Holiday 2012: Camera Bags and Cases

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A bag is usually just a bag—unless it's a stylish camera bag. If you are looking for a holiday gift for a special photographer, or if a new camera bag is necessary for your own holiday shoots, here are some suggestions for camera bags for any photographer. We take a look at a variety of bags that run the gamut from functional to fun, and since most of these bags come in different colors and sizes, you shoud be able to find the perfect bag for yourself or a loved one this holiday season.


Backpacks

For ample storage and ergonomic ease, one of these backpacks might be just the camera bag you're seeking to tote extra gear in comfort through a long day.

The Kata Pro-Light Bumblebee-220 Backpack offers handy working solutions in a professional, multi-featured backpack. The aluminum-framed backpack is designed to accommodate 2 to 3 DSLR camera bodies, up to 8 lenses (with space for up to a 500mm with tripod mount dismantled), a flash and many other accessories, as well as a 17-inch laptop in a pocket on the back of the bag. Instead of DSLRs, you could stow a small HDV camcorder. A Gecko Harness System allows for a comfortable, ergonomic fit on your back and shoulders. The backpack can open fully or it can open from top and bottom access points. You can use the included Aeriform Dividers and Cocoon Pouches to custom-fit your gear and suit your working style. External pockets give you easy access to your wallet, phone, travel documents or keys. A dual-purpose tripod sling can be used to cradle a small attached tripod, either front or side mounted, or it can be used for more storage. The backpack also comes with a double-sided elements cover with mesh pocket that you can use to protect your bag and its contents from the weather.

For urban photographers who carry their gear through busy airports and crowded city streets, the Lowepro Pro Runner 200 AW Backpack delivers a compact solution. In its highly organized interior, it fits a DSLR camera with attached lens (up to 70-200mm f/2.8), 2-3 additional lenses or a flash and accessories, a tripod in a Hideaway Tripod Mount system, and a few personal items. The backpack keeps your gear safe in its fully padded compartments and its built-in All Weather AW Cover and rain-flap lids. Additional features include SlipLock attachment loops, mesh side pockets, a front pocket that can discreetly fit a light pack jacket, cell phone or MP3 player, memory card pockets on the inside lid, a padded mesh back pad, adjustable padded shoulder straps and a grab handle.

Lowepro Pro Runner 200 AW Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW

A step up from the 200AW, the Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW Backpack is a compact solution for pro photographers and photojournalists. This backpack will allow you to organize and fit a DSLR with attached lens (up to 70-200mm f/2.8) plus 3-4 additional lenses or a flash and accessories, as well as a 15.4-inch laptop, a tripod in a Hideaway Tripod Mount system, and a few personal items under its padded walls and built-in All Weather AW Cover with rain flap lids. The Pro Runner 350 also includes side compression straps with quick-release buckles, SlipLock attachment loops, mesh side pockets, a front pocket for a light, packable jacket, cell phone or MP3 player, memory card pockets on its inside lid, a padded mesh back pad, padded shoulder straps with 5 points of adjustment, a padded waist belt, a grab handle and a zippered document pocket.

The Tamrac 5586 Expedition 6x Backpack is a medium-sized pack that has a foam-padded main compartment with numerous adjustable dividers to protect 2 DSLRs with attached lenses, 3-4 additional lenses, a flash and a 14.1-inch laptop in its padded front computer pocket. A camera with a long zoom lens attached can be suspended on two vertical, reinforced foam-padded dividers and held in place by a restraint strap. On the front flap are two "wing" mesh pockets that can hold filters, film and other accessories. Between these wing pockets is a secure place for a tripod. The bottom features a plastic, foam-padded platform, and a LockDown rain flap seals the backpack's zippers against the elements. The pack is equipped with an adjustable waist belt and a harness system with Dual-Density Comfort Pads and Air Flow Channels that help keep you cool and dry.

Tamrac 5586 Expedition 6x Tenba Discovery Large Photo/Laptop

For photographers who carry their cameras while they bike, hike, climb and travel, the Tenba Discovery Large Photo/Laptop Daypack is a lightweight solution, weighing only 2.6 pounds empty. The large daypack is able to hold 1-2 DSLR bodies—including those with a booster or battery grip—and 4-6 lenses, plus a flash, accessories and a 15-inch laptop. The camera compartment is removable. This day pack has self-healing zippers, a waterproof bottom panel and it's made of rugged, water-repellent nylon. The bag features compression straps, a comfortable harness and belt ideal for long hikes and a WeatherWrap rain cover.

For photographers who have to navigate crowded urban environments, the Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Hard Drive is slim and lightweight. It is able to hold a 15-inch laptop, a pro-size DSLR and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens with hood attached. The bottom front pocket can hold a monopod or tripod. An upper organizer keeps pens and memory cards snug and accessible. Two additional zippered side pockets, along with two stretch pockets, are available to hold smaller accessories. The backpack's harness is contoured with its own stretchable pockets, and there is a mesh layer on the back of the bag to keep you comfortable and cool. Lockable YKK zippers and a removable seam-sealed rain cover keep all your gear secure and dry.

Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Think Tank Photo Airport

The Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack is perfect for photographers who travel by air. It meets most carry-on size regulations (check with the airline to be sure) and offers high storage capacity. The backpack accommodates a pro-sized DSLR, 4-6 standard zoom lenses, a 400mm f/2.8 lens attached to a camera body or a 500mm f/4.0 unattached, and both an iPad or other tablet of the same or smaller size and a 15-inch laptop in a separate, quick access, zippered pocket. A top pocket is positioned conveniently to hold boarding passes, and a front pocket has an organizer for smaller accessories. Three handles provide easy movement in and out of most airlines' overhead compartments. The shoulder straps, which have their own ultra-stretch pockets, are lightweight and adjustable, and there is also a sternum strap that is height adjustable. The back of the bag has air-mesh paneling to keep you cool. Added features include a removable waist belt, a monopod or tripod mounting system, a side pocket for a water bottle and a seam-sealed rain cover. The bag also features a cable lock and lockable YKK zipper sliders for additional security.

The Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW is for any multimedia photographer shooting still images and video. The design is lightweight and protects, organizes and provides quick access to your gear. There is a side entry pocket that gives access to the camera compartment. There is also an audio compartment that includes a convenient headphone strap and a removable custom audio utility pouch for accessories. The backpack can hold a pro DSLR with attached lens (up to 70-200mm f/2.8), two extra lenses, a pro flash or LED light, headphones, a microphone, an audio transmitter/receiver set, a voice recorder, a sound mixer, cables and cords, a laptop up to 17 inches in a separate pocket, a tripod or DSLR video rig on the side of the pack, and extra accessories. Additional features include a hidden ID pocket, a stretchable mesh side pocket, a grab handle, a waist belt that can be hidden and an all-weather cover to protect your gear.

Bags for Mirrorless Cameras

For those who don't need a huge bag for a small compact camera, smaller bags like the ones below present a more viable option. Why tote more bag than you need?

The Crumpler Pleasure Dome Shoulder Bag opens like a clamshell, with anti-spill gussets, so you have easy access and plenty of protection because your camera will not take an accidental tumble. The bag can hold a Micro Four Thirds digital camera or large compact digital camera. The main compartment also features a slip pocket for memory cards, cables or other accessories. The dual-zippered closure keeps everything secure in the main compartment, and the tough 900-Denier nylon exterior of the bag is water resistant. The Pleasure Dome can be attached to another bag or directly to your belt with touch-fastener webbing on the back, can be held with the top foam padded carry handle, or can be worn across the body with the length-adjustable, detachable shoulder strap that has snap hooks and a tri-glide buckle system.

Crumpler Pleasure Dome BlackRapid Snapr35+

The BlackRapid Snapr35 + Sling Strap combines a camera bag with a sling strap. The bag is durable and padded for Micro Four Thirds cameras. A tether attaches the camera's tripod socket to the sling strap; then the camera is placed upside down in the bag. Take it out, and the camera is aligned in position for photographing. A pocket on each side of the Sling Strap is available for phones or other small accessories. Use the bag alone, use the sling, use the hand strap, or use a combination of all three.

Built to carry a compact mirrorless camera along with an extra lens and a few accessories, the Lowepro Streamline 100 Shoulder Bag has a lightweight, slim and modern design with an adjustable shoulder strap. Zippered pockets on the front and back of the bag carry your cell phone, keys, lens cap, memory cards or the like.

The Tamrac 3440 Rally Micro Camera Bag can carry a mirrorless camera with lens attached, an extra lens, a small flash and accessories. A zippered front pocket holds memory cards and batteries, and two mesh side pockets are available for a phone and MP3 player. Carry a notepad or small manual in the open back pocket. A hook-and-loop closure and quick-release buckle provide security. The bag can be carried with an adjustable shoulder strap or the carrying handle.

The lightweight yet rugged Lowepro Dashpoint 30 Camera Pouch can carry a compact camera or a CSC (compact systems camera) with attached zoom lens, plus a handheld GPS or other electronic device. Inside the top lid is a built-in memory card pocket. The pouch offers quick access through its wide-mouth opening with reverse zippers and has EVA padding that provides protection against impact. The pouch comes with a removable and adjustable shoulder strap for a comfortable fit and increased mobility.

Sling Bags

A sling bag gives photographers multiple carrying options and quick access to equipment. It helps to free up your hands when switching lenses as well, and come on—it also looks pretty cool, too!

The Kata 3N1-10 DL Sling Backpack provides three carrying options, effortlessly changing from right sling to backpack to left sling. This sling holds a DSLR with mid-range zoom lens attached, 1-2 additional lenses, a flash and personal accessories or it can even hold a compact camcorder with accessories. The gear can be arranged in the bottom main compartment, using the modular dividers to custom fit your gear in the bag. A large top compartment is a perfect spot for those personal accessories or additional camera accessories, and two zippered external pockets provide even more storage space for smaller accessories. The bag is also outfitted with tripod straps. In sling position, you have quick access to your main camera/camcorder and important gear as the bag swings around from back to front. When you need to carry your gear over distances, the backpack position is made for the long haul.

Without looking like a camera bag, the Lowepro Passport Sling II Bag has a fully customizable and removable camera compartment that provides a perfect fit and protection for a light setup. The compartment can be accessed from the top of the sling and can hold a DSLR or CSC with attached zoom lens and two extra lenses, or one extra lens and one flash. The camera compartment can be removed to create a sling that can be used for personal gear, making this bag an excellent travel companion. The main compartment of the bag itself can unzip to expand by 30 percent for more storage space. There is also an easily accessible water-bottle pocket and another pocket for your passport and other documents. The sling has an adjustable shoulder strap with a cam lock buckle that allows you to wear it over your shoulder or across your body, high or low. On the shoulder strap is a detachable shoulder pad that provides extra comfort when attached.

For fast and easy access, the Lowepro Urban Photo Sling 150 gives you three options for wearing it: front, back or side. There are two loading/access options: through the top or through the full panel for total organization. Use the adjustable and removable padded dividers to custom fit your gear. The sling will hold a DSLR with attached 55-200mm lens, two extra lenses or a flash and one lens, a tablet and a few accessories or personal items. Or, you can fit a CSC with attached lens, three extra lenses or a flash and two lenses, a tablet and accessories and personal items. The tablet, in either case, has its own dedicated padded compartment. Keep memory cards accessible with a built-in memory card pocket. Side pockets provide quick access to personal items or accessories. There is also a zippered front pocket, perfect for small accessories. The top flap is contoured and covered with mesh to keep you comfortable and cool. A waist belt that can be hidden away provides comfort and stability in use.

Lowepro Urban Photo Sling 150 Tamrac's 5788 Evolution 8

Tamrac's 5788 Evolution 8 Photo/Laptop Sling Backpack offers three different carrying options: as a backpack or as a sling pack worn over the right shoulder or the left shoulder by simply cross-connecting a single shoulder strap. There are also three ways to access your camera gear: through the front door and through two side doors. The Evolution 8 can accommodate a DSLR with up to an 8-inch lens attached, several additional lenses and a flash. A fully foam-padded laptop sleeve in the back of the bag holds most laptops up to 15.6 inches. For additional storage, a foam-padded top compartment can hold a light jacket or other photo accessories. A mesh pocket along the back and one on the inside of the door panel can keep smaller accessories separate and safe. A zippered pocket on each side is perfect for a phone or keys. The right-side pocket also includes a removable rain cover that can be stretched over your bag to protect its contents from the elements. A QuickClip tripod attachment system allows you to keep a tripod centered and balanced on the front of the bag, for easy carrying.

Messenger/Shoulder Bags

Messenger or shoulder bags are perfect for photographers who do not like the look of the traditional camera bag and need to carry equipment comfortably, along with everyday items.

For an on-the-go photographer, Acme Made The Union Photo Messenger is an ideal solution. The exterior is made of Bombshell technical fabric, which offers durable, water-resistant protection for your gear. Adjustable, padded interior dividers accommodate a DSLR camera plus two additional lenses or accessories such as speedlights. There is a quick access lens-cap pocket on the exterior of the bag and two zippered accessory pockets to help keep all your items organized. The shoulder strap is adjustable and there is also a top carry handle.

The Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home Bag is tough, with an exterior made of water- and weather-resistant 900-Denier nylon. The bag features bonded nylon thread with bar-tack stitching on all stress points. Brushed padded nylon dividers in the interior accommodate your camera gear. The 6 Million Dollar Home Bag is designed to hold a standard DSLR camera with lens attached, plus two extra lenses, a flash and accessories. It also has a carrier for a tripod on the front. A large front flap is secured by a rugged tri-glide buckle. Touch fasteners on the underside have a silencer flap, so there is no more ripping noise when you open your bag. Under the flap is a mesh zippered pocket for small accessories. There is also an accessory loop on each side of the bag. To keep you comfortable, the 6 Million Dollar Home Bag has a wide,  EVA foam-lined shoulder strap, plus a padded top-carry handle.

Designed so that you can get at equipment instantly, without having to take the bag from your shoulder, the Domke F-2 Ruggedwear Shooter's Bag is able to hold 2 pro SLRs, 4-6 lenses, a pro flash and accessories. A four-compartment padded insert is included, and six additional pockets around the exterior of the bag are perfect for accessories. The bag's exterior is made of weather-resistant, durable cotton canvas coated with waxes and oils, giving it a weathered look. Included are an adjustable non-slip Gripper Strap with cotton webbing, a removable bottom stiffener, a removable hand carrying strap, YKK zippers and steel snap hooks.

The Domke F-5XB Shoulder/Belt Bag can convert from a shoulder bag to a waist pack held by a belt loop. It can hold one SLR or other digital camera, 1 or 2 lenses and accessories. The bag's main compartment is padded and surrounded by soft knit fabric. Two removable padded divider walls are included. There are also four outer pockets for additional accessories. A Gripper Shoulder Strap with steel swivel clips is also included.

The new Lowepro Event Messenger 100, also available in two other larger sizes, is a modern messenger bag that is lightweight and easy to carry. It can hold your complete camera kit within its padded, adjustable divider system. This bag can accommodate a compact DSLR with attached 18-55mm lens, 1-2 extra lenses or a flash with 1 lens, accessories and personal items, or it can hold a CSC with attached lens, 2-3 extra lenses or a flash and 2 lenses, accessories and personal items. Featuring a Dual-Mode Flap design, the bag allows you to fold or unfold the hook-and-loop fasteners to go from maximum security to quiet working mode. Grab-and-Go access lets you get to your gear easily through the wide main compartment. A front zippered pocket can hold your phone or any small accessories. The shoulder strap is adjustable for comfort.

The Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 180 AW is designed to make your work go more smoothly. The exterior is a fabric that resembles classic canvas but is lighter in weight and more resistant to weather and scratches. The bag has a FlexFlap Design that allows you to fold the flap in half, attach four "silencing" fasteners, and then silently grab camera gear mroe quickly. If you need full access to your gear, just fold the flap behind the top carry handle. And when you move from one location to the next, pull the full flap back over your gear for more security. Padded, adjustable interior dividers in the main compartment are able to fit a pro DSLR with grip and attached 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens, two extra lenses and a flash, or the bag can hold a pro DSLR with grip (body only) in the front pocket and then three lenses and a flash in the main compartment. With a quick unzip, a dual-purpose pocket transforms from an additional storage space to a trolley sleeve. Additional features include an all-weather cover, a zippered front pocket that can expand, a detachable top carry handle, and a thickly padded shoulder strap for enduring comfort.

The Tamrac 5426 Aria 6 Camera Bag provides discreet protection for your camera gear. The exterior of the Aria 6 is made of a smooth, water-resistant nylon fabric that feels like silk. The interior has a silver lining to make it easier to see your gear. The camera bag can carry a medium-sized DSLR with a lens attached, another lens and a third lens or flash, or a mirrorless camera system. An interior foam-padded compartment will protect a tablet. For security, the zippered main compartment is covered by the front flap with a metal buckle. The front pocket is zippered and pleated, allowing it to expand to hold camera accessories or personal items. Two slim pockets on the sides have room for small items like a phone, and paperwork can be kept handy in the back envelope pocket. The shoulder strap has a sliding pad for added comfort.

Tamrac's 3444 Rally 4 Camera Bag doesn't look like a camera bag, which is good because it allows you to carry your gear discreetly and safely. The main compartment is foam padded and will accommodate a DSLR with up to a 4.25-inch lens attached, an extra lens (including a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6), a flash and accessories. The bag has a zippered front pocket and a back envelope pocket that provide extra storage for manuals, accessories and personal items. Mesh side pockets give you quick access to a phone or other small items. The adjustable shoulder strap has a non-slip patch to make carrying the lightweight bag even easier.

The water-repellent Cordura nylon Tenba Messenger Photo/Laptop Bag was made to be versatile, with everyday use in mind, and comes in different colors and sizes. The photo insert in the main compartment can hold a DSLR and three lenses. If you don't need your camera for the moment, the entire photo insert slides out so you can carry the things you might need to get through a normal workday, for example. There is a padded laptop sleeve along the back of the interior which will hold up to a 17-inch laptop. With pockets galore, including two on the front of the flap, there is room for anything you may need. For added security, speed and convenience, the bag has a top zipper that gives access to the interior, so you don't have to open the entire flap to grab your camera. No one will be able to see what's in your bag. The comfortable shoulder strap is adjustable and removable, with a top carry handle as the other carry option.

The Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag is a shooter's bag with a classic design and modern improvements. This shoulder bag is ergonomically designed to conform to your body, providing soft, flexible comfort and quick access to your gear. The black version is made of sand-washed cotton canvas, while the Blue Slate and Pinestone versions are made of 1100D poly-spun polyester. Removable dividers can hold a standard size DSLR and 2-3 lenses. Zippered pockets and an expandable front pocket are perfect for additional accessories, and there's also a pocket for a tablet or an 11-inch MacBook Air computer. The hook-and-loop "SoundSilencers" tone down the ripping sound when you open the front flap of a bag, for quiet work. The non-slip shoulder strap is cushioned and padded, and a top-carry handle is convenient for grab and go. A seam-sealed rain cover is also included.

Able to expand in size to accommodate changing lens and gear needs, the Vanguard UP-Rise 38 Messenger Bag is completely customizable. Expansion is enabled by one easy zipper motion, allowing the bag to shrink back down when the extra storage is no longer needed. The soft, thickly padded interior is orange, making it easy to see your gear. The bag will hold a pro DSLR camera body with an attached lens (up to 70-200mm f/2.8), 3-4 extra lenses, a flash unit and accessories. It is also able to hold a laptop up to 15 inches. Other features include a removable rain cover, multiple pockets for extra memory cards and lens caps and top and front access to gear. The shoulder strap is adjustable and removable with a shoulder pad and protective tabs to prevent shoulder strap hooks from scratching gear. The bag easily slips over luggage trolleys.

Rolling Bags and Cases

A rolling bag/case is perfect for toting around larger items, or lots of smaller items. Another advantage of a rolling case is that you can easily keep track of your equipment at a glance.

The Lowepro Pro Roller Lite 250 AW is light and lean enough to carry on a plane with a complete pro camera setup. It has an angled, telescoping handle and wheels. When not in use, the handle is covered by a magnetic flap for security. The profile of the bag is very lean, yet the main compartment was designed to accommodate a large amount of pro-sized gear. Adjustable and padded dividers allow you to fit up to 2 pro DSLRs (including 1 with an attached lens), 4-5 lenses including a 70-200mm f/2.8, and 2 flashes. A padded pocket protects a laptop up to 15 inches. A see-through zippered pocket offers plenty of space for accessories, such as memory cards or batteries. The bag has many more travel-friendly features, which include lockable zippers (with user's own lock), a zippered outside pocket for easy access to travel documents, a stretchable mesh front pocket, a padded top grab handle, side handles, and Lowepro's all-weather cover to protect your gear and bag from the elements.

Lowepro Pro Roller Lite 250 AW Lowepro Pro Roller x200

The Lowepro Pro Roller x200 Case has the refined look of fine luggage and the security and organizational properties of a mobile studio. The bag has a Lock and Go System in which oversized zippers connect through a retractable cable to an official TSA-approved lock with a 3-digit combination. The bag also has a Reserve Pack feature. If you unzip the bottom of the roller, the top part pops out to become a backpack. For check-in or storage while the backpack is in use, a zippered front panel closes and secures the roller case. The case is able to hold 1-2 pro DSLRs with grips and 6-8 lenses, plus a laptop up to 15 inches and accessories. The bag's wheels are removable and replaceable. Additional features include a Hideaway Tripod Mount and a removable tripod holder, SlipLock attachment loops, a cord-management pouch, memory card pockets with empty/full indicator flaps, an ID card holder, additional space for documents and personal items, and room for a notebook in the front pocket.

The Tamrac 5797 Evolution Speed Roller Backpack is extremely versatile. With the push of a button, the telescoping handle opens or closes and heavy gear can be rolled around on the smooth ball-bearing wheels. The bottom compartment holds a DSLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached (up to 8 inches), several extra lenses and a flash. The top compartment is foam padded with adjustable, removable foam-padded dividers that can accommodate a second camera with a 6-inch lens attached, and two small lenses. With the dividers removed, the top compartment could be used as storage for personal items. Memory cards and batteries are kept handy and visible in the mesh pocket inside the bottom compartment's front panel or in the mesh pocket along the inside of the lid. In the back of the top compartment there is a foam-padded pocket that can hold a laptop up to 15.6 inches. A Quick-Clip Tripod Attachment System carries a tripod securely on the front of the bag. Two mesh pockets on the sides hold a water bottle, maps or other necessities. There are also zippered accessory pockets on the sides to keep small items organized and secure. The Tuck-A-Way harness system hides the backpack harness straps inside the padded back while the bag is used as a roller. When you prefer to use the backpack configuration, just pull the straps out. A removable rain cover is included to keep your gear and bag safe from inclement weather.

Tamrac 5797 Evolution Speed Roller Tenba Roadie II Universal Hybrid

The Tenba Roadie II Universal Hybrid Roller/Backpack can meet strict carry-on regulations without anyone being aware that you're carrying large pieces of equipment. Your gear will be safe within the ballistic nylon exterior, which includes YKK zippers and massive stress point reinforcements. The bag has numerous adjustable sections for your photo/video gear, separated by padded dividers. The case holds 1-2 pro DSLRs, 6-8 lenses (up to 400mm f/2.8 or 500mm f/4.0), as well as a flash, a laptop (up to 17 inches) and accessories. There is a quick access front pocket for tickets or a passport, mesh storage pockets for batteries or cords, and a 4-pocket wallet for memory cards and the like. The bag also features a tripod quick-connect carry system. When the ball-bearing wheels can't handle the terrain, retract the handle and the fast-deploying backpack harness will allow you to carry the bag comfortably on your back.

With advanced security features, the Think Tank Photo Airport International V 2.0 Rolling Camera Bag provides peace of mind for international travelers. A TSA combination lock secures the main slider zippers on the bag. Your laptop (up to 15.4 inches) is also secured in the front stretch pocket by a cable and lock. And a cable and lock on the rear of the bag can secure the entire bag to an immovable object. The bag has dual in-line skate wheels, a retractable handle, three grab handles and an exterior of 1680D Ballistic nylon. The interior lining is a silver-toned nylon, so your gear is easily visible. The bag holds two pro DSLRs, 4 lenses (including a 300mm f/2.8) and 2 flashes. A front organizer and stretch pockets are able to hold additional accessories or personal items. There is also a tripod/monopod accessory strap and cup. A rain cover is also featured to keep everything inside dry.

The Think Tank Photo Airport Security V 2.0 Rolling Camera Bag is perfect for domestic travel in the USA, having been designed to meet domestic carry-on standards. This bag carries the maximum amount of equipment with maximum security features. A TSA-approved combination lock secures the main compartment zipper on the bag. A front cable and lock will secure your laptop, which can be attached to the bag in a separate laptop case. A cable and lock on the rear of the bag can secure the entire bag to an immovable object. The bag has dual in-line skate wheels, a retractable handle, top and side grab handles, concealed emergency shoulder straps and an exterior of 1680D Ballistic nylon. The interior lining is a silver-toned nylon, so you can spot small, black accessories easily. The bag holds three DSLRs, up to 7 lenses (including a 70-200mm f/2.8 upright as well as a 400mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4 or a Canon 600mm f/4) and 2 flashes. The bag also features a tripod/monopod holder. A rain cover is also provided to keep everything safe from the weather.

The Think Tank Photo Airport TakeOff Rolling Camera Bag is a rolling backpack with quickly deployable concealed backpack straps. The bag has movable internal dividers that can be configured to hold two pro or regular DSLR bodies with or without lenses attached, up to a 400mm f/2.8 lens (tight with lens cap) and other assorted lenses. The zipper sliders are lockable, and there is a front cable and lock to secure laptops up to 17 inches in its own laptop case (bought separately) inside the bag. The bag has dual in-line skate wheels, a retractable handle, top and side grab handles and an exterior of 420D nylon. The interior lining is a silver-toned nylon, so your gear is easy to see. The bag is also able to hold a tripod or monopod.

If you want a lightweight rolling camera bag that will reduce fatigue and strain on your favorite traveling photographer, welcome the Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight. This bag has four wheels, so it walks alongside you on smooth surfaces instead of your pulling it behind you or carrying it on your shoulder. On thick carpet, the bag can lean over on 2 wheels for ease of movement. It can also roll sideways in tight spaces. The main handle has two locking positions for better ergonomics, and the bag also has three grab handles for easy removal from overhead bins. It meets international and domestic airline carry-on standards (always check with the airline for current size restrictions), has lockable zippers on the main compartment for security, an exterior of 600D polyester and 420D nylon, and a 1680D ballistic nylon bottom panel for added durability. The bag has a side opening for easy access to gear. It can hold 2 standard DSLRs or 2 pro DSLRs with attached lenses, and an extra 3-5 basic zoom lenses. When attached to a standard body, a 300mm f/2.8 lens fits. There is a zippered top pocket perfect for your boarding pass or business cards. A rain cover is also included.

Adventure Bags

Adventure bags can be used for a variety of tough terrain and rugged-environment shoots. It's a great way to store equipment safely, since most adventure bags include extra padding and security. You have to supply the adventure—these companies will supply the bag.

For those photo enthusiasts who enjoy adventure, the Clik Elite Large Hiker Backpack has a lower compartment that is padded and lined for camera gear. The compartment can be organized with adjustable Cradle Lens Dividers to hold a pro SLR body, backup camera body, 2-4 lenses and a flash. An upper compartment is perfect for personal gear. Closed with weather-proof zippers is a media organizer for memory cards, hard drives and more. There are spacious mesh side pockets and a zippered back pocket for additional accessories. A hydration sleeve with tube port, which holds 70 ounces of your favorite beverage, is also featured. Loading of a tripod, sleeping gear or a tent is possible at the strap attachment points. Extra comfort and support are given with padded shoulder straps, load lifters and adjustable sternum straps. The back panel is comfort molded and resists snow and dirt while venting heat and moisture to keep you cool. A Ladderfit harness system and a padded waist belt evenly distribute weight and transfer your load to your hips. The durable exterior is 1680D nylon, and a rain cover is included for additional protection.

Clik Elite Large Hiker Lowepro Pro Trekker 400 AW

For outdoor photographers, extreme sports shooters and serious enthusiasts who need a durable backpack that travels well, the Lowepro Pro Trekker 400 AW Backpack is a lightweight, rugged, expedition camera backpack. The bag can accommodate 1-2 pro SLR cameras with a grip and lens attached, 4-6 extra lenses and 2 flashes. At the front and sides of the pack are three integrated tripod sleeves that store, protect and secure tripods, monopods, trekking or ski poles. Two large side pockets store larger accessories or personal items—one can hold up to a 70 ounce hydration bladder (not included). There are also four memory card pockets, a removable cord management pouch, sturdy D-rings, SlipLock attachment loops, a heavy-duty grab handle, compression straps on the bottom, and a safety whistle. A laptop sleeve with a laptop up to 15.4 inches will fit in the front pocket. A removable waist pack serves in two ways: as a backpack lid, providing extra security and weather protection, and as a removable/wearable waist pack with a mesh-covered back pad, two roomy pockets and a key clip. Ballistic nylon and Hypalon materials are strategically placed at stress points to offer strength and resilience during heavy outdoor use and travel. Heavy-duty YKK zippers on the main compartment provide superior water resistance. Included is an all-weather cover that protects your gear from the elements. The bag's adjustable harness system provides a fully customized and comfortable fit: a 10-point adjustment system lets you customize fit at the top of the pack, as well as in shoulder, torso, sternum, waist and lumbar areas.

The Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L AW Backpack is a high-performance modern daypack with multi-functional compartments. A removable, padded camera box with a storm-flap closure and grab handles offers storage for a DSLR with attached lens (up to 18-105mm), 2-3 additional lenses and a flash. Remove the box to convert the bag to a daypack for personal items. A body-side hatchback opening provides easy and discreet access to gear. There is a padded front pocket that offers quick access to a dual compartment perfect for a tablet or small laptop, and tall stretch mesh side pockets can accommodate a water bottle. The upper compartment is perfect for personal items and includes a zippered pocket and 2 stretch-mesh pockets. The bag also has a built-in memory card pocket. The padded mesh-covered back pad provides soft, breathable comfort for all-day wear. The straps have multiple adjustment points to custom-fit your backpack at your shoulders, sternum and waist, and SlipLock attachment loops on the shoulder straps expand carrying capacity. An all-weather cover is also available for added protection.

Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L AW Tamrac 5374 Adventure 74

The Tamrac 5374 Adventure 74 Backpack is a lightweight 900D nylon backpack that provides foam-padded protection and quick access to an SLR with attached lens, 5 extra lenses, 1-2 speedlights and accessories. Yuo can organize filters and other small accessories in mesh pockets. The QuickClip Tripod Attachment System accommodates a tripod, and quick access to other gear is possible via an outer vinyl-reinforced mesh pocket and bungee-cord tie downs. Other features include a front pocket to hold a light pack jacket or accessories and an EasyGrip carrying handle. A comfortable, foam-padded harness and adjustable waist strap provide carrying comfort. 

Innovative Bags and Cases

Not all bags are created equal. Some serve their purpose well without bells and whistles. Others include a lot, but don't quite fit your personal needs. Then there are innovative bags that break the mold, like these.

The lightweight and durable Gura Gear Kiboko 30L Backpack features a zippered butterfly flap access system, meaning that one side of the bag opens at a time. This allows for unique configuration and ultimate customization of 2 DSLR bodies, 7-8 lenses (up to an 800mm f/5.6 lens) and a flash. It also features a removable waist belt, zippers with long pulls and extra lumbar padding. Made with high-tech fabrics that are also used in sail-making, the outer materials are abrasion and tear resistant. The lightweight padding of the interior can handle rough impacts without the bulk of traditional foam padding used in other camera bags. The Kiboko can be carried using the ergonomically placed handles or as a backpack using the retractable harness system. The Kiboko 30L is available complete with a custom-fit rain cover.

The Kata Revolver-8 PL Backpack offers innovative design elements. The main DSLR is stored in the top quick-access compartment. Other lenses and accessories are stored in a revolving wheel in the lower compartment. Turn the insert until you reach the one lens or accessory that is needed. Then open a side compartment for easy access to that one item. The bag will fit one DSLR with grip and standard lens attached, 4 additional lenses (70-200mm, 16-35mm, 50mm, 100mm macro) and up to 15.4-inch laptop. You can attach a tripod to the bag, and it includes a rain cover.

Kata Revolver-8 PL Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW

The technical Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW is a photo pack for outdoor photographers made of lightweight material that is durable and perfect for outdoor work. It has a suspension system with a trampoline-style back panel featuring breathable mesh as well as adjustable shoulder straps for ultimate ventilation and load transfer. The front hatch compartment has two modular camera cases that can be removed to convert the camera pack into a full backpack. The modular cases, in total, can fit a pro DSLR camera body with grip and 24-70mm lens attached, plus 3-4 additional lenses or flashes. The back can also hold up to a 15-inch laptop and personal items such as a sleeping pad, small tent and trekking poles. In one side pocket you can carry your water bottle, and on the other you can use the tripod / monopod attachment system. A reflective all-weather cover protects your gear against the elements.

Keep in mind that many of these bags come in different colors and sizes. Call or visit a Sales Professional at B&H, who will spend time making sure your equipment fits properly in any case you buy, and will answer any questions you may have.

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After reading all the descriptions I am still not sure which one of these I want and its mostly my problem not the author's. I do not like to change lenses. This also protects the sensors from dust. I carry two 7Ds always, both attached with lenses- one with 10-22mm and hood, and the other one with 24-105 with hood. No battery pack yet.
Accessories I always carry are, extra one battery, and couple of 77mm filters. Flash optional.

Sometimes (during flying) I will also take battery charger, remote release, transfer cable, a protable hardrive, CF card organizer, and my 13.3" MacBook Pro. but its OK if those are tight fit, because when I reach my destination I take these extras out and leave in the hotel room.

I am a street photographer and therefore, often times I also need quick access. Shoulder bags are good fit for ready access. Although, sling bags or convertible slings are easier to carry but they would not allow you to access both camera attached with lenses as the shoulder or messengers will.

Both lenses with hood takes a lot of space but I do not want to use the traditional looking shoulder bags, for safety and look. The look of messenger bags are great. Even better if I can use something that looks like the Think Tank Retrospective. But I do not know which size is good for me. I wish I lived in NYC. Could have walked into your store to try. Sigh!! Can anybody help? Currently I am using a Tenba Messenger that just fits my MacBook 13" but even without the laptop, the cameras are a real tight fit. I something larger.

Hello sbose -

The Think Tank Retrospective 30 is a discreet and simple bag designed for the photographer who carries a system such as one pro DSLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom attached to the camera. And, with its wider size, the camera and lens combo can be stored sideways within the bag. Or, it can hold two pro DSLRs in its two front expandable pockets and 2-4 lenses in the main compartment. The difference between the Retrospective 30 and the smaller 10 and 20 models of the same bag are the 30's two front expandable pockets. The smaller versions only have one. However, the interior dividers are still customizable to accommodate the gear you carry on any given day.

The Jill-E Designs Jack Messenger Camera Bag (Brown) is a weatherproof Colombian leather bag with contrast stitching and a soft padded interior. It has adjustable, touch fastener dividers inside for custom configuring. The bag is designed to carry 2 SLR camera bodies, flash, 3-4 lenses and accessories plus a 15" laptop computer. There is a zippered handy pouch for memory cards or other small items, 2 exterior zippered, front pockets under the flap, 2 exterior side pockets, interior netted pocket and a rear zipper pocket. It is carried by attached carrying handles and a removable, adjustable shoulder strap with pad. There is a trolley slot on the bag that provides the ability to thread through telescoping handle on rolling bags.

Both bags are normally stocked at our NYC Superstore at 420 Ninth Avenue (at 34th Street).

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I am planning on purchasing a Canon G15 and wondered if Canon makes a case for this camera. If not what would you recommend?

Hi Ron -

The Canon PSC-5100 Semi-hard Leather Case (Black) is a dedicated case designed to fit the Canon Powershot G10 and G12 digital cameras and fits nicely with the new G15 as well. 

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Any suggestions on checking a tripod? On small regional jets that is my only option, and I have a carbon fiber tripod and hefty head I would like to protect.

Hello Gadget Girl -

The Nalpak TP-0950 Tuffpak Hard Tripod Case (Black) is a 9" octagonal case that will snugly hold a tripod with a length of 50-55" and up to a 100mm ball head. Each case is made from rotationally molded cross-linked polyethylene. This case comes with 2" of foam in the lid and the base to protect the equipment. The foam in the lid is glued in and the foam in the base (which is protected from the feet of the tripod by a plastic disk) is held in place by detents that are molded into the base of each case. The case is carried by a molded-in handle. 

We have many similar cases with wheels and different features and sizes to accomodate larger or smaller   heads and legs as well.

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correct me if I'm wrong here, but what I find lacking in camera back packs/luggage in general is a medium to large sized bag that also has a removable day pack, which in my case, would be purely used for clothes when traveling (for a few days). Clothes in one bag, camera gear in the other, which is specifically a camera bag.
Can anyone shed any light on who'd make such a backpack ? Thanks.

There are bag options that have compartments for non-photo items, and bags that have removable photo inserts so that the bag could be used for non-photo purposes. That being said, I don’t know of any camera bags on the market that would have a compartment/section for clothes that is removable. For the most part, if there is a section that can be removed, it’s a photo insert. If you find a regular bag with this type of feature, you could always purchase a photo insert for the bag.