Topic: One suitcase series
May 26, 2019 / By Adelia Question:
I am relatively new to photography and I am looking to get a camera backpack or shoulder pack for travel. I am looking for what many sites call a "Camera Daypack" but basically it is a camera bag that also has enough room for other accessories, travel stuff and spare clothes. I travel with my ipad so I can photo edit on the go so I would like something with room for that. I also will need for for my charges, my 55-300mm lens, my NIkon D3200, my 35-55 mm lens, my speed light, and my extra SD cards. Thank You zoo much for you help!
Taylor | 10 days ago
Camera bags are hard to suggest as so many people have different needs. So I will leave you with a couple of tips that I use.
First and foremost, the camera bag that is large enough to hold all of your stuff is usually too heavy to carry. For that reason, I use a daybag type strategy, which means you only carry the stuff you will need for the day. This usually means not carrying every lens you own, and not carrying any cables or chargers.
You instead carry a spare battery as needed. And if you are going to take photos of landscapes, you would probably favor a super-wide angle lens over a telephoto lens, so leave the telephoto at home. Similarly, if you are taking sports action photos, you will want your fast telephoto, and you can leave your super-wide lens at home.
If you are on travel, you should think about a two bag approach. I go on ocean cruises frequently, and my main bag just carries my camera and a couple of lenses. I also have a generic 20" suitcase that is suitable for a carry-on that I take a change of clothing, other lenses, chargers, netbook, and so on. The carry-on goes into my stateroom for the duration of the cruise, and I take the daybag when I am going places.
Also, realize that a backpack is more comfortable to carry, but less useful as you have to take it off all the time. A shoulder bag on the other hand, is more useful as you can get to your gear without having to remove the bag, but it can be uncomfortably heavy should you pile too much stuff in it.
What I have come up with is a Think Tank Photo "Speed Freak" (no kidding, this is the name of the bag). It is a convertible bag, and while it is primarily a shoulder bag, it has a hide-away waist belt that you can also wear that takes the load off your shoulder. This bag is comfortable enough to carry all day long.
Here is a review of the bag in action:
Think Tank makes some of the best bags in the business, and are warranted forever. And in the convertible series (combo shoulder/waist bag), they make several sizes; Speed Demon, Speed Freak, Speed Racer, and the Change Up.
After buying dozens of backpack and shoulder bags from LowePro and Tamrac, all of which fell short, I finally started using Think Tank bags, and in my opinion, they are the best.
They also make backpacks and regular shoulder bags should you not like the convertible type.
B.E.I. has good advise but if you don't live in the area of camera stores you have a problem. I have found gadget bags at some Sear stores and Target. But the problem is the selection is small. What ever you do be sure to bring your equipment with you so you can place it inside to see if appeals to you! I have to travel to Portland (Oregon) and hour and a half to find a decent selection of these things. You could order from B&H Photo or Adorama or Amazon for better prices.
The best thing to do is visit a couple of different local camera shops and try the different bags. There is a local shop here that carries 100+ different bags.
My current "daypack" is a Pelican softside PCS-152. It can convert from handle to shoulder to backpack carry.