Finding a good alternative to the traditional camera bag (Vaguard, Lowepro…) can quickly be a hard task. It is known, as you start to get more photo stuff : a performant camera body, various lenses and plenty accessories, acquiring a special bag to carry everything appears to be an essential thing. However, practical, quality and nice design are some features you can rarely find in only one bag. Until today, you may have been lazy going out of your convenient camera store, so we did the job for you:
Price: from €229 to €399, depending on the model
With their vintage style, Herringbones camera bags are made of a very soft full grain leather. They all feature many pockets and customizeable details. The inside is padded and it has removeable compartments.
Price: From £137 (€170) to £466 (€578) for the biggest size
Billingham creates waxed cotton bag since 1973 from their factory located in central England, around Birmingham. Originally, the brand only proposed fishing bags, hence such a construction. When in 1978, Martin Billingham who was himself an amateur phototographer discovered some Newyorkese guys carrying their camera in fishing bags, then he decided to convert its brand activity into camera bags manufacturing.
Since summer 2012 the English from garbstore propose a camera bag range with two available sizes. it’s all manufactured in the UK. Bags are made of thick cotton and feature nice leather details. The inside has removeable padded compartments you can change according to your lense(s) size. On the contrary to most bags, Garbstore played a colorful card, which is likeable.
Brand: Hard Graft
Those who already know Hard graft may have difficulties keeping themselves from visiting their website on a regular basis, keeping on their head the idea to finally own one of their bag someday. For the others, know that it is an English high-end accessory brand with a distinctive minimalis design. Felt, nice leather and an awesome render for this accessory specialist who just released its first camera bag. It is made of vegetally tanned leather and features a removeable compartment. It is nice, expensive and we regret that it wasn’t released in a bigger size (dimentions: 19cm x 13cm x18cm).
Price: from €124,90 to €289,90
In general popular from advanced photographers, Domke bags were created to answer specific needs: carrying photo equipment. Jim Domke created the first bag, in search for praticity, sturdyness and reactivity. All made in the US, the range offers bags in many sizes.
Price: from 29€
During a safari in Botswana, John and Elaine Dugmore felt the growing need of a tent repairs service. So they launched using one only sewing machine, which was really not enough to repair the huge pile of tents standing in front of them. So they decided to work upstream, creating better end products. Kalahari’s camera bag range is not the most beautiful of all, but above all one of the less expensive made of sturdy cotton and offering many sizes.
Brand: Ona bags
Price: from €200 to €320
Since 2010, Tracy Foster decided to launch his own bag brand for photographers who also care about their style. Premium materials: full grain cowhide leather, waxed canvas and reused copper, are used to make Ona Bags. With a very classic schoolbag, messenger bag style, they allow carrying up to 3 lenses (7 for the backpacks).
Brand: Moore & Giles
Experts in leather since 1933, Moore & Giles started producing shoes upper, soldes and leather linings, all coming from local tanneries (then international). Only in 2007, the brand starts to focus on accessories. They propose two leather bag models, the Lew above is one of them. It really is beautiful and was created in partnership with a famous photographer: Rick Lew. The bag mixes waxed cotton and leather, the inside has customizeable compartments and a lot of space to carry up to 6 lenses. It is on of our favourites.
Brand: Property of…
Price : €219
The Singapore brand Property Of… launched their first camera bag this year with the Thomas style. made of waxed cotton, it is ideal to carry a reflex and two lenses with its 3 compartments. It also features an outside pocket, a resists to water. Cool thing, 5 colors are available: beige, black, grey, olive and orange.
Brand: Tanner Goods
Price : €270
Since 2012 the American handmade leather expert Tanner Goods added a bag dédicated to photographers in their range. The outfits is made of a sturdy cotton with few leather details. The inside is in felt, ideal to cushion all shocks involved when carrying such a fragile item. The bag isn’t that large, it can have 2/3 lenses maximum.
A thing you’ve now understood, budget for a camera bag vary. Like usual one would say: the more you need a large bag, the higher budget you should have. But actually the “larger and more expensive” does not really work here as it will depend on the material quality your chosen bag will be made of (just like when you buy a regular bag :x). It you have nice camera bag ideas, please feel free to share ;).