Cam­eras, cam­corders, and lens­es are frag­ile devices that must be han­dled with care. Be sure to clean them from time to time, pro­tect them from water and debris, and care­ful­ly trans­port them. For these pur­pos­es, there are spe­cial pho­to back­packs and bags. The equip­ment is reli­ably pro­tect­ed from snow, water, dust in their spa­cious com­part­ments. In this arti­cle, we talked about the types of cam­era back­packs, pop­u­lar man­u­fac­tur­ers and made a brief overview of the mod­els.

The back­pack can be used to trans­port a cam­era, lap­top and oth­er equip­ment. Pho­to: cyfrowe.pl

Which is better to choose: a bag or a backpack for a camera and camcorder

It depends on sev­er­al fac­tors: the amount of equip­ment, the place and dura­tion of trans­porta­tion.

If for 2–3 hours you want to walk around the city with one cam­era — A bag will suf­fice.

If you need inter­change­able lens­es, bat­ter­ies, fil­ters, it is bet­ter to take a small or large pho­to back­pack. The size depends on the amount of equip­ment.

A bag full of equip­ment puts pres­sure on your shoul­der. As a result, after 2–3 hours of walk­ing, this will lead to pain in the back, shoul­ders, and neck.

Going on a hike with a full bag is also a bad idea. It can­not be tight­ly fixed and it puts pres­sure on the back. You will expe­ri­ence dis­com­fort while walk­ing.

There­fore, a back­pack is a more cor­rect solu­tion for long walks, trav­el, and car­ry­ing a large amount of equip­ment. Why?

  • The load is cor­rect­ly dis­trib­uted over the entire back. A per­son gets tired more slow­ly, the back hurts less after long hours of walk­ing.
  • Does not restrict move­ment. The design is attached to the body, does not dan­gle.
  • Spa­cious­ness. All devices can be fold­ed into com­part­ments of dif­fer­ent sizes. If there are no com­part­ments of the right size, you can buy spe­cial inserts in a back­pack for a cam­era. These are cells of dif­fer­ent sizes that tight­ly hold the equip­ment.
Both bags and back­packs are used by pho­tog­ra­phers. The main thing is to choose the right acces­so­ry for its intend­ed pur­pose. Pho­to: iehdesign.com

Overview of types of photo backpacks


The largest cat­e­go­ry, which includes small and large back­packs for cam­eras. Fea­ture — con­sists of two depart­ments:

  • the first — locat­ed below, designed for tech­nol­o­gy;
  • the sec­ond — locat­ed on top, used for per­son­al items, gad­gets.

They can have addi­tion­al mounts for tripods and monopods, a lap­top com­part­ment.

Suit­able for: short and long trips, active and extreme tourism. Since part of the tank is not used for equip­ment, but for car­ry­ing ordi­nary things, they are not the most capa­cious.


  • Crum­pler Pret­ty Boy Back Pack (unusu­al “bulging” shape);
  • Kata Prism U, Kata Sen­si­tiv­i­ty V (very com­fort­able and durable);
  • Lowe­pro Primus AW (for those who need a lot of space).
A ver­sa­tile back­pack is an indis­pens­able acces­so­ry for an extreme trav­el­er who loves to take pic­tures. Pho­to: w2g.ru

with direct access

Designed for pro­fes­sion­al use. These are back­packs for mir­ror­less, SLR cam­eras, cam­eras, tele­pho­to lens­es and oth­er equip­ment. In this cat­e­go­ry there are mod­els on wheels. They can be worn on the back or trans­port­ed as a suit­case. These are some of the best pho­to back­packs:

  • roomy — because they are intend­ed only for trans­port­ing equip­ment, and oth­er things do not take up space;
  • pro­vides quick access to con­tent.

Exam­ples of such back­packs for a cam­era and lens­es:

  • Delsey Pro Back­pack 33;
  • Kata HB-205/207;
  • Delsey XEO BP-200;
  • Tam­rac 5575/5578.
Such a case will come in handy on loca­tion shoot­ings. For exam­ple, at a wed­ding, the pho­tog­ra­ph­er has to car­ry a lot of per­son­al equip­ment. And in such a case, it will be safe. Pho­to: archiwum.allegro.pl

Photo backpack-sling

The design fea­ture is one strap. At any time, with one move­ment, you can move the back­pack on your stom­ach, open it and get the nec­es­sary equip­ment. Such mod­els are for those who appre­ci­ate speed, mobil­i­ty, avail­abil­i­ty of the con­tents of the bag.

There is an addi­tion­al safe­ty strap. Why is she need­ed? To bet­ter dis­trib­ute the weight of the load and there was no strong pres­sure on one shoul­der. This comes in handy when you have to wait for some time to start shoot­ing.


  • Ten­ba GEN‑3 Sling, Kata T‑214 (small but com­fort­able);
  • Sling­Shot 200 AW is a roomy mod­el from Lowe­pro.
A good option for a reportage pho­tog­ra­ph­er. You can put a cam­era, inter­change­able lens­es, flash, even a small mono­pod in a cam­era sling back­pack. Pho­to: icover.ru


Think Tank Pho­to intro­duced a spe­cial cat­e­go­ry of back­packs. They are sim­i­lar to uni­ver­sal mod­els — they also have 2 com­part­ments. The dif­fer­ence is that the com­part­ments can be used sep­a­rate­ly and togeth­er. And the low­er part, intend­ed for stor­ing pho­to­graph­ic equip­ment, is swiv­el. It looks like a fan­ny pack. With one move­ment, you can deploy it, open it and get the desired device.

Anoth­er plus is the wide belt. On it you can fas­ten a case with replace­able bat­ter­ies and mem­o­ry cards, a phone, cas­es for the lens.

The smart back­pack is a ver­sa­tile option. It is suit­able for both long hikes and reportage shoot­ing, as you can car­ry your entire pho­to kit in it and pro­vide quick access to the nec­es­sary equip­ment. Pho­to: thinktankphoto.com

What to look for when choosing a camera backpack

one. Decide on a goal. If you are not engaged in active tourism, the col­lec­tion does not have a large amount of equip­ment, but you need an option for a cam­era and a pair of lens­es — you can lim­it your­self to a pho­to bag or a sling. If you want to car­ry a cam­era on hikes, this is a uni­ver­sal mod­el. Will fit equip­ment and oth­er things. You need a roomy back­pack for pho­to essays — intel­li­gent mod­els and slings will do. If you plan to trav­el a lot with a lot of equip­ment, take a back­pack on wheels for trav­el.

2. Shoot­ing readi­ness time. Most of the mod­els are designed for trans­porta­tion, and not for use in the shoot­ing process. This is impor­tant to con­sid­er. There­fore, it is bet­ter to imme­di­ate­ly decide what func­tion the back­pack should per­form. If need­ed only for trans­porta­tion: uni­ver­sal, with direct access. Need­ed for work — sling or intel­lec­tu­al.

3. Spa­cious­ness. Depends on the amount of equip­ment to be moved.

four. Back­pack mate­r­i­al. You can lim­it your­self to bud­get mod­els if the bag is cho­sen for infre­quent or short work, walks. If a back­pack is need­ed for hik­ing, con­stant work in dif­fer­ent con­di­tions, then the mate­r­i­al must be strong. It is desir­able that the back­pack is water resis­tant (like the Lowe­pro Dry­Zone), and the baf­fles are sol­id. This will pro­tect the equip­ment from get­ting wet and bumps.

5. Pos­si­bil­i­ty to change the posi­tion of inter­nal par­ti­tions. This is an option­al item. But for some pho­tog­ra­phers, it is impor­tant that there is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to change every­thing inside “for them­selves”.

6. Addi­tion­al options. A lap­top com­part­ment, tri­pod mount, space for a drone are option­al bonus­es. But, if you need them, you should pay atten­tion to such fea­tures.

A good solu­tion if the pho­tog­ra­ph­er has a lot of equip­ment, — to have sev­er­al back­packs for dif­fer­ent occa­sions.

Popular manufacturers + recommended backpack models


One of the most famous brands. The founder of this par­tic­u­lar com­pa­ny (Greg Lowe) in 1967 came up with the first back­pack with a sol­id frame inside. And in 1992, the com­pa­ny patent­ed the AW cov­er, which reli­ably pro­tects equip­ment from rain.

Lowe­pro is a brand that offers styl­ish, high-qual­i­ty and reli­able bags and back­packs for pho­tog­ra­phers. Pho­to: blog.lowepro.com

If you decide to buy a Lowe­pro back­pack, you will be pleas­ant­ly sur­prised by the wide range of mod­els for every taste. You can list all the pop­u­lar mod­els of this man­u­fac­tur­er for a long time. Let’s focus on three:

- Pro Trekker RLX 450AW II — a com­pact back­pack for the Lowe­pro cam­era, which can be trans­formed into a bag on wheels. There is a com­part­ment for a lap­top, tablet, two cam­eras, 5 lens­es;

- Dry­Zone — soft wall con­struc­tion IPX7 pro­tec­tion lev­el (thanks to nylon sheath and TIZIP Easy­Seal water­proof zip­per). Ful­ly pro­tect­ed from dust, can be sub­merged to a depth of 1 meter for 30 min­utes. Fits a cam­era or cam­corder, up to 5 lens­es, flash. There is a hold­er for a tri­pod;

- Pass­port Duos — bright mod­el. Avail­able in grey, blue and yel­low. Waist bag and back­pack (2 in 1). Par­ti­tions can be placed as you like, there are pock­ets for quick access to small things.


Israeli brand. Pre­vi­ous­ly pro­duced army uni­forms. Today one of the most pop­u­lar man­u­fac­tur­ers of pho­to back­packs. Pro­fes­sion­als appre­ci­ate Kata pho­to back­packs for ergonom­ics and wear resis­tance.

An exam­ple of a bud­get and pop­u­lar mod­el − Kata 3N1-33DL. This is a ver­sa­tile Kata cam­era back­pack. Suit­able for stor­ing a cam­era with a tele­pho­to lens, up to 5 lens­es, flash. Includes adjustable com­part­ment dividers, tri­pod loop, lap­top com­part­ment (up to 15.4 inch­es). Water­proof case includ­ed.

Among the Kata back­packs, every­one will find the per­fect mod­el. Pho­to: flickr.com


An Amer­i­can com­pa­ny that has been oper­at­ing since 1977. Dis­tinc­tive fea­tures: clas­sic design, high qual­i­ty mate­ri­als, increased capac­i­ty. There are few mod­els on the Russ­ian mar­ket. but they all deserve atten­tion.

For exam­ple, a back­pack for pho­to­graph­ic equip­ment Ten­ba Cineluxe Back­pack. This is a pro­fes­sion­al mod­el with quick access for video and film cam­eras. The design is rigid, the base and par­ti­tions are made of alu­minum — this pro­tects the equip­ment from exter­nal shocks. There are addi­tion­al par­ti­tions for con­ve­nient divi­sion of space. The back­pack can be worn on the back (thanks to the sta­bi­liz­ing straps, a full fit is ensured) or as a bag. The fab­ric is impreg­nat­ed with a spe­cial water-repel­lent com­po­si­tion (DWR). Drops of water are not absorbed, but sim­ply roll off the sur­face.

The Ten­ba pho­to back­pack is a great solu­tion for a pro­fes­sion­al. Pho­to: Ten­ba


A Ger­man com­pa­ny that offers high-qual­i­ty and func­tion­al mod­els in the mid­dle price range.

For exam­ple, the Cull­mann ULTRALIGHT back­pack. It is very light (1.1 kg), com­pact (16x14x26 cm), but at the same time roomy. There is access to equip­ment not only from the back, but also on the sides. Thanks to this, you can quick­ly open the desired com­part­ment and get the equip­ment. A fea­ture of the mod­el is a side pock­et for a con­tain­er with drink­ing water and a tube for a drink­ing sys­tem, which is con­nect­ed to the chest strap. You can quench your thirst with­out remov­ing your bag.

Mod­el Cull­mann Cross­Pack 200 — an option for a reportage pho­tog­ra­ph­er who is look­ing for a roomy and com­fort­able sling. The back­pack has a wide, strong, adjustable shoul­der strap, many com­part­ments (for the cam­era, flash, lens­es). Thanks to the con­ve­nient design, you can quick­ly get the right equip­ment.

Cull­mann prod­ucts are a com­bi­na­tion of afford­able prices, pleas­ant appear­ance and non-stan­dard solu­tions. Pho­to: digitalphoto.de


An inter­na­tion­al com­pa­ny that man­u­fac­tures bags and back­packs, acces­sories, tripods and monopods. There are mod­els for pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers and ama­teurs, from bud­get to expen­sive options.

Van­guard Alta Fly Pho­to Back­pack — a non-stan­dard mod­el that eas­i­ly turns into a suit­case on wheels. Fits: up to 2 cam­eras, up to 6 lens­es, lap­top (up to 14 inch­es), tri­pod, tablet and small acces­sories. And to pro­tect against rain, you can use a water­proof cov­er (includ­ed). This mod­el was award­ed an inter­na­tion­al award (TIPA) in the cat­e­go­ry “Best Cam­era Bag” in 2018.

The Van­guard Cam­era Back­pack is a great choice for begin­ners and pros alike. Pho­to: cyfrowe.pl

Stylish photo backpacks

When is a first impres­sion impor­tant? At any solemn event (grad­u­a­tion, open­ing of some cul­tur­al object, wed­ding, etc.).

It is impor­tant for a pho­tog­ra­ph­er at such an event not only to have a full arse­nal of equip­ment, but also to look pre­sentable. After all, we are judged by our appear­ance, and this is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to make a good first impres­sion.

Of course, the usu­al semi-sports pho­to back­pack does not fit into a styl­ish look. Espe­cial­ly for those who are look­ing for a com­bi­na­tion of spa­cious­ness and attrac­tive appear­ance, we have col­lect­ed sev­er­al mod­els.

Billingham Eventer

Sand-col­ored tex­tile bag, small size (400x180x350 mm), with leather inserts. It will fit every­thing you need: up to 2 cam­eras, up to 3–4 lens­es, a 13-inch ultra­book. There is also room for use­ful lit­tle things (two deep front pock­ets).

Inside there is a soft insert with which you can change the posi­tion of the sec­tions. Thanks to this, you can adapt a large com­part­ment to your set of equip­ment.

An impor­tant advan­tage is that the bag is not only beau­ti­ful, but also prac­ti­cal. The inner pock­et is made of water-repel­lent mate­r­i­al. There­fore, the appa­ra­tus is pro­tect­ed against splash­ing water.

A pho­to back­pack can be not only roomy, but also styl­ish. Pho­to: fstoppers.com

Wandrd PRVKE 21

Anoth­er styl­ish mod­el. It fea­tures a ver­sa­tile design. Suit­able for both reg­u­lar use and impor­tant events. The mod­el is black, green, blue — you can find an option for every taste.

An impor­tant plus is the ortho­pe­dic back and wide shoul­der straps. Due to this, the load is cor­rect­ly dis­trib­uted, there is no over­weight in one direc­tion. With such a back­pack, you can eas­i­ly with­stand many hours of shoot­ing.

The back­pack is flat but roomy. There is a com­part­ment for the cam­era and lens­es, a lap­top, a tri­pod mount and a place for a water bot­tle.

Tenba Sue Bryce Backpack 15

Styl­ish black back­pack with brown details. Made from Eco Veg­an leather. This is a sub­sti­tute for nat­ur­al mate­r­i­al. It is safe, odor­less, not afraid of high and low tem­per­a­tures (from +40 to ‑30 degrees Cel­sius). The mate­r­i­al is easy to clean — just wipe with a damp cloth to remove dirt.

The Ten­ba Sue Bryce Back­pack 15 holds: up to 2 cam­eras, up to 3 lens­es, a flash, a lap­top, doc­u­ments, var­i­ous small items. Side pock­ets can be expand­ed. One is for a water bot­tle or umbrel­la. The sec­ond is for a tri­pod.

We hope that our arti­cle will help you choose a roomy and com­pact, styl­ish and com­fort­able back­pack for your cam­era and cam­corder.


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