Review: Incase DSLR Pro Pack Backpack

Review: Incase DSLR Pro Pack Backpack


As a freelance photographer, my office while on assignment is, more often than not, whatever I can carry on my back. Everything from my multiple pieces of DSLR camera gear and laptop, plus its accessories, must fit in a bag (or two) to be ready to whip out at a moment’s notice. This presents a constant dilemma of figuring out the most efficient, yet safe, way to carry and store very expensive electronics while on the go. At this point, there are a myriad of DSLR laptop bags out there, but I’ll show you why the Incase DSLR Pro Pack is my new favorite travel companion.

Incase DSLR laptop backpack

Lightweight and sturdy

The first thing you’ll notice about this bag is that even when it’s empty, it’s super light. Weighing in at 2.7 lbs (1.22 kg), this bag won’t weigh you down while on the go. It’s also made of sturdy 840D nylon material that will protect your gear from the elements.

Incase DSLR laptop backpack

Thick padding for lots of gear

First, let’s take a look at the most important part of this bag: where it stores your camera gear! Out of the box, this bag comes preconfigured with soft, thick, padded dividers (also fully adjustable). Don’t tend to carry that much camera gear? You could likely come up with a configuration that can hold other things, like clothes or shoes if you’re traveling. You will likely need to customize this grid of padding to yourr own liking depending on how much gear you’re looking to carry.

Incase DSLR laptop backpack

On a typical freelance photography assignment, I’ll bring loads of gear, and I was impressed with how it all fit into the backpack. My kit below includes the following:

Incase DSLR laptop backpack

Unique design for easy access to gear

Perhaps the best feature of the Incase DSLR Pro Pack bag is the unique way it stores your gear. Instead of opening from the outside, you actually unzip the camera compartment from the bag’s backside. This can make it tough to access all of your gear at once, but here’s the genius part – the bag’s design allows you to easily unzip the top of the camera section and take out a couple pieces of gear that are stored closer to the top. In the demo photo below, you can see how it works.

Incase DSLR laptop backpack

Incase DSLR laptop backpack

Speaking of the back of the bag, check out that thick, mesh material lining the back and straps. They feel as comfy as they look, keeping your back and shoulders protected as you haul your gear around.

Side pocket for tripod or monopod attachment

If you travel with larger items such as a tripod, monopod or umbrella, you could also tack that on to this bag with the buckles, and extra pocket located on the right-hand exterior of the bag.

Extra room up front for more office accessories

Since the bag’s backside provides primary access to photo gear, that means the front pockets provide very easy access to the rest of the accessories you choose to pack. In this case, that could include a laptop (up to the size of a 15″ MacBook Pro), a notebook, pocket-sized point and shoot camera, and important documents like your passport.

Incase DSLR laptop backpack

Incase DSLR laptop backpack

Two things I wish were included

Ergonomics are a top feature to look out for when selecting a new backpack. While this backpack is ergonomic in many ways, including the mesh back padding and a secure chest strap, I wish there were also waist straps. This would make me feel a bit more comfortable if I were hauling my full camera and laptop kit around on my back.

Another feature I’d like to see (especially as a Seattle resident) is the inclusion of a rain jacket. While I have no doubt that the bag’s durable 840D nylon would protect my gear from a light sprinkling, I’m not so confident about it handling a downpour very well.

Overall a high rating for this bag. Have you tried this one or any other camera/laptop backpacks out? Please share your favorite in the comments below.

Check out the Incase DSLR Pro Pack on Amazon.

Disclaimer: The supplier provided this product to our writer to do this review, which is a 100% unbiased opinion of the author. 

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Suzi Pratt is an internationally published Seattle event and food photographer. Her photos appear regularly in Eater and Getty Images. She is also a blogger who teaches others how to run a successful photography business.

  • linda.kersten

    I basically get paid approximately 6,000-8,000 bucks on monthly basis from freelancing at home. For everybody looking to complete simple at home work for 2h-5h /day from your house and get decent income for doing it… Try this work IS.GD/wAEVRO

  • Clarence Hemeon

    Thanks for the review Suzi as I am looking for a better bag that what I have and this one sounds good. I do agree with the rain coat as it is needed here on the east coast of Canada (Nova Scotia).

  • 3.5 years later, I attest that I still love and use this bag regularly. It’s held up remarkably well!

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