Did you get a new camera over the holidays? Or did one of your New Year resolutions include getting re-acquainted with a camera you already own?
Whether you have a new camera or if you’ve had one for a while, one of the most important accessories you can get is a good camera bag.
A camera bag keeps all of your photo gear in one place and allows you to keep your gear packed up and ready to go. It also helps to keep your camera safe from the elements.
But what kind of bag should you get? Here’s what you need to know before making the purchase.
Types Of Camera Bags
Backpacks are probably the most comfortable type of camera bag because they evenly distribute the weight of your gear across your back. So backpacks allow you to carry a heavier load more comfortably. Backpacks are also easier to manage when hiking or on long walks because they stay out of your way and don’t swing out in front of you when you lean over or turn quickly. And some backpacks even come with pop-out wheels that allow you the options of rolling instead of carrying.
The disadvantage of backpacks is that it takes a bit of time to get to your gear. You have to remove the pack from your back in order to access your stuff. That can make it hard to get out your camera and be ready to shoot quickly.
Although the appearance is similar, camera backpacks differ significantly from the backpacks you may have used to haul around books when in school. The big difference is on the inside, where camera backpacks provide a number of individual, padded compartments for your camera, lenses, and accessories.
Backpacks come in a range of sizes. Some of the smaller ones can carry a single camera body and two or three lenses. Larger backpacks can carry multiple camera bodies, several lenses, a flash unit and lots of accessories.
The Lowepro Fastpacks feature a side-entry compartment that lets you access your gear quickly, even with the bag still being worn.
The video below demonstrates how this works
I also like the Vanguard Adaptor Daypacks:
All of the bags in the Vanguard Adaptor series can be converted from a backpack to a right- or left-hand sling bag. The interior of these bags can be customized to your equipment and they all include a tripod holder.