Shopping for Waterproof Bags
Protect your expensive cameras and photography equipment by storing them in waterproof bags. Unlike a water-resistant one, a waterproof bag completely keeps out water by preventing moisture and rain from soaking through its exterior material and seeping through the seams. For full protection of your photography gear, consider bags made of strong materials with padded interiors that can also safeguard against accidental bumps and drops as well as dust. To keep contents safe, find models with zippers so you can secure them with case and luggage locks.
Waterproof Camera Bag Features
Manufacturers use different combinations of materials and closure mechanisms to make camera bags waterproof. One popular method is to use water-repellent coating on water-resistant bag material such as nylon. A plastic polymer (usually polyurethane) coat is effective at preventing water ingress. A waterproof camera backpack is likely to employ this method, and feature waterproof zippers too. An alternative waterproofing solution involves constructing the camera bags from tarpaulin. This canvas material is strong and waterproof. To prevent water from getting in through stitched seams and piping, tarpaulin bags have welded seams and use roll top closures rather than zippers. The duffel-shaped OverBoard waterproof dry tube bag is a good example of this style.
Types of Waterproof Bags
These include pouches, cases, shoulder bags, messenger bags, backpacks, and hard cases. Pouches and cases are for compact cameras. For DSLR and mirrorless cameras, you need a shoulder or messenger bag to pack your camera and favorite lens. To carry extra lenses and other photography equipment, get a small waterproof backpack or a hard case. If you're looking for a spacious, lightweight waterproof carryall, choose an OverBoard waterproof camera bag. Made of tarpaulin, this duffel protects against sand and dirt, and floats in water too. You can convert Pelican hard cases into camera bags by installing hard and watertight case organizers inside them. Regardless of the type you select, make sure it's comfortable to carry around. Look for convenient features such as padded and adjustable straps, holsters, and handles.
Choosing the Right Waterproof Camera Bag
Pick a bag that's big enough for the photography equipment you wish to take along on photo shoots. If you carry a laptop along with your picture-taking gear, you'll need a backpack. If you're traveling with enough equipment to make a mobile photography studio, opt for a rolling model or hard case. Organize and protect the items inside such bags by lining them with hard and watertight case dividers. Exterior mesh pockets are easily-accessible storage compartments for storing small items such as keys and water bottles. Waterproof sling bags are ideal for taking along during your hiking shoots.
Keep your photography gear dry when working outdoors on wet days by storing them in large waterproof bags. Browse through the varied selection of waterproof bags and backpacks at B&H Photo and Video to find the right one to save your cameras and lenses from water damage.