6 Tough Camera Bags Perfect for Landscape Photographers

These camera bags are tough enough to tag along on the harshest of trails.

Landscape photography is a fun genre, but it can be tough on you and your gear. If you plan on hitting the trails or are going to hike to a remote destination to grab some gorgeous landscape pictures, you’ll want to make sure the bag you take with you is up to the jobs of keeping you comfortable and protecting your gear. If you’ve been looking for camera bags that can protect your equipment from the elements and from drops, and that can keep you comfortable, this roundup is for you. After the break, we will share six camera bags we would take with us on outdoor adventures.

These camera bags are ready to take whatever you and Mother Nature can throw at them. During the time we spent testing them, we made sure to put them to the test. These bags will not only stand up to the elements and anything you do to them, but they will also protect your expensive equipment. Pick any one of these camera bags, and you’ll be able to hit the trails knowing your cameras, lenses, and accessories will travel without a scratch. Check out six of our favorite camera bags for landscape photographers below.

 

Tenba DNA 15 Backpack

 

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Solid build quality
  • Weather sealing
  • Roll-top design lets you accommodate a lot of clothing, gear, etc.
  • Can become very compact
  • Straps go around your chest and waist
  • Survives the snow
  • Stores away well in an airplane’s overhead travel compartments

Cons

  • Sometimes the zippers can be finicky

Buy now ($199.95): Adorama

 

WANDRD PRVKE Pack Camera Backpack

 

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Surprisingly comfortable and can pack loads of gear
  • Loads of pockets help with the organization
  • The passport pocket is incredibly smart
  • Expandable to work like a RuckSack that lets you store a lot of clothing, toiletries, etc. Almost as if it’s a whole other backpack inside the PRVKE pack
  • Decent enough amount of padding
  • Tripod holder straps that work very well
  • Fairly quick access to gear
  • Stylish enough
  • Pretty low profile despite its giant, boxy appearance
  • Even at its most packed, it’s TSA approved
  • The integrated camera sling strap is great for those who go on hikes

Cons

  • You only have quick access to maybe two pieces of your kit at most
  • Tote handles are supposed to be magnetic, but barely hold together
  • Complicated to set up at first. We think it should come set up for you

Buy now ($204): Adorama

 

Tenba Solstice 24L

 

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Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Lots of storage space for all manner of gear, including a 13-inch laptop
  • Expandable side pockets for oversized water bottles and tripods
  • Adjustable padded dividers make it easy to reconfigure the bag based on your needs
  • Rear opening door to your camera and lenses provides an extra layer of security
  • Breathable mesh on the back of the bag helps keep you dry
  • Water-resistant material keeps your gear safe in a light shower
  • Included weatherproof cover will protect the bag and your gear in heavy downpours
  • Soft-touch material is easy to wipe clean after a long hike

Cons

  • Side waist straps are not removable
  • Padding on the shoulder straps is a little too thin
  • The clasp on the waist strap is not sturdy enough to instill confidence when swinging the bag around to your front to access the rear door
  • Although adjustable, the chest strap sits in an awkward position even at its lowest setting

Buy now ($199.95): Adorama

 

Pro Tip: There are beautiful landscapes everywhere we look, but capturing the beauty of them in one shot can be a considerable challenge if you aren’t well versed with your camera and accessories. Before you head on your adventure, invest in yourself, and learn the skills you’ll need to be able to capture stunning landscapes no matter where you go. This guide from John Greengo will teach you the ins and outs of landscape photography. Before you know it, you’ll be creating images that will wow you and your viewers. Check it out here.

 

WANDRD HEXAD Access Duffel

 

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Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Excellent build quality
  • Probably the most comfortable backpack straps we’ve ever used
  • Weatherproof construction keeps your clothes and gear dry during inclement weather
  • Easily tucks into overhead compartments (or under seats if you’ve got the leg room) for photographers who fly often
  • Highly customizable, especially when configured with WANDRD’s own camera cubes
  • The clamshell design of the duffel allows the top and bottom halves to lay flat when opened, making packing less of a chore

Cons

  • Price may be too high for some
  • The zipper joining the two halves of the duffel together was pretty hard to zip up around the corners when the duffel isn’t fully packed
  • Can get really heavy and unwieldy the duffel is packed to the brim
  • WANDRD’s divider system genuinely needs a revamp to improve their stability

Buy now ($259): Adorama

 

Shimoda Explore 40 Backpack

 

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Pros

  • Excellent build quality
  • Can be configured exactly how you want it
  • The weather sealing is great
  • Incredibly large and can carry an extreme amount of gear
  • The lumbar support and well-padded straps make this bag very comfortable

Cons

  • Not at all a bag for a city dweller
  • Can take a while to get the bag configured how you want it

Buy now ($279.95): Adorama

 

Pro Tip: There’s simply nothing better than being out in nature and taking in all of the glory that surrounds you. One thing is for sure though; your gear is going to get really dirty, really quickly, and there’s not much you can do to stop that from happening. However, you can make sure you are prepared to clean your gear while you’re out and about by keeping a basic lens and camera cleaning kit in your camera bag. Before you take your shot, make sure the front element of your lens is clean. If it’s not, wipe it down with a soft microfiber cloth so annoying dust spots won’t show up in your image. This cleaning kit from Zeiss is all you need to take care of your equipment while out in the field.

 

Vanguard Alta Sky 510 Backpack

 

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Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Plenty of movable dividers that enable a full redesign of the entire interior space, allowing for a 1, 2 or 3 compartment design
  • Can easily hold a 15 inch laptop
  • 1-2 drones carried internally or externally
  • Hiking strap system with shoulder adjustments and waist belt
  • Quality look and feel – exterior material rejects rain and sand easily
  • Well priced for bags in the same range and category
  • Side door access can handle 1Dx MKII / D5 sized cameras with 70-200 style lenses attached
  • Solid, heavy-duty, brightly colored interior and exterior padding that rejects heavy impact with ease

Cons

  • Heavy – not meant for overhead airplane bins. Without gear, it weighs almost 7lbs
  • Lack of small pockets and storage areas – not enough compartments to safely carry spare AA batteries, plates, filters, etc.
  • The shoulder straps width and padding felt inadequate for full gear loadout weight
  • Waist belt cannot be removed
  • Zippers for the laptop and backdoor flaps are hard to access

Buy now ($229.99): Adorama