Looking for a camera bag? We’ve got you covered. No matter if you’re looking for something fashionable, functional, rugged, or rainproof, we’ve probably got something that’ll suit your shoot in this roundup. Read on to find some of the best camera bags money can buy.
Domke F2 – $119
Want to look as good as your pictures do while you lug your lenses around? Snag a Domke. The F2 is part of the company’s Ruggedwear series, so it’s just as durable as it is fashionable. It’s designed to hold one or two DLSR cameras along with anywhere from six to ten different lenses and accessories, so this bad boy is a pack mule without the horrible smell and surrounding swarm of flies. As an added bonus, it’s made from a water-resistant waxed canvas material, which gives it a weathered and distressed look that’ll hold up against the elements.
Billingham 550 – £583.33
If you’re looking to carry your gear without looking like you just raided a shutterbug outlet, then there’s no better choice than the classic Billingham 550. This iconic carrier was the first soft camera bag to be manufactured in Britain, and while Billingham has developed dozens of new products over the years, the 550 has remained almost completely unchanged. Save for a few improvements in materials, the design is exactly the same as it was when the bag was first introduced, and it’s just as fashionable as ever.
Lowepro is the king of camera bag makers right now – you’ll be hard pressed to find a manufacturer with comparable selection, quality, and affordability. The company has been designing camera bags for the better part of four decades, and the Transit Backpack 350 AW is the result of all those years of experimentation. It’s got a clean, minimalist exterior, but also doesn’t favor fashion over functionality. In addition to a myriad other zippers and pockets,the Transit Backpack is outfitted with an innovative side-entry flap that gives you quick access to your camera – just sling the bag onto one shoulder, rip open the flap, and your finger is on the shutter within seconds. It’s perfect for packing your gear around in urban environments.
ThinkTank Retrospective 30 – $187.50
Want to carry around all your expensive gear without looking like you’re carrying around all your expensive gear? ThinkTank has a smart solution for you. The Retrospective 30 was designed with an intentionally minimalist aesthetic so that nobody will be able to surmise the contents of your bag – unless, of course, they’re well-versed in super-stylish camera bags. This one accommodates two to four lenses in the main compartment, along with two pro-size DSLR bodies in two front pockets. And don’t let the simple exterior fool you: It’s water-resistant with plenty of padding, so there’s not need to worry about the safety of your gear.
Lowepro DryZone Duffle – $150
A lot of people have cameras these days, so in order to get that shot that nobody else will ever get, you’ll need to head to a place where no one else would dare carry a camera. Lowepro’s DryZone line is designed to help you do just that. It’s super-rugged and completely waterpoof (IPX6, if specs like that matter to you), so you can take it pretty much anywhere you go without worry. The bag works a lot like your typical rolltop drysack, but with padded compartments built specifically to keep your camera gear buoyant and safe from getting soaked.
Crumpler Karachi Outpost L – $265
Crumpler knows a thing or two about making a good bag, and the Karachi Outpost L is arguably one of the best ones they offer. On the outside it looks like your typical canvas daypack, but under the hood it’s got about as much functionality as you can possibly stuff in a sack: a lockable 8-gallon main compartment with a floating floor, an extendible drawstring rain hood, removable pockets and padding, side-mounted tripod straps, and an ultrabook compartment. It’s constructed from water resistant and anti-abrasion fabric, so it’s pretty rugged as well. And the best part? It comes with Crumpler’s legendary lifetime warranty.