We tested much camera bag. Here are others that we really liked but were overshadowed by our top picks.
Peak Design Everyday Sling for $160: The Everyday Sling has long been one of my (Jaina’s) favorites for everyday carry or out for a day of shooting. It comes with flexible dividers, which you can adjust or remove, depending on how much organization or storage space you need. It comes in 3, 6 and 10 liter sizes. The 10-liter version has room for a 13-inch MacBook Pro, charger, and FujiFilm X-Pro 2 Camera. If you need room for additional lenses or a larger camera body, you might want to skip the MacBook; it might be a little tight in there.
Shimoda Explore V2 25 Backpack for $373: I really like this backpack, but it’s too expensive. It’s incredibly comfortable to carry, thanks to its generous padding, and the whole thing is water-resistant to keep your device safe. I was able to stuff it with a surprising amount despite its relatively slim dimensions (all accessible from the back), including a tripod in its side deployable pocket. which you can tighten with a strap. There’s side access to the camera, lots of pockets for organization (I like the little pocket on the arm straps), and a padded sleeve for a 13-inch laptop.
Wotancraft Scout 9L Daily Camera Bag for $299: If you’re after a stylish messenger, I’ve always enjoyed designs from Wotancraft, and the Scout is no different. It’s made of durable Cordura with some cowhide thrown in for the straps on the lid. The main compartment is spacious and separated by sturdy panels, along with a padded laptop bag just enough to hold a 13-inch MacBook Air. There are two pockets at the front that can hold some small items loosely, but there’s not much in the way of arrangement here. There’s a luggage compartment and a rear zippered pocket, but no side pockets and no easy way to attach a tripod.
Ona Bowery Compact Messenger Bag for $209: I’ve owned this bag (black wax fabric version) for seven years, and it’s still in great shape. It’s attractive and perfect for short outings, with plenty of padding and dividers to keep your gear protected. You will only be able to mount one camera and one extra lens. There’s a pocket on the back that I used to stow my Nintendo Switch or Kindle, and I stuffed my cables, battery, and SD card into the pocket on the front. Unfortunately, the two side pockets are too tight to fit anything larger than a pen or a microfiber cloth. A privilege? You can quickly remove the strap to turn the Bowery into a camera block for a larger backpack. It comes in many colors and materials.
Tenba DNA 16 DSLR Backpack for $230: You can access your camera from the front of this bag, and the compartment folds subtly, like a drawer. There’s enough space to fit a large camera and a couple of lenses, but don’t forget the padded laptop compartment in the back, a roll cover you can expand, and another zippered area for storage. add widgets. You can comfortably fit a water bottle and a tripod in each side pocket. I took it with me on a trip to DC, and the front looks a bit shabby, but it’s a good bag.
Manfrotto Pro Light Frontloader Backpack for $235: Unzip the main front compartment and you can access all your camera gear neatly divided using the included Velcro compartment system. This 25-liter bag is quite roomy, but that also makes it quite bulky on your back — you could bump into people in a crowd if you’re not careful. There’s side access for the camera, which is nice, but it’s a dull looking package.
Tenba Fulton V2 16L Backpack for $140: I really like bags that have a number of ways to quickly get to the camera, and that’s why Fulton V2 no higher than above: The only way to remove camera gear is to remove the bag and open the back compartment. (Technically, you can access this compartment from the top of the roll, but that requires undoing a lot of Velcro.) Otherwise, it’s a nice, small bag that can fit a good amount of cake, with an expandable roll top for lunch or clothing spares, a stretchable mesh side pocket for bottles, and a canvas side pocket that can fit a small tripod. Tenba says this can fit a 16-inch laptop in the padded compartment on the front, but I can only fit in a 13-inch one. It is water resistant and comfortable to move around.
Lowepro PhotoSport Outdoor Backpack III 15L for $190: This pack only looks good on the trail and can only fit a small DSLR or mirrorless camera in its detachable block (with side access!). It will pair well with your other hiking gear and has plenty of room for snacks and anything else you might want on short hikes (including a 2-liter water tank). ). It is made from 75% recycled fabric.