It’s in the Bag: The Most Practical Camera Toters Out There

October 29, 2014

By Theano Nikitas

Ona Berlin II
If you blinked earlier this year, you missed out on the limited edition Berlin, which was designed in collaboration with Leica. Given how quickly the original sold out, Ona is re-introducing this gorgeous handcrafted bag as the Berlin II (with one signature Leica red dot instead of two to differentiate it from the limited-edition model). Although designed for the Leica M system, the Berlin II is large enough to hold other similarly sized gear.
Price: $389

Think Tank Photo Airport International LE Classic
Adding even more class to its classic Airport International rolling carry-on camera case, in honor of its tenth anniversary, Think Tank Photo has added premium full-grain leather accents and panels. Sporting advanced security features and plenty of room for a full kit of camera gear, the Airport International fits carry-on requirements for most carriers in the U.S. and overseas.
Price: $420

EDITOR'S CHOICE: Tenba Shootout Actionpack 14L
Action cameras are addictive and, to borrow an old ad phrase, you can’t have just one. There are the various mounts, backs, media cards and other accessories that make up a full kit for these little cameras, too. The ActionPack 14L holds four GoPros, or similarly sized action cams, and is designed for, well, action—gear is accessible without removing the pack, and you can add a CamelBak to stay hydrated.
Price: $200

Mindshift Gear Rotation 180° Backpacks
Keep critical travel gear, including cameras and passports, safe when traveling with this award-winning series of backpacks. A beltpack is safely tucked away beneath the backpack and is easily rotated to the front for quick and easy access, leaving plenty of room in the main backpack for clothing, electronics and—with an optional insert—additional photo gear. The beltpack is detachable for traveling light.
Prices: $200/$160 (Travel Away; Trail); $200 (Panorama); $390 (Professional); $45-$60 (optional photo inserts)

Lowepro Hardside Cases
Dust, sand, water and baggage handlers are potential threats to your camera gear, but a hard case, like the new models from Lowepro, can help alleviate damage whether you’re on location or traveling by plane. Available in three sizes and able to keep gear dry in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes, the Lowepro Hardside Cases come with a backpack-strap-equipped removable insert for a quick get-up-and-go scenario.
Price: $170-$250

Manfrotto Rolling Organizers
Heading out on location with lighting gear? Check out Manfrotto’s new Pro Light Rolling Camera Organizers for lightweight, water-repellant and shock-resistant cases to transport everything you need—from stands and lights to cables and accessories. Available in three sizes for different lighting needs, all you need to do is customize the inserts, pack it up and you’re good to go.
Price: $440-$550

Jill-e Juliette
Form may follow function, but that doesn’t mean that camera bags can’t be fashionable. Such is the case with Jill-e’s all-leather Juliette. This bag looks more like a purse than a gear bag, and that’s the point, isn’t it? At 9.5 x 4.5 x 7 inches, it’s large enough to fit a DSLR setup, features a flip-up lid, a removable shoulder strap and top handles. It’s available in red, teal or black.
Price: $130