I’m a big advocate of using backpacks to carry my photo gear, mostly because they’re much better for my back. This was already discussed somewhat in Dealing with Camera Wrist/Shoulder/Back Pains. It’s also a lot harder to rip a backpack off me in a crowd than it would be a shoulder bag. On a big shoot I’ll use my Pelican 1510, but for smaller shoots or walkabouts that’s overkill – in those cases I prefer for my gear to be evenly distributed across my back. Here I’m going to test the new Lowepro CompuDay 250 backpack.
The first thing I thought of when I unpacked the Think Tank Airport International v2 was how impressive looking it is. Its styling shouts ‘Impressive Roller Bag’, without shouting ‘Cameras, Steal Me!’.
Editor’s Note: If you’d like to purchase this bag, click on the Think Tank banner on the side.
The perfect camera bag provides heaps of protection, easy access to gear, comfortable carrying, adjustability to compartments and be the right size for everything you need. Although I had a good look at and considered purchasing a Think Tank bag about 18 months ago, it was at the Digital Life photography show in Melbourne (Australia) about six months ago when I bought my first Think tank bag, a Wired Up 20.
Known for its efficient straps, Black Rapid has a new strap camera bag for point and shoot cameras.
Tamrac should have called this camera backpack a transformer. The Tamrac Evolution 8 is efficient and versatile. Right out of the box with very little arrangement this camera bag was functional. After a week with this camera bag, you realize how ultra flexible it really is. Using it is very liberating compared to my everyday camera bag which I have to take off when I want to access my camera gear.
If you want an elegant, durable and discrete camera bag then you may want to check out the M Classics Compact. As a bag meant to hold smaller DSLR cameras, expect something similar to the BJX bag reviewed and not the Domke F2. This bag was given to me as a gift from the creator, Seth Levine.
There are times where my Domke F2 camera bag isn’t always needed (full review here.) Because of that, I’ve been on the search for something smaller, lighter and stylish but that still offers enough protection for my equipment. I recently was given a BJX camera bag from Pentax as a gift. For what it’s worth, it isn’t perfect but it sure works better than my messenger bags.
Not long ago, I obtained a secondhand Domke F2 camera bag. At last, I am finally glad to say that I have found THE camerabag to suit my lifestyle, needs, and cost. Granted, I got mine for a very low price—but this camerabag should be in the hands and on the shoulders of any working photographer. Here are some of my findings.