The days of unsightly but handy camera backpacks are long gone. Thanks to brands such as WANDRD, you can choose between a designer backpack and a functional backpack for carrying your reflex camera. Buying a camera backpack is a real investment, therefore here are some tips and recommendations to help you.
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How many lenses? How many cameras? Do you want to take your computer with you? What are the other essential items (external hard drive, tripod, charger, additional batteries, memory cards, etc.)? Do you want some storage space for a few clothes?
Do your friends call you Doisneau because you always have your camera on you? Is photography your profession or your passion? Do you use this bag when travelling, or in extreme weather conditions? Do you travel by bicycle?
These questions will help you determine the volume of your future bag, as well as its technical features, in particular fabrics and treatments. It may also be interesting to estimate the total weight of your equipment because some manufacturers provide details of the weight supported by their camera backpacks. To go even further, read our practical guide devoted to the art of packing your backpack correctly.
Above all, a good camera backpack should be sturdy, comfortable and functional, and it should protect your equipment well. But when, in addition to all that, it is also stunning, we want to say 'thank you!'. In the KEUS selection, discover the Chrome Industries, WANDRD, Mission Workshop and Inside Line Equipment camera backpacks which we have selected especially for you because their models all boast these essential qualities.
A camera backpack has to support a heavy load. Therefore, it should be made with materials that are durable but also lightweight so as to avoid adding any extra weight. Opt for the technical models from WANDRD made with tarpaulin and 1680D and 200D polyester, or The Integer camera backpack from Mission Workshop made with HT500, a soft, sturdy and lightweight fabric patented by the brand. And one last piece of advice: remember to check that your future backpack's handle is reinforced.
In addition to comfort and strength, a camera backpack must also be waterproof. The camera backpacks in the KEUS selection are also rainproof. Details such as YKK zips ensure maximum water resistance for the various models. Above all: the materials are already treated, therefore there is absolutely no point using a waterproofing spray. It may even damage the layers of fabric. If you are travelling to a region of the world during the monsoon season, you can opt for a roll-top model such as the PRVKE from WANDRD – already waterproof thanks to its PVC tarpaulin fabric -, available in a kit with an additional rain cover.
When you enjoy photography, you know how annoying (to put it politely) it is to miss a photo because you couldn't get your camera out fast enough. Therefore, study the ergonomy and structure of photo backpacks before taking the plunge. Check the different openings and access to the bag's different compartments and storage spaces. The Integer model from Mission Workshop offers a smart opening system on the side of the bag; access your camera easily by switching the bag to your front. The same applies for the Timbuk2 Enthusiast Camera Backpack with its easily accessible side pocket.
If you have several lenses or reflex cameras, opt for a versatile camera bag with removable padded dividers so you can organise your contents yourself. There is nothing more annoying than investing in a camera backpack that proves to offer limited modularity and which you cannot use for your equipment because of a lack of a suitable structure. With dividers, you can optimise the contents of your camera backpack to meet your uses and needs and protect your equipment correctly.