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Review: AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR Cameras and Accessories (Model # 1393R1)

Updated on March 15, 2014

Looking for a backpack that will protect your DSL camera and lenses?

I just bought my first DSLR camera, a Canon EOS Rebel T3i, and quickly realized that I needed a bag for it. At first I looked at shoulder bags and top loading bags, but soon realized that a backpack would be easier to carry around and better at holding all of the accessories as well.

I like saving money, so when I came across the "AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR Cameras and Accessories" (Model 1393R1) for under $30, I was certainly intrigued... Many backpacks are expensive, costing $100 or more, and even the relatively cheap Canon Backpack 200EG is almost $40 on sale...

So I bought it and here's what I like about it so far....

This is the Backpack I bought for my Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR - It has more padding and looks better designed than I expected....

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

There's over a thousand reviews on this bestselling camera bag.

The padding is sufficient that I feel comfortable putting this in the trunk of the car so that I have my camera with me just incase I see something to photograph. I think it's going to be a comfortable bag to hike with and walk on the beach with.

 

Inside the AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR Cameras - Lots of compartments and padding

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

This picture shows the backpack holding my Canon EOS Rebel T3i and the following accessories: EFS 55-250mm Lens, ring flash, fliters, wide angle lens, 2.0x telephoto lens, and lens hood.

As you can see, I still have plenty of room. Actually, I could probably put some of those accessories in the exterior pockets, and then I'd have room for more lenses or even another camera.... So you could carry 2 cameras and/or lots of lenses in this backpack.

Interior Pockets are Large

Amazon DSL Backpack - Interior Zippered Pockets
Amazon DSL Backpack - Interior Zippered Pockets

One impressive aspect of this bag is all of the padding. See how the zippers have a protective flap so that they don't rub on your camera equipment?

I think the inside pockets are good for things that won't damage your camera or lens.. Soft, small, or flexible things like paperwork, a small guidebook, a memory card wallet, etc. For bigger/harder things, I'd recommend using the exterior pockets so that there's padding between those and your camera and lenses.

Organize your photographic equipment - Removable velcro straps and dividers

You can customize this bag!
You can customize this bag!

ALL of structure of the main compartment is removable! That's right, you can rearrange it to tightly hold your camera and lenses.

It has 6 small velcro dividers, 2 large velcro dividers (these go almost the whole length of the bag and can be seen in the first large photo), and 2 straps.

You could add more velcro straps if you need to. The straps can be used to pull the padding tight around your camera and lenses so that they stay in place.

Is the AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR Cameras waterproof? - Good question... let me explain what I've found.

I sprayed my bag to make it waterproof
I sprayed my bag to make it waterproof

It's not advertised as waterproof or water resistant. However, some customer reviews state that their camera stayed dry during light rain, or when the bag was placed in a damp or humid environment.

I sprayed my bag with waterproofing silicone, and I'm hoping that will help keep the contents dry. I think I'm going to bring some plastic bags with so that if needed, I can wrap the camera or the bag in plastic.

Worried about water damaging your camera? - Spray your backpack with this....

Kiwi Camp Dry Heavy Duty Water Repellent 12 oz
Kiwi Camp Dry Heavy Duty Water Repellent 12 oz

This has lots of positive reviews.

I sprayed my camera bag with a similar product, and it didn't change the color or appearance at all. It also didn't smell bag. Now, whether it will keep it dry... that I have to test!

 

Other Items Mentioned on this Page

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

This is the bag I almost bought. But, it cost more and I read a review that compared this bag to the Amazon one, and the Amazon one was actually described as better.

 
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens

This is the Telephoto Zoom lens that you see in the Amazon backpack photo I took. This lens really is nice, and I plan to taking birding photos with it.

 
VELCRO Brand - ONE-WRAP Roll, Double-Sided, Self Gripping Multi-Purpose Hook and Loop Tape, Reusable, 12' x 3/4" Roll - Black
VELCRO Brand - ONE-WRAP Roll, Double-Sided, Self Gripping Multi-Purpose Hook and Loop Tape, Reusable, 12' x 3/4" Roll - Black

You can add more velcro straps to this bag to hold additional lenses or cameras in place. Keeping them snug will help to prevent accidental damage.

 

What do you think of the AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR Cameras? - Do you have this bag, or one like it?

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