Roller Bags

Best carry-on pho­tog­ra­phy bags on test

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We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to car­ry­ing cam­era equip­ment, but most meth­ods de­mand you shoul­der the bur­den –lit­er­ally. So if you travel fre­quently, far, or sim­ply need to carry some se­ri­ous gear, put it on wheels and you won’t look back.

A rolling cam­era bag is ba­si­cally a wheeled suit­case that con­tains cus­tom­iz­a­ble di­viders tai­lored to sup­port cam­eras and lenses. Not only are they com­fier than a back­pack, they also tend to be tougher. You can ex­pect a rigid back, base and sides, and ex­te­rior scuff pro­tec­tion in vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas. But if that’s just not rugged enough, cos­set your cam­era in a rolling plas­tic hard case and it’ll be near-in­vin­ci­ble.

With wheels tak­ing the strain, it’s tempt­ing to buy the big­gest bag you can af­ford. How­ever, for max­i­mum travel ver­sa­til­ity we’ve se­lected six de­signs that are just small enough to qual­ify as air­line cabin lug­gage. How­ever, size lim­its vary hugely across car­ri­ers, with bud­get air­lines hav­ing the strictest rules, so do check these rules, or you may have to check your bags. Let’s roll...

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