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Camera Bag Technology

May 15th, 2008


The right method of traveling your gear is essential. Careful consideration of the way the gear is transported is often overlooked. Camera gear has changed, so the bags and cases have changed as well. Some of the new bag technology is really innovative and can make a big difference in the way you work with the equipment. Backpacks, slings, and holsters are in are replacing shoulder bags. My back welcomes these changes! Really nice Modular Systems are also coming onto the market.

Depending on the amount of gear you own, and what you do with it, I recommend owning at least three camera bags:
#1.) The largest bag that will still fit the domestic travel carry on regulation: I use the Tenba Shootout backpack shown above for this bag. It just barely fit’s into the overhead of larger planes. The shootout is a really well thought out backpack and I highly recommend it.

#2.) A medium bag that will carry just one camera body, a flash and a couple of lenses: I use the Tamrac Velocity 9 shown below which is a sling style. I love the sling style and find the Velocity 9 to be an comfortable and accessible.

#3.) A holster bag that carries only one camera and one lens: It’s nice to be able to take just the bare essentials on some shoots. The holsters below are made by Think Tank Photo.

A Boda Lens Bag (shown below)works well in conjunction with a camera holster. One on each side your shooting from the hip.


Recently more modular systems have come on the market: I like this approach a lot; each component has its own little pouch, which can be attached to a belt or harness. You still need a bag or case to carry all the pouches, but you can attach just what you want to your belt while you’re shooting.

Carefully consider how you carry everything including your laptop and tripod. Carbon fiber tripods are lighter, so they can be attached onto a backpack without making it too heavy. I also like a tripod bag that has a shoulder strap. Manfrotto makes a complete line of excellent tripod bags.


I usually work with an assistant. I often wear a modular system, while the assistant mans the main bag and tripod. Don’t be afraid to ask your girlfriend or wife to carry your tripod bag, if she complains, consider an upgrade!


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