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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Review: Think Tank Retrospective 30 Leather

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Think Tank’s Retrospective series of camera bags are very popular with photographers. They can carry lots of gear and are designed to take loads of abuse. For a very long time, they were my personal favorite camera bags not only because of these reasons, but also because no matter how much gear was packed into the bag, the shoulder strap provided loads and loads of excellent comfort.

As a refresh, Think Tank recently added leather versions of the camera bags. These versions are essentially the same bag but with lots more leather. For the more discerning of us, the Think Tank Retrospective 30 may be a great bag–but it comes with two concerns.

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The New Think Tank Retrospective Leather Looks Less Like a Camera Bag

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen a big new updated to the Think Tank Retrospective series of camera bags–but now we’ve got one. The new design update won’t replace the current Retrospective series, but instead will live along side them as a more premium option. The new lineup is being called the Think Tank Retrospective Leather, and they quite obviously sport leather and seem to have a more messenger bag style shape than the original Retrospective’s more boxy shape.

There are three versions, and according to the press release “The new shoulder bags are designed to hold tablets and laptops in dedicated zipper pockets. The Retrospective Leather 5 holds an 8” tablet; the Retrospective Leather 7 holds a 10” tablet or 11” laptop; and, the Retrospective Leather 30 holds a 10” tablet or 11” laptop.”

More specs from the press release are after the jump.

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Five Low Profile Camera Bags for the Street Photographer

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Street photographers generally need a few things when they go shooting. First and foremost, their camera bag (or bag of any sort) needs to be low profile and not attract any attention to them. In fact, they need to blend in as much as they possibly can. But they also need quick access to their gear and they need to be able to move quickly. While moving quickly can depend on the photographer’s specific speed, they no doubt will be able to move master if they have less weight on them. So with that in mind, a photographer needs a small, lightweight bag that won’t make them want to bring too much with them.

If this sounds like you, we’ve compiled a list of low profile camera bags that you’ll want to take a look at.

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Made for Mirrorless Cameras, Meet Think Tank’s New Perception Backpacks

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Think Tank has a new line of Perception backpacks designed to carry around mirrorless cameras, tablets, and laptops. Like most of the Think Tank’s designs, the Perception bags are very plain and compact. If you don’t like your camera bags advertizing the fact you’re a photographer, the Perception line looks like just about any other backpack you would find around the city.

Despite outward appearances these bags can carry a mirrorless camera plus two lenses. Depending on how you configure the pouches they could also hold up to four compact mirrorless systems. The Perception backpacks hold your camera gear aloft with two hanging pouches near the top of the bag.

Meanwhile, you can stuff the rest of your gear in the lower compartments. The Perception Tablet Backpack (predictably) fits a 10-inch tablet and the 15 Backpack can hold a 15-inch laptop. Lastly the Pro variant comes with additional pouches for holding up to five more lenses.

The Perception line is available now with the Tablet starting at $89.75, the 15 Backpack going for $119.75, and $149.75 for the top of the line Pro Backpack.

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Five Messenger Bags to Lust Over

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I have grown to have a special affinity for messenger-style camera bags. Long gone or the days where I would choose a bag based on how much of my gear I could fit into it. The time when I had  the constitution of a yak are long gone.

Instead, I want a bag that can accommodate the more streamlined choice of gear that I now use on a day to day basis, whether it’s an HDSLR or a mirrorless system. So, increasingly messenger bags provide me just the right amount of space, but also provide quick accessibility.

Though there is no perfect camera bag, here are some messenger bags that hold special appeal for me.

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