Best camera backpack for my needs?

I was just looking for a recommendation for a rugged camera backpack. I currently own a small canon backpack, which is fine for small outings but is ungodly uncomfortable for long trips which is a major downside, as well as it it rather small. A couple things I am looking for are...

- Large enough for two camera bodies, 1-2 long lenses, and several smaller lenses

- Plenty of compartments for little accessories, filters, etc.

- Room to strap on a tripod/monopod

- Comfortable for long trips, including hikes

- Needs to have some means of waterproofing, such as a cover or something along those lines that you can attach when necessary.

Those are the main things i'm looking for. 10 point for any help! Thanks a lot.


Being a little less vague, the long lens would be a 300 mm f/2.8 and a 70-200 f/2.8. The camera bodies would all be relatively the same size. I am asking because there are no camera stores within 100 miles of where I live that don't sell anything other than the ultra basics, which is not what I am looking for and the next best option is to get opinions from people online and do some more research myself. Just looking for some ideas.

4 Answers

  • Matt
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    I use a regular backpack for my photo gear. Photopacks are nice with the inserts, but they are not great backpacks. In my opinion, the best small packs on the market are the DaKine Heli Pro packs made for snowboarding. The big advantage is that they have a descent hip belt, so they take weight off the shoulders.


    You can DIY the inserts or have someone make them:

    These guys made some adjustable inserts that they funded on Kickstarter and will start selling:

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  • 8 years ago


    If you want the best results the best thing to do would be to go Photo store and check the gear out yourself. You know your gear better than anyone else.

    Having someone guestimate if your gear can fit into a bag online is sorta sketchy

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    There are just as many backpacks as there are flavors of Slurpies. You just have to go out and try them for yourself. I have been advised and agree that it is best to see it in person. "Long lens" and "2 bodies" can mean very different things to different people. So go in, open them up and feel them down like Micheal Jackson in a daycare.

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  • 8 years ago

    look at the LOWEPRO AW Slingshot range...

    they are great bags...

    i use the 300AW for 1 camera and 7 lenses with flash and various other accessories...

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