It’s not the first time you read something about the importance of the camera bag, but nevertheless I believe it’s one of those things that can and should be repeated a few times.
After all, what’s the point of investing thousands of dollars in gear if you’re not going to protect it and store it properly? I see too many photographers, ironically not all beginners, who substitute a proper camera bag with something they already own, like a standard backpack or messenger bag. Believe me when I say that’s the wrong way to do it.
We made a list with five of our favorite camera bags for you to consider this year. Check them out.
1. Lowepro Toploader Zoom 55 AW II
One of Lowepro’s most successful series, the Toploader bags are a perfect choice for outdoor photographers who like to keep it simple: one body and one long lens. It’s designed for fast action shooting and the compact design and easy access complement this decision. The patented built-in All Weather AW Cover protects contents from rain, snow, dust and sand. The double D-rings allow the user to expand the load capacity and attach a chest harness.
2. Kata T-212 Torso Pack
This is the kind of bag you want if you have a quick hand and you don’t want to miss an opportunity. This bag enables you to carry your gear in front without straining your neck. The expandable main compartment can be divided into 2 sections. Kata’s TST (Thermo Shield Technology) offers a high level of protection against water, dust, abrasion and shock.
3. Think Tank Photo SubUrban Disguise 20
A perfect bag for the urban explorer, the SubUrban can easily hold a standard size DSLR with 2-3 large lenses and up to 4 small zooms or primes. The flip-top lid provides fast and easy access, while the clean styling can easily help mistake it for a standard shoulder bag. Like all Think Tank gear, it’s made from premium quality light materials.
4. Tamrac Speedroller 1x Big Wheels
Photographers who travel with lots of gear will definitely appreciate this rolling case. It provides both protection and fast access to several compartments that can house to full-sized DSLRs and a generous number of lenses, as well as a 15” laptop. The outer shell is made from ballistic nylon and the plastic armored walls make it extremely resistant to shock and physical damage. The telescopic handle is built at industrial-strength standard.
5. Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW
Photographers who love adventuring into the wild will love the freedom the Photo Sport 200 AW gives them. It’s the perfect backpack for climbing, running, mountain biking, snowboarding and just about anything else you can think of. The design features two compartments that offer plenty of space for both camera gear and personal objects. Its ultra-light high performance materials will protect your camera and lenses under extreme conditions. The Ultra-Cinch Camera Chamber will prevent bouncing while in motion. You can easily rotate the backpack to the front to pull out your camera thanks to the side-access pocket.