When carrying your camera gear, you need a backpack that can take all your stuff and also function as a protective covering for your delicate equipment. The backpack must be easy to carry and offer quick access to your essential gear.
Our Buyer’s Guide for the Best Camera Backpacks 2018 has taken the guesswork out of your research and chosen the best packs to cover a broad range of needs – from urban to outdoor photography. So no matter how basic or professional your needs are, one of the below backpacks will be a perfect fit.
Made specially for the enthusiastic photographer, this backpack got it right on all counts. If you are concerned about your equipment, then the main compartment will settle your worries because it is divided into rectangular sections. The compartment provides intelligent and safe storage for your camera gear. It has a hidden top zipper section that is padded and includes a laptop sleeve.
If you need a camera equipment carry-on that doesn’t advertise the fact that you’re carrying expensive equipment, then this Filson backpack is a suitable and understated choice.
Canon Deluxe is a wallet-friendly choice that can contain 1-2 DSLR and about 3-4 lenses. It provides additional storage for your accessories and personal items. The water-resistant backpack will also contain a tripod attached to the exterior.
The backpack comes with a handle and removable strap, and is made of a urethane coated nylon for extra durability. The well-organized divider is ideal for safe storage and quick-access.
Case Logic DCB-309 SLR is a professional photographers backpack that blends functionality and style with a customizable design for a DSLR camera and accessories. The pack is practical and comfortable with a really sleek detail.
Made for professional or non-professional use, the backpack has everything you will need for work. It is affordable and versatile and has interior and exterior pockets that can contain extra items. It also comes with a padded laptop sleeve, plus a rain cover to keep your tech devices protected from the elements.
Manfrotto Street Camera and Laptop Backpack is a handy, tough and weather-proof pack. The super-stylish bag is ideal for people who want to keep their gear safe while on the go. It is a simple backpack and comes with a large top slot for quick access, and a strong, padded inner compartment.
The bag has enough space for a CSC or DSLR camera with attached lenses plus some extra accessories. A tripod can also be attached to the exterior. Because you will need your laptop on the move, there’s space for a 15-inch laptop as well as personal items like a phone, keys and wallet.
Looking for a backpack that provides understated security features in a compact design? The Pacsafe Camsafe V17 Anti-Theft Camera Backpack is a great choice and can be used to carry all your camera essentials. Outfitted with an eXomesh and Carrysafe slashguards, your gear is kept safe no matter what!
The compartment on top is used for keeping personal items, and the removable camera section is conveniently accessible from the side. There is a back panel that will fit a 13-inch laptop or used as storage for other items.
Keep your professional gear protected with an Incase backpack for your cameras and accessories. This black DSLR Pro Pack camera backpack can contain 1-2 professional DSLRs with attached lenses. There is space for up to two flash units, four lenses, a 15-inch laptop, and a tablet or iPad.
The sleek urban style of the backpack will not attract attention. This is one feature that many photographers will appreciate when carrying expensive equipment.
Lowepro delivers good performance to professional photographers who want an urban-inspired backpack. It makes accessibility easy, versatile, comfortable and a fantastic organization pack. With four access points for easy and quick access to your gear.
The Manfrotto Essential backpack is an everyday camera and laptop pack. Ideal for a DSLR camera and lenses, the bag is waterproof, which makes it the perfect accessory for your urban adventure.
The Essential DSLR Camera Backpack is an ideal choice if you’re looking for a budget-friendly backpack and can hold your camera and three small lenses. There’s also a dedicated compartment for a laptop, water bottle, and small everyday essentials. The camera slot is removable so that it can also be used as a regular backpack.
It can take about two cameras and six extra lenses. There’s also space for a 13-inch laptop, tripod, a rain cover and an adjustable waist-belt.
The Pro Runner is a purpose-built backpack that will help keep you organized while protecting your gear. It comes in a compact design and is great for commuting through busy airports and crowded locations.
If you are carrying extra equipment and still want a compact carry-on, the Pro Runner BP 350 AW II is the best choice. The backpack can contain a DSLR with up to five attached lenses, as well as several other devices – a 13-inch laptop, tablet etc. You will receive a pack with a variety of pockets and a removable accessory case.
Chrome Niko is has a versatile main section for camera accessories. It comes with multiple slots for cables and other gear. With a quick-access design, it is easy to reach your gear. The exterior has a powerful hook and loop fastener which can be used to strap on a tripod, while the interior padded sleeve can hold a 15-inch laptop.
Whether you’re a professional photographer or a hobbyist, the F-Stop is a 28L-sized backpack that is perfect for any level of professionalism. It is just like a compact, mobile studio, and comes with a padded pocket and attachments for all your gear.
The pack is also suitable for snowboarding because it features a design for easy attachment of a board. Or you can attach a tripod or any other item.
The Tamrac G Elite G32 features a butterfly multi-access design that is a stylish way of carrying and accessing your camera equipment. The adjustable and protective butterfly design makes it the best option for photography in confined spaces or unkind weather. The inner compartment can be used to carry a variety of photography equipment, while a tripod and your other gear can be attached to the exterior of the backpack.
Loka UL is for active photographers who want a simple and lightweight carry solution. The backpack is made of a 37L nylon material and full-size suspension. The top and rear compartments are useful for storing your outdoor essentials.
Weighing just 1.2kg, the backpack is made of an abrasion-resistant and weather-proof material that can withstand any adventure.
The Alpha Pro is a combination of ultimate organization and functionality. It is made of durable, reinforced materials that protectively cradles an SLR and about four extra lenses. The lower compartment provides a tripod holder and is a great choice for carrying camera gear and other personal items.
The beautiful aesthetics and strong build makes this product a handy option for switching between urban and outdoor settings.
MindShift Gear rotation180 Panorama has an intuitive design that makes it easy to carry and access your equipment. There’s no need to disturb your creative process by taking off this backpack just to access your camera equipment. Simply pull open the integrated belt pack to quickly get access to your stuff.
Manfrotto’s Pro-Light is a multi-featured professional pack created to deliver the best storage, carrying and backpacking experience. It’s lightweight and protective design comes with a lot of pockets, small dividers, outer tripod attachment, a dedicated laptop section, a rain cover, and removable shoulder straps. This backpack has a lot of convenient features all in a sleek design.
Picking the perfect backpack for all occasions is difficult, especially if you need a different gear for every trip. The F-Stop is part of the Mountain Series especially made for adventure and commuting. F-Stop uses extremely high-quality parts, unlike other brands.
With its compact structure, the Lotus works is ideal choice for a crowded urban commute. The pack is 32L, which makes it a handy size for everyday or overnight use. It has back panel access for storing your camera gear safely while on the go.
The front panel of the Dakine 30L can be placed flat to provide easy access to your equipment in the main compartment. The bag has a variety of inner and outer zipped pockets for keeping smaller items tidy. It comes with a padded laptop section that can take a 17-inches laptop, while the front and rear straps can be used to carry a tripod or strap a snowboard. It’s a great choice if you’re planning on shooting some nice shots in the snow.
The Vintage S-Series is a camera bag that is very beneficial to photographers who reside in urban areas. The pack has many features that fall in line with the needs of many photographers. This camera backpack is versatile and can be used in informal and formal situations alike.
The sleek and durable design makes it useful for roaming the city streets, it’s simply perfect for the modern traveler. The pack has ample space and will suit your DSLR camera, up to five lenses, a laptop, and other items. The laptop compartment can take a 15-inch laptop securely.
The Peak Design Everyday Backpack can adapt to your ever-changing gear, lifestyle, and work needs. The bag was manufactured by a team of engineers, designers, and photographers who understand the needs of creative and adventurous people.
The innovative pack is great for both everyday and specialist use. It’s outfitted with FlexFold dividers and several pockets, you can efficiently organize your gear on the go. The pack is expandable and comes in 20L and 30L sizes.
The Tamrac Anvil 27 was designed from the ground up using several enhanced materials to get a perfect balance of weight and safety. These backpacks are tough, but lightweight thanks to the optimized materials. They come with a large main compartment intended to carry multiple professional-sized DSLR cameras with lenses attached.
The Anvil backpack delivers a wide-range of great features that will keep your gear within easy reach, including a wide main compartment, a laptop section, and easily accessible exterior pockets. You can also attach a tripod securely to the outside of the bag. A rain cover is also included to provide protection against the elements.
The Escape 2.0 is a versatile backpack that’s suitable for professional photographers who are adventurous and go where others don’t. It offers a thoughtful approach to backpacking on the go and is comfortable to carry too.
The main compartment will accommodate your gear as well as a water bottle pouch that will contain a 2L bottle necessary for long hot hikes. Clik Elite Escape 2.0 is a product that caters to professional photographers in demanding environments.
Lowepro is the ultimate, lightweight but durable, expedition and hydration-ready backpack. The Lowepro Pro Trekker is a perfect and long-lasting choice for those who need to carry large equipment. The backpack comes with a flexible harness for a more customized fit, laptop sleeve, a tripod holder, front panel access with adjustable dividers, and hydration-ready side panels. It also has a removable lid and can be worn as a waist pack for carrying your essentials.
An everyday pack that features a weatherproof material and flexible dividers. The ILE Ultimate Photographers Bag-MKIII has a pocket in front for quick access to items such as chargers, cables or food. It also has a padded compartment on the back that will take a 17-inch laptop. You can carry tripods and lightweight stands by using the side straps of the pack.
Beautifully crafted with a detailed dark truffle leather and waxed canvas, this backpack was created to hold a camera and up to seven lenses. It can carry a 17-inch laptop and other personal items. It has adjustable inner compartments and is an ideal choice for photographers who plan to carry their gear in an understated style.
The Clifton is crafted from premium Italian leather and designed to hold a 13-inch laptop as well as other personal items. The backpack comes with removable inserts to keep you organized. You can use the backpack as a carry-on for your camera or turn it into a smart everyday bag for work or play.
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