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Best Camera Bags 2016

Updated on February 9, 2016

It's all well and good having a great camera and all the camera gadgets, but without a proper camera bag you can't carry them around with you. The right bag will let you carry your camera gear around easily and safely.

There are many different kinds of camera bag solutions, in 'best camera bags 2016' we will compare the best selling camera bags. I recommend you buy a bag which is slightly larger than what you need, then there will be space for any new gadgets you might get later on.

The inside of the Canon Deluxe backpack
The inside of the Canon Deluxe backpack

Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG for Canon EOS SLR Cameras (Black with Green Accent)

The Canon Deluxe is currently the best selling camera bag.

Considering the brand name recognition of Canon, it's very cheap. Keeping it's size in mind, the bag is lighter than it's competition.

I was able to fit a Canon 20D with BGE2 battery grip, 2 zoom lenses, a telephoto lens, a Canon flash, lens hoods, a mini tripod and a large assortment of filters into the inside compartments. I put spare battery packs, cables, chargers, and so on in the external pockets. It also has straps on the bottom, to which you can attach a tripod. I found it very comfortable, even when carrying all of this equipment.

This is the bag I would recommend for serious photographers.

Crumpler camera bags

If looking good is important to you, the Crumpler messenger bags might be worth looking at. They are considered one of the more stylish camera bag brands.

The Crumpler bags offer good solid padding, as well as waterproof material. Making it a safe option.

The messenger bags come in 5 sizes ranging from the '4 million dollar' to the '8 million dollar' bags. The bags come in a number of different colors and are cleverly designed. Their design allows quick access to your cameras, which is a big plus in my book.

Thieves love to steal expensive cameras. The Crumpler bags don't really look like camera bags. That means they are less likely to get stolen.

Cool Crumpler camera bags
Cool Crumpler camera bags
Opteka SLR Camera Short Zoom Holster Case
Opteka SLR Camera Short Zoom Holster Case

Opteka SLR

The Opteka bag is designed for a digital SLR camera's with short to mid-range lenses. The internal dimensions are: 6.25 X 4.25 X 7.

The Opteka comes with a shoulder strap. It fits my Canon Rebel XT perfectly (with the lens that comes with the camera).

Be warned it fits only the camera and nothing else. The synthetic material, it's made of, is sturdy and durable.

Pelican cases

Let's face it: cameras are expensive and they don't like being banged around. If you are looking for maximum protection for your camera the Pelican cases are the answer.

These cases are completely watertight, so no problem if it lands in a river. If you are say: going canoeing, I would recommend you don't get a black one. The bright colors make the cases easier to see in the water.

The latches take a fair amount of pressure to open. But that means it's not going to open accidentally, which I found to be a nice feature.

The cases really are rock solid, you don't need to worry about the other luggage crushing the case and your expensive camera equipment with it.

The insides are filled with Pick N Pluck Foam. You shape the foam to fit your specific equipment. That gives you a perfect fit. No equipment will go bouncing around in your Pelican case.

All the bags have a automatic pressure equalization valve.That means it keeps water out while not being prone to damage from pressure changes. Like the changes you get on a plane.

Jill-e premium camera bag
Jill-e premium camera bag

Jill-e camera bags

The Jill-e bags are top of the line leather camera bags. You can wear them like a messenger bag, but it's better to use them like a hand bag. The small Jill-e carries as much as the Crumpler 6 Million Dollar bag. This means they are fairly large bags.

The opening to the Jill-e's main pocket has a flap with two zippers. The inside of the one flap has a zipper pouch that's great for holding maps or guides. When you close the bag it is secure and won't open by accident.

The body of the bag is made from an extremely soft leather. There is a removable accessory pouch, made from the same leather, on the inside of the bag. The pouch is great for keeping messy stuff like food in, it guarantees that it doesn't get mixed in with your equipment.

I can fit my D300 with 16-85 lens attached into the medium size bag. While still having room to spare for another smaller lens. I found that there is enough room for some personal items. The detachable purse removes the need for an extra bag.

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      Hendrika 8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I'll pass this on to my son as he loves his camera and it's gadgets. I cannot take a proper photo to save my life so I will not be needing a bag!