Thursday, January 31, 2013

Stylish camera bags for both women and men

Is it time to upgrade your camera gadget bag? Perhaps so, if you answer "yes" to one of these questions:

  • Has your equipment stash been growing and you're busting out of your current bag?
  • Are you tired of carrying around an ugly black nylon bag emblazened with your camera manufacturer's logo?
  • Do you want to go incognito, instead of screaming to passers-by, "I'm carrying expensive camera gear!"?
  • Would you prefer to have a bag that matches your personal style?

There are many options on the market, to suit every taste and budget. Some are decidedly feminine, whereas others can work for either men or women. Here's a roundup of my favorites:

1.  Kelly Moore - 2 Sues Bag in Raspberry, $199
2.  THEIT - Bossi Bag in Studded Black, $199 (Canadian)
3.  Jo Totes - Betsy in Teal, $109
4.  Silhouette Bags - Silhouette Camera Bag in Chestnut, $129
5.  Epiphanie - Ginger in Slate Blue, $164.99
6.  Ona - The Chelsea in Cognac, $369
7.  SHUTTER | bag - Heirloom in Black, $339.95

1.  Kelly Moore - Kelly Boy Bag in Brown, $199
2.  Ona - The Union Street in Smoke, $289
3.  Backpacker - BBK-1, $44.59
4.  Copper River Bags - Voyager in Serengeti, $156.95
5.  Epiphanie - Austin in Black, $194.99

These types of camera bags are basically purses, messenger bags, and the like, outfitted with a padded insert inside, which is there to protect your gear. Another option is to create your own by purchasing an insert, which can fit into any bag you like. Inserts are available in many shapes, sizes and colors. Search for them on Etsy, Amazon, Ebay, or many other online retailers.

Padded Insert by Darby Mack Designs on Etsy

See anything you like? If I didn't include one of your favorites, please share it in the Comments for other readers to check out!



  1. O, I really need help on what type of camera to buy for interior shots!! I don't want to spend anymore than $200 AUS, and don't want to get another lemon. Can anybody help!!??

    1. That's a tough one. $200 AUS is about $207 US, which only buys you a point-and-shoot style camera. I haven't used a P&S for years, so I'm not up on the current models, but I think the Canon PowerShots (there are many different versions of it) are pretty well-regarded. For interiors, you'll need something with wide angle capabilities in order to capture more of the room in one shot. In a quick internet search, I found several PowerShot models that had "wide angle" listed in the description. Generally, anything that is 35mm or less is considered wide angle, but the smaller the number, the wider the angle of view. The downfall is that the lower the number, there can also be distortion of the image, which can make the room look strange.

      Your best bet would be a DSLR with a wide angle lens, but that is going to cost at least several hundred dollars! If possible, you might want to go into a retailer where you can try out the cameras before you buy them. That way you can test how much you can get in one shot.

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    2. Thank you so very much!! I will now sound like I know what I'm doing when I go to shop for one, as I am a total rookie!! :)

  2. I have one of these and LOVE it!

  3. I desperately need a camera bag, so that I can stop shoving it in my purse. I love #7 in the first grouping...of course I pick one of the most expensive ones!!!

  4. Love this selection and now I'm really hating my ugly nylon one!! hahaha Those buttery leather looking ones (#4 in both pics) are just gorgeous. xxx


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