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One of the hardest pieces of gear to decide on is the camera bag. There are quite a few things to consider before making the purchase, things like actual gear you own, plans for future lenses, working contidtions, etc. No bag will fully meet every demand or be perfect for all ocassions, but we’re here to give you an idea of what may be the best option for you.
1. Shoulder bags
The choice of most urban photographers because they offer quick access to the camera. There are a lot of different variations, and some are designed to look like a normal shoulder bag instead of a camera one. Very helpful when trying to stay out of attention. Crumpler is one of the brands that specializes in “stealthy” bags. Shoulder bags are also the choice of many photojournalists. Among the best recommendations are Lowepro Stealth Reporter and the Kata Reporter.
They’re easy to use and offer good access to equipment, but I would probably not recommend a shoulder bag to anyone going on long mountain hikes or someone who needs to travel with a lot of gear. Good for most other situations.
2. Easy access backpacks
They are designed to be carried comfortably but also be accessible. Usually smaller than normal camera backpacks, they don’t have a great load capacity, but models like the Lowepro Slingshot allow you to move it from back to front in just one quick move. Very good for not wasting time to get your camera out while the action takes place.
Ideal for carrying big loads. Most will fit 2 bodies and up to five lenses. Great for hiking and adventures , they offer the best protection for equipment. Not very stealthy, you’ll probably be exposed from a mile away. Some offer special compartments for laptops and tripods , and this gives a great advantage if you plan on traveling or shooting for a longer time.Recommendations : Lowepro Pro Runner series and Kata PL-220.
4. One camera/one lens bags
These are small bags, ideal for short trips when you only want to carry one body with a single lens. Very simple , yet very effective when on the go. Good designs can be found on the Lowepro Top Loader series and Case Logic Zoom Holders. I would recommend to have one of these as a secondary bag to a larger one. Even if you only own one body with a kit lens, if you’ll ever want to get more lenses, that will mean changing the bag as well.
5. Lens cases
Most lenses you will buy separately come with a small sack or a pouch for protection. While these may be better than no protection at all , I recommend looking for something serious , especially since quality lenses don’t come cheap to buy, nor repair. Both Lowepro and Tamrac make good quality lens cases. They might not be very fashionable hanging from your belt, but let’s face it, you’d rather look funny than break a 1000$ glass.
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