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Bags & Cases

Choose the perfect bag to fit your storage and travel needs

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SMALL SHOULDER BAGS

BILLINGHAM
Billingham has been making high-quality, stylish camera bags in the UK for almost 40 years, in recent years innovating with the ƒ/Stop line, which includes two compact shoulder bags: the ƒ/2.8 and, fittingly, the "wider" ƒ/1.4. Both are available in black or khaki, and both are made of premium materials, including real leather edging and brass and nickel fillings, as well as the company's preferred FibreNyte fabric shell, which offers many of the benefits of canvas in a durable synthetic material. Photographers yearning for luggage-caliber camera bags may have found their perfect solution from this importer. List Price: $240 (ƒ/2.8); $260 (ƒ/1.4)

LOWEPRO
Compact, electronic-viewfinder, interchangeable-lens cameras have been increasing in popularity as photographers clamor for their big performance in small, easy-to-carry packages. But who wants to sacrifice those size savings by using a too-big camera bag intended for bulkier DSLRs? Not the photographers at Lowepro. The company has introduced the StreamLine 100, a slim shoulder bag with a modern style that saves space and helps to hide the fact that you're toting camera equipment, too. Smartly designed for maximum efficiency, the bag doesn't compromise on usability with zippered front and back pockets to hold lens caps, memory cards and personal items, as well. List Price: $44.

BACKPACKS

ADORAMA
For handling a larger DSLR and multiple lenses, the PRO Slinger from Adorama measures 10x10x61⁄2 inches, which is 21⁄2 inches wider than the standard version so it can handle wider professional cameras. It comes with all kinds of special features for keeping you comfortable while in transit. You can wear the bag as a sling or as a single-strap backpack with a waist belt that distributes weight more evenly across your body and provides extra security. A wide, padded shoulder strap also helps for handling heavier loads. The water-resistant exterior has plenty of pockets for holding extras, and there's a zippered security pocket on the back for valuables. List Price: $69.

KATA
Photographers who crave the smallest, lightest backpack they can find, while still providing ample protection for a DSLR and lens array, are sure to appreciate the new Kata Minibee-120 PL. Perfect for pros who carry a 13-inch laptop, too, the 120 PL features Kata's Aeriform dividers that custom-mold themselves to fit your camera gear exactly. The bag also features a sleeve that fits securely over the handle of a roller bag or the Kata Insertrolly to turn this backpack into a roller bag. And, of course, like all Kata products, the bright yellow interior makes it easy to find dark bits of camera gear deep in the recesses of the bag. List Price: $250.

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