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Stylish Camera Bags for SLR Cameras: Men and Women

Updated on September 26, 2016

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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Stylish Backpack Style SLR Camera Bag

Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Camera Backpack - Gray/ Polar Blue
Lowepro Versapack 200 AW Camera Backpack - Gray/ Polar Blue

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

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)

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

BBP DSLR Sling Bag Black/Tan with iPad Slot and RAIN COVER, Also comes in Black/Red for you Canon fans
BBP DSLR Sling Bag Black/Tan with iPad Slot and RAIN COVER, Also comes in Black/Red for you Canon fans

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.

 

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Domke 701-83A F-803 Camera Satchel Bag -Brown
Domke 701-83A F-803 Camera Satchel Bag -Brown

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.

 

Women's Styles

Fashionable Camera Bags for Women

Jill-e Designs Large Leather Rolling Camera Bag
Jill-e Designs Large Leather Rolling Camera Bag

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)!

 
Cosmos Vintage Brown Shoulder Pu Leather Camera Bag/deluxe Photo/video Camera Gadget Bag for Canon Nikon Sony Olympus Kodak Panasonic Fuji Digital Cameras Dslr + Cosmos Cable Tie
Cosmos Vintage Brown Shoulder Pu Leather Camera Bag/deluxe Photo/video Camera Gadget Bag for Canon Nikon Sony Olympus Kodak Panasonic Fuji Digital Cameras Dslr + Cosmos Cable Tie

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.

 
Jill-e 769411 Camera Leather Bag Medium with Black Leather trim (Bone)
Jill-e 769411 Camera Leather Bag Medium with Black Leather trim (Bone)

I like this style with the two front pockets to fit some extras supplies. The more storage, the better.

 

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Holster

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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.

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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 Bags:

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 This!

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.

What Kind of Camera Bag Do You Have? - Why do you like it?

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Great lens, love the Jill-e bags

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      thomaswendt 4 years ago

      Currently, still looking for the best camera bag that suits my taste. Anyways, I am so glad to find your lens it gives me more idea on what type of camera bag should I buy.

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      FancyThatUSA 4 years ago

      Great lens, just what we were looking for

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I love the camera bags with removable inserts. Very stylish! My camera is a Nikon Coolpix.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You have so many Stylish Camera Bags for SLR Cameras on Sale here on this page I don't which one to choose, maybe I need two. I love the ones that hold both your camera and laptop.

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      sellytan 5 years ago

      Wow your lens is awesome. Please visit and like my lens on http://www.squidoo.com/the-greatest-rolling-luggag... Thank you so much. Have a great day ahead.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great choices! Keep working ,great job!

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      I have a backpack camera bag, but I want more of purse style bag.

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      billdarkknight 5 years ago

      nice lens .everyone feel free to like mines.i like lens back <3

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      billdarkknight 5 years ago

      nice lens .everyone feel free to like mines.i like lens back <3

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great selection of camera bags here...!

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      NYtoSCimjustme 5 years ago

      I have a shoulder camera bag for my Nikon D40 - but it really isn't meeting my needs - I'm eying one of your backpack camera bag models up there - I think I picked out my Mother's Day gift!

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      great selection of camera bags here - I've pinned it!

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      aishu19 5 years ago

      These bags are very stylish... Photographers would really love these.

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      Jack-in-the-Box 5 years ago

      Great lens on Stylish Camera Bags. These are serious camera bags. Wow.....my little digital would get lost in those. Someday I am going to learn to take pretty pictures with those. I am drawn to those big camera. Great Job!

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      patriciapeppy 5 years ago

      Great lens. I love these bags

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      wcjohnston 6 years ago

      Great Lens, I like the look of the Leather Jill-E Bag to carry my camera.

      Photographer Bristol.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Well done, great selection. Here's a little secret of mine: I usually turn any purse I'm wearing at the time into an temporary camera bag... :)

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      Don Wilson 6 years ago from Yakima, WA

      I bought a small, compact camera bag with a shoulder strap. Sometimes I wish I had gotten something larger that could carry more gear. I have trouble packing everything (digital camera, flip video camera, battery charger for the camera, extra batteries for the flip, etc.) into my little bag.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      I have a nikon shoulder bag! I do like it as it can just sling over my shoulder and go, easy to access pockets, however it is looking rather shabby , so I really need to get a new one, love the styles here!