Everything You Need To Know About Buying A Camera Bag
A suitable camera bag is vital not just to carry your photography
equipment but to protect it from bad weather, damage and theft. When
you’ve invested a small fortune on a camera, lenses and other
gear, you want to keep your kit protected.
Some fundamental photography gear often goes unnoticed and the simple
camera bag is a perfect example. Without it you’d be lost, carrying
lenses and kit in coat pockets when
Many people are still quick to buy the cheapest bag they can get their
hands on. They're not aware that spending a little time shopping around
and getting yourself a good quality bag can literally help to take the
weight off your shoulders, leaving you to focus on what’s really
Choosing Your New Camera Bag
So, what should you look for in a new bag for your photography gear?
Well, that all
depends on what you’re after. There are many different shapes, sizes
and manufacturers. You can find shoulder bags, backpacks, sling bags,
rolling cases and hard cases.
Shoulder Bags - Useful for quick and easy
access while on the move, with external pockets for batteries, memory
cards, filters, etc.
Backpacks - These offer greater support
for your spine, especially if you have a lot of equipment to carry.
Some have areas for laptops and fastening straps for tripods, but are
not as accessible for rapidly getting to your gear for quick lense
Sling Bags - A hybrid shoulder/back pack
offering an simple swing to the side for easy access.
Rolling Cases - Cases with wheels and
handles for carrying heavier equipment. Smaller versions can also be
used as a backpack or briefcase.
Hard Cases - Aluminium cases are ideal for
travelling on airlines or for protecting and storing your kit when you
aren't using it. They come in a range of sizes from briefcase to large
When purchasing a bag you need to consider a few factors. Do you
regularly spend all day outdoors, carrying a selection of kit and
walking from location to location? Maybe you only ever carry your
camera and one other lens with you for a couple of hours at a time.
On the most basic level, your choice will come down to either a
traditional shoulder bag or an increasingly popular backpack design. If
you only go out at weekends and carry your camera and one or two
lenses, then a small shoulder bag may be the choice for you.
If you carry three or four lenses and your camera, plus maybe a second
camera and you are using it everyday out-and-about, then that is a lot
of weight to put on one shoulder. You might like to consider a backpack
style bag offering more support and space.
Watch this short video by Mark Wallace as he explains easily which bag
would be best for you.
One of the best places to buy a new camera bag is Ebay. It is cheaper
than most of the photography shops and items are usually posted to you
in a few days. One thing is look out for though is the seller's
feedback. My tip is to only buy stuff from reputable seller's with 100%
feedback and good sales volume.
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