These are designed specifically for holding camera gear, with a padded interior separated into compartments with padded dividers which you can usually rearrange to suit your kit. Camera bags fall into a handful of main types:
- Backpacks are the largest and designed for carrying a large quantity of kit over some distance. They’re also good for packing kit for travel. On the downside, they are bulky and don’t offer very quick access to cameras and lenses, so they’re not ideal for casual ‘walk around’ photography.
- Roller bags are even more specialised. They’re designed mainly for packing gear and travel and are often designed to fit airline cabin bag dimensions.
- Shoulder bags come in various sizes to suit a single camera and lens or a multi-lens kit. Access is usually quick and easy but they may be less comfortable over longer periods.
- Messenger bags combine storage for cameras and regular commuting/office gear like a laptop and are typically designed like a briefcase or satchel you can throw over your shoulder.
- Sling bags aim to provide the comfort of a backpack with the access of a shoulder bag, and are designed to swing around from your back to your side and can work well but won’t suit everyone.