Year in Review 2023: Camera Bags

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Year in Review 2023: Camera Bags

If you thought the half-life of a modern digital camera was short, you probably don’t pay attention to the ever-changing landscape of the B&H SuperStore shelves when it comes to camera bags. You can’t swing a mirrorless camera around that section of the SuperStore without hitting a brand-new release from many top brands.

Camera bag manufacturers are constantly finding new and innovative ways to let you carry and protect your camera gear while also making their manufacturing processes greener, improving quality, and giving photographers the new features they need for the most modern equipment.

Here is a look at some of the bags and cases that were released in the past year.

Shoulder Bags

The default type of camera bag is the shoulder bag, which comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

From popular bag and accessory manufacturer Think Tank Photo, the new PressPass Crossbody Bag, available in medium (20) and small (10) sizes, features a sleek black nylon shell. The external material is very different than the cotton canvas exterior of Think Tank’s famous Retrospective bags. The PressPass bag can be worn across the body, over shoulder, or even around the waist with a tuck-away waistbelt. The padded interior is removable for easy cleaning and for using the insert in other bags when needed. The dividers work with or without the padded insert to give you more customizing options, as well as more space, when needed.

Think Tank Photo PressPass Crossbody Bag
Think Tank Photo PressPass Crossbody Bag

Camera accessory maker PGYTECH has entered the shoulder bag market with its sleek-looking OneMo Sling that comes in 11L and 7L capacity options. Many photographers are familiar with the company’s backpacks and drone-carrying equipment. For storage, the bag has a three-comparment “sandwich” layout with a front, middle, and main sleeve. Also, the new shoulder bags are loaded with modern convenient features like a tripod strap on the bottom of the bag, space for water bottles up to 16 oz, a hidden pocket for an AirTag, and space for drones, tablets, and more.

PGYTECH OneMo Sling
PGYTECH OneMo Sling

Leica doesn’t often make camera bags, but if you know Leica, you know that, when it does accessories, it does them right. To accompany the latest version of its hybrid digital/instant film camera, the gorgeous SOFORT 2, Leica has released the SOFORT Cross-Body Bag, designed for stylish carry of the good-looking camera and available in two sizes—small and medium. The bag isn’t just made for the SOFORT; D-Lux shooters can drop their cameras in, too, and we are sure other cameras will also fit!

Leica SOFORT Cross-Body Bag
Leica SOFORT Cross-Body Bag

We love, love, love the feel and look of waxed canvas on a camera bag, and the new Clever Supply Co. Camera Sling Bag, available in black or tan, has definitely caught our eye. This latest offering from accessory maker Clever Supply Co. features weather-sealed zippers, a hidden exterior pocket, interior dividers, and, an often overlooked awesomeness—three different grab handles so that, no matter how it lies on the ground or table, there’s a convenient way to grab the bag securely.

Clever Supply Co. Camera Sling Bag
Clever Supply Co. Camera Sling Bag

If leather is your thing, check out the little weekender Gen III Camera Bag from bag manufacturer compagnon. The bag features magnet and zipper closures and is big enough for a trio of full-frame cameras or even a medium format camera. It also swallows a 13" laptop and a weekend’s worth of clothes if you haven’t maxed out its camera-carrying capability. It is available in black, dark brown, and light brown, so you can accessorize with your wardrobe or leather jacket collection.

compagnon little weekender Gen II Camera Bag
compagnon little weekender Gen II Camera Bag

Backpacks

When you want to spread the weight of your gear across both shoulders, or head off the grid for a bit, the camera backpack is your solution.

The largest back in the Pro Trekker series, available in gray or black from storied manufacturer Lowepro, is the new Pro Trekker BP AW II Backpack. Now available in a cavernous 43L, the back is packed with all the features you could want for extended trips into the field. Check out our product announcement of this capable bag.

Lowepro Pro Trekker BP AW II Backpack
Lowepro Pro Trekker BP AW II Backpack

If you like modern and sleek camera bags that would be cozy on the set of the latest science-fiction movie or TV show, check out the Beta Photography Backpack from accessory maker K&F Concept. Available in black or blue, the bag features a high-density, abrasion-resistant exterior, separate upper and lower compartments, a trolley sleeve, adjustable interior dividers, and a sleeve for 15.6" laptops.

K&F Concept KF13.144 2-Camera Backpack
K&F Concept KF13.144 2-Camera Backpack

NOTE: One of these K&F backpacks is listed as a “Beta” and the other is the “KF13.144 2-Camera”… the company’s other bags have the Beta name, but look very different.

Db Equipment has released a modular camera backpack system that includes the Ramverk Pro Backpack, available in 32L and 26L sizes, along with large, medium, and small camera cubes to organize and fill the bags. The bags feature external accessory straps, a trolley sleeve, 16" laptop compartment, and a removable hip belt. A fleece-lined top compartment gives easy access to smaller items.

Db Equipment Ramverk Pro Backpack
Db Equipment Ramverk Pro Backpack

With an aluminum shell, the Professional Camera Backpack with Dividers from case maker Aleon gives your gear rigid, ultimate protection. While the front metal surface is sleek and rigid, the rear of the pack features deep back pads and padded backpack straps for comfortable all-day wear. Inside dividers and compartments allow great customized storage solutions. The bag/case is available in bronze, onyx, and platinum finishes, as well as a 22L or 15L size option.

Aleon Professional Camera Backpack with Dividers
Aleon Professional Camera Backpack with Dividers

Sling Bags

Combining the one-shoulder wear of a shoulder bag with some features that allow for quick retrieval of your camera, the sling bag is a great way to carry cameras and have them at hand.

In the world of cameras and camera accessories, not many products arrive on the shelf labeled, “Handmade.” The Leather Photo SL Sling from Oberwerth features handmade construction from full-grain cowhide leather, and the bag feels as good as it looks. The gorgeous bag is available in large and small sizes and can be had in black, dark brown, brown with red lining, and black with red lining. Never have your camera and lenses been so cozy, warm, and happy.

Oberwerth Leather Photo SL Sling
Oberwerth Leather Photo SL Sling

Holster Case

Protecting your camera and lens while allowing you to access your machine quickly so you don’t miss the shot is the realm of the holster case.

Ready for your DSLR or mirrorless camera, the Skyline V2 Top Load 8 Camera Bag from long-time camera bag manufacturer Tenba is a quick-draw holster for full-sized cameras with professional 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses attached. The external fabric repels moisture, and the side pockets are expandable to add accessories like water bottles and other gear you need to carry.

Tenba Skyline V2 Top Load 8 Camera Bag
Tenba Skyline V2 Top Load 8 Camera Bag

Photography Rolling Cases

Are you ready to roll through the airport or train station and head off to your destination with all your gear safely protected? The rolling camera case is ready to accompany you on your travels.

Accessory and bag maker ORCA has released its latest combination backpack/roller bag with the OR-518 Mirrorless Camera Trolley Case with Backpack System. The bag can be wheeled or worn and features 16 removable dividers to keep your gear organized, a 17" laptop exterior padded compartment, exterior tripod straps, and padded carry handles. The interior compartment has mesh pockets dedicated to storing smaller items like SD cards, as well as external pockets for smartphone, tablets, travel documents, and more.

ORCA OR-518 Mirrorless Camera Trolley Case with Backpack System
ORCA OR-518 Mirrorless Camera Trolley Case with Backpack System

Case Inserts & Compartments

Do you already have a favorite bag or pack? Case inserts and compartments and “camera cubes” allow you to turn any carrying solution into a camera bag.

Peak Design’s Camera Cubes have been known as some of the best in the business since they launched, in 2018, and started winning design awards. Now, they have been redesigned and are even better—offering more sizes (large, medium, small/medium, small, and x-small), better protection, and enhanced organization customization options. Like the original Cubes, they not only fit perfectly in Peak Design bags, they can be used as stand-alone bags, or they might even nestle nicely in your favorite backpack or messenger bag.

Peak Design Camera Cube
Peak Design Camera Cube

Photographic accessory maker Urth has launched new camera cubes for its line of Norite modular backpacks. The new Arkose and Norite Camera Inserts are designed to change your backpack into a camera bag with their padded interiors and rugged, weatherproof nylon exteriors that can be had in ash gray, beige, black, or green. They are made using 70% recycled material.

Urth Akose Camera Insert
Urth Akose Camera Insert

What do you think of these new products across B&H’s line of photography bags and cases? Do you see something that will work for you? Do you have any questions about the above products? Let us know in the Comments section, below!

1 Comment

I'm not sure if mine is a new release, but I've had a Thule Enroute camera backpack (25L version) for almost a year (and two trips) now and really like it. It accommodates all my camera and travel gear (adapters, tablet, etc.), and the camera compartment is removable for when you just want to carry that.

 

I added a shoulder strap and belt clip to the camera bag - it would have been nice if that were built-in as standard, but otherwise I've been quite pleased. I haven't seen any other design like that.