Photo Bag Reviews

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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 01, 2018  |  0 comments

Things were tough during the Stone Age. No camera bags; no photo backpacks, either. Some citizens were so starved for visual stimulation that they resorted to painting stick figures on the walls inside their caves. Others just bided their time, waiting to evolve.

George Schaub  |  Jan 24, 2018  |  0 comments

Shutterbug, a member of the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), once again joined forces with 30 other member magazines from around the world to choose the winners of the annual TIPA Awards for the best photo/imaging products in 40 different categories. The award process began in early 2017 with an initial selection of a wide range of products conducted by TIPA’s Technical Committee, on which Shutterbug’s Editor-at-Large George Schaub serves. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 18, 2018  |  0 comments

What can you buy for $29? A quick Google search suggested charcoal-based tooth whitener, a pair of crappy slippers and a few other bits of future garage sale fodder. I already have slippers, so I checked out a few major camera retailers to see what sort of camera bags are available for less than 30 smackers. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 04, 2018  |  0 comments

There is something about genuine leather that says durable and luxurious. The Trafalgar Camera Bag Collection from Gillis London is that and more. For a camera bag that is timeless and distinctive, look no further. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 14, 2017  |  0 comments

Perfect for holiday giving or for the camera gear you receive as a gift, here are five photo backpacks priced at $35, $79, $99, $149 and $199. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 07, 2017  |  0 comments

For years I’ve evaluated camera bags, photo backpacks and other camera carry solutions using a multi-point matrix that considers characteristics like comfort, durability, accessibility and protection. Once in a while a bag comes along with features that blow apart my sophisticated chart. Introducing Shimoda, a line of photo backpacks that demand a whole new classification. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  0 comments

If you’re serious about climbing or hiking you’re familiar with Mountainsmith. They’ve been a player in the outdoor equipment industry for nearly 40 years. The Mountainsmith TAN series, designed with help from world renowned photographer Chris Burkard, is their latest entry in the world of photo backpack carry solutions. What do they bring to the party? Innovative design, superior durability and products crafted from real-world experience. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Sep 28, 2017  |  1 comments

Sling-style photo bags are one of the most versatile and comfortable ways to carry your cameras and lenses. Think Tank Photo upped the convenience level a couple notches when they introduced the TurnStyle series a few years back. In addition to providing easy conveyance and protection for your gear, the TurnStyle models are designed to rotate from back to chest, providing instant accessibility to the contents. Think Tank Photo has raised the bar once again by overhauling the lineup and introducing Version 2.0.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Sep 21, 2017  |  0 comments

You know the brand Gitzo for their world renowned tripods. The company is 100 years old this year and they’re celebrating their first century by now offering camera bags worthy of their reputation for innovative design and meticulous craftsmanship

Joe Farace  |  Jan 31, 2017  |  0 comments

This January issue’s theme was outdoor photography and other than architectural interiors and studio photography, more images are probably captured out of doors than indoors. This column’s focus is on camera bags for landscape, nature, and wildlife shooters, whose needs are different from their urban counterparts. Kelly Moore, for example, manufactures fashion bags (see the December 2016 Geared Up column) and offers the beautifully crafted Woodstock Backpack ($229) that’s probably better suited for Rodeo Drive than Jellystone Park.

Staff  |  Jan 03, 2017  |  0 comments

The Goods spotlights the hottest premium photo gear out there. If you have a product you’d like considered for The Goods, e-mail images and info to

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 01, 2016  |  1 comments

It’s better to give than to receive—but receivin’ ain’t so bad, either, especially if your gift list includes one or two of my favorites, which I’ve described for you here. Or if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the photo person in your life, here are your crib notes.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 28, 2016  |  0 comments

The holidays are approaching and that’s a good excuse to buy a new photo bag for yourself or a loved one. Here’s a collection of my seven favorite photo bags, gleaned from full reviews that appeared in this column over the past couple of years. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 19, 2016  |  0 comments

Photo backpack fans listen up! Everything good about Peak Design’s photo messenger bags now comes in backpack shape, in two sizes plus an innovative sling. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 26, 2016  |  0 comments

Every once in awhile I discover a photo bag or backpack and something just clicks. It becomes part of my routine—my “go to bag” when I have somewhere to go to. So if you’ll kindly overlook my dangling preposition, I’ll tell you about three bags I don’t want to be without.