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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.