When it comes to picking the correct professional camera case or bag for your necessities it can feel like there’s a confusing array of choices available, particularly to those who are making the purchase for the first time.
If you have been using your current professional camera bag or case for some years, you’ll most likely be astonished at just how far developments in bag technology and fabrics have come over the years. Gone are the days when a minor number of producers offered a limited range in a specific style. Now you really are spoilt for choice, with a nearly infinite list of possibilities to consider.
But before you rush hastily into a decision, there are a few thoughts which are worth taking a bit of time over first. After all, having shelled out your hard-earned cash on some shiny new professional gear, you’ll want to know that what you put it in is going to do a fantastic job of protecting it.
Let’s begin with the four key questions you need to ask when making a decision:
- Will the bag effortlessly house all of my camera gear, with space for extra items?
- Is it a sensible, professional, easily accessible case or bag?
- Is it going to be easy to transport and move around with?
- Are there any important features which I think are lacking, in particular to its intended use?
When evaluating models, for example, you might want to think about whether a long-established shoulder bag will do the job, or whether a pouches/waist belt organisation would do the trick. For some photographers, a rucksack or roller case will offer the finest result if carrying kit over lengthier distances or for longer periods of time.
Once you have selected your bag, very often the personalisation procedure doesn’t simply stop with ordering your kit into the several pockets and sections of the base unit. More accurately, there’s a whole host of accessories accessible to you which will allow you to tailor everything from the type of straps you use to extra pockets which effortlessly fix onto designated attachment positions.
If you pick a camera shoulder bag, for example, some professional producers offer systems whereby you can eradicate the whole of the interior in one go – dividers and all – and switch it for an alternative setup. This is particularly convenient if you shoot with two setups.
If you choose to take the hard case route maybe with some padding too route, there are many replacement foam sets available to suit the gear you have. You really need to be sure of what’s going into the box before you start pulling the padding out though. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not always possible to future proof your setup. Technology changes, camera form factors change, and so do the jobs you may end up doing instead of your normal gigs. Who knows.
Finally, those either heading out of the country or into packed areas might like to contemplate security products such as buckle locks. These are great little tools for discouraging would-be opportunists as well.