The Camera Bag GuideCamera Bags- What to consider when purchasing a bag
First, ask yourself these four questions:
1. What purpose do you need the bag or case to serve?
2. What will you need to fit in it?
3. Where will you be taking it?
4. What's your budget?
Second, consider your answers as related to the following items: Size, comfort, design or style, accessibility, material, and brand.
Size will be determined by how much gear you will need to be taking with you. If you need just one SLR body, one lens, and a few small accessories like extra batteries and cards, then a small size case will be fine.
If you want to take more than one lens, and more attachments like a flash, then a medium sized bag is minimum.
Carrying multiple camera bodies, a variety of lenses and accessories? Choose a large size bag.
As far as comfort goes, different bags will be more comfortable to some than others. This is more based on personal preference, but if you will be carrying a bag on your shoulder or back, it's probably a good idea to to pay attention to the straps, specifically the length and padding. A bags shape may also be a factor in comfort.
The thing to consider for accessibility is- will you be bringing a case and then sitting it down while you're shooting, or will the bag be on you the whole time? If the bag will be attached to you most of the time, then it needs to be a bag that you can easily get in and out of. For example, a press photographer covering a breaking story or event will most likely need their bag on them and be able to quickly get in and out of it to switch out lenses. A backpack is not the best case for this situation, but better options may be a shoulder bag or a large hip pack.
|cases at KEH|
|Single SLR case (Tamrac)|
|Single SLR, hard sided leather (Pentax)|
|Single SLR case (Billingham. Fabric with leather trim)|
|Large hip pack (Lowepro)|
|Standard, medium size shoulder bag (Nikon)|
|Inside of a standard, medium size shoulder bag|
|Large size shoulder bag (Tamrac)|
|(Red and black bag) Large messenger style camera bag (Crumpler)|
|Multi-media backpack (Kata)|
|Medium size backpack (Lowepro)|
|Large backpack (Lowepro)|
|Large convertible roller backpack (with wheels) (Lowepro)|
|Interior of a large backpack (Lowepro)|
|Medium size hard case (Ikelite)|
|Large hard sided case, interior|
Find Bags and Cases:
* On keh.com
* In the KEH eBay shop
* If you come by our location to pick up or drop off equipment, we also have a few racks of discounted bags and cases in the lobby that are available for on the spot cash sales.