sling bag, you travel with it on your back and sling it around to your front side to reach in and grab your camera and lens.The Bandoleer™ has a hard molded shell with padded interior for a high level of protection.
Their patented Hard-Point® connectors allow you to attach extra items to the outer shell. Inside are three dividers that can adjust the padded interior to conform to your particular needs. It’s big enough for a compact mirrorless or DSLR plus a few accessories.
Additionally, Hazard 4® included a patented photo d-ring to tether your camera to the main strap with an optional ¼ 20 screw. 1000D Cordura® fabric and YKK® zippers complete the high quality materials making this one of the best camera bags for rugged protection and hard use.
Grill™ Hard-Molle Medium Size Photo Pack
Capable of holding a larger camera or a couple of smaller cameras, several lenses, or a drone with all its accessories plus a small camera, the Grill™ Hard-Molle Photo Pack. For an onsite photo job or a long weekend vacation, this is one of the better options in protective photography bags.
Military modular webbing (MOLLE) is provided throughout the camera bags interior and exterior. Construction includes 1000D Cordura® fabric and YKK® zippers for hard use with an extreme level of camera gear protection. Patent pending hard molle provides attachment points for mounting to the hard surface of the camera bag.
The molded back pad on the side against your back protects you and offers a level of comfort not usually found in hard shell camera bags. The molded back pad even prevents discomfort due to sweat build up. The interior can be customized in multiple configurations to protect items such as a laptop or drone in addition to cameras and lenses.
Pillbox™ Large Shell-Pack Backpack Camera Bag
Capable of holding several cameras and lenses, a drone or lights, a laptop up to 16 inches, and multiple accessories, the Pillbox™ Shell-Pack large camera backpack from Hazard 4® offers a high level of protection during transport and ease of access to your gear during use.
Constructed of a lightweight molded foam shell with all around interior padding, the Pillbox™ camera backpack has multiple organizing partitions and 7 moveable padded dividers of various sizes. One of the compartments is an administration organizer panel for holding things like SD cards, notebooks, important papers, and other small items.
The outer shell has their patented Hardpoint® double grommets for attaching extra Hazard 4® accessories and pouches to the external modular webbing (MOLLE) to extend your carrying capability.
It’s made with YKK® Zippers, real Cordura® 1000D nylon, and reinforcing stitch patterns for added durability. The Pillbox™ camera backpack, Grill™ Hard-Molle photo pack, and Bandoleer™ camera sling bag are also free of loose exterior material so you can even strap them on your back while on a motorcycle or in crowded public areas.
Protective and Fashionable Camera Bags
These protective photography bags from Hazard 4® are incredibly rugged and durable but they also are very good looking. I know it probably shouldn’t matter to me, but these bags have a professional appearance that is equally at home in a corporate office, industrial factory, or destination wedding.
Form and function add up to making these Hazard 4® camera bags perfect for every kind of adventure or job. Out on a day off, taking enough gear for a small photo job, or transporting a large amount of camera gear for involved or longer photographic outings, Hazard 4® camera bags are an excellent choice.
If one of these three camera bags don’t exactly fit your particular needs, browse through the Hazard 4® web catalog for all of their rugged options.