As a photographer, half of the glitz and glamour of the job is having all the coolest gear that just screams “I’m a professional photographer!” If you’re in the market for a great camera bag, or you’re just daydreaming, here are a few to pin up on your vision board for when you get that National Geographic slot.
The Everyday Messenger Bag
This unisex bag is like the fanciest, least “photographer” looking bag in our selection. For one, it works great for guys, and for two, it doesn’t get stolen half as much as a regular “photographer” looking bag because people don’t know what’s in it. The straps are incredibly comfortable, and the bottom is reinforced with plastic so that you don’t have to worry about liquid seeping through the canvas fabric if you set it down. It has compartments, zippers, and perfectly sized sections for most cameras.
LowePro Pro Roller Camera and Notebook Case
This is the luggage suite of all camera bags, and it’s great for traveling. It’s carry on size, and it doesn’t scream “There’s a $2,000 camera inside me!” which is great for traveling through shadier areas of the world. It’s also incredibly sturdy, so you don’t have to worry about your camera bouncing over cracks in sidewalks and curbs. It’s black, unisex, and lightweight, making it a universally great luggage camera bag.
Kelley Moore Pilot Backpack
This bag is great for people who want to be able to just carry their camera on their back without having an ugly camera bag look. This comes in different colors, and it also holds a laptop as well. There are different pockets for camera, lens, and other materials, and has reinforced straps and a leather bottom so that you don’t have to worry about questionable liquids getting into your camera. While this is smaller than the rest, it’s great for the light traveler who doesn’t need a lot of equipment.
Pro-Tec Carry All Camera Bag
This is a great option for those of us who like a one-and-done bag. You can pretty much fit all of your equipment in this one bag, and since it’s a reinforced duffel shape, it doesn’t collapse or bounce easily. It also has tons of compartments that are customizable to the shape of your camera, lens, tripod, and more, and can fit laptops, cords, and everything else you need. This is perfect for people who have heavier equipment and can’t carry it in a backpack but don’t want a full-sized suitcase.
No matter which option you like, and we think we’ve covered pretty much every style of bag here, these are investments. Don’t expect these to be $20 bags that you’ll never have to replace. Most pieces here are at least $150 and up, but they last a lifetime and have great warranties and replacement agreements. Don’t be afraid to sink a little money into these bags; they’re protecting your most precious possession, after all!