Let’s talk about the best camera bags for photographers on the go! Any photographer who is always on the move has one primary concern – the safety of their photography gear! Considering how expensive photography equipment is, this worry is justified. So if you’re one of these photographers who is always on the move, flitting from city to city, country to country for different photography assignments, one thing you should have is a high-quality, reliable camera bag. A good, durable, sturdy camera bag is the only way to keep your equipment protected and secure from possible damage during travel.
The type of camera bag you need to choose depends on your requirements. If you are an outdoor photographer, look for tough, rugged camera bags. Or perhaps you need something that is suited to urban and city adventures.
The best part about camera bag manufacturers is that they have taken into account the requirements of different types of photographers and designed unique camera bags to meet each of them. So, as a photographer on the go, you are spoilt for choice. To help you pick the perfect camera bag from the hundreds out there, we have listed the top camera bags that are popular choices among photographers across the world.
Top Backpacks on Georges Cameras TV
In our latest video on the Georges Camera TV YouTube channel, Nathan takes the time to walk through each of the five best camera backpacks. He demonstrates the key features inherent in each backpack as well as the benefits. What’s more, Nathan discusses the kind of camera and personal gear each bag will comfortably hold. Take a moment to watch the video and then read one for more detail on each top camera bag.
Vanguard Veo Select 49 Backpack
To kick things off, the Vanguard Veo Select 49 is one of the best camera bags available. It looks more like a futuristic commuter than a high spec camera bag. It features a super slick design, slimline profile and feature-packed options. As a result, it is a stealthy bag for city streets or out in the bush. Not that you need to be stealthy in the bush. The Vanguard Veo Select 49 is the largest of the Vanguard Select range. And while it is the largest, its design hides its actual capacity.
The beauty of the Vanguard Veo Select 49 is that it can be a multipurpose bag with dual carrying options. You can utilise the comfortable shoulder straps and harness system like a traditional camera back. Or, you can flip the bag on its slide and carry it like an over-shoulder weekend bag. There is even a pair of carrying handles so you can support it like a briefcase-style of bag.
In terms of capacity, the Vanguard Veo Select 49 will comfortably store and protect a large kit. And by large, we are talking about a pair of DSLRs, up to six lenses, and many accessories. If organisation is your thing, then you are in luck as the Select 49 has an abundance of pockets – both padded and slimline. It also has a padded pocket to accommodate a 15” laptop.
With front, side and top access, you can get to your camera gear, raincoat or Bluetooth headphones with ease. The top access is a slimline roll-top that has a broad zip to open up the bag entirely. The side access allows you to sling the bag around on one shoulder or grab your camera while carrying it in horizontal mode. The Vanguard Veo Select 49 is an amazing bag that will suit photographers that want to carry everything they have at once.
Vanguard VEO GO 42M Backpack
The Vanguard VEO GO 42M Backpack from Vanguard is definitely for those who love everything unconventional and out of the box. The slim and stylish backpack has enough room to accommodate a DSLR, two lenses, a flash as well as a tripod. Additionally, you can also fit in a small drone along with a gimbal. It also has a separate compartment to hold a 9.7” tablet.
The Vanguard VEO GO 42M Backpack is available in two shades – black and khaki green. It is super comfortable to carry around as it features a well-padded back and harness. The bag offers secure rear access meaning your gear is always protected. The overall design of the bag is versatile and functional.
The interior of the backpack is brightly coloured, which makes it all the easier to locate equipment placed inside it. The well-organised compartments also feature dedicated pockets for small and large essentials.
When you’re not at work or on a shoot, the VEO GO 42M Backpack can easily double up as a great daypack. The overall design of the backpack is super cool and trendy, and Vanguard has made sure the quality is up to the mark, too. The Vanguard VEO GO 42M Backpack comes with a total coverage rain cover, which keeps it dry and protected irrespective of the weather during your photoshoot.
WANDRD PRVKE 21L Pack
The super sleek WANDRD PRVKE 21L Pack is just what you need to store, transport, and protect your gear from inclement weather. Designed to hold various personal equipment, this bag is an excellent choice for urban and rural exploration. So no matter where your photoshoot is, you don’t need to worry about your equipment. The backpack will keep it safe and secure everywhere.
The weather-resistant build of the WANDRD PRVKE 21L Pack is what makes it all the more appealing to photographers. It features a rooftop closure as well as weather-resistant YKK slippers. The WANDRD PRVKE 21L backpack is constructed from water-resistant tarpaulin and nylon dobby, making it perfect for all weather conditions. It comes in three colours – black, blue and green.
The WANDRD PRVKE 21L Pack comes with add-ons such as a Camera Cube, accessory straps, along with straps for the chest and waist. The pack can accommodate a laptop or tablet that is up to 15”. The bag also features a unique RFID pocket in which you can place your passport. Additionally, you also have a side pocket with a key hook and a fleece-lined phone pocket to hold your smartphone.
Unlike many other backpacks, the WANDRD PRVKE 21L Pack features magnetic tote handles easily detachable when required. For those who prefer wearing the backpack on your shoulders, you also have padded shoulder straps and a padded back panel, both of which are super comfortable.
Tenba Solstice 24L Backpack
The Solstice 24L Backpack from Tenba is surprisingly compact, considering its roomy interior. It can accommodate one to two DSLRs, five to seven lenses, and a couple of essential accessories. It also has a separate section for a MacBook Pro. The spacious main compartment comes with rear access for added security. It ensures that all your valuable photography gear and other equipment are safe and sound, no matter where you are.
The Tenba Solstice 24L Backpack also features padded, touch-fastening interior dividers that help you systematically organise all your gear into sections. With this, you don’t have to dig into your bag and fumble to get out important stuff. Organise your backpack well, and it will save you a lot of time.
You also have an exterior zip pocket on the front of the backpack. The pocket features a padded sleeve and organiser pockets that are perfect for storing more minor things. Thanks to the dual side pockets and compression straps, you can quickly and securely carry tripods or even water bottles in your backpack itself. The compression straps can also accommodate items such as oversized jackets.
The Tenba Solstice 24L Backpack can be carried in two ways. The shoulder straps allow you to sling the bag across your shoulders, or you could use the top handle to lift it. It has a compact and fantastic design and is available in two colours – black and blue. The best part about the Tenba Solstice 24L Backpack is its durable, tough material, which makes it well suited for all-weather outdoor usage.
Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II Backpack
When it comes to high-quality, rugged backpacks, Lowepro is the go-to choice for top photographers. The Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II Backpack, too, is no exception. It features an incredibly functional design, which can easily accommodate two DSLRs and eight lenses or flash units. The backpack has an additional compartment to store a 13” laptop too.
The Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II Backpack features four access points (top, both sides and back) to help you organise your gear and quickly grab it when required. The SlipLock-compatible strap system and the adjustable interior dividers allow you to create customised configurations. With this flexible feature, you can easily carry your equipment without worrying about the size.
The Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II Backpack also has a functional exterior along with a snug and secure interior fit. With two cinch straps, a water bottle pouch, a tripod cup and an accessory case, the backpack is just what you require to store all your equipment in a neat, accessible manner.
The ActivZone System harness offers excellent support at the shoulder blades, lumbar area as well as waist. It makes the Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II Backpack super comfortable for those photographers who are always on the move. Lastly, you have a built-in all-weather cover, which keeps this backpack safe and protected irrespective of climatic conditions. The ProTactic BP 350 AW III also made it onto our list of the 10 Best Trekking bags.
What to Look for in a Camera Backpack?
Whenever you head to buy a camera backpack for yourself, you need to keep a whole range of aspects in mind. We have compiled all of these right here for your ease so that you can refer to them and select the perfect backpack for yourself.
Camera bags require durable materials to provide your expensive photography equipment with suitable security and support. So even if it costs you a bit higher, do ensure you invest in a backpack made of durable, sturdy material. After all, your camera gear cost you a lot of money, so a good quality bag is like investing in insurance.
Weather resistance is essential in a camera bag, especially for those who keep moving with their gear to different cities and countries. You can’t control the weather, but you can invest in a weather-resistant backpack that will store and protect all your photography gear. Current generation materials feature weather resistant textures and coatings. At the very least, opt for a backpack that includes a fitted rain cover.
When you head out for a photoshoot, you will be carrying a lot more than just your camera and lenses. It is always best to pick a bag that offers ample hooks, small compartments and cinch straps for essential items. Also, having a larger side pocket with a compression strap is ideal for storing a water bottle or a tripod. Compression straps at the back or base of a backpack are perfect for storing a jacket during a long hot hike.
Almost every camera backpack has dedicated camera storage, so make sure you look into the specifications for the right sized compartment. Some get it right, and others make baffling choices. The bag must have dedicated storage for the camera and lenses – they are the crown jewels, after all. Padded inserts that feature dividers allow you to organise the space so the gear is snug and won’t roll around. You also want a bag that has accessory pockets so you can safely store filters, spare batteries and memory cards without the risk of losing them. Also, ensure that the backpack offers easy access to the camera and all other gear stored inside it. Check if your backpack has a space for personal items such as headphones, a lite jacket and snacks.
Most backpacks feature shoulder, waist and sternum straps – if all these are present in the bag, it is super comfortable to carry around. You might want to invest in one where the straps are adjustable and modified as required for ease of use. Some camera bags also have travel features where the shoulder straps can be hidden away. It is a feature found in larger backpacks and is ideal for travelling without straps getting in the way.
The best part about each of these camera bags is that they offer top-notch features within a reasonable price range. Beginner or professional, every photographer loves their photography gear and would do all it takes to keep all of it safe and secure. So, if you are looking to secure your precious equipment, consider investing in one of these comfortable backpacks that not only look great but are just as functional. Get ready for your next outdoor photography adventure and head in-store or online at Georges Cameras to check out the full range of backpacks.