Finding the right camera bag to suit your needs is one of the many challenges a professional or even an amateur photographer encounters while searching for that perfect bag setup. Depending on what type of photography you are doing, your style, or even where you are going to be using the bag depends on what type may well suit your needs best.
A great camera bag should be comfortable for you and your gear, as well as suitably protecting your expensive investments. Below is a roundup of camera bags which may work best for certain individuals in different circumstances. Remember, the perfect camera bag is something many pro’s will admit is impossible to attain but finding one that will suit your current needs is important, so be sure to do your research or pop into your local specialist camera store to view their range before purchasing.
Ahh, the old faithful snoot bag. If you have a single lens camera kit or even a bridge camera then this type of bag may be for you. The design has been around for decades because the style simply just works. It is usually quite small and easily hangs over your shoulder or attaches to your trouser belt for convenient transportation. Most designs often have a small accessory pouch for things such as memory cards, spare batteries and cleaning cloths. They are great for walks where you are only taking the one lens or even for travelling when trying to keep your luggage weight down.
A good comfortable light weight backpack can be one of the easiest ways to lug all that heavy equipment around without restricting that necessary arm movement. There are an endless amount of styles on the market to suit most kit sizes and can often times provide a generous amount of room for all the things required for a day out.
Almost all designs feature adjustable compartment dividers to fit lenses and accessories of all shapes and sizes and some with quick side access doors so you don’t have to take your bag off to get to your camera. If you are likely to be carrying your notebook around with you while shooting or travelling be sure to check if the bag has a notebook section featured.
Shoulder bags are a great way of ensuring that your kit and other lenses are easily accessible while on the move. One downside to this however is that they can often put all the weight of the bag onto one shoulder and are usually not recommended for hikers or adventurers. They can often fit a large amount of gear and can easily be modified to fit many types of lenses and accessories.
They can be great for studio work or even fit nicely with your outfit at special events where a backpack may not be dress code appropriate. Shoulder bags can be more subtle in their design and sometimes cannot be easily recognisable as a bag full of expensive photography equipment. Check out the different materials and colours that are available.
If you have a lot of gear to move then perhaps a roller bag will be well suited to you. They come in a range of sizes suitable for a carry on or even a check in luggage solution. Some of the larger LowePro versions even come with a removable inside section which converts the bag into a convenient backpack for when you have landed. Roller bags are also a great long term storage option as they can accommodate a photographer’s ever growing kit.
Sports photography is usually always a fast paced gig as the shooter has to keep one eye on the action in front of them, look for the best vantage point and also keep an eye on what their camera is doing. Having the right bag to make all this easier can be paramount to an action photographer’s success.
A lot of camera bags well suited to the harsh conditions a sports shooter may face include an all weather rain jacket in case of sudden downpours and also provide plenty of padding and support. A choice of shoulder or backpack design would be of personal preference to the photographer but a bag with quick and easy access is always recommended. Look out for the useful all weather materials that some sports camera bags are made with.
TRAVEL CAMERA BAGS
Travelling with heavy camera equipment can be somewhat of a chore at times due to the vulnerability of the glass and electronic components. Luckily there are some great solutions to this problem with hard cases been available in many different shapes and sizes, most with pre cut foam inserts for customizable setups for all different types of gear. The Pelican and Vanguard hard case designs offer full submergible waterproof protection and also shock protection as well. Definitely worth a look for those who are travelling long distances around the globe or in harsh environments.