Five Camera Bags for the Discerning Film Photographer

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If you’re a film photographer, then chances are that you’re very particular about your camera bags. You probably don’t need to tote along a laptop with you but you need film, a camera or two, lenses, filters, flashes, light meters, etc. You surely do need different things and often in a smaller package.

So after going through our archives, we found a few bags that you’re bound to really like.

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Five Low Profile Messenger-Style Camera Bags

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Many photographers love messenger bags; but they also love their gear inside quite a bit more. So when you’re going about choosing a camera bag you should choose something that is a bit less flashy. For example, logos can be big on attracting people to your bag unless they’re very subtle: so making them blend into the rest of a bag is very big. Plus also not looking generally like a camera bag is something that is important. So here are five of our favorites.

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The 13′ Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag is a Reality

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Peak Design’s EveryDay Messenger Bag is a hit with a lot of folks, and they’ve now got it in a 13 inch edition. The original was able to accommodate a 15 inch laptop The bag was designed in collaboration with Trey Ratcliff and pretty much does everything that the original bag did. It has weather resistance, the awesome MagLatch closing clasp, and easy conversion into a sling.

The bag is really designed for those of you who sling the bag around your left shoulder. For the rest of us, we’re kind of out of luck–as per what I found in my review.

More details are after the jump.

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Review: Hawkesmill Sloane Street Camera Bag

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If there’s any place that photographers typically go to on the web to find out more about the latest and greatest camera bags, the two biggest sources are the Phoblographer and Steve Huff. But in true entrepreneurial spirit, I’m always thrilled when a new brand approaches the site with a new product–such is the case with the new Hawkesmill Sloane Street camera bag. The company is based in England, and is determined to grab your attention with their new wares.

Take the Hawkesmill Sloane Street for example: this high end bag is designed for the photographer that is also a serious business person and that at times needs to embrace a different aesthetic. While the likes of Tenba, Think Tank and others make some great practical bags that you may want to bring around for the very general and typical shoot, there are those moments where it would make sense for you to spruce up your look a bit more. That’s not to sit here and defend what some may call a hipster or elitist attitude; instead it’s an embrace of a major reality in the world of a professional photographer who needs to look the part of a business oriented creative at times. And most professional photographers will tell you that they shoot less and do more business.

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Review: QamaySF All In One Waxed Canvas X Grid Bag

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Arguably, the Phoblographer is the first place many folks come to when they want a camera bag: and no, we don’t get them all for free. Every now and then I get bored, surf the web and look around for camera bags; and that’s how I came across the QamaySF All In One Waxed Canvas X Grid Bag. They’re not a well known brand like your Tenba, ONA, Filson, Think Tank, etc. QamaySF is a bag manufacturer here in the US. Rather than hit them up, tell them that I run a large photography blog and use the powers I’ve created over the past six years to get a free product as a review sample, I went ahead and bought one. Why? I wanted the same experience you folks get.

So what makes this bag so special? It promises a heck of a lot. Not only do you get a camera bag that can be a shoulder bag, but it can be a backpack, hold a 15 inch laptop, hold a tripod underneath, has waxed canvas, and can hold a load of gear. Plus, it looks like nothing else really out there.

At least that’s what I thought before purchasing it. Judging from their product photos and promises it seems to make, you’d think to yourself that you’re getting the ultimate camera bag in some ways. But in other ways, it’s the ultimate let down.

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The Aide de Camp Nadine Travel Tote is an Effective Camera Bag


Every now and then a really awesome bag comes out that’s specifically targeted at the female photographer crowd, and that seems to be the case with the Aide de Camp Nadine Travel Tote. The bag is designed to look very much like a standard tote that one may carry to a picnic, with art supplies to work, to the gym, etc. There is nothing about it that screams out to you that it’s a camera bag and perhaps that’s one of the best parts about it.

Its build includes European canvas with the exterior that it water resistant, what they’re claiming to be comfortable shoulder handles, a zip top enclosure, padding, enough room to hold a 15 inch laptop, and n interior that is totally removable to fold flat and become a bag for other uses. At $229, that actually sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

Plus, they look fairly stylish. If developed for men and if they added a top briefcase handle, I’d probably buy one.

More images are after the jump.

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The ONA Clifton Backpack Doesn’t Look like a Camera Bag


Today, ONA is introducing yet another backpack. This one is called the Clifton and it is designed to be a very minimal style backpack but with ONA’s signature of use leather. The bag features removable inserts and an all leather exterior. ONA claims that it can hold your camera and up to six lenses.

If you’re putting that much gear on your back then you’ll appreciate that it sports padded shoulder straps. If that’s not all, it can accommodate a 13 inch laptop to really putting the hurting your back that you truly want.

All this for just $499. While that sounds expensive, you’re not really going to find anything with an interior like this on Amazon that can be modified with ease. Plus all the inserts/dividers can be changed up at will. Even better: this doesn’t at all look like a camera bag.

This bag seems to be one of ONA’s simpler bags, though the price is surely up there. More images are after the jump.

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Four Canvas Camera Bags For the Serious Photographer


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Camera bags are even more numerous than cameras and lenses–and each one has its own specific target. Everyone has the camera bag that is just right for them. They can be tough to find, and some of them can be expensive because of heavy use of leather. The more affordable but stylish alternative is canvas. Canvas is also incredibly reliable and will last for many, many years.

If you’re looking for a low profile camera bag made in canvas, here are four that you’ll really enjoy.

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