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Top 10 Camera Bags 2017

You need to ask yourself what type of shooter you're and without a doubt evaluate the lenses you operate most often so they will be there when you need them. Or you could get a massive roller bag that holds the entirety you very own. Both manner, your preference have to nevertheless healthy your personality, and we've got sufficient top notch alternatives right here for every possible style.

ONA - The Prince Street - Antique CognacTamrac 5611 Ultra Pro 11 Camera Bag (Black)Ape Case, ACPRO4000, Backpack with wheels, Laptop compartment, Padded, Rain cover included, Adjustable straps, Camera backpack, Black (ACPRO4000)ONA - The Bowery - Camera Messenger Bag - Smoke Waxed Canvas (ONA5-014GR)ProTactic 350 AW Camera Backpack From Lowepro - Professional Protection For All Your EquipmentLowepro Photo Sport 300 AW II - An Outdoor Sport Backpack for a DSLR Camera or the DJI Mavic ProThink Tank Photo Digital Holster 20 V2.0Tenba Messenger DNA 11 Camera and Laptop Bag - Graphite (638-371)Think Tank Photo Urban Approach 15Altura Photo Camera Sling Backpack for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras (Canon Nikon Sony Pentax)

One Bag For All Of Your Tricks


For all the wonderful advantages of shooting with a camera that utilizes interchangeable lenses–better low-light performance, sharper pictures, more options in focal length, etc.–, the one hassle remains that you have to lug all of those lenses around if you want to keep your options open.

Fortunately, there's a whole slew of interesting and efficient camera bags on the market for you to fill with all that tasty gear. The only downside to all that choice is that the options can become a little overwhelming. But before we can get into what you need specifically from your camera bag, we should look at how they are designed to function.

Given how fragile certain parts of a camera system are, it's imperative that a camera bag provides a significant degree of cushioning. All along the edges of any good camera bag (and certainly on all the bags on our list) is an additional layer of shock absorbing material, usually a synthetic foam, that will protect your gear in the event that you drop the bag or slam it into something.

In order for that shock absorbent lining to be most effective, and to guard against damage caused by pieces of gear bumping into one another within the camera bag, each of these bags comes with little foam dividers that provide internal cushioning. The edges of these dividers are equipped with Velcro material that sticks to the insides to the bag, allowing you to customize the layout of the compartments. That way, each lens and body in your bag will fit snug as a bug, preventing unwanted additional movement that could cause damage.

The other thing that camera bags offer that you won't see in any old messenger bag or backpack is an array of slots and pouches designed to carry accessories. In the old days, these pouches fit filters and film, two things that the advent of digital photography has all but done away with. Now, those slots will fit batteries, memory cards, and other implements of the digital medium.

Protect You Gear From More Than Just Impact


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The first time I traveled overseas to shoot a wedding, I spent a week in Paris wandering around and taking pictures. At one point, crossing one of those bridges that are covered in padlocks, a middle-aged English couple stopped me and engaged me about my gear. I had a pretty nice Nikon body and one-third of their holy trinity of lenses attached to it, and the guy in the couple was also a Nikon shooter.

He told me that just that morning he and his girlfriend had been held up on a side street not far from the bridge where we were standing and that the muggers made off with the lion's share of his gear. He hadn't thought at the time to ask them to let him keep the memory cards, so they ran off with a week's worth of travel photos.

He also told me that he blamed his bag for the mugging, which didn't make sense to me at first. Then he explained how much he loved being thought of as a photographer, and how he'd purchased the one bag in the store that looked more like a camera bag than any other. He figured that tipped off his muggers since he didn't even have his camera out when they approached him.

It's an interesting thing to think about when evaluating not only the camera bags on our list but also your personal aesthetic. Does your taste put you more at risk for such a crime? I've always preferred camera bags that look like old rucksacks, slung inconspicuously over the shoulder and contains many secrets.

Of course, it's important to consider how much gear you need or want to carry and whether a given bag can fit it all. It's also important to consider your shooting style and whether a sling bag or a messenger bag would get in the way more or less than a backpack might. While you're at it, though, keep in mind where you do the bulk of your shooting, and whether you ought to consider concealing your cargo more effectively from the dastardly types out there.

Bags Before And After The Great War


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The pioneers of photography, the men who took the ancient technology of the camera obcsura and invented ways of preserving their captured light, didn't have to worry too much about camera bags. Their equipment, and all of the photography equipment that would dominate the scene for the ensuing century was so large that it required full trunks for transportation.

It wasn't until smaller film formats hit the scene in the early years of the 20th century that cameras became more portable. Even then, though, there wasn't a market for carrying cases or many interchangeable lenses. In the 30s and 40s, cameras built by Leica and other foreign manufacturers eventually settled around a standardized 35mm film format, which also began to standardize the relative size of cameras and their lenses.

War correspondents in the Spanish Civil War and the second world war made great use of these smaller cameras, but they relied on hunting and fishing bags to lug their gear around, putting their lenses at risk. At around this time, camera makers began to produce fitted casings for their cameras, but these were only good for certain bodies and lenses.

Eventually, in the decades that followed WWII, third-party manufacturers made bags intended to be more universal, to allow shooters of different brands and kits to use the same bags. Companies like Lowepro and Manfrotto have continued this trend, making a wide variety of bags designed to appeal to every kind of shooter.


#10.Altura Photo Camera Sling Backpack for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras (Canon Nikon Sony Pentax)


I love this sling backpack for carrying the basics (i.e., extra mirrorless body and lens, batteries, SD Cards, Flash Unit, and a dozen other items that I always want to have access to in the field. Fits well, minimal strain on my back even when fully loaded and made of high-quality material. Highly recommended.


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#9.Think Tank Photo Urban Approach 15


Comfortably carry your full mirrorless camera system inside this streamlined and stealthy, matte black Urban Approach 15 Backpack from Think Tank. The main compartment features adjustable, padded dividers for organizing two mirrorless cameras with attached lenses, and 5-8 extra lenses or accessories. By removing a few dividers and replacing some camera gear with personal items, you can convert the backpack to a multi purpose day pack. A 15" MacBook Pro Retina stores inside the rear compartment, which opens from the top with dual zipper pulls and has a slip-in, up to 10" tablet pocket.


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#8.Tenba Messenger DNA 11 Camera and Laptop Bag - Graphite (638-371)


The Messenger DNA is the first major addition to the iconic Tenba Messenger collection in over seven years. It was designed to provide the kind of year-round, all-weather, rugged performance demanded by New York City bike messengers, but with an interior that's tuned to protect delicate cameras, lenses and computer gear.


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#7.Think Tank Photo Digital Holster 20 V2.0


Great camera case. I can fit my d750 and 16-35 f4 or Sigma 35 art. Once I unzip it, I can carry my 300 f4-as or 70-200 f4 with a camera attached. It's become my go to carry method for photo walks. More comfortable and better protection for a camera than a sling strap.


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#6.Lowepro Photo Sport 300 AW II - An Outdoor Sport Backpack for a DSLR Camera or the DJI Mavic Pro


Keep your camera gear secure and in place, while you hike, bike, climb, snowboard or run. Our new UltraCinch design features a custom pull-tab to cinch and tighten photo gear space in one swift action for bounce-free protection. A roomy, top loading compartment is built to store a day's worth of creature comforts, and the front pocket accommodates a bike helmet, light jacket, gloves, etc.


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#5.ProTactic 350 AW Camera Backpack From Lowepro - Professional Protection For All Your Equipment


The Lowepro Pro Tactic 350 AW Digital SLR Camera Backpack delivers high performance to pro photographers. Get versatile with five modular accessories. The ActivZone System technology delivers targeted support and comfort. Pack the maximum amount of gear thanks to the MaxFit System of padded and adjustable dividers. Store your laptop in the CradleFit pocket. Built-in All Weather AW Cover. Fits: 1-2 Pro DSLRs, attached 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 5-6 extra lenses, a flash, 13" laptop, tripod or monopod, and accessories.


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#4.ONA - The Bowery - Camera Messenger Bag - Smoke Waxed Canvas (ONA5-014GR)


I probably have too many camera bags. Of course, none of them is exactly the size I wanted for the cameras I currently carry. So I put the two cameras I take with me next to each other the way I wanted to store them and figured out the exact size of bag I wanted. I didn't expect to find an exact match. I got lucky.


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#3.Ape Case, ACPRO4000, Backpack with wheels, Laptop compartment, Padded, Rain cover included, Adjustable straps, Camera backpack, Black (ACPRO4000)


The ACPRO4000, yellow on the inside, black on the outside, and tough all over! This is an equipment carrying powerhouse. Superior quality as this backpack is made with a tough water-resistant nylon exterior. It also comes with a built-in, rain cover that opens easily. This is perfect if you’re working on location and caught in a rain storm. Well-padded to hold fragile equipment such cameras, lenses, tools, computers, tablets, breakable items, or any portable device that fits within the interior dimensions. It is perfect for moving items to-and-from trade shows.


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#2.Tamrac 5611 Ultra Pro 11 Camera Bag (Black)


The Ultra Pro 11 is ideal for the professional photographer carrying two DSLRs with lenses attached, 3-4 additional lenses, flashes, accessories and a small laptop. The front pocket is foam-padded and has a plastic reinforced bottom to protect most 13.3" screen laptops. The foam-padded main compartment features Tamrac’s USA patented Double Lens-Bridge? Divider System. The Total Coverage Top combines the security of a zipper with the convenience of quick-release buckles and fast-access hook and loop closures.


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#1.ONA - The Prince Street - Antique Cognac


The Leather Prince Street combines a refined messenger bag silhouette with the conveniences of a traditional camera bag. Handcrafted with Italian leather that has a gorgeous, well-traveled aesthetic, the Leather Prince Street comfortably accommodates an 11-inch laptop or tablet, a camera, up to two lenses and small personal items. A slim removable top-grab handle and a streamlined back pocket offer added convenience and style.


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