Now that you have your travel camera, you need the perfect solution for storage and protection. Your journey will denote what your travel camera bag will need. It will depend on where you are going, for how long and how much photography you will be doing.
If you have a small, minimal amount of camera gear, a Pelican case is a little too big and cumbersome for your needs. If you are travelling away for a huge photographic project, a small sling just won’t cut it.
You may find that you may need a few bags to fulfil all your needs.
- Shoulder Bag – A smaller bag with a short strap. This bag goes over one shoulder and falls about to your rib cage. Shoulder bags are light and usually easy to access, although limited in space.
- Messenger Bag – Similar to a shoulder bag but slightly larger with a longer strap. It usually falls to your hip and can be strung across your body/over both shoulders.
- Holster Bag – A bag that is meant to be attached to other items, like a backpack or belt. These are smaller than shoulder bags and hold just one camera with a lens at a time.
- Backpack – These have more interior space for cameras and lenses, which makes them the best travel camera bags for DSLRs. Often has a laptop compartment. If designed properly, backpacks are more adept at distributing weight in a comfortable manner. Access is an issue though as you usually have to take off the backpack to get to your gear.
- Roller Bag – Similar capacity to a standard backpack but meant to be rolled on the ground. These types of bags are obviously not meant for rugged, landscape photography but they work well with urban projects.
- Backpack Insert – A large accessory that is meant to fit into another larger bag or backpack. Many photographers prefer these because other travel backpacks are more comfortable, with more features.
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There are going to be times where you already have a travel camera bag, specific to your needs. You may not want to carry another bag with you, but instead, incorporate your camera into it. Enter the Tenba BYOB.
This handy little pouch keeps your camera gear all in one place. The rugged design and padding mean they will all be protected during those travelling hours.
- Fits DSLR and 2-4 lenses
- Exterior Dimensions10.5W X 8H X 4.5D in. (27 X 20 X 11 cm)
- Interior Dimensions10W X 7.5H X 4D in. (25 X 19 X 10 cm)
- Padded, changeable dividers
- Zippered top cover
- D-ring to attach keys, carabiner or tethered media wallet.
- Interior zippered pocket secures money, change and other small items.
- Front and rear pockets for additional accessories.
If you already have your bag chosen, but you still need to take your camera, the Lowepro Toploader is an excellent choice. This style is called a holster bag, and it lets you attach it to other existing bags or straps.
Imagine your backpack on your back, and this smart little bag clipped on to your chest. It allows easy access, and wards off potential thieves and pickpockets. Never miss a shot, and never feel encumbered by a huge travel camera bag you don’t need.
- Fits a Pro DSLR with 70-200mm
- Four wearing options allow for tremendous freedom of movement
- Includes 2 straps: a padded shoulder strap and secondary strap – both with secure snap hooks
- 360-degree All Weather AW Cover
- Glove-friendly, quick-release buckle
- External Dimensions – 7.48 x 7.80 x 10.63 In
- Internal Dimensions – 6.34 x 7.01 x 9.25 In
If you are travelling solely for photographic work, the Think Tank Takeoff might be your best option. This backpack cum roller is the perfect choice for versatility for that trip where you are constantly on the move.
This case can be changed and organised according to your gear. If you decide to use only half of it for camera equipment, the other half can easily store clothes and other accessories.
- Portability of a backpack with the ease of a rolling suitcase
- Holds two pro or regular size DSLR bodies with or without lenses
- INTERNATIONAL and USA domestic carry on
- Concealable backpack straps
- Front cable & lock to secure laptops
- Lockable zipper
- Holds 15″ laptops and some 17″ laptops
- Internal Dimensions: 13W x 18.5H x 5.25 – 6.75″ D (33 x 47 x 13 – 17cm)
- External Dimensions: 14W x 21H x 8″ D (35.5 x 53 x 22cm)
- Weight – 13.5 pounds
The Lowepro Protactic is the basic photography backpack. Basic doesn’t mean it isn’t a useful tool, only that it does exactly what you need without unnecessary bells and whistles.
This allows you to carry your gear on short or long trips, urban or landscape scenarios. It is professional protection at its best.
- Fits 1-2 Pro DSLRs – one with up to 70-200mm
- 8 lenses/speed lights
- Will hold 15″ laptop
- Side straps and cup for a tripod
- Fits the DJI Mavic Pro drone and accessories
- Four access points – the moulded, turret-loading top, quick-grab from both sides, and full, back entry
- Five modular accessories – water bottle pouch, accessory case, laptop case and two cinch straps
- Internal Dimensions: 13.70 x 10.63 x 19.21 in
- External Dimensions: 12.52 x 7.80 x 17.32 in
- Weight: 5.72 Pounds
This camera bag is a sling, meaning it sits comfortably over the shoulder, not around the back. some people prefer this, as the bag moves with the photographer, and can be swapped from side to side.
A mix of a leisure pack and a camera bag, this one is constructed from durable canvas. It conforms a little more to the photographer and the gear inside, so it stays small with minimal amount of gear.
- Fits a DSLR and attached lens
- Holds a further two lenses/speedlights
- Detachable dividers
- Adjustable shoulder straps
- Two closable side pockets
- Tripod straps underneath
- Large front zippered pocket
- Exterior dimensions: 34cm×14cm×25cm.
- Interior dimensions: 30cm×12cm×20cm
The Tenba Messenger DNA is a perfect choice in a comfortable travel bag. This is another sling bag, meaning it rests on either shoulder. This is the slim version, so it isn’t as bulky as Tenba’s other options.
Whether this is for portrait, or those interested in street photography, this bag keeps your items safe and well protected.
- Holds a DSLR with 3-4 lenses
- Holds a mirrorless camera with 4-6 lenses
- Whisper Hook allowing a silent opening operation
- Fidlock patented magnetic clips
- Zippered pocket in the main flap
- Durable water repellent coating
- The rear padded sleeve will hold a laptop up to 15″
- iPad or tablet sleeve
- External dimensions: 16.0 x 11.5 x 8.0″ / 40.6 x 29.2 x 20.3 cm
- Armoured base panel
We all know about Peak Design. Their photography products are well thought-out and not only look great but work perfectly. I have their Everyday Sling, which has worked perfectly for me since I bought it.
This is smart, sleek and very minimal. There are so many features about this bag which make it amazing to use. The straps hug your physique, their unique divider system ‘FlexFold’ is padded, slim and modular.
The bag isn’t just waterproof – it repels water like a wizard. Just get it already.
- Holds Full Frame DSLR & 3-4 Lenses;
- Dedicated 15″ Laptop Sleeve;
- Three Flexfold Dividers Protect Gear;
- Built-In Expansion with Maglatch System;
- Exterior & Sub-Divided Interior Pockets;
- Either side camera and gear access;
- Perfectly sized to fit the new DJI Mavic, with controller and accessories;
- Four configurable tension straps let you carry large, heavy items on the outside of your pack.
Just like the Tenba BYOB, the f-stop’s Shallow Small ICU is a camera bag insert. Perfect for slotting in camera equipment into a bag that you already packed.
It is constructed with touch water-resistant shell material, protecting it from the elements. The best part about this insert is you can remove it when you don’t need it.
- Holds a DSLR and two-three lenses
- Will hold six small to medium lenses or speedlights
- Removable dividers
- Zippered top area
- External Dimensions: 5 D x 11.5 W x 8 H”
- Internal Dimensions: 4.5 D x 10.5 W x 7 H”
This rugged Pelican case has everything you need to keep your valuable equipment safe and secure. It features easy roller wheels, double throw latches and watertight construction.
And it comes with an easy to adjust single layer padded divider set. This case also meets the FFA requirements for maximum carry-on size and has a retractable handle.
- Waterproof, crush-proof and dust-proof;
- FAA maximum carry-on size;
- Retractable extension handle;
- Strong polyurethane wheels with stainless steel bearings;
- Easy open double throw latches;
- Watertight with Automatic Pressure Equalization Valve;
- Reinforced padlock protectors;
- Stainless steel ball bearing wheels;
- Single Layer padded dividers with Velcro adjustments.
The WANDRD PRVKE travel backpack was specifically designed with travelling photographers in mind. It looks cool, with a stylish and clunky design. It comes in three colours, blue, black and green, and two different sizes.
Just in case the 21L option isn’t enough, there is a 31L version too. This bag has everything. Designed by photographers, it definitely has all the key features you are looking for in a bag.
- Three points of access. Side Quick Camera Access, Lay-Flat Clamshell Opening, and Adjustable Roll Top;
- The roll top gives you quick access and adds an extra 5 liters of space;
- Laptop and tablet sleeve which fits up to a 15″ Macbook Pro and iPad Pro and lets you breeze through airport security;
- Customisable storage via removable and modular camera cube;
- Will hold DSLR and up to 8 lenses;
- Countless other pockets and designs – such as the elastic lens cap holder.
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