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From compact slings to full-sized rolling cases, there’s a camera bag for every need

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Whether you're hitting the road, the airport or a local park, the process of getting your camera equipment from point A to point B is a smooth one when using the right kind of carrying system. No longer lacking in style or versatility, bags these days are all about options with many models providing multiple ways of transporting your gear comfortably. From over one or both shoulders to around your waist or on wheels, with so much variety, just make sure to think about the gear you like to use, along with how and where you tend to shoot.
Here's a popular choice among photographers who prefer a more traditional look. Billingham has redesigned one of its most popular models, the 335 SLR Camera Shoulder Bag. Retooling the zipper opening so that the zip panels lie out of the way behind the inside pockets, the bag features what Billingham calls the TukTop. This allows the main zip, with its double pullers, to be tucked out of the way when opened. While you're shooting, the zip can stay open with your gear kept out of sight and protected by the main flap. The bag holds two DSLRs, three lenses and bags. Estimated Street Price: $389.
Known for combining design and durability in a smart, stylish way, Crumpler has a new collection called Extravaganza, which is the bag manufacturer's first venture into professional luggage for photographers. The low-profile, highly functional Bronzed Extravaganza holds a DSLR, a couple of lenses, a flash and accessories. The sturdy shoulder strap comes with heavy webbing, and there's a double-zip entry for easy access to your stuff. It holds a 15-inch laptop and has 14 dividers. The other two models, The Flaked Extravaganza and The Gourmet Extravaganza, can hold more gear. Estimated Street Price: $295 to $395.
With a long-standing reputation for delivering camera bags with a classic design and sturdy build, Domke has designed its RuggedWear collection with durability, space, weight and versatility in mind. The Quick-Shot Sling is easy to wear, distributing the weight of the camera evenly for maximum comfort. The exterior is made of weather-tough cotton canvas coated in non-solvent, eco-friendly waxes that protect the bag in inclement weather and give it a distressed look. The soft, well-padded interior protects your gear from scratches. Camera access is instant with the dual-zippered top. It holds a camera with lens, plus an additional lens and extras. List Price: $136.
Whether you're drawn to the beauty of the outdoors or a jungle of the concrete variety, the versatile Clik Elite Magnesian bags are designed for all kinds of shooters. Modular panels and lens cradles allow you to customize the inside for carrying gear the way you want to. There are three sizes, with the smallest fitting a standard DSLR, lens and flash, and the largest holding a pro DSLR, two lenses and flash. Each has a padded camera bay with adjustable dividers and a zippered inner cover that adds more protection. There's also an inner pocket that holds a notebook or iPad. List Price: $120 to $160.
The Tour FX from Mountainsmith is more a waist pack than a shoulder pack. Grabbing your camera for those impromptu shots is easy to do simply by loosening the waist strap and swiveling the bag around to your front. Along with holding a DSLR and extra lenses, the main compartment can expand an extra two inches for handling longer lenses. An ergonomic hip belt with stabilizing straps and a foam-padded back provide a snug, comfortable fit. The padded shoulder strap can be removed if you prefer using the dual carrying handles, which let you use the bag like a briefcase. List Price: $100.
Camera bags can sometimes call unwanted attention to themselves. In creating the Aria series, Tamrac delivers stylish, discrete bags that you can take into crowded, bustling environments without advertising your gear. Made from a smooth fabric that feels like silk but is durable, the bags have a courier-style look to them. The Aria 6 holds a DSLR with an attached lens, another lens and a flash or two lenses. Plus, there's a foam-padded compartment for holding a tablet, as well as a zippered, pleated front pocket for accessories and other items. List Price: $99.


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