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Camera Bags - Styles for Everyone

Updated on January 30, 2015

Camera Bags - Styles for Every Photographer

Choosing the best camera bag for your photography needs is much easier these days. There is a wide selection of available camera bag styles and sizes. The camera bag style that you choose will depend on how much equipment you have, as well as how and where you photograph. DSLR users will want a dslr camera bag that will not only protect their digital camera, but also be able to carry extra lenses, flashes, batteries and other accessories. Female photographers now have more stylish choices too, with designer camera bags for women. A purse camera bag will not only look stylish, but also help hide your expensive camera and accessories inside. Choose the most comfortable and practical way to carry your camera gear: sling, purse, backpack, and rolling camera bags.

Sling Camera Bags

Sling bags are a hybrid camera bag, mixing the concepts of both the backpack hands-free style, and the over the shoulder style. The sling camera bag affords you hands-free mobility, but still quick, easy access to your camera or accessories, by simply swinging the camera bag over your torso to the front. You can wear a sling camera bag close and tight to your body, or low and looser, depending on your own comfort. The sling style camera bag is best suited for one camera an extra lens and just a few small accessories. If the sling bag is too big, it becomes unwieldy, then you'd be best to move up to a backpack camera bag.

Lowepro Passport Sling DSLR Camera Bag
Lowepro Passport Sling DSLR Camera Bag

Lowepro sling camera bag is a popular choice. It will hold one dslr camera with lens , one extra lens or flash and some exterior pockets for water bottles or maps etc.

Case Logic DCB-304 Compact System/Hybrid Camera Case (Black)
Case Logic DCB-304 Compact System/Hybrid Camera Case (Black)

This Case Logic camera case is extremely affordable and very popular. It includes a shoulder strap, an adjustable wall for cable storage, pockets for SD cards and separate side pockets.

Lowepro Slingshot 202 DSLR Sling Camera Bag
Lowepro Slingshot 202 DSLR Sling Camera Bag

Like all sling camera bags this one allows quick access to your camera and lenses. It holds one dslr camera with a lens attached and 3-4 additional lenses. It also holds a tripod. This Lowepro sling camera bag has over 470 reviews with an average rating of 4.5 stars!

Case Logic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling (Black)
Case Logic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling (Black)

This Case Logic sling camera bag wears like a backpack, yet has easy and quick access to your camera. It can hold one dslr camera with a standard lens mounted. Additional compartment can hold another lens, and small pockets hold batteries and SD cards.


Mid-Sized Camera Bags

A good mid-sized camera bag will typically hold one or even two digital camera bodies, with storage compartments for 3-8 extra lenses, along with pockets and space for other camera accessories such as batteries, flashes etc. Mid-sized camera bags are for the photographer that needs to take along a fair amount of camera equipment and accessories. Most of these bags have an adjustable shoulder strap, as well as a carrying handle.

Canon 2400 SLR Gadget Bag for EOS SLR Cameras
Canon 2400 SLR Gadget Bag for EOS SLR Cameras

Over 700 people have reviewed this slr great camera bag and have given it an average rating of 4.5 stars. This SLR bag will hold one SLR camera body and 3-5 lenses. It has front pockets, side pockets and interior dividers.

Tamrac 5608 Pro 8 Camera Bag (Blue)
Tamrac 5608 Pro 8 Camera Bag (Blue)

This Tamrac camera bag can hold two cameras, 3 lenses, a flash unit in a foam padded compartment. Multiple accessory pockets make carrying all of your gear easy.

Kata KT D-3N1-30 Sling/Backpack (Black)
Kata KT D-3N1-30 Sling/Backpack (Black)

Convert the 3n1 from a right handed sling to a left handed sling or backpack in seconds. Quick Release Buckle offers quick access to your camera.


Backpack Camera Bags

Backpack camera bags are often the most versatile and comfortable. The backpack distributes the weight of the camera equipment across your back, and they usually have comfortable, wide, padded shoulder straps. Backpack camera bags allow you the full use of your hands and are great for hikes or other long distance transportation of your camera equipment. As with all backpack, you could also use just one strap to use it as a sling backpack. Some even build in easy side access to your camera so that you can swing it forward and get your camera out without having to take the bag right off your body. Depending on the size of the backpack camera bag you choose, they typically hold one or two digital camera bodies, along with 3-5 lenses and pockets for batteries and flashes.

AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR/DSLR Cameras and Accessories - Black
AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR/DSLR Cameras and Accessories - Black

931 people have reviewed this bag and rated it 4.5 stars. It has plenty of room and adjustable compartments to fit your needs. It can hold up to two camera bodies and 3-4 lenses, in addition to batteries, a tripod and other necessary equipment.


Purse Camera Bag

Purse camera bags are perfect for the style-conscious female photographer. Just because you are a photographer doesn't mean that you can't be stylish. Look great, feel great and carry your camera wherever you go with these great camera handbags. Some of them come in different colors and sizes, some even have small, detachable purses for convenience. Purse camera bags are also a great way to conceal your expensive camera equipment. Make sure that the purse camera bag you choose still meets your needs for size, compartments and padding.

Jill-e 769367 Camera Leather Bag Small  - Red
Jill-e 769367 Camera Leather Bag Small - Red

This leather camera bag is very well rated. With four adjustable velcro sections, a netted pocket for memory cards and several other pockets for gear or personal items, this camera purse lets a woman be stylish.

Jill-e 769381 Camera Leather Bag Medium (Black)
Jill-e 769381 Camera Leather Bag Medium (Black)

Female photographers do not need to compromise on style when out with their gear. Jill-e camera bags offer quality and style. Top grain leather, dual-zipper openings, dual carrying handles. It can hold a DSLR, 3 lenses and two flash units.


Compact Camera Bags

These small camera bags provide compact protection for your point and shoot digital camera. Luckily they are available in an assortment of colors, patterns and styles. Look for a camera case that has adequate protection and padding, as well as a good zipper or other secure means of keeping the camera in the case. Some compact camera cases come with a belt loop or clip to keep your digital camera readily accessible.

What is your favorite style camera bag?

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