With space for your cam­era kit and daily es­sen­tials, th­ese packs have it all

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We rate and com­pare six cam­era day­packs that'll hold your cam­era kit and your ev­ery­day es­sen­tials

It’s not as if there’s a short­age of ways to carry your beloved Nikon and lenses, but when you’re head­ing out on a day-long land­scape shoot (see this is­sue’s Ap­pren­tice fea­ture, page 8) you need some­where for your lunch, a rain­coat and the oc­ca­sional snack. That’s where a day­pack comes into its own, offering a con­ven­tional cam­era com­part­ment paired with a large open space for a full-size lap­top and your day’s other es­sen­tials.

Of course, with only around half the bag set aside for cam­era kit, if you opt for a day­pack you’ll need to be se­lec­tive with your choice of lenses. Fat full-frame op­tics will also be a squeeze, but out­side there’ll usu­ally be handy mount­ing points for a tri­pod, plus pock­ets for small ac­ces­sories.

And though cam­era stor­age may be slightly com­pro­mised, com­fort cer­tainly shouldn’t be. You’ll find all six of our bags boast thickly-padded shoul­der straps, and most have equally com­fort­able back pad­ding. Hiker-fo­cused de­signs even fea­ture a sus­pended back panel to cre­ate a cool­ing air gap.

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