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How to find the best camera bag: buying guide

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This is a buying guide on how to find the best camera bag, with my reviews, comparisons and recommendations.

BEST CAMERA BACKPACKS

First thing first, even if in many sites you will find titles like, “The best camera backpack”, I don’t really thing there is one.

But, you can find what is the best camera backpack for you, based on your needs and specific features that you consider important.

My goal with this post is to help you find YOUR best camera bag.

If you are curious (or in a hurry):
This specific camera backpack is the most vanguard camera bag.
It has become  my one and only favorite camera gear above all since the first time I saw it on my photography teacher during a work shop.
Beside being very stylish, it’s super spacious and practical, for the lower camera pocket rotating 180º to the front without you having to take your bag out.
This feature only is absolutely priceless to me, especially when you are on a hike and want to take picture but don’t want the group to stop and wait for you.
I know it’s a bit expensive and probably overpriced, but I believe if you are a professional photographer or a wannabe pro (like me) it’s worth the effort. And it’s a product that will last for ever.
Pros: extremely roomy, versatile, functional, stylish.
Cons: pricey, big.

WHAT’S THE BEST CAMERA BAG FOR TRAVELERS?

It really depends on what kind of traveler and photographer you are, and how many other bags you have with you, what priority you give to photography.

I used to have a shoulder camera bag  which was small and very practical and I am still keeping it now that I have purchased the fabulous Mindshift 180 rotation, just because in many occasion it becomes handier, and I am also using it as a regular handbag sometimes.

But if you go hiking I assure you the shoulder camera bag will kill you. It really hurts not only your shoulder but the entire vertebral column, because it’s just not natural to have unbalanced weight on your body, especially if the weight is significant.

Therefore I suggest you a good backpack with a great handle structure, especially for heavy gear.

As I previously mentioned, I chose the Mindshift 180 rotation because to me it’s the best hiking camera bag. In fact  to be able to shift the camera box in front of me just by sliding it around my waist and not having to stop to do that, makes it totally worth the money.

But I go hiking often and also when I tour around cities and when I walk a lot in general I believe that’s the best you can get.

✅There are other similar camera 180 rotation camera backpacks that have similar characteristics but a lower price, though and still very good.

But let’s see what are the top camera bags for travelers according to the reviews received.

Best camera backpack choice:

  1. Mindshift 180 rotation  
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  2. MindShift Gear Backlight 26L Outdoor Adventure Camera Daypack Backpack (Woodland Green)
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  3. Pelican S130 Sport Elite Camera Pack (Black)
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  4. Manfrotto MB MS-BP-IGR Medium Backpack for DSLR Camera & Personal Gear (Green)
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  5. DSLR Camera Backpack Bag by Altura Photo for Camera, Lenses, Laptop/Tablet and Photography Accessories (The Great Explorer)
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  6. MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L Backpack (Charcoal)  
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  7. Camera Bag Backpack Waterproof Large DSLR Camera Bag with 15.6″ Laptop
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  8. Vanguard Alta Sky 45D Camera Backpack for Sony, Nikon, Canon, DSLR, Drones, Grey
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  9. Peak Design Everyday Backpack  – Camera Case/Cover (Charcoal, Universal, Laptop Compartment)
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  10. Atlas Athlete Camera Pack (Large/Black) Award Winning Camera Backpacks
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    Buying tip: You will see how I have included bags of a very different price range. I did it because that was the customers’ choice towards those kinds of bags.

    However although they are very cheap, and seem such a deal, I wouldn’t think it is in the long run. I care about my camera gear and I want it to be protected, and wrapped into good quality material.

    Besides I care about style too. Therefore you will see that I have included some kinds of gears with a high rate but low number of reviews. Those are top brands and because of the price they have less reviews, but they are a guarantee of great quality.

    Having said that, it’s always up to you and your priorities of course. And that’s why there is no right answer. There is everything for each taste and need.

    BEST CAMERA BAGS FOR WOMEN

    Among the best camera bags, there are some that are more suitable for women and really cool to wear not only as a functional object but also as a trendy part of our outfit. And because we care about those things, here you go. I am listing here the best camera bags for women, according to the buyers’ choice but of course, with my personal authentic style review. 🙂

    Please note that those are not exclusively for women, but that would fit better on us than other bags.

    Otherwise the majority of the camera bags are unisex.

    This camera bag brand is my number one choice for a camera backpacks and bags that are also a fashion accessory. I have the blue messenger bag and I loved it. Super stylish and functional at the same time, with so many pockets and very resistant. But also the new backpacks that I am seeing are really cool.

    But let’s see what are the other top camera bags for women according to the reviews received, and also my choice of course.

    Best camera bags for women: 

    1. Mindshift 180 rotation  
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    2. MindShift Gear Backlight 26L Outdoor Adventure Camera Daypack Backpack (Woodland Green)
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    3. Pacsafe Camsafe Z15 Anti-Theft Camera and Tablet Shoulder Bag, Charcoal
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    4. Multifunction Anti-Theft Camera Backpack, Retro Large Capacity SLR Camera Bag
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    5. S-ZONE Vintage Canvas Camera Bag DSLR SLR Messenger Bag Leather Shoulder Satchel
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    6. Tenba Messenger DNA 10 Bag – Cobalt (638-473)
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    7. TARION Camera Bag Backpack DSLR Mirrorless Camera Case for Lens Tripod Tablet with Waterproof Rain Cover
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    8. Jia Outdoor Sports Shoulder Professional Digital Camera Bag Polyester Material Waterproof Anti-theft Seismic
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      Buying tip: I always would go for a more expensive one, just because most of the time it’s a guarantee of quality, not always of course. But the cheapest are normally made with low material and made in an unethical way.

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