At one time camera bags weren’t anything special, but as cameras themselves have grown technologically, they now require something much more heavy-duty than a book bag. There are so many choices today, the task of finding the right bag for your camera equipment may actually be a little overwhelming. If you’re not sure where to start, think about the size of your camera, how many lenses and flashes you normally carry with you, the level of comfort you need as well as whether or not you need quick access to change a lens during your general photo session. Also think about the environment in which you normally take pictures. Inside or outside? Covering long distances or only a short distance? For instance, those who take part in wildlife photography need a bag that is particularly comfy and resilient.
One of the most lightweight bags you can get is a waist pack, but this is only a good choice if all you need to carry is your SLR camera, one lens and basic accessories. Because this bag situates your gear on the front of your body, it’s great for easy access, as you are on the move. Shoulder bags are also for those who travel light when taking pictures, and one of the best things about a shoulder bag is that many people won’t even know from the outside it’s a camera bag. You are much less likely to have your gear stolen when it’s in a shoulder bag because of the way it blends in with most general bags people carry.
Because backpack camera bags are the most spacious for multiple lenses, filters and flashes, they appeal to those who need to have a wide variety of gear ready to go when on the job. A wedding photographer, for instance, may do best with this sort of bag due to the way venue, style and desired effect can change drastically from wedding to wedding. Because backpacks hold so much gear, a good one will come with many padded sections to protect each item from clanking against each other. Even amongst backpacks, there is quite a variety. Some come with wheels, and some such as the LowePro Computrekker AW come with a waterproof covering for outdoor expeditions. Even if a backpack camera bag is a little past your budget, remember it’s worth saving up for if it’s the kind of bag your really need to guard your gear.
If a backpack is far too big and a waist pack is far too small, a sling bag will be just right. This one is for the sporty photographer who covers large distances but still needs to be ready for just about anything. The SlingShot 200 AW provides enough room and security for your SLR camera and four lenses. Even though it positions your equipment on your back, you won’t have to miss a step while sliding your gear to your front with this bag. The SlingShot 200 is well padded, but one should still try it on before buying it. Some women photographers find sling bags uncomfortable due to the strap that puts pressure on the center of the chest.
Whatever you do, don’t just order your camera bag online because such and such magazine says it’s currently the top bag preferred by professional photographers. A camera bag is something you need to examine closely and try on before committing financially. While money does have to play a part for most people, don’t let it be the deciding factor. The saying “you get what you pay for” is all too often a truth that is learned the hard way. Like any big purchase, weigh up the decision carefully. Make sure there is a guarantee that will last you long enough to change your mind if it ultimately doesn’t work for you. If you take your time and do your research, you won’t go wrong. For more on off-road adventures and trailers visit Echo 4×4.