We’ve picked bags in a range of sizes and styles, from smart and stylish to functional and feature-packed. Some will appeal to city-slickers, others to landscape photographers in the great outdoors.
- 1 How to choose the best camera bag for you
- 1.1 Ltd.1. Billingham Hadley Pro Canvas Bag
- 1.2 Ltd.2. Peak Design Everyday Messenger
- 1.3 Ltd.3. Vanguard Alta Sky 45D
- 1.4 Ltd.4. Manfrotto Gitzo Adventury
- 1.5 Ltd.5. ONA Brooklyn Bag
- 1.6 Ltd.6. Evecase Premium Vintage Canvas Bag
- 1.7 Ltd.7. Tenba Cooper
- 1.8 Ltd.8. Aquapac 21 Medium Stormproof Pouch
- 1.9 Ltd.9. Y-Double Portable Waterproof Profession Canvas
- 1.10 Ltd.10. Peli 1514
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How to choose the best camera bag for you
Before you can check capacity, materials and style, you need to make sure a bag is going to work with whatever camera you’ve bought. That could be a DSR, pro-grade DSL with a massive zoom lens, a mirrorless camera, and/or a drone.
There’s no one bag that fits every need, but think about the other luggage you’ll be taking with you, what you want to carry in terms of lenses, a tripod, spare batteries and so on, and the rather important factor of how much you want to spend.
It may be that you need more than one bag for different types of shoots, if your budget can stretch.
The 10 best camera bags you can buy todaya
- Adjustable shoulder sling
- Waterproof back pocket
- More money for strap pad
For those maps, manuals and tickets, you can make use of the waterproof back pocket, which seals with a zip, and it’s thin and light too – at least until you start stuffing camera equipment into it. We could only spot one minor downside: you need to pay extra for the strap shoulder pad.
- Not just for photography gear
- Magnetic closing system
- Not the largest bag
You don’t have to be a photographer to make use of the Everyday Messenger, though it’s certainly suitable for those lugging cameras and lenses around. For something a bit more spacious, upgrade to the Everyday Backpack, although you do get a surprising amount of room inside this bag too, and it comes in several sizes.
Ltd.3. Vanguard Alta Sky 45D
- Pro-grade DSLR pack with room for a laptop
- Laptop sleeve
- Tough build
- Lacks a decent tripod holster
It’s got two compartments; the first for a DSLR with an attached lens up to 70-200mm, a few other lenses, a flash and accessories, and the second for a few more lenses, or perhaps more importantly a place to stash a raincoat and your lunch. It’s possible to mod both these sections for size, add all kinds of dividers, and even decide whether to extract that laptop from the top or from the rear. You can even rip out all that and use the Alta Sky 45D as a simple backpack.
Add multiple useful pockets, a tough build quality and a waterproof cover and the Alta Sky 45D is a decent tripod holster away from perfection.
Ltd.4. Manfrotto Gitzo Adventury
- Drone storage
- For overnight wildlife photography trips
- Designed for DJI Phantom drone
Available in 30-litre and 45-litre – the latter perfect for an overnight stay in the wilderness – the Gitzo Adventury is can carry pro DSLRs with telephoto lenses up to 600 mm, mirrorless cameras, and has interchangeable dividers that can be configured to fit more lenses and even that drone.
Oh, and it’s even got a holster for a large tripod on the front, and dedicated, padded compartments for a 15-inch laptop and a 12.9-inch tablet. Uniquely, the Gitzo Adventury features a roll-top wet bag on the top for keeping a dry layer or two away from any deluge.
Ltd.5. ONA Brooklyn Bag
- Old-school looks, modern interior
- Classic look
- Full-grain leather
For that classic 1940s school bag look, this full-grain leather camera bag can take care of a DSLR camera with an attached lens, together with up to three additional lenses (or similarly sized accessories). It’s perfect for a quick city snapping session, but maybe not ideal for a longer trip where multiple cameras are required.
- Plenty of space, plenty of style
- Large capacity
As well as room for a DSLR camera, two or three lenses, a flash and accessories, there’s also space to slide in a tablet or laptop here, (up to 14 inches in size). When you’re not carrying your camera kit you can remove the interior compartments and use the bag as a normal messenger satchel instead.
Ltd.7. Tenba Cooper
- Very stylish
- Quite expensive
Velcro and zips make up the majority of the fastenings, which means the bag is both secure against accidental drops and yet easy to open if you need to get at your gear quickly. Extra pouches give you room for cables, and there’s a rain cover to keep the elements out.
- Super small
Because it’s small, it’s portable too, so you can easily sling it into a bigger bag, safe in the knowledge that if your tent floods, your camera’s safe. Just make sure you buy the right size for your make and model of camera.
- Good looks at the right price
- Looks great
- Surprisingly affordable
- Small-ish capacity
The inner compartments can be adjusted to suit your needs, the outer material is hard-wearing, and if you shop around you can find the bag in a variety of colours as well. It’s only for smaller bits of kit though, so check the specifications carefully.
Ltd.10. Peli 1514
- The ultimate in protection
- Maximum protection
- Huge capacity
- Not very portable