What Camera Bag Do I Use

Updated: Jun 6

Choice of camera bag is a very personal thing and I alternate between 3 different bags depending on what and where I am shooting. Here is a breakdown of the bags I use and why.


Requirements.

There are a few things that I need any bag to do as a basic requirement

  1. Be comfortable to wear

  2. Store my kit in a safe manner (hard for anybody to access)

  3. Protect my kit (well padded)

  4. Waterproof

  5. Flexible

  6. Well made

  7. No too flashy

  8. Suitable logical storage for the bits I need to have with me



Bag #1 - Lowpro Slingshot 200 - LINK



Small Option Bag: 11 Litres

Used For: Restricted luggage travel i.e. Flight option, Weekend trips where I want to shoot with minimal kit.


What's in the bag:

  • Nikon D850

  • 12 - 24mm

  • 24 - 70mm

  • 70 - 200mm

  • Spare Batteries

  • Spare cards

  • Those odd bits that you carry with you (See what odd things I carry with me - LINK)

Overview This is a small bag that is carried over one shoulder and a key aspect of the design is the ability to rotate the bag around you body and access your kit without removing the bag and this works well. It does create a slight issue that you carry the weight on one shoulder. An added bonus of rotating the bag is that it changes the orientation in such a manner that you can use the bag as an arm rest while shooting for extra stability. Getting the kit listed into the bag is a tight fit but it can be done. The waterproof cover is neatly integrated into the build of the bag and stored in the base out of sight. It does become a little unbalanced however if you fix a tripod onto the bag however this is dependent on how big a tripod you need.


Bag #2 - Lowpro Flipside 400 - LINK





Medium Option: 17.2 Litres

Used For: Serious Photo trips , London trip, Weddings, Commercial shoots, Standard go to choice


What's in the bag:

  • Nikon D850

  • 12 - 24mm

  • 24 - 70mm

  • 70 - 200mm

  • Spare Batteries

  • Spare cards - Mindshift memory Card Wallet LINK

  • Those odd bits that you carry with you (See what odd things I carry with me - LINK)

  • For a Wedding shoot

  • 85mm prime or 105mm prime

  • 50mm prime

  • Speedlight

  • For a London Shoot

  • Irix 11mm prime

  • Nikon 300mm prime

Overview This is a mid sized bag that is carried via two shoulder straps and is accessed via the rear panel against your back which keeps your kit secure. In theory if you have the waist belt fastened you can rotate the bag around your waste for access however I have generally found this difficult and uncomfortable. Getting the kit listed into the bag is easy and as can be seen it offers good flexibility depending on what I am shooting that day. The waterproof cover is neatly integrated into the build of the bag and stored in the base out of sight. Side pockets are good for a water bottle, attaching a tripod is easy and I find that I can fix a light jacket across the top of the bag. One thing I have noticed is that my bag is quite old now and the newer model does not appear to be as robust?


Bag #3 - Mindshift Gear Backlight 36L - LINK





Large Option: 36 Litres

Used For: Landscape Photography, Complicated shoots, Storage of kit at home

What's in the bag:

  • Nikon D850

  • 12 - 24mm

  • 24 - 70mm

  • 70 - 200mm

  • Spare Batteries

  • Spare cards

  • Those odd bits that you carry with you (See what odd things I carry with me - LINK)

  • Two from this list of lenses

  • 85mm prime

  • 105mm prime

  • 50mm prime

  • Irix 11mm prime

  • Nikon 300mm prime

  • Mindshift Filter Hive (for storage of filters) LINK

  • Mindshift memory Card Wallet LINK

  • Lunch

  • Spare tops/waterproofs

Overview This is big and holds a huge amount of kit. It is amazingly comfortable to wear and very adaptable in design as sections can be removed. The build quality is exceptional and the way it integrates with the other Mindshift kit is very well considered. You need to take care that you don't put all your kit in and make it too heavy. The versatility means you can take anything you need. The waterproof cover is not integrated into the build of the bag and stored in a separate pouch but is small and as such not an issue. Side pockets are good for a water bottle, attaching a tripod is easy. The section of the bag that contains your kit can be removed and carried separately and is regulation flight size so you can put the outer cover in the hold and keep you expensive kit in the cabin with you. For my full review of this bag see LINK


I hope this helps your bag selection and gives some real insight into these options.


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