Our 5 Favorite Photo Gadgets & Gizmos: Rugged Bags For Photographers On The Go

MindShift Gear BackLight 26L Photo Daypack: Created for outdoor photographers, the rugged BackLight’s back panel opening allows quick access and the zippered rear opening reduces the amount of dust, mud and ice (or other elements) coming in contact with your gear. The BackLight 26L has nine liters of daypack capacity with enough space for items, including separate compartments for a 10 inch tablet and 15 inch laptop. It comes in two colors, Charcoal and Greenfield. All of the bag’s exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating and the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. Crafted with aabrasion-resistant YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.


Daisy chain, ice axe loops and additional lash points for expanding your carry capacity

Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front/side

Padded waist belt for all day comfort on the trail with webbing rail for attachment of additional MindShift accessories

Quick fit waist belt adjustment for rapid and convenient fitting

Adjustable neck strap keeps the back panel against your chest providing unencumbered access to your gear

Integrated insert with customizable dividers allows you to maximize the space for photo  and personal gear

2 large water bottle pockets with cinch cord fit a 32 oz. Nalgene

Side compression straps with locking SR buckles for additional lash points

Air channel and lumbar support on rear-panel for all-day comfort

Ergonomic zipper pulls are easily gripped with gloves or chilled fingers

Highest quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, 420D Velocity and 420D high-density nylon for long lasting durability and strength

Front stuff pockets for trail essentials: headlamp, gloves, and chargers

Top zippered pocket for quick access to essentials

Interior mesh pockets for storing filters, batteries, cables, etc.

Seam-sealed rain cover included, folds flat for use as a ground cover

Compatible with MindShift’s Tripod Suspension Kit, Filter Nest, Filter Hive and Switch Case

Exterior Dimensions: 11.4x20.3x7.9 inches

Laptop Pocket: 10x15.3x1 inches

Tablet Pocket: 9.3x10.2x0.6 inches

Weight: 3.9 pounds

More info on MindShift Gear’s BackLight Daypacks here.

The Pythagorean Lens Pouch: Ideal for casual photography on the go, this little device is a clip-on pouch with a unique triangular shape that is ideal for holding smartphone lenses, memory cards or other small trinkets. The strong closure keeps things safe and secure. Simply open the pouch, throw in a lens and snap it closed. The Lens Pouch is crafted from real leather, in Scarlet (red) or Saddle (tan). The suggested retail price is $18.

More info on the Pythagorean Lens Pouch here.

Tamrac Stratus Bag Series: Designed for working pros, each Tamrac Stratus bag features a large main compartment designed to hold multiple camera bodies with lenses attached along with a full range of lenses, flashes and accessories. The LensGates allow for efficient use of space, the multiple pockets and accessory pouches keep you organized. Optimized engineered dual density foams keep the bag light and protect your gear. Oversized #10 YKK zippers secure the main compartment and a fully padded removable shoulder strap keeps the load comfortable. There are six new bags in the Tamrac Stratus series including: Stratus 6 ($119.95), Stratus 8 ($139.95), Stratus 10 ($159.95), Stratus 15 ($199.95) and Stratus 21 ($239.95).

More info on Tamrac's Stratus series here.

Manfrotto’s Advanced Travel Backpack: The Advanced Travel Backpack are now available in three new colors: blue, brown and grey. Made in Italy, this backpack was designed for photographers on the move who carry all the required essentials and photo gear without feeling overloaded. The backpack is divided into two main compartments: personal items to be included in the top section and photo gear in the bottom section. The backpack features internal protection with removable dividers and side access to extract the camera and gear. The backpack accommodates a DSLR with an attached lens, two additional lenses, a flash and accessories between the touch-fastened dividers inside the modular main camera compartment. A dedicated rear pocket holds up to a 13 inch laptop. The Advanced Travel Backpack also features multiple carrying options for tripods. An extendable side padded pocket is specifically designed to carry a BeFree travel tripod and the bag features adjustable hanging straps on the front for when the external pocket is not in use. The Advanced Travel Backpack is available in blue, brown for $149.99 and in grey for $119.99.

More info on the Advanced Travel Backpack here.

Boa Flow Graphite: The Boa flow laptop backpack was designed to fit the needs of creative pros. Featuring pockets and compartments for your laptop, camera, headphones, iPad, documents, cables and other accessories, the bag adapts to your stuff. Integral to the bag’s flexible design is its collapsible bottom compartment and rigid removable frame that serve as a protected, separate place for your camera. When those items are not needed, collapsing the compartment and removing the protective frame maximizes the main volume for books, documents, or other large items.

Ergonomically designed shoulder strap system with three adjustment points, a breathable back padding design, super soft neoprene mobile phone pocket. Convenient headphone strap, well-placed accessory pockets, and a nicely padded laptop compartment with a smooth quilted lining keep you organized. A rain cover with reflective elements makes sure you are seen in low light situations. When not in use, the cover can be stored in a separate pouch.


Weather proof, ballistic nylon exterior with water-repellent coating

Reliable premium YKK zippers.

Terralinq Lost-and-Found service

Fits a 17 inch MacBook / Laptop & DSLR

Measurements: 10.2×13.8×18.9 inches

Weight: 4.63 pounds

The suggested retail price is $225.

More info on the Boa Flow Graphite here.