Bags & Cases
From compact slings to full-sized cases, there's an ideal carrying solution for every photographic expedition
The Lowepro Pro Roller Attaché x50 features a two-in-one design that makes traveling and carrying your gear convertible. The Pro Roller Attaché meets international carry-on standards while maintaining enough capacity to hold the Reserve Shoulder Bag case within, which itself holds a pro DSLR with an attached lens and four additional lenses. The Attaché includes a dedicated 14-inch laptop compartment that’s easily accessible during transportation, while the interior laptop sleeve of the Reserve Shoulder Bag keeps your computer secure when carrying the bag over your shoulder. The retractable TelePod Handle of the Pro Roller Attaché includes a threaded accessory mount that transforms the case into a steadying tripod-style platform for lighting or shooting as well. List Price: $299.
Mountainsmith makes packs that are perfect for nature photographers and outdoor types. The Parallax Pro Daypack fits a DSLR and lenses with up to a 17-inch laptop in a backpack-style bag that keeps the weight comfortably on your back during a long trek. Access your camera equipment through the back panel, which also makes gear more secure. A waist belt pouch keeps standard smaller accessories like memory cards and batteries readily available, and you can really enjoy the environment on your hike knowing that you’ve made a contribution to it, as the Parallax is made from 100-percent recycled material. List Price: $189.
For the ultimate in gear protection, the 0500 Transport Case from Pelican is watertight, buoyant up to 780 pounds, dustproof, chemical-resistant and constructed of ultrahigh-impact copolymer resin that can withstand most shocks. With more than 16,000 cubic inches, the 0500 contains enough space for most photo kits, including small lights, and the optional Pick ‘N’ Pluck foam will keep the contents cushioned and protected during extended trips. Estimated Street Price: $899 (no foam); $749 (with foam).
Convertible from camera bag to briefcase, the foam-padded shuttle of the Evolution Messenger 4 bag from Tamrac can be easily removed for carrying everyday personal or business items. When used as a camera bag, the shuttle, which fits a DSLR with telephoto zoom lens attached, flash and two to three additional lenses, cradles gear with adjustable, foam-padded dividers. With or without the shuttle, there’s a compartment for up to a 15.6-inch computer laptop, and there are plenty of pockets for organizing accessories in the front-zippered compartment. The Evolution Messenger 4 is compatible with Tamrac’s Modular Accessory System for adding on other options like water bottles, lens cases, filter bags and more. List Price: $135.
The Messenger Photo Laptop Bag from Tenba includes more than 20 pockets and slots for items, as well as a photo insert that will fit a camera body with two or three lenses and a flash. The bag then converts to a normal messenger-style bag for daily use by removing the insert. There’s a padded laptop sleeve (up to 15 or 17 inches by model), and double-loop docking points will mount optional Tenba accessory pockets for adding even more items to the exterior of the bag. The bottom of the bag is made of abrasion- and water-resistant material for protecting the equipment inside from the ground up, with Duraflex clips and welded steel D-rings that withstand temperature extremes and large loads. There’s a wide variety of stylish colors, including black, olive, blue, burnt orange, plum, chocolate and platinum. List Price: $114 (large 17-inch laptop); $108 (small 15-inch laptop).
The Supreme 40F from Vanguard is a tough and durable hard case for safely stowing delicate gear at home or when traveling. The Supreme Series is waterproof at depths of up to 16.5 feet, airtight and can be used in extreme weather conditions from -40º F to 203º F. The automatic pressure-equalization valve makes it a good solution for photographers who travel by airplane frequently, and the case can support up to 265 pounds so it will resist being crushed during an accident. The high-density hexagon-shaped foam interior can be customized to best fit and cushion your equipment. Estimated Street Price: $140.
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