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Strolling the camera bag aisles of B&HPhoto one day, I became resigned to thinking that it was just not possible to find a camera bag that would be a) stylish – by this I mean the sleek, minimalist style I’ve been tending toward these days b) comfortable to wear almost all day, a backpack would do the job evenly distributing the weight of heavy gear c) discreet…and won’t scream – hey, i’m carrying thousands of dollars of equipment on me.
As much as I love B&H, I just haven’t found a camera bag company that I could really get behind. So, I left B&H feeling sort of bummed and yes, I may or may not have left with a pocket full of those candies they give out on every counter….
Lesson learned, if you want something done you have to do it yourself. So I decided to create my own DSLR bag opting for smaller, understated backpacks that I could wear casually when not working. Thankfully backpacks have come a long way from the bulky back to school variety! So drumroll please….here’s my own round up of ten every day (adult-ish) backpacks which based on their dimensions should fit at least one or two lenses and a DSLR camera body. Huzzah!
And don’t forget the cushion for those bad boys…a DSLR bag often comes with cushion built in or removable inserts with partitions to separate the lenses. There are a few companies that make camera insert cushions in all different dimensions, here’s one that could work for smaller backpacks. In my case, I already had a camera insert cushion handy which happen to fit perfectly in the backpack I use (#1 above, I love how compact and surprisingly sturdy it is).
If you have any other backpack recommendations or reviews, feel free to chime in…I’d love to hear them! xo CM