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Shopping for bags - When it comes to bags Nik is on the case and the pouch and the backpack...

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When you have a camera, several lenses, a tripod and accessories having something to carry them in is a rather sensible idea, but with so many bags out there on the market which one should you choose? Well if you're pondering over pouches or cerebrating read on and find the answers you're looking for zipped up in ePHOTOzine's buyers guide for bags.

Crumpler
Crumpler have a camera bag for everyone. From their photo pouches to large trolley cases they will have a bag perfect for you.
 
Messenger Boy 80 Pouch (6 x 10.5 x 4 cm)
This is the second-largest pouch in the Messenger Boy range and will easily hold a compact camera.
 
It has a waterproof Ripstop lining, a front pocket that fits a memory card, a Velcro fastener and a back attachment for belts. The bag also comes with a messenger style strap for across body carrying.
The bag comes in black, white, brown and green.
 
Muffin Top 7500 (35 x 22 x 16 cm)
The Muffin Top 7500 is the largest bag featured in the Muffin Top range. It will easily fit two SLRs with up to four lenses plus any accessories you may need. You can choose to have a black, red, brown or green bag and they all feature an adjustable shoulder strap with a removable shoulder pad.
 
Your belongings will be kept dry thanks to the waterproof Ripstop lining, there are also padded dividers and extra padding around the bag to ensure better camera protection. Your belongings are kept safe with a clip fastened, Velcro main clasp. There's also a front flap pocket which has an internal accessory pocket.
 
 
Master Delhi 770 (47 x 35.5 x 25.5cm)
If you like leather bags then the Master Delhi range is perfect for you. The 770 model is the largest in the group and comes in black with a white trim or in dark brown with a grey trim.
 
It features Ripstop waterproof lining, a padded flap that features a zip pocket and three internal slip pockets. There's a fully removable photo pouch with extra padding and internal dividers, fully adjustable shoulder straps, external loops for pouch and lens cases and a padded back for extra comfort.

The Easy Weasy Half Photo backpacks (37 x 43 x 28 cm)

The Easy Weasy is the smallest in the Half Photo range with the Turkish Shower and the Mob Boss having slightly larger dimensions.

All of the bags feature a waterproof lining, back padding and adjustable shoulder straps with chest strap and accessory loops for extra comfort. There's a removable protective camera pouch with adjustable padded dividers, a photo compartment at the bottom and also a laptop compartment. The bag fastens with zips and you access the main compartment though the zip down trap door. For extra protection the bag has a removable rain cover and a removable protective camera pouch with adjustable padded dividers.

 

Trolly Photo Case (50H x 48W x 25D cm)
The Bored Room Photo Trolley lets you carry all of your gear without breaking your back. It comes in a variety of colours and trims, is made of a strong but light super-foam and is also waterproof. There's a wide wheel base with an aluminium axle, a dual telescopic handle and a variety of pockets, holders and dividers will keep your equipment organised and safe.
 
The photo pouch will fit two camera bodies, eight lenses and external flash and accessories. There's also a laptop pouch that will fit a 17in laptop.



Tamrac
For nearly 30 years, Tamrac has built bags that not only protect your equipment  but they give you convenient access too.
 
Neo Dgitial 7 (9 x 8 x 13 cm)
The Neo Digital Pouch is perfect for small digital cameras and the Neo Digital 7 model will easily accommodate cameras such as the Canon A510 and the Nikon Coolpix 5900.
 
The case is made from shock-absorbing Neoprene which protects the camera without the bulk. The bag features a quick access flap and a front pocket to hold items such as memory cards. The bag will easily fit into a backpack or can be carried on the adjustable, removable shoulder strap or fastened to a belt.
 
Aero 50 camera bag (30 x 15 x 22cm)
The Aero 50 is part of the Aero series. It's a shoulder bag that will accommodate a digital or film SLR with a lens attached (up to 4in), an additional lens, a flash and any accessories you may need.
Your equipment is protected by foam padding and foam dividers and an external front pocket and two side pockets can hold any small accessories. The bag is carried on an adjustable shoulder strap which features a padded carrying handle.

Velocity 10X (36 x 27 39cm)
This bag is part of the award-winning Velocity Series. It's a sling pack large enough to hold two bodies with lenses attached and a flash. It has a flip top so you can access your equipment without removing the bag and the carry strap is well padded. There's also a waist belt that can be tucked away when not in use.
Cyberpro Express (56 x 28 x 34cm)
Perfect for photographers on the go the CyberPro Express will hold two large SLR cameras, multiple lenses and a laptop, which is protected by a foam-padded pocket. An accessory pocket will hold items such as pens and phones while items such as memory cards can be placed in the small pocket in the top lid. The handle opens and closes with the push of a button and the bag is pulled along on ball bearing in-line skate wheels.

Adventure 7 (33 x 28 x 51cm)
This bag doesn't look like a camera bag but it will happily accommodate a large SLR with a grip and lens attached, several lenses, a flash and accessories.
 
The top part of the bag functions like a traditional bag would and will hold a jacket or your lunch when out taking photographs while the lower sections is foam-padded to protect your camera gear. It is also has a weather flap and a quick release buckle for added security. There are also two mesh pockets and two lash tabs which can accommodate a tripod.

Think Tank
Think Tank Photo make bags specifically designed for SLR uses. Here's a sample of their new range of backpacks and holsters.

ShapeShifter backpack (51.0 x 32.0 x 18.0cm)
This backpack expands and contracts to fit your equipment and compresses to 3in in depth when not in use. The bag has interior pockets and can hold a 17in laptop as well as all of your camera gear. The back of the bag features an air flow system and there's also shoulder harness pockets, D rings, a sternum strap and a removable waist belt.

Price: £190.00

StreetWalker HardDrive (29 x 49 x 22cm)
Designed for use in urban and crowded environments, this backpack will also hold a 15in laptop, as well as a DSLR and a 70-200 f/2.8 lens. You can carry a monopod or tripod in the bottom front pocket and there's an additional tripod cup for larger tripods. There are several pockets and a clear business card holder for quick identification and a contoured harness make the bag comfortable to wear. There's a removable seam-sealed rain cover, a removable webbbing waist belt, D rings and a sternum strap.
 
Price: £116.00

Urban Disguise 50 (38 x 28 x 15cm)
The Urban Disguise 50 is a shoulder bag that can accommodate a wide angle lens with the hood attached, a 24-70mm f/2.8 with the hood, a 70-200 f/2.8 with the hood reversed, two pro-size SLR’s in the expandable front pockets (without the lenses attached), and a 1in laptop. The bag also has the advantage of not looking like a camera bag giving you extra security.
Price: £109.50
Digital Holster 30 (20.3 x 12.7 x 33cm)
Designed for digital SLR cameras, each Digital Holster™ features two vertical lengths to accommodate different sizes of lenses and hoods, both reversed and in position ready to shoot. The bag has an expanding capacity for two different vertical heights and the foam fitting shape means it isn't bulky.

The bag also has side pockets for storing memory cards, a shoulder strap and a seam-sealed raincover.
 
Price: £44.75

Airport International V2.0 ( 36 x 24.5 x 53.5 cm)
Designed for international carry-on, this roller provides advanced security features and peace of mind. The bag has a TSA security combination lock and a security plate with a unique serial number which means you can prove the bag is yours. It has several pockets and a business card holder to help you organise your equipment and the bag comes with replaceable wheels and a bottom handle.

Price: £218.50

Visit snapperstuff for more information.
 
Billingham
M Billingham & Co is a family run business and they produce all their bags in the UK. If you are after a bag that: “reflect an English preoccupation with excellence and attention to detail” take a look at Billingham.

Delta Pocket (13.5 x 6 x 20.5cm)
The Delta Pocket is part of Billingham's Pouches and Pockets range and is made from khaki canvas, a tan leather trim and brass fittings. It is designed specifically to fit on to other Billingham bags with the Delta shoulder sling fixings. This pouch has a waterproof neck is lightly padded and features a no-crush press stud fastening which means you can open and close the pouch without pressing on your equipment.

Price: £34.04 (Excluding VAT)

Hadley digital (22 x 13.5 x 22.5cm)
The Hadley Digital is designed to carry a DSLR with a standard lens attached. It features a non-removable insert, an adjustable quick release strap, a front pocket with press-stud fastening and a main flap which covers the mouth of the bag when closed.
 
The bag comes in a variety of finished and is priced at £67.23 (Excluding VAT)

225 camera bag (32 x 22 x 23cm)
Part of the 5 series the 225 camera bag is made from Billingham Stormblock canvas, solid brass fittings and full grain vegetable tanning leather. It features a adjustable Delta shoulder sling and comes complete with a leather and neoprene SP15 shoulder pad. The re-designed bag now features an extra four pockets in the main compartment too. The zip top opening has been re-modelled so the zip panels can lie behind the inside pockets which forms the Billingham TukTop. The bag also features a Five Loop Fixing system so that a Back Pack Harness or Tripod Straps can be attached.
 
Price: £178.72 (Excluding VAT)
The Classic 550 (46 x 28 30cm)
This was the first soft camera bag manufactured in Britain. It can be used as both a spacious camera bag or as a travel bag and is made from khaki canvas, a tan leather trim and brass fittings. It has an adjustable shoulder sling which comes with a leather and neoprene SP20 shoulder pad. An 8-15, 9-15 and 9-18 Superflex, together with a Flap are also included. There's also two matching side pockets that can accommodate any accessories you may have.

Price: £340.43 (excluding VAT)

Packington (42.5 x 16 x 31.5cm)
The bag features a large front pocket which is zipped and protected by a large rain flap with the Billingham Quick Release System. The main compartment contains a removable padded insert and documents can be stored in the the external back pocket. For extra security an adjustable waist strap can be attached with the Billingham Quick Release System. The bag comes in black or khaki canvas with a tan leather trim and brass fittings.

Price: £161.70


Visit Billingham for more information.

Hama
Hama's bags are not only perfect for the DSLR user as their small aha bags are also perfect for the compact fan.





aha: Photo bag 60G Dark Grey (6.5 x 2.5 10.5cm)
This is the original aha camera bag and is made from printed Polytex material, this model comes in dark-grey but other colours are available in the range. The bag has a belt loop, zipper opening and a neck strap with a snap hook. Inside there's a compartment for memory cards and a loop and hook fastener. The bag also comes with a 10 year guarantee.

Price: £14.67

Hama Defender 220 (42 x 27 x 30 cm)
The Defender series are made from Polytex that has a water repellent base. You can organise your bag with moveable barricades and L-dividers which will protect your equipment. Protected zips, tough belts and strong metal hooks all help create a robust design. A front pocket gives you space for your accessories and there's also a removable memory card case for six CF or eight SD memory cards and a washable micro fibre cleaning cloth for screens and lenses. The removable shoulder strap can be adjusted and has a ergonomically shaped shoulder pad. There's also a rain protector cover which will shield your bag from the elements.

Price: £166.37

Visit Hama for more information.

Sativa
Sativa create their bags from hemp which makes them eco-friendly as well as practical.
 
Camera/Travel Shoulder Bag (22 x 28cm)
This bag is designed with organisation in mind. It has pen slots, pockets, a phone holder and a rear pocket to keep items such as memory cards close at hand. There are two compartments which are fastened with zips and a half flap covers the two compartments and is secured with two magnetic locks. The shoulder strap is adjustable and the bag is available in pink or brown.
 
Price: £36.50
Professional Hemp Camera Bag (27 x 17x 31cm)
This environmentally friendly bag has extra padding to protect your camera equipment. The changeable pads on the inside can also be moved to fit any camera and accessories. A waterproof cover is stored in the base of the bag and the adjustable padded shoulder straps make sure you get a perfect fit. The bag is available in five colours and you also get a free Sativa key ring too.
 
Price: £51.99
Hemp Mini Camera/ Shoulder Bag (11 x 17cm)
This small bag is a great way to carry your compact camera. The hemp/cotton bag has a belt loop as well as an adjustable shoulder strap which means you can keep the bag close. The main and front pockets have a zip for extra security and you also get a Sativa key ring too. The bag comes in aqua or pink and is priced at £19.99.
Horizontal Shoulder Bag/Camera Bag (18x 13cm)
This bag can be used to carry your compact, phone or even just your cash in. The main compartment has a zip for extra security and the adjustable shoulder strap means you will always get the perfect fit. There's an added pocket for all your accessories and you also get a free key ring too. If you want to keep your bag close to you then there's a belt loop so you can wear it round your waist. The bags are available in six colours and is priced at £25.99

Visit Sativa for more information.

National Geographic
National Geographic don't just have a TV channel you know they make bags and many other camera accessories too!
The Earth Explorer Large Backpack(NG 5737) (40 x 30 x 60cm)
The Earth Explorer Large Backpack (5737) is the ideal solution for the professional hikers and adventurers who need a protective carrying solution to combine their personal gear and photographic/video gear all in one. It is the first backpack to address the needs of the photographer without compromising the hiking gear space.
  1. Lower padded photo compartment holds a camera/camcorder and many accessories such as lenses (up to 300 mm), flash unit, batteries, cables, charger, etc. This compartment features a set of modular dividers that will allow you to customize the bag to your gear.
  2. Upper personal storage compartment opens with a large pull-tight flap and will hold all of your personal necessities, such as food, clothes, books, etc. If necessary, the division between upper and lower compartments can be removed to create one large storage space.
  3. Rear padded compartment will hold a laptop and accessories.
  4. Multiple external pockets and pouches will accommodate many items such as stationery, wallet, passport, binoculars, water bottles, etc.
  5. Special connecting points to tie on more gear such as an ice axe, walking stick, or sleeping bag.
  6. Side pockets can be used as an anchored support for a tripod.
  7. Advanced harness system designed to allow ultimate adjustment of its components: padded, ergonomic shoulder straps, six-point adjustable waist belt and lumbar pad, ensuring the perfect fit for each individual carrier. When not in use, the harness can be neatly folded out of the way to allow for easy storage.
  8. Two handy pockets on waist belt to store pocketknife, phone, etc.
  9. Rain cover to protect the entire bag and its contents.
  10. Quick-snap buckle for easy access to your equipment.
The Earth Explorer Medium Backpack (5162) (29 x 10 x 23cm)
The Earth Explorer Medium Backpack (5162) will hold hiking equipment, personal items, and photographic/video gear. Its intricate design provides an optimal solution for photographic equipment storage without compromising space for hiking gear.
  1. Lower photo padded compartment holds a camera/camcorder and accessories such as lens, flash unit, batteries, cables, charger, etc. This compartment features a set of modular dividers that will allow you to customize the bag to your gear.
  2. Upper personal storage compartment opens with a large pull-tight flap and will hold all of your personal necessities such as food, clothes, books, etc. If necessary, the division between upper and lower compartments can be removed to create one large storage space.
  3. Rear padded compartment will hold a laptop and accessories. These items are accessible through the main compartment or via a side zipper.
  4. Multiple external pockets and pouches will accommodate many items such as stationery, wallet, binoculars, cell phone, etc.
  5. Special connecting points and included straps allow you to tie on more gear such as a walking stick or tripod.
  6. Advanced harness system is designed to allow ultimate adjustment of its padded, ergonomic shoulder straps, ensuring the perfect fit for each individual carrier.
  7. Two designated “pull out” side pouches for water bottles can also be used as anchored supports for a tripod or a monopod.
  8. Quick-snap buckle for easy access to your equipment.
  9. Rain cover to protect the entire bag and its contents.
Picstop stock National Geographic bags or you can visit National Geographic for more information.

Cobra Photographic

Cobra is renowned within the photographic industry for the development, manufacturing and distribution of camera accessories and has it's own range of camera bags perfect for the DSLR or compact user.

Cambridge (6 x 10.5 x 3cm)
This bag is available in three sizes and in blue, brown and grey. It's a digital camera pouch made from 1680D Polyester, Mesh and Neoprene trim.
 

London 6
This hard wearing bag is perfect for your DSLR or video camera. It's made from 600D Polyester and is black with a grey trim. There are several zip pockets to keep your items safe and two side release buckles will keep the main compartment locked. The sturdy handles mean you will be able to carry your items with ease.

London 10
The London 10 is made from the same 600D Polyester as the London 6 and has plenty of room for your camera equipment and any other accessories you may have. The bag is black and grey and features several zip compartments of various size which means you have ample storage for everything from memory cards to your camera. The main compartment features a divider to help keep you organised and the adjustable back straps mean you will always have a comfortable journey.

Reading 6IP

This SLR/video camera bag is made from 1680D Nylon and has an Intercept Protector Lining to help stop corrosion. The bag is black with grey trim and features several small pockets as well as the main zipped compartment to keep your items secure.

This SLR/video camera bag is made from 1680D Nylon and has in Intercept Protector Lining to help stop corrosion. The bag is black with grey trim and features several small pockets as well as the main zipped compartment to keep your items secure and the sturdy handles making carrying easy.

For information on prices visit Cobra.

Lowepro

With over forty years in the business Lowepro know a thing or too about bags.

The Apex 30 Pouch

The Apex 30 pouch can hold a compact digital camera, memory card and additional batteries. The guide retail price including VAT is £19.


The Flipside 400 AW backpack
The Flipside 400 AW backpack is a high performance backpack for carrying and protecting camera gear.
 
The main compartment in the Flipside 400 AW will hold a professional DSLR with up to a 300mm lens. There's also room for four to six more lenses and accessories such as memory cards in the built-in soft-brushed Tricot pockets. The backpack also features the SlipLock™ loops, should you need to attach any additional pouches or accessories.
 
The Flipside 400 AW comes equipped with the Hideaway Tripod Holder, which secures a tripod to the front of the pack. It also provides contoured shoulder straps and a padded waist belt, providing day long comfort and support. It also features Lowepro’s unique patented All Weather Cover™ to provide additional weather resistance against rain, dust and snow.
 
The Lowepro Flipside 400 AW is available in two colours – Black and Pine Green and is priced at £119.
 
Terraclime Series
Lowepro’s greenest series has been designed with the environmental and fashion conscious photographer in mind.
 
There are four sizes in the Terraclime Series, all of which feature a durable, external fabric which is water and abrasion resistant. The Terraclime 10 and 30 pouches will hold ultra compact and compact cameras, while the Terraclime 50 will carry a compact camera with a high optical zoom lens.
 
All the sizes come with soft, colourful lining to protect the camera, and extra memory cards tuck neatly into the interior pockets of the soft sided pouch. The detachable shoulder strap gives users the option to wear the pouch over the shoulder, across the body - messenger style, or on a belt using the belt loop.
 
The largest of the series, the Terraclime 100 is a DSLR shoulder bag which is designed to hold a DSLR with lens attached in a removable camera wrap. An internal zippered pocket securely stores extra memory cards and accessories, plus there are exterior slip pockets for personal items.
 
The Terraclime Series is available in black, plum and grass and can be purchased for £9 (guide retail.)
 
The Nova AW Series
The Nova AW is an ideal choice for photographers looking for easy access to equipment and protection as this bag boasts a unique 360° All Weather Cover™ allowing you to keep the bag fully protected from the elements while in use.
 
The Nova AW Series can hold a digital SLR with 18-55mm lens attached and a flash unit, to the largest (200) holding one to two Pro DSLR cameras with 24-105mm lens attached, with room for three to five lenses and a flash unit. There's an easy access front pocket for storage of accessories and the bag comes complete with handy built in dual memory card pockets.
 
Available in six sizes and four colours, all sizes are equipped with a cushioned grab-handle and padded shoulder strap, with a Collarcut™ shoulder strap exclusive to the Nova 190 and 200 AW.
 
The new Nova AW Series is priced from around £36.

Rolling CompuTrekker AW
Rolling CompuTrekker AW is ideal for travelling photographers (suitable for airline carrying). Designed to hold a 12in notebook, pro DSLR, 4-5 lenses or flash units, plus accessories. Guide retail price: around £265.

Visit Daymen for more information.

Jessops
Jessops have their own series of camera bags which come in a variety of sizes and shapes perfect for you.

Jessops Osprey Pouch
The Pouch is perfect for your compact and is made form waterproof material so your precious equipment will be kept safe from the British weather. Internal Dimension: 7.5 x 3 x 11.5cm.
 
Jessops Osprey Shoulder bag
The should bag will have a strap which comes out and goes over your shoulder, as well as the small one shown in the picture. The material is also waterproof keeping your equipment dry as well as safe. Internal Dimensions: 15.2 x 10.5 x 16.5cm.
 
Jessops Cam Case
The Cam Case is a strong, lockable rigid carry case providing high level protection for photo, video and digital equipment. It includes diced foam, partitions and a shoulder strap. Internal Dimensions (approx): 480 x 350 x 150mm.

Visit Jessops for more details.
 
Naneu
Naneu are a manufacturer of high quality, innovative camera, video and laptop cases and they have redesigned one of their most popular series: the Correspondent Series.
 
The Correspondent Holsters (Largest bag size: 33.7 x 24.1x 21.6cm)
There are four holsters in the range the smallest of which (C-3) will hold a prosumer digicam and the largest (C-9) holds a pro DSLR with up to a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached plus an additional lens and a flash.
 
The bags are made from water-resistant 1680D water resistant Ballistic Nylon, Durable Hypolon and feature inverted YKK zippers. The lids open away from the body for convenient access and the two larger Holsters feature a handle that incorporates a hold-open top buckle. All cases come with a raincover and feature a quick side-access opening.
 
The Correspondent Shoulder bags (Largest bag size: (25.4 x 25.4x 21.6cm)
 
The C-700 Shoulder Bag will hold a DSLR with 4-6 lenses and a flash and the C-500 will hold a DLSR, 2-3 lenses and flash.
 
They are made from the same material as the holsters and feature the same zippers. The lids open away from the body for convenient access and features a raincover, side-access opening, an LCD screen protector cover and innovative tactical handle that incorporates a hold-open top buckle for quick in & out of the gear.
 
Both types of bag will be available June 2009.

Calumet
It doesn't matter if you own a compact or a series of DSLR's Calumet have a bag which is perfect for you.

Calumet PSU65 Point & Shoot Utility Pouch
This padded pouch is the perfect place to store your camera when not in use. With it's easy-access hinged lid and convenient double-Velcro belt loop, this bag is both practical and easy to carry. The main compartment is fully padded and there is a zipper front pocket with two interior pouches to store all your accessories in. The bag is made from water-resistant ripstop nylon and has a durable, 100% ballistic-pattern nylon exterior.
 
The Pouch can be purchased for £9.99.
 
Calumet BP1500 Large Backpack
This backpack will transport your DSLR and laptop with ease. The bag is fully padded and has a 100% ballistic pattern nylon exterior. There's a unique tripod carrying system which has an adjustable mid-section strap, head-strap and a foot pouch. The waist belt features two compartments for convenient access and the mid-section strap allows for easy access to equipment in the top part of the bag. There are pockets and fishnet storage areas for your accessories and the exterior zippers are self-sealing and water-resistant. The bottom of the bag is made from reinforced rubber with anti-skid feet and the interior compartment is fully customisable.

This product comes with a 10 year warranty and is priced at £103.73
 
Calumet Cv998 Shoulder Bag
This shoulder bag features an easy-grip carrying handle as well as an adjustable contoured shoulder strap. The main compartment is fully padded and has adjustable interior dividers, there's also a front pocket for quick-access. There's a built-in mini D-ring and a clasp for attaching accessories and the bag has a 100% Ballistic-Pattern Nylon exterior and features water-resistant, self-sealing exterior zippers.
 
The bag comes with a 10 year warranty and is priced at £57.99.
 
Calumet Rolling Camera Case
This versatile case will house your camera equipment as well as a tripod and light stands. The case has built in casters and a pull-out handle for easy transport and the main storage area consists of a removable compartment with adjustable dividers to keep your equipment organised and safe. It will hold 2-3 SLRs with 4-6 lenses, flash and accessories. There's also a Joey Pouch for your tripod or light stand. The compartment also expands and opens up to provide extra storage space. You can also mount additional camera bags onto the rolling case with the top and front attachments.
 
The bag comes with a 10 year warranty and is priced at £110.99

Visit Calumet for more information.

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