The Best Camera Bags for Outdoor Photographers

What bag is the right bag for you? As with many things, it depends on what you need it for…

As photographers, we often need to have a lot of gear with us, and unless you have some awesome pockets from Dr. Who that are ‘bigger on the inside’ then you are likely in need of a bag of some sort with which to carry that gear around. The problem, as you are likely aware, is that there are so many options out there for photographers looking to carry everything from a small amount of gear to a larger amount of gear, that it can be really easy to be paralyzed by all of the options.

One group of photographers in particular who could always use a good bag to carry their kit in is outdoor photographers; be that a wildlife photographer, adventure photographer, destination engagement photographer, or even ‘simple’ landscape photographer. These people are constantly out in the elements and are often having to not only carry their gear around but carry it for a long period of time and often across less than ideal terrain. So these individuals have special needs for a bag, and today we will be sharing some of our favorite bags for this subset of photographers.

If you consider yourself to be an outdoor photographer, be that a wildlife shooter, landscape shooter, or otherwise, have a look below for our top pics for the best bags to carry your kit with.



From our review:

“The WANDRD PRVKE 21 backpack is pretty awesome overall. It deserves the five stars we’re awarding it and for some photographers, it could be the perfect backpack.”

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Shimoda Explore 40

From our review:

“I’ve taken the Shimoda Explore 40 through both rain and snow. It’s survived both, and the gear inside was also fine. It has also been hurled onto shelves of trains, taken bumps from turnstiles, etc. I wouldn’t recommend it for the city dweller, but it is surely well suited for the suburbs and the great outdoors.”

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Vinta S Series

From our review:

“In terms of its own build quality, the Vinta S series of backpacks are pretty solid. They feature canvas and leather as part of the design and feel very durable. I’ve taken the S into heavy rainfalls here in NYC and the gear inside didn’t suffer at all. In fact, the S shrugged off the rain a lot better than my jacket, scarf or hat did on those particular days.”

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Langly Alpha Pro

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From our review:

“Though I usually don’t use backpacks unless I’m flying out for a trip (which I do at least once a month), the Langly has a lot to it. As a US Veteran myself, there is quite a bit of nice familiarity to it for both my past and my present. Stuff your camera(s), lenses, flashes, radios and all the essentials that you need in there and you’re ready for pretty much any situation that life will throw at you. Alternatively, you can leave most of that stuff at home and stuff it with lots of clothing. If you’re a backpacker, adventure photographer, or a travel shooter, you’ll want to bring the Langly Alpha Pro with you.”

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These aren’t the only great bags out there though, these are just we have used and loved (with outdoor photographers in mind). If you like what you see above they could all make a great companion for an outdoor photographer. If you are still looking for some more inspiration when it comes to how you carry your gear check out the excellent [amazon_textlink asin=’B01MCRI3LR’ text=’bag selection over on Amazon’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a5fbd068-2d5a-11e8-b6a2-c961b56432b3′], and surely you can find something to your liking there.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.