Never want to stumble for you camera again? Vanguard Outlawz 17Z ($110) is a quick-access top opening holster that can hold your po DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached. You can secure the bag at your waist or use the shoulder strap that’s angled at the base to rest comfortably on your shoulder. Inside, your camera with large zoom lens stays securely protected with a DSLR cradle and soft LCD screen protector. Other features include side pockets for accessories, rain cover, water bottle holder and a bonus leg strap to keep Outlawz in position during fast motion.
Spend more time with your camera abroad than at home? The MP-1 Photopack ($365) from Wildlife Research Photography is a specialized bag for the experienced photographer; designed specifically for the needs of the traveling photographer by renowned wildlife photographer Moose Peterson. The bag is uniquely designed to fit in the overheads of the smallest planes while safely carrying massive amounts of camera gear by offering very minimal padding. The main compartment, the long lens side, can easily hold a 600mm lens with camera body attached. The two smaller compartments, the short lens compartments, are large enough vertically to hold a flash and a lens as large as the 70-200mm lying down. The compartments can be customized with dividers to fit your gear.
Sleek. Black. Functional. The dA PRO Camera Bag ($74.95) by deviantWEAR (a.k.a. deviantART) is an affordable one shoulder strap that is the perfect size and the perfect look for a day of photography out on the streets. The bag is designed with a with a dual zipper top-loading camera access panel which allows you to quickly draw your camera out from the bag. It is sized to fit a DSLR camera and up to four lenses or two camera bodies and three lenses with room for flash. It also comes with the standard camera bag accouterments such as a rain proof cover, place for your phone/ipod and straps to attach a tripod.
Thinking of getting Apple’s new Macbook air? Want a small backpack to carry both it and your camera gear for the day? Check out Crumpler’s Karachi Outpost, an unassuming and lightweight daypack designed to carry only the gear you need at the time. The bag has a rearward opening access, making sure that the bag’s harness, its back pad as well as you all stay clean when on location. The padded main compartment is fully configurable and, like the padded laptop compartment, fully removable, meaning the small Karachi can also be used just for cargo should the need arise. The bag’s fully adjustable ergonomic harness straps combine with chest and waist belts to distribute weight evenly across your body. Location shoots will never be a pain in the neck again.
Looking for a bright and creative bag to carry your camera? Golla’s Story shoulder bag is available in a couple of designs and colors, sure to please the most eclectic tastes. The bag features magnetic closing on the front of the bag and velcro closing on the side of the bag for extra security. For storage, the bag has two padded removable inner walls in main compartment and three zipped pockets for accessories.
Inspired by classic photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, Think Tank has created the Retrospective 30 ($179) soft-sided shoulder bag. Designed for the professional photographer that wants to remain inconspicuous in any situation, the bag’s retro look mixes “Old-School” with “New-School” that is a throwback to the days when bags where visually simple but highly functional. The bags soft and supple fabrics conform to the body and feature two color options: Pinestone Cotton Canvas and Black Poly Spun Canvas. The main compartment can carry a pro size DSLR with standard zoom lens attached but is also wide enough to fit a 70-200 f2.8 attached to DSLR facing sideways. The bag can also be set up to hold 2-4 lenses in the main compartment with 2 DSLR bodies in the front pockets.
There is something appealing about the fast access to camera gear that sling bags offer. Hama’s “Katoomba” 170RL (~$150) offers the convenience of traditional sling bags but also goes a step farther with its “two-shoulder sliding system.” The system allows you to move the carrying strap to the left or right, allowing the bag to be worn on either shoulder. A great solution to relieving shoulder strain on long photo missions or to accommodate the needs of the ambidextrous photographers amongst us. The bag has space for a DSLR camera with lens, four additional lenses/flashes and other small accessories. To make sure your gear doesn’t fall out the “Double protective function” prevents the main compartment from being opened too far. A light and flexible option with fast access to your camera equipment.
Want to keep your gear extremely well protected when you travel? Plaber’s HPRC 2550W ($150) case is made from highly durable TTX01 resin and is crushproof, extreme weather and climate proof, acid corrosion proof, non-conducting and very lightweight. It is injection-molded creating a high-strength barrier between your protected items and the outside elements, and features reinforced hinges and corners, non-slip rubber feet, and stainless steel hardware. It has a comfortable and ergonomic rigid soft-grip carrying handle and also boasts an air pressure release valve. The HPRC 2550W has extra durable and smooth wheels for easy travel, a unique low profile backing that houses a high-strength telescoping aluminum handle, and is designed to be suitable as airplane carry-on luggage.
Outdoor photographers and hikers are always on the lookout for a bag that will haul their gear but won’t break their back. Mountainsmith’s Photo Tour FX Lumbar Pack ($99) is designed to hug your body for maximum stability when trekking with your camera gear. Built to carry a DSLR camera with most 70-300mm and 70-200mm lenses attached, additional lens and accessories. When the hike gets long, the Lumbar Pack offers up padded and removable shoulder straps for easier hauling. The bag also features compression straps that allow you to carry extra gear around the outside of the bag including two straps on the bottom that hold a small tripod securely and a side mesh pocket can carry a 22 oz. water bottle. A zipperred compartment on the face of the bag also has pockets for extra gear, while an adjustable bungee cord and two corner loops can be used to attach other items to the bag when necessary.
Travel a lot? Always torn between what camera bag to bring? Try out the the Lowepro Pro Roller Attaché x50 ($299.95). It’s a roller bag. It’s a shoulder bag. Its two-bags-in-one design offers flexibility for the pro photographer. It can be used as a rolling attaché with a complete camera kit and laptop easily accessible from the front, or its Reserve Shoulder Bag can be removed and used as a messenger bag. The main rolling attaché is designed with a pivoting, no-drop front compartment to provide quick and complete access to gear when fully opened. A collapsible interior tray holds the Reserve Shoulder Bag in place within the rolling attaché it collapses down for use as luggage space when the shoulder bag is removed. Also, the Pro Roller Attaché x50 is sized within the standard international carry-on requirements so you can roll your valuable gear right onboard.