For those photographers wanting a shoulder bag that can take on the rugged outdoors. The Mountainsmith Reflex II Camera Bag ($30-$80) is a traditional photographers’ case designed for everything from still photography equipment to video gear with a unique rubber bottom on the X Large and XX Large sizes that offers great protection against wear, impact and the elements. The bag is made from 420 denier Velocity nylon, with a fleece-lined, padded interior. There are numerous pockets throughout the bag. It can be carried by a carry handle or a (detachable) shoulder strap. The bag comes in five different sizes at affordable prices allowing you to get the right bag for the right amount of gear.
Out on the water? In raincountry? Need to keep your gear dry? The Camera Armor Seattle Sling Dry Bag ($139.99) is a waterproof, nylon and PVC sling-type bag designed to protect photo gear from that evil substance known as water. The bag has no zippers, simply roll it 3 times and close with a touch fastener. Inside the waterproof dry bag, the Seattle Sling incorporates a padded equipment box with four adjustable dividers. These adjustable safeguards allow for lenses, cameras, batteries and accessories to be protected from elements and impact. On the outside, the Seattle Sling maximizes its compact size with straps that wrap around larger equipment, such as a tripod, and clip securely to the outside of the bag.
A beautifully made and high quality camera bag. The stunning Classic 550 Shoulder Bag (~$599) is Billingham’s flagship soft camera bag, the classic 550 remains much the same as when it was first introduced over 30 years ago. This cavernous bag easily holds vast amounts of gear such as a pro DSLR with a variety of accessory lenses, flash, film, batteries, meters, etc. The canvas, leather and brass bags still look traditional, but there are a few innovations under the hood. Rainproof, with a neoprene shoulder pad and nylon covered padding inside, it also comes with two detachable pockets and more can be added.
A wilderness photographers dream bag. Naneu’s Adventure K5 ($369.99) is ideal for the wilderness and adventure photographers who need to haul food and water, wet clothing, gloves, hats, crampons and other climbing equipment along with their photography gear on their many adventures. Designed like a traditional backpacking bag with an internal frame and all, the Adventure K5 has a separate and removable camera bag that allows you to remove your camera and lenses from the pack without having to unpack your other equipment. The removable camera compartment fits up to a pro DSLR camera, such as the Nikon D3 or Canon EOS 1D, with up to 70-200 f/2.8 lens attached plus 3-4 additional lenses, flash and portable media device. The camera insert can even be used separately as a small camera backpack while leaving the hiking pack at the campsite.
Simple access to your lenses when you need them. The Boda V3 ($199) bag is a simple lens carrying system that gives you a practical solution for quickly and easily accessing your equipment during a photo shoot. The bag is fully weather-proof, and includes easily accessible, accurately sized pockets for everything you might need during an assignment including 4-5 lenses (up to a 70-200), flash equipment, 24 media cards, batteries, a cell phone, paperwork, even a water bottle. It also has a built-in retractable lens cleaner, and comes with an adjustable shoulder strap. Most camera bags are designed for storage, but the V3 is designed for activity, enabling you to focus less on your gear during a shoot, and more on the moment. It allows you to keep everything you need during a photo shoot safe and single-handedly accessible, right on your body.
A little bit of class, a little bit of style, and a whole lot of functionality. Ona Bags’ The Nevis ($329) is a handcrafted full–grain leather DSLR bag with a customizable closed-cell foam padded interior, allowing you to maximize the space for your camera gear. In addition to the main DSLR compartment, the bag also features enough interior and exterior pockets to fit your personal items like wallets, mobile phones and car keys. Available in black and brown, the Nevis can carry your camera and the lenses you need to bring every detail into focus.
A hard case shoulder bag. Plaber’s new HPRC4100 is their latest high performance resin case that can be used for all sorts of applications like photography and video. This case features an innovative “Roll Body System” that allows the shoulder strap to follow your body movement while walking to your photographic destination. As with all of their resin cases, the HPRC4100 provides total protection for the equipment inside them against dust, water, impacts and corrosion for chemical agents. The case is small enough to be used as a carry-on and also has an optional laptop case for the lid.
Spend most of your winter in the backcountry? Adventure photography bag maker F-Stop has just announced their Tilopa BC photo backpack ($269+), designed specifically for those photographers who snowshoe, skin or boot pack their way around the snow-covered mountains. Well known ski and adventure photographer Dan Carr has an exclusive first look at the Tilopa BC on his blog. Go check it out for a great write-up and a bunch of great photos of the bag!
(Above photo courtesy of Dan Carr)
Travel much? Think Tank’s Airport International V 2.0 ($329) rolling camera case is intended for the international traveler. The roller is thoughtfully designed to hold the maximum amount of gear possible for a legal carry-on bag and the smooth-rolling wheels will get you quickly through any airport. For added peace of mind, a security cable and lock insure that your gear will stay safely secure while you attend to business. Speaking of business, interior and front-pocket organizers make this case laptop/document friendly, as well.
Just need to haul a basic set of camera gear and keep it safe from the weather? The Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home Camera Bag ($112) offers deluxe accommodations for your DSLR, a couple lenses and external flash or video DV cam and accessories. The bag is constructed from 900 denier, water-resistant, nylon and 300-denier ripstop lining. It can be customized using the 6 moveable dividers in the main section. It has a 2 strap with 2 buckle closure and a touch fastener Silencer flap that prevents the “hook and loop” closure from being used. There are four pockets for accessories and the bag is carried by a padded handle or an attached, adjustable shoulder strap with removable pad.