MIXED BAGS

OUR SEVEN FA­VORITE NEW PHOTO BACK­PACKS FOR ALL BUD­GETS

Shutterbug - - Contents - By Jon Sienkiewicz

Our Seven Fa­vorite New Photo Back­packs for All Bud­gets

PHO­TOG­RA­PHERS YOUNG AND OLD love photo back­packs. Small won­der: they’re easy to carry, as durable as a moun­tain goat, and they hold a ton of gear. Photo back­packs are avail­able in hun­dreds of styles and col­ors, and at ev­ery price point. Which to choose? Here are our picks of seven new cam­era packs that run the gamut from eco­nom­i­cal to lux­u­ri­ous.

USA GEAR UBK DSLR CAM­ERA BACK­PACK, $35

Don’t let the price fool you. The USA

Gear UBK DSLR Cam­era Back­pack is a bud­get-priced, no-frills bag but it’s very well made. De­signed for a be­gin­ner, youth, or ca­sual shooter, qual­ity is on par with the cam­era-branded back­packs you some­times see bun­dled with mirrorless or com­pact cam­eras. The in­side of this pack is fit­ted with eas­ily mov­able padded di­viders. The out­side is an at­trac­tive, durable gray fab­ric. It fits a com­pact DSLR, up to five lenses, and other small ac­ces­sories. On the front flap there is a small zip­pered pouch deep enough to hold most phones and a large util­ity pocket for fil­ters or lens caps.

Also, there are lash straps and in­verted-u flap pock­ets on ei­ther side. Ex­te­rior di­men­sions: 13.5x10.5x6.5 inches (34.3x26.7x16.5cm).

MAN­FROTTO NX CSC CAM­ERA/DRONE BACK­PACK, $69

De­signed with UAVS in mind, the Man­frotto NX CSC Cam­era/drone Back­pack is at­trac­tively priced and fea­tures wa­ter-re­pel­lent ny­lon con­struc­tion, padded inserts with hook/loop fas­ten­ers, a trol­ley strap, tri­pod lash­ings, and a ded­i­cated tablet com­part­ment. The NX CSC al­lows rear and top ac­cess to con­tents and has pock­ets in­side and out as well as a mesh pocket on ei­ther side. Strap, haul han­dle, and back panel are padded for all-day com­fort. Ex­te­rior di­men­sions: 17.7x11.0x7.5 inches (45.0x28.0x19.0cm).

TAMRAC HOODOO 18, $79

There’s a lot to like with the Tamrac Hoodoo 18. Tamrac is a top-tier cam­era bag maker known for stylish, hard­wear­ing prod­ucts. The Hoodoo 18 is avail­able in black, green, or­ange, or blue and comes with a five-year war­ranty. The ex­te­rior is con­structed of wa­ter­re­sis­tant waxed can­vas plus durable rip­stop fab­rics, and it’s fit­ted with high­qual­ity YKK zip­pers. Bonus: there’s a built-in 13-inch lap­top sleeve. The large main open­ing is de­signed to hold your per­sonal gear (e.g., jacket, snacks) while the sep­a­rate cam­era com­part­ment stows a com­pact DSLR, lenses, and ac­ces­sories. Ca­pac­ity is 18 liters to­tal.

Ex­te­rior di­men­sions: 19.0x10.5x6.5 inches (48.5x27.0x16.5cm).

LOWEPRO URBEX BP 20L, $99

Pop­u­lar and leg­endary brand Lowepro of­fers a photo back­pack that’s well suited for both pho­tog­ra­phers and video mak­ers. The tough and ver­sa­tile Lowepro Urbex BP 20L photo back­pack has a 20-liter ca­pac­ity and ac­com­mo­dates a 15-inch lap­top in a padded, ded­i­cated pocket plus a 10-inch tablet. Other fea­tures in­clude a pass-through trol­ley loop, bot­tle pocket, haul han­dle, and smart­phone pouch. The main in­ter­nal com­part­ment con­tains the in­cluded 11.0x2.8x5.3-inch Lowepro Gear Box equip­ment pouch that is per­fect for small ac­ces­sories like mi­cro­phones or bat­ter­ies. Ex­te­rior di­men­sions: 13.0x5.1x18.9 inches (33.0x13.0x48.0cm).

SHIMODA EX­PLORE 40L BACK­PACK, $379

A new­comer to the ad­ven­ture back­pack arena, Shimoda bags are de­signed to be as gen­tle to the pho­tog­ra­pher as they are to the pay­load of cam­era gear. With the Shimoda Ex­plore 40L Back­pack, equip­ment is di­vided and pro­tected by mod­u­lar Core Units and (op­tional) Ac­ces­sory Cases. Zip­pers are all YKK and the outer ny­lon shell is coated with car­bon­ate ether resin on the out­side and on the in­side for greater wa­ter re­pel­lence. Un­like most photo back­packs, the Ex­plore se­ries fea­tures in­ter­nal T6 alu­minum frames to prop­erly dis­trib­ute the load of heavy equip­ment. Ex­te­rior di­men­sions: 22.4x10.2x11.4 inches (56.9x25.9x29.0cm).

HEX MEDIUM DSLR BACK­PACK, $199

Hex of­fers dozens of bags, com­puter and phone cases in ad­di­tion to cam­era cases and back­packs. The Hex Medium DSLR Back­pack is large but com­fort­ably flat and will hold a pair of DSLRS with 28-70mm size zooms at­tached plus four more lenses and ac­ces­sories. The ex­te­rior is wa­ter-re­sis­tant coated can­vas and the in­side is fleece lined and sub­di­vided by repo­si­tion­able par­ti­tions. The cush­ioned back panel and the pos­te­rior pad­ding on the shoul­der straps are yel­low. This bag pro­vides top ac­cess and a tri­pod lash on one side, and a 17-inch Mac­book Pro fits com­fort­ably. Ex­te­rior di­men­sions: 20.0x12.0x8.0 inches (50.8x30.5x20.3cm).

GIL­LIS LON­DON TRAFAL­GAR RUCKSACK, $422

Us­able as a cam­era back­pack or ev­ery­day bag, this fine spec­i­men is hand­crafted from gen­uine leather and fea­tures unique, spe­cially de­signed hard­ware. The Gil­lis Lon­don Trafal­gar Rucksack has a unique pull­out padded cam­era sleeve that’s ac­ces­si­ble from the side and fits a DSLR with a zoom lens at­tached. It also has two sep­a­rate com­part­ments, both se­cured by YKK zip­pers. One of these com­part­ments is suit­able for 13-inch lap­top stor­age and the other fea­tures a lift-out padded tray. Even for non-pho­tog­ra­phers, this all-leather pack is lux­u­ri­ously ex­quis­ite. Ex­te­rior di­men­sions: 16.9x13.0x5.9 inches (43.0x33.0x15.0cm).

Ç The Tamrac Hoodoo 18 in ac­tion.

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