Learning About Camera Shoulder Bags
With comfortable straps and room to safely stow your equipment, camera shoulder bags slide over your shoulder for quick and easy transport of cameras, lenses, and other photography gear. A key feature that makes shoulder bags useful is the quick access they allow when removing your camera or swapping lenses.
Types of Shoulder Bags
Camera or camcorder bags may feature different materials like leather, polyester, nylon, and canvas. You can also find models that offer rain protection, and those with customizable interior dividers that let you manage the space for your cameras and accessories. Two popular camera shoulder bags are the messenger and attache/briefcase styles.
Photo messenger bags sit on your shoulder or may go across your chest for hands-free carrying. Many of these camera bags provide padding for extra protection of your gear, and with a single, large flap over the top, you can easily access your photography equipment with a quick-release buckle or other attachment. Most are roomy enough to fit a DSLR camera with zoom lens attachments and other accessories, and many feature several compartments for other gear or devices.
Photography attaches or briefcases are versatile options. They're simple to carry across your shoulder with a strap, or you can carry them by hand. You can choose from briefcases that hold up to two DSLR bodies or a medium format digital camera, along with several flashes, lenses, or other photography accessories, like rechargeable batteries or a small, collapsible tripod. Many models feature padded, customizable dividers that allow you to switch around as your gear changes, while keeping everything protected and secured.
How to Choose a Shoulder Bag
When choosing a DSLR camera shoulder bag or other carrier, the most important considerations are size, materials, and extra features.
- Find a size that fits the number of devices you need to carry with you
- If necessary, choose one with dividers or pockets, to keep your equipment organized
- Consider the weight of your equipment, making sure the one you choose has sturdy materials that can handle the load
- Look for properties and features that can stand up to the types of weather your gear will be exposed to
Whether you need a photo messenger bag or a carrier for your camcorder, be sure to check out B&H Photo and Video's selection of shoulder bags to find the right accessories for your needs.