If I could carry a whole day, exclusively a single camera, with only one lens, already with a battery and its card/s (that is, ready to shoot), with absolutely nothing else, I would be thrilled. To be completely free, without carrying anything extra, except your faithful camera!? Oh yeah ;-)
But the reality is that, before starting shooting, during and after, we all need a bag or any container to carry everything we need besides the camera. Extra cards, batteries, something to clean the lenses, probably one or two additional lenses (depending on the mood of the shooting), jacket, sunglasses, telephone, tripod, notebook, pen, bottle of water, or whatever we usually take with us.
The thing is, we photographers almost always carry our mythical cameras inside something
And depending what we are going to occupy, be it for a job, an event, a wedding, a project, or just to shoot some street photography pictures for a few hours, we will surely use different types of bags, either backpack, shoulder bag, hard case or something else.
From the moment I decided that photography would be part of my life, I also began to understand that it was not only about shooting photos, but also the post process, deciding what kind of film to use, how to archive your work, and even how to carry your camera by everywhere.
But, how to choose a camera bag?
It had happened to me at the beginning, when I was very inexperienced, to put my camera inside backpacks that had nothing to do with photography, haha. But when the time comes to making your first investment in the ideal bag for your gear, is when things get serious. It is when you have more strategy and organization to be more efficient at the time of the shooting, carrying the weight in a more balanced and distributed way, and having access to a specific compartment of each bag without having to take things out, open more or scramble all around.
So, finding your ideal camera bag is about all this:
-Functionality -Materials -Handle and Belts -Zippers, Buttons & Straps -Internal and External Dimensions -Inside Pockets and Pouches (my weakness!) -External Pockets -Back and/or Shoulder Support -Eventual Clever Features And more …
This time I share my five favorite, dusty, and most used camera bags! Each of them is perfect for one or more occasions. Very different between them, but each one perfect for what I need!
Oh, apologies in advance for the lack of production for the photographs, and for the dust in the bags. LOL. Honestly, I do not usually clean the outside of my bags, and I do not spend much time on this type of photographs since they are only for a quick reference (and you can always find a good product photo on the websites of each brand, right?). I like the photos being authentic, a real-world review about my dusty and very used bags!
This is my reference backpack by default, I use it for large jobs with all day coverage or more (for example, shooting a wedding). Absolutely everything I need I can keep in this backpack. Not only all my gear but also personal things.
- For this case, I usually pack:
·Two cameras: Nikon D5 (main camera) + Nikon D810 (backup camera) ·Three lenses: 35mm + 58mm + 28mm ·Two Flashes (1+1 backup) + One transmitter ·Two flash modifiers sticked together: Magsphere and Maggrid, both first edition ·Two small Led lights: Manfrotto Lumimuse Light 3 led’s + 8 led’s version ·Pouch with camera batteries ·Cards: all SanDisk Extreme Pro 128gb ·One monopod: Slik Monopod 350 ·One small clamp: Manfrotto ·Cleaning kit ·One extra Polo shirt + sueter | Personal stuffs
- If I need to take a flight abroad, I will bring the same from above plus: