The Top 10 Camera Bags Of 2018

The Top 10 Camera Bags Of 2018

Camera gear isn’t cheap. Lenses, tripods, flashes, and the camera itself, are a hefty investment. Taking care of your valuable equipment is paramount, and what better way to protect it then investing in a high-quality camera bag. Are you wondering what features you should look for in a camera bag? If so, here’s my review of the top 10 camera bags of 2018.

The 10 Best Camera Bags in 2018

How To Choose A Camera Bag

Before buying a camera bag, determine what features are important to you and why. Here are some questions to ask yourself before purchasing:

* Can the camera bag be worn as a backpack or cross body bag for easy transportation?

* If the bag converts into a backpack, does it have a waist belt and chest clip for added security?

* How many cameras and lens need to fit in the bag? Ensure that the adjustable cells are adequate for your needs and that the bag comfortably fits all your gear.

* Is the bag waterproof? You never know when you’ll get stuck in wet conditions.

* How sturdy and durable is the bag and what material is it constructed from? Will it thoroughly protect your equipment?

* Does the bag have wheels? This is a big deal if you’re an avid traveler and taking your gear along.

* Are you transporting video equipment, as well as, photography gear? Can the bag accommodate both photo and video equipment?

* Does the bag reflect your personal style? If you’re a woman, maybe you’d like a camera bag that looks more like a handbag?

 

Watch this video for some more ideas:

 

 

Now To Our Awesome Camera Bags


1. Lightweight Camera Backpack


Made from high-quality nylon, this camera backpack can double as a hiking bag if you remove the inserts. Large enough to hold at least two DSLR cameras, and up to five lenses, this bag, is not only roomy, but makes it possible to organize your equipment so it’s easily accessible. Reasonably priced, you’ll get your money’s worth out of this backpack, and it will also hold a 15-inch laptop. One drawback is the color of the inner compartments. If they were a brighter color, instead of black, it would be easier to find what you’re looking for. This bag comes in blue, as well, as black.

G-raphy camera hiking backpack

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2. Best Camera Bags For Traveling


The name “Pelican” doesn’t disappoint when it comes to this elite camera backpack. The solid frame provides strong and sturdy protection for your expensive gear. While it won’t fit more than one camera, it will snugly fit your DSLR, two or three lenses, and a flash, and the attachment straps will securely hold your tripod. It also has a heavy-duty handle on top of the bag for carrying, and the aluminum S-Curve spine makes it ergonomically comfortable for you back. It will even stand up vertically on its own. This bag won’t work for you if you need to transport more than one camera, and a little more padding would be a welcome addition. But it will hold your laptop, which is a huge plus!

Pelican U160 Elite camera backpack

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3. Large DSLR Camera Bag


This camera backpack offers some fantastic features. It will hold one DSLR camera, two lenses, a flash, and other smaller camera accessories like gimbals, batteries, and chargers. It even has room for a 200 mm and a 14-inch laptop. Constructed of sturdy nylon, this bag can take a beating, and is water resistant. Another great feature is that it can be opened from the side so if your camera body is in the bottom compartment, you won’t have to open the entire bag to access it. The affordable price makes this bag perfect for photographers who are on a budget, and it also comes in grey.

K and F concept DSLR camera backpack

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4. Leather DSLR Camera Bag


This Kenora camera backpack is made from high-quality leather and #20 waxed canvas. While not waterproof, it is water resistant, and will keep your equipment dry in misty and drizzling weather. The side panel makes it easy to find your gear without having to open the entire bag, and the interior camera dividers are adjustable so you can get them just how you like them. The leather base is fully padded for additional protection, and the double stitching makes this bag extra durable. The efficient use of space enables you to fit two camera bodies, at least two lenses, a tripod, and a 15-inch laptop, and the YKK zippers make opening and closing the bag effortless. Portage provides excellent customer service, and their bags are guaranteed. Overall, this is a quality bag with a fair price.

The Kenora backpack by Portage

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5. Best Camera Bags For Hiking


This is an extra large camera bag designed with hiking in mind. It will fit two pro-sized mirrorless cameras, six to eight lenses, a couple flashes, and many smaller items. Your laptop will also fit as long as it isn’t larger than 15.6 inches. The PVA armored front panel is perfect for storing digital gadgets, such as, memory cards and batteries. A really great feature of this backpack is the flip-out tripod holder, and customizable insert dividers. You’ll travel in style and comfort with the contoured shoulder straps, and the ability to adjust the torso length so you won’t be off balance, and no need to worry about items getting stolen at the airport as all the pockets are zippered with clasps. This bag can get heavy, though, as it can hold a lot of gear. A rain cover to protect your camera is included. Satisfaction is 100 percent guaranteed, with a one-year warranty, and 30 days free return.

Endurax Camera Backpack for hiking

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6. Backpacks For Drones


The ProTactic backpack will fit the DJiMavic Pro drone, and has four access points; a turret-loading top, a full, back entry, and easy-access openings on both sides. Five modular accessories are included. You’ll get a water bottle pouch, a tripod cup, two cinch straps, and an accessory case. On top of holding a drone, this pack also accommodates two pro DSLRs, eight lenses, a 15-inch laptop, speedlights, a tripod, and other small camera accessories. With both interior and exterior pocket, it’s easy to keep your items organized, and the two zippered hip pockets make grabbing your smaller item convenient. This bag comes with an all weather AW cover to protect it from the elements.

Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW camera backpack

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7. Convertible Backpacks


You’ll love this convertible backpack if you don’t like camera bags that look like camera bags, and if you want to use it strictly as a backpack, just remove the dividers. Made of anti-scratch and durable material, this bag is tough, and also designed with comfort in mind with the well-padded back and harness straps. I like that you can stash your tripod in the hidden pocket on the right side of the bag, and the easy access side and front compaprtments allow you to retrieve your equipment without too much fuss. BAGSMART’s customer service is excellent. This bag also comes in black.

BAGSMART camera backpack

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8. Messenger Camera Bags


If you don’t like the feel of a backpack, this cross-body messenger bag may be what you’re looking for. The tapered front flap with a sewn hinge makes opening and closing the bag quick and simple, while the shoulder strap is sturdy and super comfortable. This bag boasts the famous Fidlock magnetic clips which are the quickest clips in the world, and can be secured and opened with just one hand. Two padded interior sleeves will hold a laptop, as well as, an iPad. This bag comes in four different colors. It is shown in graphite here. This is a rugged and well-built bag that can take a beating, has a lot of internal pockets and compartments to keep your gear organized, and comes with a reversible WeatherWrap cover. The front pockets are deep, in fact, they may be even be too deep, and a strip of velcro would be more efficient than the snap that’s on the exterior pocket. This bag can double as a briefcase if you take out the dividers.

Tenba messenger DNA camera bag

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9. Handcrafted Canvas Bags


Here’s another messenger-style camera bag. I love the look and feel of waxed canvas, along with the leather strap, leather buckles, and antique brass hardware. This bag holds one DSLR camera, up to four lenses, small accessories, a 15-inch laptop, and personal items. It’s a great alternative to the boxy, traditional-style camera bags. The canvas it top-quality and water resistant, and the entire bag is lined with a soft protective padding to ensure your gear stays safe. This bag could be more flexible, and the zipper pocket is quite tight, making it difficult to retrieve what you’re looking for. The grab handle could also be more secure. Overall, it’s a stylish, customizable bag that will age well due to the waxed canvas. It isn’t cheap, but from what the buyers are saying, it’s worth the price, and they’d buy it again!

ONA - the union street camera messenger bag

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10. Manfrotto Drone Backpack


The Manfrotto name is synonymous with quality. This backpack lives up to its name, and is built to hold the DJI quadcopter drones and accessories. Manfrotto’s CPS – Camera Protection System – has been laboratory tested and specifically engineered to guarantee optimal protection, along with shock resistance to ensure your equipment is safe. The fold-out protectors create a barrier between the elements and your gear, and if you don’t own a drone, you can easily use this bag for your DSLR camera and accessories. While you’re at it, throw your tripod in there for good measure. The really great thing about this pack is that you can carry it three different ways: as a backpack, right sling, or left sling. One drawback, however, is this bag may be too tight to hold the Phantom 4 drone.

Manfrotto phantom pro-light backpack

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Let’s Wrap This Up


I don’t know about you, but keeping my camera gear safe and dry is top priority. Having a bag that fits my cameras, lenses, tripod, flashes, and other accessories makes shooting wedding days and other photography affairs much more enjoyable. Whether your style lends to a backpack or messenger style bag, you’re sure to find one in this review that suits your needs. It’s awesome to be able to organize all your equipment in an efficient manner so when you open your bag you can easily locate what you’re looking for. Do yourself and your business a favor, and buy a bag that accommodates everything you need and more for a full-day of coverage!

 

Are you looking to buy a camera bag? What style do you prefer? Please take the time to leave a question or comment below. It helps all those reading this post.

 

 

8 thoughts on “The Top 10 Camera Bags Of 2018

  1. Thanks for such an interesting review. All the camera bags are very nice and each has its own purpose. I am not a professional photographer but I like to go with my friends and family in nature and take pictures. I think that I like the most Pelican Elite Camera Backpack. I will try it and come back to share my thoughts.

    1. Thank you for commenting Daniel. Yes, each bag has its pros and cons. The Pelican Elite Backpack is one of my favorites. And it would be awesome for hiking or just hanging out with friends and family. 

  2. The features of all these bags sound great, but I am looking for something that will also protect my camera should the bag be dropped. Do any of these bags offer good protection?

    And seeing as I’m a woman, I do want to see some stylish bags, without compromising quality. Are there any camera bags that you can suggest for women? Sometimes, if it’s not obvious that it’s a camera bag, there are less chances of theft too.

    1. Reyhana,

      The Pelican U160 Elite is a hard-case camera bag so would be very protective of your gear. The Tenba messenger bag is stylish, and doesn’t really look like a camera bag, and it’s padded inside so should protect your equipment. 

  3. Hi, Holl. I never realised I was in the market for a camera bag. My bag is getting a bit old, a bit like me! I enjoyed your review of the many different types of camera bags and the one that caught my eye is the BAGSMART Camera Backpack. I’ve added it to my Amazon ‘Wishlist’. when I clicked your link to amazon it took me to the US Amazon. I then went to the UK amazon site. I don’t want you to lose any possible commission if I do go ahead and purchase the bag from amazon UK at a later date. Is it possible you can make your links ‘Internationalised’? When I come back and click on you link again instead of taking me to the US Amazon it could take me to the UK site. The same bag is for sale on the UK Amazon site. Many thanks for a great camera bag review.

    1. Thank you Paul. I will look into Amazon UK. BAGSMART is a great choice by the way!

  4. I know that if I spent that much on a camera I would certainly want to protect that investment with the proper protection.  Good job putting together a list of how to choose a camera bag.  This is an important consideration for beginners who may want to know what they will need if they want to store their camera equipment properly.

    1. You’re right, it makes sense to buy a sturdy and durable camera bag for camera equipment with a heavy price tag!

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