Shopping for Photography Bags

Photography bags include backpacks, pouches, and rolling cases that make it easy for you to carry photography equipment to a location. These bags are more durable than traditional backpacks or purses, with added compartments and fasteners to make your accessories comfortable to carry. Choosing the right camera bag to fit your photography equipment is crucial to making sure your investment in you gear is protected.


Types of Photography Bags and Cases

When exploring the different types of photography bags and cases, consider your photography style to determine which best suits your needs.

Pouch

A pouch is a small bag designed to take up little room. Those designed for a camera generally only have space for your camera and a few small accessories, such as batteries or memory cards. You can also buy accessory holders, such as lens pouches, to use in conjunction with a larger carrying case.

Holsters and Belts

Wear a holster or belt around your waist or over your shoulders to allow for hands-free carrying of your camera when you're on the go. Like pouches, holsters may also offer limited room for accessories, including an extra lens.

Messenger Bags and Backpacks

Larger in size, messenger bags and backpacks offer lots of room for your photography equipment. Because they're equipped with straps, they're also easy to carry around from one location to another. Specially designed bags of
Larger in size, messenger bags and backpacks offer lots of room for your photography equipment. Because they're equipped with straps, they're also easy to carry around from one location to another. Specially designed bags offer extra cushioning to protect your gear for longer outings.

Trunks and Hard Cases

Trunks and other hard cases offer the most protection for your equipment, generally coming complete with cushioning and dividers so you can stay organized. These types of cases can range from the size of a large shoe box to the size of luggage or larger. Many have carrying handles, while some of the larger or bulkier options have extension handles and wheels to make traveling even easier. Due to their size, they're a good option if you need to bring tripods, lights, and other accessories as you work.

 

How to Choose a Photography Bag

After choosing a style of photography bag, next consider material and size. Canvas and nylon bags are lightweight and durable choices, with some bags offering coatings that can repel water or offer limited shock protection. Hard cases are typically made of plastic, aluminum, or a combination of the two. They tend to weigh more than bags, but they offer more protection due to their rigid construction.

In terms of size, pouches are the most compact, so they're a reasonable choice if you only need to carry a single camera. If you have lots of equipment to transport, a bag or even rolling case may be a better option. Larger variations of each allow for plenty of room for lenses, tripods, and other equipment you'll commonly use. If you travel, consider investing in additional accessory protection, such as lens cases

 or flash pouches, which can be placed within your larger carrying case.

As a photographer, you know that your bag is your office. Choose the right photography bag from B&H Photo and Video's selection to ensure portability and durability of your lenses, camera, flashes, and other equipment, and increase your comfort level while you're out on the job.