The Photographer’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide, produced by Feature Shoot in collaboration with PhotoShelter, is now available for free! We’ve asked photographers from around the world to weigh in on this year’s must-have items, and we included some of our teams’ favorite gear as well. In this curated guide to all things photography, you’ll find the best in cameras, lenses, workshops, books and photography accessories–and you’ll also find some of the most resilient and user-friendly camera bags on the market.
The right camera bag can save your back and your wallet, but the perfect choice often varies based on the individual. From carry-on roller bags to backpacks, our list has something for everyone, from rugged outdoor types to the jet-setting editorial set. We’ve collected just a few of them here for easy shopping, but remember to check out the full guide for all your holiday shopping needs. Download it for free here!
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This is a great bag for anyone who loves adventure. Featuring a rain cover, an internal unit with dividers that can be completely removed and expandable roll-top, it’s also compatible with both regulars DSRLs and drones. Plus, it comes with a waist strap to help with weight distribution.
“I’d been looking for a travel camera bag for some time because my Pelican case just wasn’t as flexible as I needed it to be,” photojournalist Tara Pixley tells us. “This bag has a rolltop that lets it expand to include clothes/toiletries along with your laptop and camera gear. It’s incredibly versatile, weatherproof and looks pretty rad to boot. I compared about 15 bags before settling on this one and it is the go-to for a photojournalist who travels a lot for work.”
Built to be the most comfortable backpack in the market, the Tenba Shootout meets carry-on standards, can carry two DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, up to six lenses and your laptop. This pack is also waterproof, has a great front-loading lower compartment, is stylish and has sturdy nylon straps that secure most tripods.
Nicely designed with an adjustable height from 18.3″ to 22.3″, this bag is perfect for someone with a smaller frame.
“My ThinkTank Airport Roller Bag has kept me organized and tidy while traveling for assignments,” documentary and editorial photographer Julia Robinson says. “It fits on those small regional jets and handles my rough and tumble lifestyle.”