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FAQs - What Bag?

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Keywords: bag, faq, non_nikon

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It is rather easy to understand what each type does and where it goes, but hard to choose indeed; furthermore, for the passionate (impulsive / compulsive) buyer it is hard to resist the temptation of that particular one in your hands at the store or gleaming in a catalog.

In general, experience has taught seasoned Nikonians what follows, by type:


Nikon leather case

 Nikon leather camera shoulder cases


HOLSTERS: for a single body and a couple of rolls of film, bigger ones allow for a flash or a small additional lens. Nothing more. The beauty of them is that they offer good protection to the camera, can be worn any way you want, preferably on your chest, with straps to prevent it from dangling around. They come in all sizes to accommodate any body and almost any lens up to an 80-200mm or the 80-400mm VR. ..

TOP-LOAD BAGS: for those who like the holster design but would like to carry something else too, whether a cell phone or more small lenses or more film. If not to big they can also be worn at front or hanging from a shoulder or across the chest. As holsters, they are good when weight can't be too much and contents can be replenished every night.  

HIP/WAIST/FANNY BAGS: for those wall climbing a mountain would be a good recommendation, but only if carrying a light body with a small lens and film only. For anything bigger or heavier they may destroy your balance or your waist backbones.  

VEST/HARNESS: for smart hikers with a well organized mind to remember in what pocket is what item.

Probably the most comfortable unless you are driving. Although a most obvious give-away in urban scenarios, shouting to the crowds you are a SWAT team member, an unlawful commando or a deadly serious photographer with lots of equipment.


SHOULDER BAGS: for those wanting to carry still more stuff than in a vest/harness, have easy access to contents, are still young or are broadly built. They end up as storage bags when you grow old, specially if the bag is too big. The "convertible" shoulder bags have a wide belt to make them useful longer when attached both to the shoulder and the hip.  

BACKPACKS: for those needing to carry from small loads to big loads comfortably, leaving the hands free to do anything, like embracing your bride, driving a bike (if not too big a pack), perching from a not so high cliff or simply slowly walking on an incline. Perfect for the wilderness if you buy one you can run with. More and more common now in the urban scene.  

STRONG BOXES: for those requiring to transport lots of equipment and not always trusting those handling them. They provide better protection than any other with the exception of hard cases. If wheeled, even better.  

HARD CASES: definitively the safest way to transport photo gear, best for  equipment protection, most useful when traveling by air or near water. They are impact proof, air tight, water tight and can have either cushion partitions or "pick and pluck" foam. Bigger sized models are wheeled and therefore more convenient to carry.  



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Originally written on May 3, 2010

Last updated on December 19, 2017

J. Ramon Palacios J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources

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R.H. Ruskin (swbobcat) on June 18, 2016

My "Camera Bag" is a multi-purpose bag in reality. Not only must it safely store my camera gear, it has to also double as a travel bag that I can carry on a plane and fit in an overhead bin. So not only does it have to hold a Nikon F, a F2 -- one with a 55mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor - P Non-Ai, and the other a 50mm f/1.4 Ai -- 4 other lens, a Point'n'Shoot digital camera, two flashes (SB-22, SB-26), Flash Bracket, SC-17 cable, a "roll" of about 15 52mm glass filters, several rolls of film, light meter, cleaning supplies, etc., etc., etc., It also has to hold 2-3 bottles of medications, a Nook Color e-Book reader, sweater, cell phone, various chargers, etc., etc., etc. Last November or December I bought a used Lowepro Magnum 400 AW. Remarkably ALL that stuff fits in the bag. Yeah it *is* a bit heavy when fully loaded, even with out the meds, e-book reader, etc., etc, and is filled only with the camera gear, but once I get to where-ever I'm going I unzip my "camera bag" /"travel bag" and set up shop, and draw from the bag only that gear I plan to use -- usually one camera and lens combination, and the Nikon CoolPix L18 Point'n'Shoot Digital camera if I expect to be away from the house. OTOH if I'm home then my camera bag is -- well -- my camera bag that safely stores my gear. A couple of bags of silica gel spread through out the bag keeps the contents dry (though in Desert Southwest, humidity is NOT a problem) and the threat of fungus from setting up shop. If I have a personal self assignment, I simply go to my bag, open it up and pull out the gear I'll need. It is a LARGE roomy bag that will serve the needs of most amateurs who might have up to 5-6 lens, a flash or two, and one or two cameras. It is probably too big and heavy to haul around on a day-to-day, basis, but for the casual shooter who needs a place to stow the gear and keep it protected, but which can be snatched up if need be, this is an EXCELLENT bag!! The Lowepro Magnum 400 AW is a BEAST, but it holds ALL my gear. I am currently considering only one or two more lens purchases: either a Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 Ai/AiS *or* the Nikkor 135mm f/2.8 Ai/AiS -- either will fit into the bag. The other lens I might add is the Nikkor 80-200mm f/4 or f/4.5 zoom. That might be a lens too far for the bag.

Min Chai Liu (mcliu19) on January 20, 2016

Bags and Tripods are dicey.. one is not good enough for all occasion . For each occasion one needs a different set of bag.. like for street photography, I prefer "Think tank urban disguise" or Bestek made with Ruck sack material ... For Nature and wild life , I prefer Lowpro back pack.. A very good article indeed ,and learned few things... Thanks for sharing the knowledge

Animesh Kumar Singh (animeshsingh) on August 14, 2013

It will be a nice touch to associate some bags with each category, with ranks 1 to 5 and I am sure it will be one hell of a review to hang on to :)

User on April 30, 2013

It's really handy to actually go to a real bricks and mortar shop taking a camera and lenses you're likely to carry because some bags look ok online but in reality can be woefully small.