Choosing The Right Bag

Finding the ideal bag can be quite difficult since there are a lot of choices in the market these days. One of the first things you need to consider when choosing a camera bag is what type of photography will you be doing.

Will you be traveling a lot? Will you be going outdoors or a studio? Will your assignment require you to bring minimal gear or the whole kit? These are some questions you need to be asking yourself to get an idea on the type of bag you're looking for.

Now there are several types available in the market:

Shoulder Bags

One of the most popular bags among many photographers. Most shoulder bags are designed to be simple and functional with Velcros allowing you to have quick access to your camera and lenses. Many street photographers prefer using a shoulder bag since it offers them the ability to snap and change lenses on the move.

RS-01 Shoulder Bag

Backpacks

Backpacks are probably the most prominent camera bag for professional photographers. The reason being backpacks have much more capacity than any other bags out there. You can fit not only camera equipment, but also clothing, accessories, and laptops. They are especially popular among outdoor photographers since it can hold and transport your gear safer as well as being more comfortable on shoulder.

RB-02 Backpack

Pouches

Pouches are particularly easy to carry since they're small and compact. However, they are meant to hold minimal gear. They are suitable for short trips or assignments that do not require a lot of equipment.

TM-01 Pouch

Rolling/Hard Cases

Looking for maximum protection? Hard cases are the way to go. These bags will transport all your equipment safely. Some photographers will opt for these bags because they are extremely resistant and won't get destroyed at all. Designs may vary with some having wheels and collapsible handles, and some without.

Pelican 1564 Camera Case

 

Things to consider:

  • Quality Materials
    Choose bags that are made of quality materials that offer extra protections such as being water resistant, shock proof, and etc.
  • Carrying Capacity
    Decide what equipment are you planning to carry. How many are going to fit inside the bag? Look for bags with multiple and adjustable compartments to suit your needs.
  • Convenience
    Will you be changing lens often? Do you need to switch cameras quickly? You don't want to miss that perfect shot unbuckling or digging through your equipment.
  • Comfort
    Look for padded and adjustable straps so there isn't too much pressure on your shoulders, especially for backpacks and shoulder bags. You don't need the bags to drag you down with the straps digging into your flesh.
  • Miscellaneous
    Does the bag have laptop compartments? Does the bag hold your tripod? You should explore other brands that offer various camera bag designs too.