Buying a camera bag can be difficult. You have to make a proper assessment of what gear you own and what you plan to buy in the future. When you start considering the possibility of purchasing a backpack as a way to store and transport your gear, it means you already own a substantial number of lenses and cameras that you have to carry and protect.
So, let's have a good look at backpacks as an option. The first obvious thing you'll notice is size. Backpacks are large and by logical deduction they have plenty of storage space.
This generous space is partitioned by foam dividers, thus making it very practical. Backpacks also come in different sizes, but even the smallest models can carry at least one enthusiast or pro body and 2-3 lenses plus a flash. The largest models can carry up to two pro bodies, a dozen lenses and tons of other small accessories.
On the outside, camera backpacks look a lot like regular ones. In some cases this can prove to be a valuable advantage. For instance, people won't automatically know that you have thousands of dollars worth of gear inside, so camera thieves are less likely to be attracted.
But who are backpacks for anyway? Owning lots of gear doesn't necessarily justify buying one, as there are other options for carrying multiple cameras and lenses.
One of the coolest things about backpacks is that they're probably the most comfortable way to move your gear. Nobody likes to walk around with 30lbs of gear, but at least backpacks will distribute that weight equally on your shoulders. That's why they are the first choice of any photographer who does his business in non urban areas. Hikers, climbers, nature and wildlife photographers all rely on backpacks to carry their gear to some of the most remote locations on the planet.
That's also why there are all weather models that are waterproof and guarantee maximum gear protection.
Some models are fitted with special laptop compartments and for photographers who need to edit or send their shots quickly, such a feature is decisive. There are also models that are equipped with wheels and a handle. Photographers who spend a lot of time in airports will find this feature very helpful. But let's have a detailed view of the pros and cons of camera backpacks.
-excellent load capacity. Backpacks offer the ability to carry massive amounts of gear.
-most comfortable way to carry gear
-excellent mobility and free hands
-solid protection and great partition
- Slow access to cameras and lenses. Must be removed first.
-you can't always access the contents easily as placing the backpack on the ground is usually required
-difficult to carry on flights
It shouldn't be too hard to tell if you need a backpack. There are plenty of options on the market, but as a final recommendation, you should only buy a backpack after you have a look at it physically. Good luck!