10Camera Bags & Cases to suit every style
Jill-e e-go laptop Career Bag with
Female photographers are a market that has been, traditionally, un-derserved by photo bag manufacturers. That’s changing thanks to
companies like Jill-E. One of Jill-E’s latest inventions combines an attractive purse with a removable insert for your digital SLR. The purse
is the Jill-E E-GO Laptop Career Bag and, at first blush, it looks like a
handbag. Peer inside and there’s a padded compartment that will
hold up to a 12-inch laptop. Sold separately is the Camera Insert Bag,
a removable, protective DSLR divider for your camera and one to two
moderately sized lenses. If you’re taking the night off and don’t feel
like hauling around your heavy camera, just pull the Camera Insert
Bag out and hit the town with this stylish,
weather-resistant, all-leather purse.
PriCe: $239 (Laptop Career Bag); $40 (Camera Insert Bag) info: www.jill-e.com
Chrome niko Camera Bag
Hipster photographers, have we got a camera bag for you! Already beloved by bike messengers (or those who just want to look the part) the world over, California-based bag manufacturer Chrome has come up with a stylish sling to haul around your camera gear. Called the
straps on the side can carry your tripod or your bike pump.
ona Camps Bay
Photo bags don’t need to trade style for practicality and vice
versa. One of the snazziest looking backpacks we’ve seen
in recent years is the Camps Bay camera and laptop bag
from ONA. The bag, which wouldn’t look out of place in a J.
Peterman catalogue next to a typically overripe description,
is made from waxed canvas and detailed with dark “
truffle” leather. Don’t let those luxurious touches fool you. The
Camps Bay is also practical, with enough padded interior
space to house a digital SLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached; seven additional lenses; a 17-inch laptop; and some
smaller personal items. The bag’s interior dividers are removable and adjustable and there’s a
divider at the top of the pack to create up to seven inches of additional space for batteries,
flashes and other accessories. The bag has a layer of air mesh on back to wick sweat, while the
pack’s thick padded shoulder straps will ease the pain of humping all that pricey photo gear on
your back. And no, this backpack is not cheap but it is worth it.
ClassiC Photo Bag
Billingham large hadley Pro
Billingham’s canvas and “faux” canvas bags from England look and feel classy. With the Large Hadley Pro, they
are now offering some extra room. Most Billingham bags have a classic attaché style to them, which is great
if you shoot with a narrow rangefinder camera, but not ideal if you use a big and bulky DSLR. The Large Hadley
Pro has plenty of space for your DSLR setup while maintaining the understated, khaki with tan leather trim
look Billingham is known for. The bag is actually waterproof, employing “Stormblocker” dual laminate canvas
to keep your gear safe and dry. Inside it has soft dividers and room for a large DSLR body, two lenses or one
lens and a flash, plus accessories. There’s also a zip-up sleeve on back that can fit an iPad or a small laptop. The
craftsmanship and materials in the Large Hadley Pro, down to the leather straps and buckles, are top-notch.