When It’s Time to Get a Camera Bag

By Margaret.

Any sort of career in photography makes for a rather exciting time in one’s life, whether you’re just starting out to see just how much more of it you might enjoy getting into, or indeed if you’re on a serious path to develop your photographic career on a professional level. In either case you’d probably take any chance to carry your camera with you wherever you go, on a strap, but once things get really serious and you have a lot more equipment and other cameras to go with your main camera, it’s inevitable for you to want to get a camera bag.

Here are some factors to consider when picking out your camera bag:


It would perhaps otherwise be an obvious thing to point out in saying that when you take into account the size consideration for picking out your camera bag, you need one which is big enough to fit all your equipment. Resist the urge to go with the biggest one you can find as it can be really easy to just figure that a big camera bag will be enough to carry all the equipment you currently have and all the equipment you’re likely to buy in future. You’ll also perhaps be going with a high quality camera bag, which means you’ll be willing to pay a bit of good money for it and aren’t really planning on replacing it on a whim anytime soon.

The best path to take is going with a specialised bag that falls in line with your photographic speciality. By this time you should probably have a good idea of some of the equipment you might like to add to your craft tools in future, so you can go with a specialised camera bag with that in mind, such as perhaps a Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 30i which is specially designed to carry around mirrorless cameras.

Comfort in Design

There is indeed comfort in the design of a camera bag, or of any bag for that matter. So you have an option between a shoulder bag or a backpack and your choice between these two traditional options would largely depend on how you plan to use the bag – your photographic style, so to say. A backpack would naturally always be more comfortable, while a shoulder bag affords you the property of being able to access your gear much quicker, as is required by some spontaneous photographers.


The simplest of camera bags come in the form of something like the Lowepro Adventura TLZ 20 II, which works well enough, but there are plenty of options to explore if you want some specific specialised features. You might find a waterproof cover to be useful if you live and shoot pics in an area that rains often, for instance, or you might even want the specific comfort of a camera bag that can be attached to your person with a waist belt if you’re ever going to be carrying your gear over longer distances.

Feb 28, 2017