Choosing a camera bag
- Thu, 29 Sep 2011
When you've spent a small fortune on a camera, lenses and other kit, you want to keep your investment protected. A decent camera bag is essential - not just for carrying your gear but to protect it from bad weather, knocks, bumps and pilfering fingers.
If you want to take a couple more items with you, maybe an extra lens and flashgun, a shoulder bag may be a good idea. Useful for easy access while on the move, with external pockets.
Look for wide and padded straps, which are comfortable if carrying for extended periods.
Take a look at Billingham for camera bags with a traditional look, and Kata for modern style.
Backpack camera bags
If trekking up mountains is more your style then you'll need to look for the rugged backpack style of camera bag.
Backpacks offer better support for your spine, especially if you have a lot of gear to carry. Some have space for laptops and straps for tripods, but they're not as good for rapid access to gear.
Lowepro has a great range to choose from, as does Tamrac. These bags are built to last and can house a number of pieces of equipment.
Sling camera bags
If you are a 'one camera, one lens' type of person, then a sling bag may be what you need for your camera bag.
These hybrid shoulder/back packs are designed around a remit to make accessing your camera easy, sling bags are compact and have extra compartments for accessories, additional clothing and even your lunch.
Lowepro's Slingshot range is perhaps the most popular.
If you're after something more substantial, then a case could be for you.
Rolling cases have wheels and handles for carrying heavy equipment. Smaller versions also double as a backpacks and are ideal for holding use travelling.
Take a look Kata and Lowepro for a choice of rolling cases.
Hard cases made of aluminium are ideal for airline travel or long-term storage/protection in a range of sizes from attaché case to large trunk-types.
Peli are the leading proponent, and this make of bag is very popular when transporting camera equipment abroad, and for security purposes.