Photo Bag Reviews

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 30, 2021  |  0 comments

We’ve been avid fans of Shimoda photo backpacks since they debuted. So we’re doubly happy to announce that the reliable Shimoda Explore photo backpack lineup has evolved into version v2. Here’s what’s new.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 03, 2015  |  1 comments

Drive any highway in North America and you’ll surely see the Thule logo on an automobile roof rack, bike carrier or ski bracket. What you may not know is that the widely popular maker of computer cases and camera packs, Case Logic, is part of the Thule Group. Today we look at the Kontrast Pro DSLR Backpack, the latest addition to their complete lineup of camera bags. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 12, 2018  |  1 comments

Two giants of the camera case industry, Think Tank Photo and SKB Cases, have collaborated to create the SKB Flyer Series, a lineup of hybrid camera transport solutions that have broad appeal and manifold applications for every ardent photographer.

Jack Neubart  |  Feb 29, 2012  |  First Published: Jan 01, 2012  |  1 comments

There’s a new trend in camera carriers that appeals to photographers who want to look chic while still maintaining the core functionality of the bag. In terms of style they are at polar opposites to rugged backpacks or gear-laden roller bags, yet even the most stylish camera bag has to carry gear in a practical and organized fashion. That includes being built to withstand the rigors of being jostled or bumped in crowds, and being constructed to protect against spilled drinks, or rain at the very least. At the same time, the ideal bag should be built to carry everything we may need on a shoot, and then some.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 18, 2020  |  0 comments

One of my overall, long-time favorite camera bags has been out of production for many years. It can still be found on eBay, usually for around $30 in excellent condition. With so many outstanding modern bags available today, why waste this ink on a camera bag that was discontinued more than 15 years ago?

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 14, 2015  |  0 comments

To say that the photo backpack category is a little crowded is like saying that a few people try to board the subways in Tokyo during rush hour. If you’ve ever been to the Land of the Rising Sun and attempted to take mass transportation around 1800 hours (6pm) you know what I mean. Hand-to-hand combat is easier, but probably no harder than trying to find a niche for a new product in this overpopulated photo accessory category.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 01, 2018  |  0 comments

“Born in New York.” That’s what is says on Tenba’s website about their Axis camera backpack lineup. “…tough enough to withstand the rough and tumble city streets and hardcore enough to get you—and your gear—to the other side of the globe for your next big adventure.” For my money, this isn’t just marketing hyperbole—in fact, they left out a lot of compelling adjectives that equally apply, like innovative, stylish and versatile.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 03, 2020  |  0 comments

We are amazed by the wide variety and overall affordability of the camera cases and bags that have earned their place among the Best Sellers on the Amazon website. All have been rated at 5 (or 4.5) stars by purchasers, and they cover a broad array of purposes—from Drone to DSLR. So we’ve selected a cross-section—all priced under $30—to represent the collection.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  0 comments

Last year Lowepro launched the ProTactic Series of gadget bags. They immediately earned high marks in my book because they are durable, highly functional and provide superb protection for the gear inside. Initially just two bags, the lineup has grown to six in total, three backpacks and three shoulder bags. Here’s a quick rundown on what they’re all about. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Feb 19, 2015  |  0 comments

IIf you’ve ever wrapped your mirrorless or mid-size DSLR in a baby blanket (or stack of microfiber towels) before snugging it away in your backpack, the Miggo Strap & Wrap is for you. It’s a comfortable camera strap that can convert into a cool case on command.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 20, 2014  |  0 comments

The Vanguard Reno 22 is as light as a feather but it’s a real heavyweight where it counts. This may be the bag that you Micro Four Thirds shooters have been waiting for.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 06, 2015  |  2 comments

They are an American success story. TEKNIQ Photo launched its first camera bag in April of this year on Kickstarter. By June 27th, they had raised $73,874 and had 478 backers. Their product is unique—a modular camera bag that gives you three bags in one.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 23, 2015  |  0 comments

Sling bags, in general, earn high marks from the Bag Man for accessibility, comfort and cosmetic design. The new 24/7 Traffic Collection lineup, available from Adorama, includes a slick sling bag that breaks some rules—but does it have what it takes to deserve your attention? 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 18, 2015  |  0 comments

It’s not very often that a photo bag or backpack can be fully understood from images alone. The new collection of high quality, military-style camera bags, pouches and backpacks from Able Archer needs very little explanation. One look tells you that they’re durable, functional and great looking.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments

What’s in a name? Would a luxury leather camera bag by any other name not feel as lavish? If it’s beautifully styled and meticulously manufactured, does anyone really care what it’s called?  

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