We tested it Much of camera bags. Here are a few more that we really love but were overtaken by our top picks.
Wandrd Roam 9L Sling for $149: The new Wonder sling comes in three sizes: 3, 6 and 9 liters. I’ve tried the latter, and it has become the package I carry on my bike and e-scooter. It can be carried as a sling, messenger or waist pack, and because the soft padding conforms to my back, it’s really nice to wear for extended periods. The combination of 840-denier and 1680D ballistic nylon and water-resistant YKK zippers makes it feel like it’s worth twice its price, too. There is also plenty of room for cameras, lenses, and other accessories. Do you need to carry a tripod? Tie it down using the included straps. Do you need to bring a large tablet or laptop? Get the Wandrd Laptop Bag ($46), which neatly tucks vertically into the back pocket. The only reason this selection above is not included as a complete recommendation is shipping delays; It is not expected to arrive until the spring of 2022.
Domke F-832 Shoulder Bag $120: This is the bag that Julianne used to cover the December 2014 rally in Washington, DC (Domke bags are also the official White House News Photographers Association’s camera bag). ATTENTION WARNING: The padding on the bottom is not thick, and the included inserts are held loosely via a single line of Velcro on the inside of the bag. But I still love this bag because it’s so spacious. When my photo collection consisted of my camera and one extra battery, I was able to toss spare clothes, a laptop, and toiletries into this bag without having to think too much about organizing anything. The tarpaulin exterior does not immediately allow camera equipment to be inside, which is a plus when traveling.
Gitzo Legende Camera Backpack $230: This Gitzo bag has arguably the best backpacking aesthetics found in this guide, as if you were an Indiana Jones on your way to a new adventure. There is a side access pocket, but accessing anything else in the lower camera cube is a chore. It is not very intuitively designed. There is a separate section for your laptop, but many of the zip pockets, side pockets and pouches are very small and can only fit so much.
Lowepro PhotoSport Outdoor Backpack III 15L for $230: This bundle only looks good on the road and can only fit a small or mirrorless DSLR in the removable cube (with side access!). It’ll pair well with your other hiking gear, and there’s plenty of room for snacks and anything else you’ll want on short hikes (including a 2-liter water bladder). It’s made from 75 percent recycled fabrics.