Dave Kai Piper

My Favorite Camera Bags

After you buy your camera, one of the first things you will need to look at is a safe and secure way to transport and store your kit. Your main options are going to be if you want to carry the kit on your back, shoulder or roll it behind you. The bags below are all bags I have used or own. They are all great and have different benefits.

Shoulder bags:

When you have such light kit such as the Fuji System you can easily get away with shoulder bags for a number of hours. Many Fuji photographers have lots of small lenses so look for bags that can store all your kit. Look for bags that have good straps to avoid the weight digging into your shoulders. Check out the Lens wraps too – they are a great way of looking after your delicate gear.

Domke – The Image Maker
Domke – The Chronicle (my personal fave bag)
Domke – F2 – Twelve compartments and pockets !!
Billingham – Hadley Pro
Billingham – 550
Cosyspeed - Camslinger

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Roller Bags:

These bags are designed to carry all your kit and will have a pair of wheels to let you roll the kit about. In terms of Fuji kit, roller bags are most useful if you are flying and need to keep things super safe as a carry-on or you have loads of kit. There are two brands worth looking at in detail here. Most of my pro buddies use the Think Tank Airport bags & my partner loves them for all of her Fujifilm gear.

Bags for the Bike

Travelling on a bike has some unique challenges and not just for the rider. The kit we carry is subject to the elements just as much as we are. Packing everything in the rear aluminium hard cases, inside the Domke that lives in that pannier is the best option for travelling on the highways and in harsh weather but when travelling about looking to find photographs stopping the bike getting off, opening the pannier grabbing a camera and shooting can sometimes be a pain, so, I use the Cosyspeed bags giving me quick access to my camera and supplies.

What can I fit in the bag? I shoot with the Fujifilm GFX 50r when travelling on the bike. The bag fits the camera with a GF32-65mm lens with lens hood, spare battery, spare SD cards, wallet, GPS tag, small first aid kit, USB battery charger. I also have room to store my Go-Pro camera when it's not on my helmet. When I am not travelling with my camera gear, the bag doubles up as a place to just store my phone, keys, wallet or disc lock. This means I don't have to always take my panniers.

Hard Cases:

For when you need to store your gear, or travel via planes & trains, there is no safer way of looking after your kit. When it comes to hard cases there is only one brand you need to look towards and pretty much one case – The Peli 1510. For a number of years this case has been the ‘go-to’ case for professional photographers and filmmakers to keep stuff safe. Check out the killer inserts from US company Trek Pak too, they make will give you and your kits the most safe and easy to use inserts you can get for the cases. 

Image below: My Peli 1510 attached to my Honda during my Ireland Roadtrip.

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Rucksack (backpacks)

If your starting to carry quite a bit of gear or want your hands to be totally free with your gear packed away from your side have a look at the rucksacks that are made to carry your kit. Sizes can range massively here and so can price. You can also start to see a cross over from the roller bags to rucksacks as some have wheels too.

Peli S115 Ultrabook Camera Backpack
Manfrotto Pro Light 3N1-35 Backpack
Lowepro Flipside 400 AW Backpack

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