Got too much gear for your little ol’ kit bag? Here are a few bags with no shortage of storage space
So, you’ve picked up a lot of gear over the years. We get it. And sometimes you need to carry it all. Whether you’re a jobbing professional, heading out to shoot with a client or a passionate hobbyist who likes all their kit with them when they shoot landscapes, a spacious bag could be just what you need. We round up a few of the best large photography bags you can buy right now…
1. Think Tank Airport Security V3.0
Can you believe it’s possible to cram two pro-level DSLRs with grips and lenses attached, as well as up to six extra lenses, in a bag that fits into the standard airline carry-on requirements? Well, Think Tank’s amazingly efficient Airport Security series of roller bags do exactly that! As a bonus, this model is also water repellent, and comes with plenty of extra pockets for storing additional accessories and personal items. If you fly a lot, this is your buy.
Think Tank Airport Security V3.0
Designed to meet most international airline carry-on requirements, the Airport Security V3 Rolling Luggage bag from Think Tank can store 2 gripped DSLRs with lenses attached, 4-6 additional lenses, and a 17" laptop and 10" tablet. This sturdy, water-repellent roller bag features multiple additional pockets for accessories and personal items, and a tripod mount pocket on one side.
2. Lowepro Pro Runner BP 450 AW II Backpack
Lowepro’s Pro Runner series strikes an impressive balance between comfort, practicality, capacity and price. It doesn’t assume that just because you’ve got plenty of expensive gear, you’ll be happy splashing your cash on an expensive bag too. For less than £200 you get a bag that can carry two pro-spec DSLRs with lenses attached, as well as five or six extra lenses, additional accessories and up to a 10-inch tablet. And, if you’re not always comfortable with carrying heavy loads on your back, you can try the rolling backpack variant, the Pro Runner RL X450 AW II.
3. Tenba Roadie Roller 24
One of the most popular features of Tenba’s bags is their specially designed camera-holding insert, which allows a camera and up to three lenses to be carried independently of the main bag. Elsewhere on this rolling case, you’ve got smooth reinforced wheels, battery holders, a tripod carrier, TSA-approved padlock and more. The balance between security and convenience has been well done here.
Tenba Roadie Roller 24 - Black
The Roadie Roller 24 fits 2 DSLRs (up to Pro size w/ grip), 8-10 lenses (up to 600mm 4.0), plus a laptop up to 17 ". Its larger-than-carry-on size fits a 70-200mm 2.8 lens standing vertically, and it has space to fit a camera and portable lighting system side-by-side. Includes Tenba's exclusive removable camera/lens module, rear pocket for a portable battery, and a tripod/light stand carrier.
4. Olympus CBG-12 BLK
Are you an avid OM-D user? Then you’ll want to take a closer look at Olympus’ own professional camera bag. It’s been specifically designed to hold up to two of the firm’s E-M1 Mark II models with HLD-9 power grips, plus the 12-40mm PRO, 40-150mm PRO, 7-14mm PRO and 300mm PRO lenses, a selection that will see you through almost any photographic situation. With two rain covers and a groundsheet, this is a great bag for the outdoors. Plus, its integrated shoulder strap, chest strap and waist belt should help spread weight evenly across your body.
Olympus CBG-12 BLK (Professional Camera Backpack)
The Olympus CBG-12 BLK is a professional camera backpack designed to hold 2 x E-M1 Mark II’s with HLD-9, plus 12-40mm PRO, 40-150mm PRO, 7-14mm PRO and 300mm PRO lenses. It’s equipped with 2 rain covers as well as a groundsheet to prevent the bag from getting dirty or damp. An integrated shoulder strap, chest strap and a waist belt minimise the load on your body when carrying for extended periods.
5. Lowepro Pro Trekker 650 AW Backpack
If you’re on the kind of expedition that warrants big glass (such as photographing wildlife) then the Lowepro Pro Trekker, with its capacity for up to three DSLRS – one with a 600mm lens attached – is definitely worth your consideration. It uses a suspension system to keep the weight evenly distributed; the ActivLift System is designed to mimic the natural curvature of the back. A range of high-performance tech fabrics also make the bag weather resistant, while the protective lid can be removed and used as a waist pack.
6. Think Tank StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0
Durable, high capacity and reliable, the Think Tank StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0 holds a DSLR with up to seven extra lenses, as well as a 15-inch laptop and plenty of extra accessories. That Think Tank name on the label means you can trust the build quality, and its dual functionalities, as a rolling case or backpack, mean you can carry it however you prefer, whenever it suits you.
Think Tank StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0
The Think Tank StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0 is a durable, large-capacity backpack, designed for camera gear. The StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0 features a tripod mount, and is large enough to fit a camera and up to 5-7 lenses, a 15" laptop plus accessories. This bag is made with the same durable materials that have become expected from Think Tank, ensuring maximum protection for your camera gear.