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The best photo backpacks for 2020: our complete guide

Written by Agathe Rosse

Whether you are a beginner, amateur or professional photographer, it is often necessary to bring your own photographic equipment. Capturing moments of life, landscapes, travel memories, covering an event, a wedding… are so many opportunities to take with you camera, lenses, accessories (flashes, filters, extra batteries, tripod…).

Then comes the choice of a bag that will have to conform to several expectations: its comfort, ergonomics, resistance and volume. Buying a bag for your camera gear can be a puzzle when faced with these many criteria.

To help you choose, we have made a selection of the best photo bags on the market in 2020.

Our top 3 Best Photo Bags of 2020


The best low budget bag
The best mid-range backpack
The best premium backpack
Cullmann Panama BackPack 200
Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II
Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW II
Made from a strong, waterproof fabric, this backpack is suitable for photographers who don't carry too much gear with them but want comfort and strength.
Your gear is at hand with this backpack. With quick release openings, it offers excellent accessibility to its contents.
This sturdy backpack allows you to carry all your photographic equipment and accessories thanks to its numerous storage compartments while protecting it from the elements.
CULLMANN 93782 Panama 200 Backpack for DSLR Equipment - Black
Lowepro Fastpack 250 AW II Photographic Backpack, All Weather Cover for Laptop Up to 15 Inch, DSLR, Mirrorless Cameras, CSC, LP36869-PWW
Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW II Black Pro Modular Backpack with All Weather Cover for Laptop Up to 15 Inch, Tablet, Canon/Sony Alpha/Nikon DSLR, Mirrorless CSC and DJI Mavic Drones LP37177-PWW, Black
£37.77
£90.44
Price not available
The best low budget bag
Cullmann Panama BackPack 200
Made from a strong, waterproof fabric, this backpack is suitable for photographers who don't carry too much gear with them but want comfort and strength.
CULLMANN 93782 Panama 200 Backpack for DSLR Equipment - Black
£37.77
The best mid-range backpack
Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II
Your gear is at hand with this backpack. With quick release openings, it offers excellent accessibility to its contents.
Lowepro Fastpack 250 AW II Photographic Backpack, All Weather Cover for Laptop Up to 15 Inch, DSLR, Mirrorless Cameras, CSC, LP36869-PWW
£90.44
The best premium backpack
Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW II
This sturdy backpack allows you to carry all your photographic equipment and accessories thanks to its numerous storage compartments while protecting it from the elements.
Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW II Black Pro Modular Backpack with All Weather Cover for Laptop Up to 15 Inch, Tablet, Canon/Sony Alpha/Nikon DSLR, Mirrorless CSC and DJI Mavic Drones LP37177-PWW, Black
Price not available

 

🏆 The top 3 Best Photo Bags of 2020


 

How to choose your photo bag?


As the years go by, you start to own more and more photographic equipment. Transporting them becomes complicated. The purchase of a photo bag then becomes necessary to facilitate your travels.

To help you choose the one you need, we advise you to consider the following criteria:

Comfort

You will probably carry your photo bag and all the equipment in it for several hours. It is then advisable to choose a fairly light bag with padded shoulder straps, padded back, breathable surface…

Ergonomics

Some photo bags have quick-release openings to keep your gear close at hand. Others offer good versatility thanks to their modular storage. Photo bags can be adapted to the situation by also being carried over the shoulder or on the back.

Resistance

Backpacks follow you everywhere and are often put to the test. Checking the quality of the materials used and the design of the bag (impermeability for example) will allow you to ensure the protection of your photographic equipment against water, dust or shocks.

The volume

This criterion will depend on the amount of material you wish to transport. You can, for example, put an SLR, 5/6 lenses, a flash, a tripod, accessories (memory cards, extra batteries) and even your 15-inch Notebook at the same time in a large volume bag.

Our complete selection of 2020 photo bags


1. The waterproof backpack from Beschoi

The Beschoi bag caught our attention with its many compartments. Divided into three parts via removable foams, your equipment can be organized and transported safely. Its storage space is arranged as follows:

  • Top compartment for personal items
  • Intermediate compartment for the reflex and its lenses
  • Low compartment for telephoto or flash lenses.

There are also two straps on the right side to attach a travel tripod.

This photo backpack can therefore simultaneously hold :

  • 1 reflex camera
  • 3 or 4 objectives
  • 1 flash
  • 1 travel tripod
  • 1 iPad or a computer (max 9.7 inches)
  • your accessories (SD cards, chargers, water bottle…)

Water doesn’t scare him away thanks to its waterproof nylon material that keeps your gear dry. Durable and flexible, it also resists wear, scratches and tears. Comfortable and ergonomic, it makes a perfect travel companion.

The benefits
  • Versatile thanks to its removable foams
  • Sturdy nylon material
The drawbacks
  • Missing a lap belt to prevent snatching

Technical Specifications :

Subject Nylon
Color Grey
External dimensions 42cm × 26cm × 23cm
Interior dimensions 40cm × 24cm × 21cm
Weight 0.94kg

2. The Vanguard Alta Sky 51D Bag

The Alta Sky 51D backpack is one of the top-of-the-range photo carrying bags. The 1/3-2/3 configuration allows you to organize the storage of your equipment according to your needs.

Its rear ventilation makes it comfortable when worn. Once placed on the ground, it stands vertically in a very stable manner. Your material remains protected.

Thanks to its waterproof cover, it is rainproof. Equipped with a colourful and bright interior coating, you can easily visualize and identify the contents.

It has multiple storage compartments at the rear, sides and also on the top. Your accessories are thus easily accessible.

The Alta Sky 51D backpack can integrate :

  • 2 reflex cameras with associated lens
  • 4 additional objectives
  • 1 flash
  • Accessories (chargers, SD cards…)

You can also put a 15-inch computer in there.

The benefits
  • Comfortable with rear ventilation
  • Compact, does not take up too much space
  • Coloured interior storage to show off your equipment

 

The drawbacks
  • Volume may be insufficient

Technical Specifications :

Color Grey
External dimensions 37cm × 26cm × 56.5cm
Interior dimensions 32cm × 20cm × 51cm
Weight 2.92kg

3. The Endurax bag

The Endurax backpack accompanies you on your travels by protecting your camera equipment thanks to its armoured panel positioned in front of the upper and lower compartments. Its interior padding provides extra protection.

It has a large capacity allowing it to accommodate simultaneously :

  • 3 reflexes
  • 8 objectives
  • 3 flashes
  • Accessories

A pocket for a 17-inch laptop and a 10-inch tablet.

Some compartments have been designed to store cables and other small accessories, preventing them from getting tangled. The main compartment has adjustable dividers to adapt your bag to your needs.

The benefits
  • Adaptable thanks to its modular partitions
  • Protects the material well with its interior padding
  • Has a large capacity
The drawbacks
  • Weight of 3kg quite important

Technical Specifications :

Color Black
External dimensions 48.6cm × 31cm × 24cm
Weight 3kg

4. The Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW II Bag

The Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW II photo bag is versatile thanks to its convertible strap that allows you to carry it over the shoulder or on your back.

It can accommodate a Notebook up to 15 inches, it allows the transport of many materials while keeping a good hold thanks to its robustness.

This photo backpack also includes a utility pouch, a tripod module, a bottle holder and two quick straps. You can easily add a carabiner to the zippers to secure the contents of your backpack when you travel.

Equipped with a protective cover, it is protected from bad weather such as rain, snow, dust and sand. The protective cover is large enough to house a tripod attached to the outside of the bag.

The benefits
  • Can be worn over the shoulder or on the back
  • Weather protection cover
  • Holds a computer up to 15 inches
The drawbacks
  • Its weight of 2.84kg which can be felt on the shoulders

Technical Specifications :

Color Black
External dimensions 46cm × 22cm × 52cm
Interior dimensions 30cm × 16cm × 44cm
Weight 2.84kg
Volume 25L

5. The Manfrotto MB MA-BP-T Bag

Best known for its tripods, Manfrotto is expanding its range with photo bags including the Gear Backpack L model.

The versatile Manfrotto Gear Backpack L can be worn in three ways: as a shoulder bag (right or left handed), as a backpack or in an X position thanks to its adjustable straps.

It can hold up to one SLR, a large lens, 6 additional lenses, a flash unit, memory cards, accessories and a 15-inch laptop.

Its design allows you to easily tilt the photo bag back and forth for quick access to your gear. You can access it without leaving your backpack.

It is composed of two parts: a high part and a low part. The lower part is dedicated to your photo equipment and the upper part to the rest of the equipment you need less often.

Foam dividers give you the possibility to modulate the storage of your bag according to your needs.

This bag also has two outside zipped pockets allowing you to retrieve your accessories without having to reopen the main compartments. A place is provided for attaching a small tripod via straps.

The benefits
  • Modular foam separators
  • Easy access to storage
The drawbacks
  • Missing a back ventilation system

Technical Specifications :

Color Black
External dimensions 42cm × 30cm × 19cm
Weight 0.82kg

6. The Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II Bag

Lowepro created its first internally reinforced bag in 1967. Since then, the brand has been developing new bags that meet the needs of many sportsmen and enthusiasts (climbers, skiers, mountain bikers, hikers…). It also designs waterproof backpacks dedicated to photographic equipment, evolving with the demands of the evolution of technology and photography.

The Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II series Fastpack II gives you quick and easy access to your equipment thanks to the photo compartment. It features an adjustable interior and two access modes: 180-degree quick side access and full access.

Adjustable dividers are present to allow you to store a DSLR with lens mounted, up to three additional lenses or flashes, a computer up to 15 inches as well as a tablet, hard drive, smartphone..

A top compartment provides space to store and protect your essential accessories such as extra batteries or memory cards.

On the back is a padded compartment for a 15″ Notebook as well as a pocket for a tablet.

A flap closure also provides additional protection for the outer compartments when you’re on the move. Attachments will allow you to carry a small tripod or monopod. Also equipped with a side net, you will be able to bring a bottle of water when you travel.

The Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II will protect your equipment from bad weather (rain, snow, dust, sand…) thanks to its protective cover. A padded belt is present for a good support of the photo bag.

The benefits
  • Can be worn on the back or on the side for easy access to your equipment
  • The upper compartment allows the storage of other objects such as a drone
  • The photo compartment is large
The drawbacks
  • The tripod attachment is especially suitable for small tripods
  • Boxes more than 8cm thick cannot fit into the side compartment

Technical Specifications :

Color Black
External dimensions 31cm × 26cm × 50cm
Interior dimensions 29cm × 15.5cm × 27.5cm
Camera compartment 29cm × 15.5cm × 27.5cm
Notebook compartment 29cm × 2cm × 46cm
Shelf compartment 24cm × 1.5cm × 30.5cm
Weight 1.8kg

About the author

Agathe Rosse

I have been a kindergarten assistant for 4 years now, I enjoy my free time for my passions. I love cooking (gourmet food is my biggest flaw!), adventure and sports. Writing is one of my hobbies, to let the pen express my thoughts. I never leave without my little notebook!