Camera bags are designed to be two things, protective and practical; protective because their main role is to keep your valuable equipment away from damage and practical as they allow you to easily transport all the gear you need on your photography adventures.
Because the jobs of a camera bag are so important, its essential to choose the best one but as with everything nowadays, the options are endless and it can be difficult to decipher one from another.
As a photography enthusiast, I am a little addicted to buying new cameras and equipment so today I’m going to share with you my top 5 recommendations for camera bags and hopefully this will help narrow down your choices and help you decide which is right for you.
Billingham Hadley Pro Canvas Camera Bag with Tan Leather Trim
If style is something you look for alongside all the basics in a camera bag, then the Billingham Hadley Pro Canvas Camera Bag with tan leather trim is a great choice for you. A higher price point of around £180, this premium option is a simple yet suave design that is going to make any photographer look like a pro.
This bag may be slightly style over substance as anyone who is transporting numerous cameras or even one bigger one may struggle for space but if you’re off on a day trip and just bringing along one camera and a few essentials such as batteries and SD cards, you’ll have plenty of room to pack all that in.
This camera bag has a top carry handle and a shoulder strap, so you can choose to carry it however is easiest.
Lowepro Pro Runner BP 450 AW II
If you’re happy to blow a bigger budget on a camera bag, then one of the Lowepro Pro Runner bags are a great option. Although priced at £285, my top choice from their range is the BP 450 AW II due to being the perfect middle ground for both amateur and professional photographers.
Fitting up to 2 professional DSLR cameras with the lenses attached, this backpack style camera bag has more than enough room for all your kit, as well as being able to fit in another 5-6 spare lenses, a laptop with a screen size up to 15” and any additional accessories you may need.
The design of this bag makes it easier than ever to carry all your kit in comfort, weighing jut 2.91kg, you can add plenty of additional weight and not feel overfilled and the contoured shoulder straps and 3D mesh back panel add additional comfort when carrying, so you can feel free to explore on your photography trips.
AmazonBasics DSLR Gadget Messenger Bag
The concept of a camera bag that costs just £20 but does as good of a job as some top brand ones sounds like a dream but also a little unrealistic, but the AmazonBasics DSLR Gadget Messenger Bag has made that dream a reality and everyone is loving it!
This affordable messenger style camera bag isn’t the world’s biggest piece of kit, so may not be the ideal choice for the photographer who likes to have everything with them all the time, but for days when just the one camera and a couple of lenses are required, this is an ideal choice.
The bright orange interior features padded compartments to keep all your kit safe and organised, while the front and side pockets leave room for things like SD cards, batteries, pens and even things like your phone and some money!
Thule TAC106K DSLR Camera Rucksack
If you like to have all your kit with you on every trip, then you’re probably after a bigger camera bag and the Thule TAC106K DSLR Camera Rucksack is the perfect choice for carrying all your kit in comfort.
Retailing at around £80, this bag is a similar yet more affordable option to the Lowepro bags, but with a more basic and strip backed design. This bag has a compartmented design, allowing you to organise your equipment and ensure everything is safe and secure. The protective laptop compartment can store a laptop up to the size of 15.6-inches and the main storage compartments can fit a DSLR camera with the lens safely stored alongside it.
The back panel and sleeves are made to offer comfort and support when carrying and the extra help of an adjustable hip belt and chest strap mean you can get the perfect fit for carrying.
Moshi Arcus Rucksack
When photography is just a hobby and brings in no income, it can be difficult to justify purchasing expensive kit that is specifically for photography and nothing else, however the Moshi Arcus Rucksack is a multi-functional backpack that can be used on trips for carrying your cameras and equipment but can also be used for carrying your essentials in to work.
This super lightweight backpack isn’t the cheapest at around £130 but when you can use it for all kinds of occasions, it makes the price a little more reasonable. The stiff design of this backpack and padded insides mean it is suitable for storing cameras and lenses inside as they will remain protected, however the upright design is still stylish for daily use.
Comfort is key with camera bags and the mesh back panel offers support when carrying and the padded shoulder straps help you take the weight of your equipment!
So, they’re my top 5 recommendations for camera bags, I hope this has helped you narrow down your options and decide on which one is right for you.
If you pick up any of my choices then let me know on Twitter (@yomi_rodrig) or Instagram (@yomirodrigphotographer).