I have been a photographer for over 15 years and have experienced many different situations, from exotic trips to weddings and family events to teaching classes, where I’m trying to carry all my camera gear and equipment safely and comfortably. There is no absolute perfect camera bag but rather the right bag for the right situation. To this day I have collected about a dozen different bags in my photographic journey, so I would like to share with you some things to look for when you are choosing the right camera bag to protect your gear properly.
These bags are great for walking around on long day trips and keeping your gear safe from any of the elements you might run into. Depending on the bag you can either carry one body with a prime lens or with a larger bag you can carry a few additional lenses, a flash, or a tablet. My favourite messenger bag as of today is the Manfrotto Windsor series. I prefer the ‘S‘ in the series which stands for small. I have shot with mirrorless equipment for 6 years now and this bag is perfect for my camera and extra lens which is great for day trips and mild hikes. The bags also have a beautiful look with Manfrotto quality and will not be confused for a man purse!
Back Pack/Sling Pack
These are more serious bags not only for gear but also for intensity of the journey you are about to embark on. If you are going on some wild hikes or even mountain biking you want to make sure your bag stays in place and the gear inside is well protected. The Vanguard Havana 48 is a bag that holds a lot of gear but also keeps it well protected. It also offers a tripod holder and an all weather cover. This bag is good for the everyday outdoorsy person. However, if you are a real adventurer then you have to check out the Vanguard Alta Sky 51D. I got this bag a few weeks ago and have put it through the harsh Ontario weather. It is a tough, tough, not to mention tough bag. It can expand and retract to hold more or less camera gear, everyday items or whatever you may need for an extreme bike ride or camping trip. The quality and feel of this bag is outstanding. I can not recommend it enough. This bag does have a higher price point but as with everything, the quality of product you get is reflected in the price.
Roller Bag/Plane Travel Bags
These are fun trips, when you can tie a paying photography gig into a trip to somewhere exotic. Shooting weddings abroad can be a lucrative business as well as an opportunity to see some beautiful places you might not have thought about going yourself. My last big trip was to Las Vegas and I wanted one bag to rule them all, so to speak, on this trip. I wanted to be able to pack my gear, a few days change of clothes, my tech devices with all the accoutrements, and I wanted to bring it as my carry-on to avoid the wait at baggage claim. Then in walks the ProMaster Rollerback Large Rolling Backpack. This bag is well built and holds up to all the abuse of travel. There is room for almost anything you can imagine and it fits in the overhead compartment with ease. I encourage you to check the bag out for yourself, you will not be disappointed.
Q – Foto Blog Team Member