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Top 10 Camera Bags (According to our Readers)

One of the most researched pieces of photography gear aside from cameras themselves are camera bags. Many photographers are on the hunt for the perfect bag (speaking from personal experience) so its no wonder that our community of readers are always talking about the bags they use.

Following are the most popular 10 camera bags among our readership in terms of number of units sold at Amazon.

1. Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW

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2. Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW

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3. Canon 2400 SLR Gadget Bag for EOS SLR Cameras

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4. Acme Made The Bowler, Stylish DSLR Camera Handbag for Ladies, Red

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5. Think Tank ~ Retrospective 10

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6. Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag (Mica)

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7. Think Tank ~ Street Walker Hard Drive

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8. Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home Photo Bag

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9. Lowepro CompuRover AW Camera Bag

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10. Lowepro SlingShot 100

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Is your camera bag on the list? What bag do you use?

Want to see what other photography gear is popular with our readers? Check out our Popular Digital Cameras and Gear page.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • Lack

    slingshot = cheap…..

    so thats the reason why the cheapos voted it on top.
    no pro would use that crap…

  • Lou

    who has just one bag????????????????????????????

  • Lou

    backpack….tamrac evolution 8
    shoulder bag tenba small shootout
    one camera and lens easy…tamrac zoom 16

  • Lanna

    I think Kelly Moore Camera Bags are the best!

  • http://Go2REassistant.com Sherry W

    I actually use 2 bags, #10 Slingshot 100 to carry extra batteries, cleaner, off camera flashes, pocket wizards and backup camera w/ 18-55mm lens when I go on a shoot (real estate). It ‘s cross shoulder sling makes it easy to access and then swing around to the back out of the way. My main storage bag is Tamrac Pro 12, love it because I can pack 2 dslrs, 3 lens and all my accessories. One bag to grab and go.

  • http://www.divenut.ca Natasa

    Ya, um, do anyone of those people know Thinktank bags? N’uff said. There IS no other bag.

  • Rick

    APE Case 1200

    Great bag. Holds DSLR body with lens attached, three additional lenses, external flash and many accessories.

    Very well made and great protection for gear.

  • Rick

    APE Case 1200

    Great bag. Holds DSLR body with lens attached, three additional lenses, external flash and many accessories.

    Very well made and great protection for gear.

  • dazay

    Domke. Light, flexible, rugged and doesn’t scream ”expensive camera inside”.

  • Jamis

    I have been using MountainSmith Borealis AT ever since I purchased my T1i , I carry a travel angel tripod, 18-55 and a 55-250 with me. It also packs my Mac 17 laptop when I go a business trips otherwise I pack a camel pack when I am hiking though the Mountains of Virginia. The laptop area is well padded and I add a large ziplock just in case the camelback might burst. This is a great backpack bag, versital, plenty of storage for food, water and extra jacket. Small poaches for lens, batteries and SD cards. Will be taking with me for all day hikes next spring in Yosemite next year. For those that do long day hikes this is a great bag.

  • http://photokunstler.com Patty

    I’ve got the Think Tank Retrospective 10 – but I am small and it can get very heavy to carry. I have a Crumpler 6 Mil, and that I don’t like at all, the strap is about the worst I’ve owned. I have a Think Tank roller for travel – that is the perfect weight for me – none!

    I was about to get a backpack-type bag for an extended 10-week trip, and thankfully didn’t because I broke my collarbone three times in seven weeks (all very freak accidents).

    So my dream bag – weighs nothing, is comfortable to carry forever. I’ve haven’t found it. Not yet.

  • Gallopingphotog

    Surprised not to see the Think Tank modular belt bags mentioned. I have several different ones and just configure to what I plan to shoot that day. For more extensive stuff I love my Slingshot 302, but the belt setup is just so easy to customize, puts the weight down on my hips, leaves my hands free for taking notes, etc., and I don’t have to worry about putting a bag down somewhere unattended for “just a moment.”

  • Jan H.

    Ladies, you will love this camera bag. It looks like a purse, but it is a fuuly divided camera bag inside, with plenty of room for personal items too. Now I can take my dslr with me more often without fumbling around with a purse too (especially on airplanes). http://epiphaniebags.com is the website. This bag is very sturdy and I love it.

  • http://www.petethephotog.blogspot.com Peter

    I took my old Timbuktu courrier bag from college and filled it with Domke inserts. My tripod can be strapped under the flap. It works really well and does not look like a bag that says, “I’ve got several hundred $ worth of camera equipment with me.” so I’m not too worried to carry it around on trips.

  • Jo

    I started with a Tamrac Velocity 7x. Nice bag till I noticed the velcro inside scratched the side of my lens a little. When I got my 50-200mm, it was a little too small. Hubby got me a Clik Elite Bodylink Telephoto. It’s great, just wished it had a little more space for me to put my personal stuff – my lens hood kinda expanded the bag and the pocket spaces were reduced. So… still looking….

  • Jim

    I guess I’m ‘out of it.’ Only the Canon bag seems like a choice I would make! I use Domke bags and don’t consider my bag to be anything more (or less) than something to protect the gear and let me get at it.

  • marcos

    I bought a Slingshot for a 3month travel.
    When I tried I thought it would be perfect.
    After a few days traveling I hated it, very uncomfortable.

    Now I bought a LowePro with 2 straps, much better.

  • http://guillermodelamaza.com Guillermo de la Maza

    For the past couple of years, I’ve been carrying all my gear (body, 2-3 lenses, flash, filters, cleaning micro-fiber cloths, black-foamy-thing, remote, cabesl, charger, et al) in a Quantaray Urban Gear U100 Pro Backpack. It’s pretty small, tough and quite practical. It’s the best camera bag I’ve ever found!

  • Anne L

    I love my new LowePro Passort Sling! It’s absolutely perfect for everyday. A coworker saw mine and had to have one for herself. I’ve had tons of bags over the years and still have a LowePro Mini Trekker and a standard Domke but the Sling is by far my go to bag.

  • Radhika

    Lowepro Flipside 200
    Perfect for my nex-5.

  • http://Photodad.ca PhotoDad

    Got 2 of them the lowepro 100 and the compuRover. love them both. both serve the their purpose.

  • Momentspause

    I use a Kata 467i and its been fantastic. Backpack with room for a 17″ laptop, Canon 50d with 2 spare lenses, plus I’ve stuffed the top pouch with a Fuju Instax 210 and an Action Sampler, plus cables, etc. The space makes sense and its easy to work with, plus the interior is a nice “Nikon” yellow, so small bits don’t get lost against the background.

  • http://www.philbourgeoisphotography.ca Phil

    My first ‘serious’ bag was a lowepro slingback 200AW. I found that it held quite a bit. However I had two problems with it. One was that I found the slingback design put some weird torque on my back and shoulders…especially as my collection of lens and ‘stuff’ grew…and would cause me some problems when I was wearing it for the better part of a day.

    The second problem was that one of the zippers eventually failed. I wasn’t really upset when this happened as by then I knew I would be better off with a ‘knapsack’ design that would put a balanced weight on both of my shoulders and evenly on my back.

    I had a few things I was looking for in a camera pack…knapsack design…large enough to hold my camera body WITH the 70-200 attached…room to hold the other lens so I wasn’t forced to decide what to leave behind when I headed out the door…and a tripod holder.

    After a little research I came across the Lowepro ‘Flipside’ series. I was so impressed with the design that the next day I went out and bought the Flipside 300…and haven’t looked back! I love it. I’m not saying it is a perfect bag; the storage area is smaller than the slingback, and I would preferred if Lowepro had’ve forgone the ‘net pouch’ on the side (for a water bottle….really?!) and sdded another pouch to hold cards, cables and such. Also…the 300 model is not AW…while the 400 is. But, all in all, I truly love my choice.

  • Dugger

    I use a Tamrac 519 bag for walking around and a Tamrac back-pack style bag for storage of lenses and camera body. Also replaced my Nikon strap for an UPstrap SLR-N. The 519 bag offers good protection, easy accessibility and has few pockets for extra bits and pieces. Three years old now and still in good shape considering the wear and tear I’ve put it through.

  • Scott

    @Clayton: I have a massively herniated disk in my lower back, and my Lowepro Slingshot 202 works just fine for me.

  • http://raw.tristanjud.com Tristan Jud

    I happen to love the ThinkTankPhoto Airport takeoff for when i’m doing commercial work, it’s also a great travel bag to take onboard. I back that bag up with the new Lowepro Photosport 200 AW which is super light and is great for landscapes and long hikes etc… I kind of have the best of both worlds.

  • Rolf

    I’m completely satisfied with my Lowepro Trecker 300 AW. It carries everything I currently own, keeps it all out of the weather and I know exactly where everything is when I’m looking for things. I’ve learned that if it isn’t all in one place you probably lost that shot.

  • http://www.photographydigital.info/ barthez

    I like the Lowepro AW Camera Bag CompuRover in No.7. because like adventure

  • http://www.kerenwang.500px.com KerenWang

    Jesus! I think only people with one body and one lens voted…It hurts if you carry 5-6kg on one shoulder for 2-3-4 hours…I suggest the flip side 400. I know my gear is save with that bag.

  • http://www.zwkphotography.com Zachary

    I own the #10 Lowepro Slingshot 100. It’s a great bag! It is very, very limited on space, so if you don’t have a lot of lenses, or if you are just going for a day trip, it’s a wonderful light-weight option.

  • http://yellowfreight.seke.info/ yellow freight

    Why do freight trains sometimes have locomotives at the back?

  • Bob Hosken

    Thought I’d add a comment about Lowepro. I broke the clip on my Lowepro bag and when I asked Lowepro where I could buy a new one, they just up and sent me one at no charge. Very cool.

  • http://clhowley.com Crystal-Lee

    I just use a Jo Totes bag. It’s super-padded, comfy, and just the right size to fit my 5D and two extra lenses. Oh, and did I mention it’s stylish and girly? Coz it is.
    http://jototes.com/handbags/rose-moss

  • http://www.kbfotography.com/ kb

    I have an Ape Case ACPRO4000 and I LOVE it! It holds everything. You can set it up as a backpack or tuck the straps and use as a roll case. I also have a LowePro slingshot 202 for smaller jobs & portability. Both are fantastic bags.

  • Tanmay Joglekar

    Hi, I want to buy camera bag, specifically a back pack, while going for trekking, n hiking……( I am a regular trekker) I have 1 DSLR and 2 lenses ( 55-250mm IS and 18-55mm IS), memory cards(2), lens hood, macro filters and planning to buy a external flash… can u tell me, which bag will b ideal for me….??????????

  • VTPyzon

    I’ve used the LowePro Slingshot 100AW for 2+ years, carrying it mainly on a motorcycle. With a Nikon DX setup, this bag rocks, plain and simple. I carry a 55-200, an SB-600 and D5000 camera mounted with a 28-75 f/2.8. There’s plenty of space for that setup, with room for cards, filters, etc. The sling design allows me to pull over, get my camera out and shoot — sometimes without even taking my helmet off. The built in rain fly is great — I’ve been riding a motorcycle in the pouring rain with this bag on my back and it does the job of keep my gear relatively dry (nothing will forever). Since upgrading to FX, however, I’m in search of a new bag. It’s just not wide enough. Mine has mounting points for additional slip-on pouches to expand the capacity. Truly a great bag.

Some older comments

  • Tanmay Joglekar

    October 1, 2012 06:03 pm

    Hi, I want to buy camera bag, specifically a back pack, while going for trekking, n hiking......( I am a regular trekker) I have 1 DSLR and 2 lenses ( 55-250mm IS and 18-55mm IS), memory cards(2), lens hood, macro filters and planning to buy a external flash... can u tell me, which bag will b ideal for me....??????????

  • kb

    August 7, 2012 05:27 am

    I have an Ape Case ACPRO4000 and I LOVE it! It holds everything. You can set it up as a backpack or tuck the straps and use as a roll case. I also have a LowePro slingshot 202 for smaller jobs & portability. Both are fantastic bags.

  • Crystal-Lee

    February 24, 2012 10:49 am

    I just use a Jo Totes bag. It's super-padded, comfy, and just the right size to fit my 5D and two extra lenses. Oh, and did I mention it's stylish and girly? Coz it is.
    http://jototes.com/handbags/rose-moss

  • Bob Hosken

    February 24, 2012 10:43 am

    Thought I'd add a comment about Lowepro. I broke the clip on my Lowepro bag and when I asked Lowepro where I could buy a new one, they just up and sent me one at no charge. Very cool.

  • yellow freight

    February 2, 2012 02:30 pm

    Why do freight trains sometimes have locomotives at the back?

  • Zachary

    November 21, 2011 07:44 pm

    I own the #10 Lowepro Slingshot 100. It's a great bag! It is very, very limited on space, so if you don't have a lot of lenses, or if you are just going for a day trip, it's a wonderful light-weight option.

  • KerenWang

    November 20, 2011 11:39 am

    Jesus! I think only people with one body and one lens voted...It hurts if you carry 5-6kg on one shoulder for 2-3-4 hours...I suggest the flip side 400. I know my gear is save with that bag.

  • barthez

    November 18, 2011 09:02 pm

    I like the Lowepro AW Camera Bag CompuRover in No.7. because like adventure

  • Rolf

    November 18, 2011 05:35 am

    I'm completely satisfied with my Lowepro Trecker 300 AW. It carries everything I currently own, keeps it all out of the weather and I know exactly where everything is when I'm looking for things. I've learned that if it isn't all in one place you probably lost that shot.

  • Tristan Jud

    November 17, 2011 12:54 pm

    I happen to love the ThinkTankPhoto Airport takeoff for when i'm doing commercial work, it's also a great travel bag to take onboard. I back that bag up with the new Lowepro Photosport 200 AW which is super light and is great for landscapes and long hikes etc... I kind of have the best of both worlds.

  • Scott

    November 16, 2011 03:34 pm

    @Clayton: I have a massively herniated disk in my lower back, and my Lowepro Slingshot 202 works just fine for me.

  • Dugger

    November 16, 2011 02:49 am

    I use a Tamrac 519 bag for walking around and a Tamrac back-pack style bag for storage of lenses and camera body. Also replaced my Nikon strap for an UPstrap SLR-N. The 519 bag offers good protection, easy accessibility and has few pockets for extra bits and pieces. Three years old now and still in good shape considering the wear and tear I've put it through.

  • Phil

    November 11, 2011 04:16 pm

    My first 'serious' bag was a lowepro slingback 200AW. I found that it held quite a bit. However I had two problems with it. One was that I found the slingback design put some weird torque on my back and shoulders...especially as my collection of lens and 'stuff' grew...and would cause me some problems when I was wearing it for the better part of a day.

    The second problem was that one of the zippers eventually failed. I wasn't really upset when this happened as by then I knew I would be better off with a 'knapsack' design that would put a balanced weight on both of my shoulders and evenly on my back.

    I had a few things I was looking for in a camera pack...knapsack design...large enough to hold my camera body WITH the 70-200 attached...room to hold the other lens so I wasn't forced to decide what to leave behind when I headed out the door...and a tripod holder.

    After a little research I came across the Lowepro 'Flipside' series. I was so impressed with the design that the next day I went out and bought the Flipside 300...and haven't looked back! I love it. I'm not saying it is a perfect bag; the storage area is smaller than the slingback, and I would preferred if Lowepro had've forgone the 'net pouch' on the side (for a water bottle....really?!) and sdded another pouch to hold cards, cables and such. Also...the 300 model is not AW...while the 400 is. But, all in all, I truly love my choice.

  • Momentspause

    November 11, 2011 02:18 am

    I use a Kata 467i and its been fantastic. Backpack with room for a 17" laptop, Canon 50d with 2 spare lenses, plus I've stuffed the top pouch with a Fuju Instax 210 and an Action Sampler, plus cables, etc. The space makes sense and its easy to work with, plus the interior is a nice "Nikon" yellow, so small bits don't get lost against the background.

  • PhotoDad

    November 10, 2011 09:42 am

    Got 2 of them the lowepro 100 and the compuRover. love them both. both serve the their purpose.

  • Radhika

    November 7, 2011 05:12 am

    Lowepro Flipside 200
    Perfect for my nex-5.

  • Anne L

    November 7, 2011 01:02 am

    I love my new LowePro Passort Sling! It's absolutely perfect for everyday. A coworker saw mine and had to have one for herself. I've had tons of bags over the years and still have a LowePro Mini Trekker and a standard Domke but the Sling is by far my go to bag.

  • Guillermo de la Maza

    November 6, 2011 06:05 am

    For the past couple of years, I've been carrying all my gear (body, 2-3 lenses, flash, filters, cleaning micro-fiber cloths, black-foamy-thing, remote, cabesl, charger, et al) in a Quantaray Urban Gear U100 Pro Backpack. It's pretty small, tough and quite practical. It's the best camera bag I've ever found!

  • marcos

    November 6, 2011 12:17 am

    I bought a Slingshot for a 3month travel.
    When I tried I thought it would be perfect.
    After a few days traveling I hated it, very uncomfortable.

    Now I bought a LowePro with 2 straps, much better.

  • Jim

    November 5, 2011 11:22 pm

    I guess I'm 'out of it.' Only the Canon bag seems like a choice I would make! I use Domke bags and don't consider my bag to be anything more (or less) than something to protect the gear and let me get at it.

  • Jo

    November 5, 2011 06:40 pm

    I started with a Tamrac Velocity 7x. Nice bag till I noticed the velcro inside scratched the side of my lens a little. When I got my 50-200mm, it was a little too small. Hubby got me a Clik Elite Bodylink Telephoto. It's great, just wished it had a little more space for me to put my personal stuff - my lens hood kinda expanded the bag and the pocket spaces were reduced. So... still looking....

  • Peter

    November 5, 2011 02:53 pm

    I took my old Timbuktu courrier bag from college and filled it with Domke inserts. My tripod can be strapped under the flap. It works really well and does not look like a bag that says, "I've got several hundred $ worth of camera equipment with me." so I'm not too worried to carry it around on trips.

  • Jan H.

    November 5, 2011 01:31 pm

    Ladies, you will love this camera bag. It looks like a purse, but it is a fuuly divided camera bag inside, with plenty of room for personal items too. Now I can take my dslr with me more often without fumbling around with a purse too (especially on airplanes). http://epiphaniebags.com is the website. This bag is very sturdy and I love it.

  • Gallopingphotog

    November 5, 2011 01:24 pm

    Surprised not to see the Think Tank modular belt bags mentioned. I have several different ones and just configure to what I plan to shoot that day. For more extensive stuff I love my Slingshot 302, but the belt setup is just so easy to customize, puts the weight down on my hips, leaves my hands free for taking notes, etc., and I don't have to worry about putting a bag down somewhere unattended for "just a moment."

  • Patty

    November 5, 2011 11:30 am

    I've got the Think Tank Retrospective 10 - but I am small and it can get very heavy to carry. I have a Crumpler 6 Mil, and that I don't like at all, the strap is about the worst I've owned. I have a Think Tank roller for travel - that is the perfect weight for me - none!

    I was about to get a backpack-type bag for an extended 10-week trip, and thankfully didn't because I broke my collarbone three times in seven weeks (all very freak accidents).

    So my dream bag - weighs nothing, is comfortable to carry forever. I've haven't found it. Not yet.

  • Jamis

    November 5, 2011 10:26 am

    I have been using MountainSmith Borealis AT ever since I purchased my T1i , I carry a travel angel tripod, 18-55 and a 55-250 with me. It also packs my Mac 17 laptop when I go a business trips otherwise I pack a camel pack when I am hiking though the Mountains of Virginia. The laptop area is well padded and I add a large ziplock just in case the camelback might burst. This is a great backpack bag, versital, plenty of storage for food, water and extra jacket. Small poaches for lens, batteries and SD cards. Will be taking with me for all day hikes next spring in Yosemite next year. For those that do long day hikes this is a great bag.

  • dazay

    November 5, 2011 10:23 am

    Domke. Light, flexible, rugged and doesn't scream ''expensive camera inside''.

  • Rick

    November 5, 2011 10:12 am

    APE Case 1200

    Great bag. Holds DSLR body with lens attached, three additional lenses, external flash and many accessories.

    Very well made and great protection for gear.

  • Rick

    November 5, 2011 10:12 am

    APE Case 1200

    Great bag. Holds DSLR body with lens attached, three additional lenses, external flash and many accessories.

    Very well made and great protection for gear.

  • Natasa

    November 5, 2011 09:57 am

    Ya, um, do anyone of those people know Thinktank bags? N'uff said. There IS no other bag.

  • Sherry W

    November 5, 2011 02:49 am

    I actually use 2 bags, #10 Slingshot 100 to carry extra batteries, cleaner, off camera flashes, pocket wizards and backup camera w/ 18-55mm lens when I go on a shoot (real estate). It 's cross shoulder sling makes it easy to access and then swing around to the back out of the way. My main storage bag is Tamrac Pro 12, love it because I can pack 2 dslrs, 3 lens and all my accessories. One bag to grab and go.

  • Lanna

    November 3, 2011 01:39 pm

    I think Kelly Moore Camera Bags are the best!

  • Lou

    November 3, 2011 08:33 am

    backpack....tamrac evolution 8
    shoulder bag tenba small shootout
    one camera and lens easy...tamrac zoom 16

  • Lou

    November 3, 2011 08:30 am

    who has just one bag????????????????????????????

  • Lack

    November 3, 2011 05:30 am

    slingshot = cheap.....

    so thats the reason why the cheapos voted it on top.
    no pro would use that crap...

  • Wedding Photographer Perth

    November 2, 2011 02:42 pm

    I have three lowepro bags, two bags that I use all the time the Slingshot 220AW & A topload zoom that takes the 70-200 F2.8 nikkor, I love these. I leave most my gear in the stealth reporter D650aw but seldom take this on location.

  • Dewan Demmer

    November 2, 2011 04:57 am

    I have a GPB Camera bag, it may not be sexy but its functional, well padded ...with some extras I have no idea what to do with.
    But I get 2 Cameras with battery grips, 3 lenses, 2 external flashes, wireless remotes, filters, 20 odd AA batteries,chargers, cleaning kit and a whole bunch of other little items. All that fits in without a problem and is easy enough to carry over my shoulder.

  • Rachel

    November 2, 2011 02:55 am

    I use an insulated/padded lunch bag for my camera and lenses! It costs no more than 20$ so I'm happy. If you're lucky, you can get one with soda can holders to hold your lenses!

  • Jaina

    November 2, 2011 01:06 am

    I've got a Kelly Moore B-hobo bag. Perfect for me as I like to carry my camera around with me every day, but need something that I doesn't look camera bag-y and I can stuff my usual every day stuff in. Definitely recommend it for girl photographers looking for an inconspicuous camera bag.

  • Odyn

    November 1, 2011 08:38 am

    Lowepro SlingShot 300AW. While I could probably fit the stuff into Slingshot 200 (202), I would never consider carrying equipment in a sling bag without the hip straps. It actually transfers most of the weight from the shoulders to the hips. In effect I can go around with my equipment (camera and a few lenses) every day, sometimes for a few hours, without any problem, while keeping the flexibility of a sling backpack (vs. the regular one).

  • Markus Akre

    November 1, 2011 02:43 am

    I am using a Case Logic SLRC-206 and love it. It's big enough for 1-2 cameras, lenses and has a sleeve for a laptop or tablet. There's straps on the side for a tripod. I especially like the way one camera with lens is held on top suspended and protected and yet very accessible. It even works with my 300 mm zoom attached.
    I used it on a 2 week trip to Europe last summer and it was comfortable during long walks through cities.

    Best thing it's under $ 100

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002DW99H8/ref=oh_o04_s00_i00_details

  • Jenessa

    November 1, 2011 02:41 am

    I use two different camera bags on a regular basis. My Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home is wonderful for when I just want to carry around my camera and a couple of lenses for short/ in town trips. When I am going on longer trips/ hiking/ need a tripod I use my F-stop Guru pack. It is comfy, safely holds all of my camera gear, and has room left over for things like water and lunch. It is also a lot more visually appealing than several of the bags on this list.

  • Alexander DiMauro

    November 1, 2011 01:29 am

    I've been very happy with the 'AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR Cameras'. It is every bit as capable as the more expensive name brand bags, but only costs $33. The quality is excellent. It has served me well for almost a year now. I also like that it doesn't have a big 'Canon' on the side advertising to everyone that I'm carrying an expensive camera. I feel safer with the Amazon bag.

    I wouldn't mind picking up a small 'day bag' for when I don't want to carry all my accessories, but I'm amazed to find that most of the small bags are also more expensive than the AmazonBasics bag!

  • GuyCates

    October 30, 2011 06:04 pm

    I use the canon Bag. I got tired of the canon backpack. The price was right $50

  • Cathy

    October 30, 2011 03:12 pm

    I love Tenba's bags. I have a medium Tenba Shootout. It's a nice bag, very well made, but it gets a little cramped if you have more than 3 lenses. I recently bought the Tenba Universal Roadie II and I absolutely love it. I have shoulder issues, so backpacks are out. I also have issues with carrying too much stuff around with me, so the roller is great for both. I still have my Shootout if I just need a walking around bag and I don't overload it and make it too heavy.

  • Mark

    October 30, 2011 11:04 am

    Anyone know whether a Slingshot 202 will accommodate a 5D MKII with 24-105 nicely? I'd be loathe to buy a 300 series as it's just like the mini trekker I already have size-wise and that's used more as a storage container these days. I'm looking for something that will fit this combo + a couple of other bits like a 50mm, 85mm, 70-200 f4, 550ex etc, but not necessarily all at the same time as i'm only likely to have two lenses with me (possibly 3 if the 70-200 were in there with the small 50mm) due to the weight.

  • Annie

    October 30, 2011 06:26 am

    I have the Lowepro slingshot 100. Love it, but I need something bigger as well.

  • flytyer57

    October 30, 2011 04:16 am

    I use a Tenba sling pack. I looked at the Lowepro bags, but I just didn't like the layout so I drove 80 miles through the Ozarks to buy a bag at the camera shop. Now that I keep adding more gear, I wish I had bought a full backpack instead.

  • Dharmesh @ db Fotografy

    October 30, 2011 03:47 am

    I have a Lowepro Nova 2 AW for my D40. I recently upgraded to D7000 with a grip and it doesn't even go in the Nova 2. I am in the process of getting a backpack because the shoulder bags and slingshots, I think, are inconvenient. Backpacks would be better to distribute the weight. I usually carry one camera and 2-3 lenses plus the accessories. I have narrowed down to Lowepro Flipside 400AW

  • Doug Sundseth

    October 30, 2011 03:28 am

    I use the Amazon Basics DSLR backpack. It's inexpensive, has met my needs quite well, and has held up to quite a bit of use for me for a year.

  • Iris

    October 30, 2011 02:46 am

    I use bag #8, just in a different color :)

  • Heather

    October 30, 2011 02:31 am

    ... I bought a Slingshot, but sold it very shortly thereafter, as I found the diagonal strap across my chest uncomfortable. Camera bag makers should take women's bodies into account when designing their bags, as the Black Rapid camera strap people did. I love my R camera strap made for a woman's body.

  • Karen Wink

    October 30, 2011 02:15 am

    There is only one bag I buy and that is Domke. They hold up to the daily torture I dish out as a photojournalist and they are made in the USA.

  • Sherry

    October 30, 2011 01:03 am

    I use the Lowepro Passport Sling- #6 on the list. Worked just great for our week in Rome..when you zip out the extra space on the end it even held a bottle of wine along with all of my camera gear...!!

  • Niran Sabanathan

    October 30, 2011 12:31 am

    I like my slingshot 200 for short trips. But, the Tamarack evoltion 8 works outstandingly for long hikes - I can carry my gear for hours with out back/shoulder/neck strain. The slingshot is just not that comfortable to wear for long periods of walking.

  • Deb Scally

    October 29, 2011 10:32 pm

    I am likewise surprised that the Slingshots are so highly rated here. I bought the 200 version, and after one excursion, vowed I'd never leave the house with it again. Tried to sell it back used to Adorama (it was beyond the return period) and they wouldn't take it--even in mint condition. I figured it must have been a lemon model, but apparently lots of folks like that design. Just killed my neck/shoulder and was extremely awkward for me, personally. I now use a LowePro ProRunner 200 AW, a two-strap backpack design that evenly distributes weight, and am really happy with it.

  • Chris

    October 29, 2011 11:31 am

    I use a lowepro AW 75 Toploader and a Lowepro 300 AW nature trekker. These both have served me faithfully and well. I push them to mad extremes, but they keep on working... although, after e year now, the shoulder padding is getting worn on the toploader...

    I'm surprised toploaders aren't on the list anywhere!

  • susan

    October 29, 2011 10:41 am

    I use the lowepro slingshot 100, but i really need to upgrade to a bigger size.

  • Tomas

    October 29, 2011 10:15 am

    I´ve got a Kata 3n1-10 and it´s perfect! Not only can you carry it sling way but also as a backpack! It´s perfect, comfy and very durable!

    Top notch!

  • Michael

    October 29, 2011 07:30 am

    I love my Billingham Hedley. Its easy to carry, comfortable and very practical. Its superb for street work.

  • Michael

    October 29, 2011 07:30 am

    I love my Billingham Hedley. Its easy to carry, comfortable and very practical. Its superb for street work.

  • marc

    October 29, 2011 06:23 am

    I standby the Lowe Pros. I too have accumulated a few over the years. I have 4: Nova 200, Slingshot 200 & 300, and the Fastpack 300. I carry the one I need depending on what my outing is. I use the Nova 200 for events, 2 DSLRS, 2 or 3 lenses, 2 flashes, extra batteries, etc.. The Slingshot 200 for walking around with a 50MM or 18-50MM lens. I use the Slingshot 300 when I need to carry my 70-200 and I use the Fastpack 300 when traveling with my camera and laptop.

  • dingo

    October 29, 2011 06:15 am

    Love my slingshot. Very comfortable and easy for quick access. Not expensive either.

  • Wooglah

    October 29, 2011 05:46 am

    Wow, my bag actually IS on the list... #10, lol.

  • Judy Guffey

    October 29, 2011 05:20 am

    Really like my TAMRAC backpack (don't know/remember the model name/number.) I can carry the NIKON DSLR, a small Olympus, chargers, and a Nook Color in the top area. Gets heavy when I'm traveling long distance because I really load it with 'extras' I may need on the road for an overnight stop....but the weight is mainly from the NIKON.

  • Jeremy

    October 29, 2011 05:19 am

    I have only used KATA, I just can't believe it's not on here! I love them both!

  • Arch

    October 29, 2011 03:55 am

    Case Logic DCB-308 SLR Camera Sling - compact, versatile. Love the way you can rotate the bag forward to quickly remove your camera. Not for someone who carries a lot of equipment. Maybe an additional lens and some accessories.

  • Phil

    October 29, 2011 03:24 am

    After many attempts at bag nirvana, my bag of choice is Think Tank's "Speed Demon". Plenty of room for a dSlr and 3 lenses (one mounted to the camera). it's a waist bag that's slinged, and what I really like is the way can be spun around for easy access.

  • Jerry

    October 29, 2011 03:21 am

    My old Unomat "Photobag" carries just about all my kit but is too big and mainly stays home.
    Day to day I use a Lowe Pro Nova 170 AW. It fits in the top of my cabin luggage sized day pack, which can carry other gear (tripod, flash, etc.) when necessary. When I was trying to choose a bag, I had written this one off my list of "possibles", but took my kit to a great local store which specialises in camera bags and invites you to bring your kit and try the bags out. Eventual choice was the Nova.
    In full travel mode the Nova carries 4 lenses (one on camera) and the 450 D along with a few filters, spare battery and memory card safe. In the English weather the "AW" raincoat has kept my kit dry many times. The addition of a Lowe Pro belt means that I can take the weight off my shoulder and keep the bag handy but not swinging around while I am shooting.

  • Anil

    October 29, 2011 03:07 am

    I'm happy (but not surprised) to see my bag made it - the Think Tank Retrospective 10. I've written a pretty elaborate review of it on Amazon.
    I still love it more than any other accessory I own. Have not needed to look for a different bag since I owned it. Huge fan! Kudos to the designers at Think Tank for conceiving a masterpiece.

  • Brandon Krepel

    October 29, 2011 03:07 am

    I love my Tamrac velocity 8x. Fits camera with 70-200, spare medium to small lens, and flash. Then there's the accessory pockets...

  • Russ Frisinger

    October 29, 2011 02:48 am

    Not a single bag on this list accommodates a tripod. Lowepro bags are great for car/plane travel with a computer. I have one. Nevertheless, daypacking a trail the capacity is too small.

    I use an REI daypack with Gortex raincoat and water bottle stuffed in the bottom; three lenses on top of that. Maps, nutrition bars and GPS in outside pocket. And, in the medium pocket filters, batteries, additional CF cards and lens cleaning. On the left side pocket I can reach a water bottle, and on the right side I stuff the feet of my tripod into the pocket and lash it with the belt clip up on the side. My camera is in a case attached to the belly strap with the camera strap over the shoulder but locked in with the chest strap—easy to grab and that is where the fourth lens rides

    With this setup I can spend a day on any trail fully ready to photograph and survive. Most important piece of equipment? the raincoat has saved my life twice in hail, rain and sleet above 11,000 feet.

  • luisf

    October 29, 2011 02:37 am

    I have a Mountainsmith Spectrum and a Mountainsmith Tour with the camera kit cube. Love both of them, they are really well made and really sturdy. The spectrum has enough space for a laptop, two lenses, flash and the body with a lens, if you need more space go with the Borelais.

    The Tour lumbar pack with the kit cube fits a body with a lens, one extra lens and a flash, but the best part are the compression straps at the bottom so you can attach a tripod. The Tour is also compatible with backpack straps.

  • Brenda TN

    October 29, 2011 02:32 am

    I take alot of pictures walking around close to home and have found two ways of carrying my camera that I love. First is I bought from Harbor Freight an insert to put inside a plastic bucket. It is designed for tools and has outside pockets that are perfect for lens. I even put a plastic 8 inch pipe attached to the inside that my tri-pod fits inside. Perfect for the woods and places close by. Would be heavy for long walks.
    The other is I bought a fanny pack from Walmart yesterday that had a lunch box size pocket and two side sleeves for water bottles for $10. My Dslr and 2 lens fit perfectly.

  • Dave

    October 29, 2011 02:26 am

    I have had the Lowepro Slingshot 300 bag for several years now and love it. You never know what lens you might need, so I carry them all!

    If I'm going to someplace where I'm just taking a few pictures, or all the same type of pictures, I have a smaller cheaper bag that I use. Sometimes I just carry the camera and the bag that came with my 100-400 lens (which has a belt loop). In that case it's someplace not too far from the road, and my Lowepro bag is in the car.

  • jerome.oneil

    October 29, 2011 02:13 am

    I use the Lowepro Slingshot 102AW but need at least the 202 now.

  • Ric

    October 29, 2011 02:07 am

    Still digging the Retrospective 10! Although Lowepro just recently released their Messenger AW.. looks a lot like a Retrospective to me even its pricing model :) still, kudos to Lowepro for coming out with a canvass based shoulder bag for street photography!

  • clvrmonkey

    October 29, 2011 02:00 am

    I'm surprised none of the convertible sling bags made the list. I've been using my Tamrac Evolution 6 for the last 3 months, including a two week vacation roaming the west coast and a weekend trip to the Balloon Fiesta in NM, and I couldn't be happier. In the sling configuration I've worn it for 8-10 hours straight without any discomfort, and the access to my lenses is perfect. I use the backpack configuration mostly when biking, or if I'm on really uneven terrain (boulder climbing, etc) and need better balance.

  • Darlene

    October 29, 2011 01:56 am

    I do have the acme bowler bag for those days that I just want to grab my smal dslr and either an extra battery or a small lens & go. It's small and pretty :)

  • Sam

    October 29, 2011 01:55 am

    I've managed to collect a few over the years and use them depending on the needs of the day. For traveling, I now use the Think Tank Streetwalker Hard Drive, which - paired with a lightweight strap on wheels - doubles as my aircraft carry-on. It even fits on the smallest jets where they make you otherwise check your carry on.

    One step down is a Lowepro Flipside, for days where I need to carry several lenses, filters, flash, etc.

    Then one more step down is to a Lowepro Slingshot.

    Finally, more often than not (when it's just camera, one small second lens, cleaning kit & a filter or two, I have an old Top loader.

  • thomas

    October 29, 2011 01:52 am

    I'm using a Lowepro Orion Trekker 2 and a Fastpack 350.

  • Clayton

    October 29, 2011 01:50 am

    Interesting that the Slingshots top the list here. They are well made and inexpensive. I loved mine initially, but after a few all day excursions, I changed my mind a bit. I wrote about it on my blog too:

    Lowerpro Slingshot 200 Backpack Review

    If you have back or shoulder problems, I would definitely recommend getting a bag that has two straps.

  • Greg

    October 29, 2011 01:49 am

    I spent hours looking for the perfect camera bag for a trip to South America with the one proviso that it didn't look too obviously like a camera bag!
    In the end, I went for a Kata 3N1 as it also held an iPad: http://goo.gl/Hnc4R
    A little complicated but a great bag...my backup is a Slingshot.

  • Jenny

    October 29, 2011 01:44 am

    I guess those are for people who carry crap loads of equipment around with them xD I don't think I could carry just a backpack though, I like my Lina Inverse bag just fine, especially since it also fits my doll nicely (and she's my main photo subject).

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