Stylish Camera Bags for SLR Cameras: Men and Women
Stylish Camera Bags
You're taking beautiful photos, now get a stylish camera bag to match (read: You've spent a bundle on a fancy camera, now get something to protect it!). You may think they are hard to find, but stylish camera bags for both men and women do exist--and they are a must-have if you've already invested money into a SLR camera and accessories. Both professional and amateur photographers know that SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras are pricey, but there's no need to sacrifice fashion for function (I know I wanted both!).
Stylish camera bags are available in a variety of styles, namely: backpack, shoulder and holster. This guide will introduce you to some of the best stylish camera bags (and for a great price!), and will also help you determine what style is best for you. You'll also learn which we chose for our camera.
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What kind of SLR Camera Bag are you looking for?
Stylish Backpack Style SLR Camera Bag
Starting at the top, Versapack 200 AW by Lowepro features a lightly padded upper compartment with plenty of room for personal items and includes extra storage pockets. Use the handy outside stash pocket to stow a camera manual, guide book, maps or anything you need quick access to. The lower camera compartment and upper pack are separated by a fully removable horizontal divider that features 2 built-in memory card pockets. In the lower compartment you can top load a DSLR and 2-3 other lenses or accessories, or adjust the dividers to side load a DSLR and quickly access-from left or right-via the side-zippered pocket. Additional features include: Hideaway Tripod Mount; All Weather AW Cover; SlipLock attachment loops; removable waistbelt and adjustable sternum strap; and compression straps at bottom of pack to add a lightweight jacket or tripod.
Canon Deluxe Camera Bag: Stylish Camera Bag - Backpack style
Bag fits two smaller SLR camera bodies, 3-4 lenses, and additional small accessories. With over 1250 reviews, this stylish camera bag is a customer favorite.
Camera Bag Backpack: Unique - Room for Notebook or iPad
This is an awesome sling design that is highly functional and fast to use. It obviously holds your fancy DSLR, but it also holds 1 or 2 lens and best of all there's a padded slot for an iPadTM or 10" netbook. Transfer pics from from you DSLR and review/edit/post your pictures on the fly. This DSLR Slinger is great for a professional photographer on the move or even a budding amateur. Can hold a full size DSLR camera body with a 135mm lens.
Looking for a Truly Designer look? - Check out these stylish backpack camera bags
- ONA | DSLR Camera and Laptop Bag | Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag
Waxed canvas DSLR and laptop bag (this is the style in the photo above, priced $400+)
- ONA | DSLR Camera and Laptop Backpack | Waxed Canvas and Leather Backpack
Handsomely crafted with waxed canvas and detailed with dark truffle leather, the Camps Bay camera backpack is designed to hold an SLR with a 70-200 2.8mm lens attached, up to 7 additional lenses, most 17 inch laptops, and small personal items. All in
I love that this camera bag comes in 4 great colors. That's the icing on the cake, for me, since I love that this camera bag has a very slim profile. I get paranoid when it looks like I'm carrying around a camera bag, because I don't want people to know that I have expensive equipment in there. This holds my camera, 1-2 lenses and even my laptop, all while not being oversized. The reason? The bag is made of heavy-duty canvas rather than having a ton of foam padding, which is fine if you are carrying this on you and not shipping it. The waxwear finish is nice too, since it makes it slightly more water-resistant than other camera bags I've seen.
Fashionable Camera Bags for Women
This large rolling camera bag is a combination of both leather and suede--I love the side pockets for extra storage (and polka dot interior)!
I love this camera bag because you can remove the padded insert to turn it into either a laptop/tablet case or a regular handbag. I also like the two magnetic locks to help secure your equipment.
I like this style with the two front pockets to fit some extras supplies. The more storage, the better.
Holster Camera Bags - Follows the shape of your camera
If you're looking for something that holds your camera as securely as possible, the holster is up your alley. It's made to fit the exact shape of your camera so that it's always snug and secure. Typically, they don't hold as many of the extras, though.
What Type of Photos Do You Take Most Often?
What's Your Area of Interest?
Which Stylish Camera Bag is Right for You?
Backpack, Shoulder, Holster
When evaluating stylish camera bags, it's important to keep a few things in mind to best help you determine which stylish camera bag will best suit your needs.
Backpack SLR Camera Bags:
Extremely comfortable, especially if you travel alot or will take photos out in the elements (i.e. hiking, etc.)Because they are worn on the back, backpack-style DSLR camera cases are not as easy to accessSlingshot style backpacks are a good alternative if you want the comfort of a backpack with the access of shoulder bag
Shoulder DSLR camera bags help you to quickly access your equipment; they are great for the urban photographerShoulder camera bags look the least like a camera bag and more like an accessoryShoulder bags are not the best choice for outdoor photography, or when you'll need to be moving around alot
Holster SLR Camera Bags:
Usually the smallest of the stylesMeant to hold your camera closely
Most SLR camera cases will do a reasonably good job or protecting your camera and its accessories, but it's important to choose what style best fits your lifestyle.
Remember to think about what else you might be carrying in your SLR camera case. Stylish camera bags are a necessity, but so is the space you need to carry some of your extras: wallet, cell phone...you get the idea.