This post on the best camera bags for landscape photography is based on the awareness that your camera equipment is a valuable investment.
When you're out for a shoot in the wild it's important to make sure that your equipment survives the trip.
A great camera bag can protect your gear while keeping things nicely organized and portable.
Let's take a closer look at our favorite camera bags for Landscape Photography.
In our review we have narrowed down the scope to the best camera bags under 100$ as there are tons or camera bags out there that will provide the good value for this price point.
When you're sorting through the range of camera bag options available, there are a number of important factors to consider.
Some of them are universal for camera bags and some are of specific concern to landscape photographers and to anyone else who shoots outdoors.
If you are serious about hiking and outdoor photography, you're going to want a solid backpack-style camera bag, since over-the-shoulder designs are rarely comfortable during a long hike.
Protecting your camera gear from impact damage is the most important job of a camera bag.
Make sure that the bag you select has solid impact resistant padding on all the exterior surfaces as well as on the internal surfaces.
Your lenses can get damaged just as badly by bumping against each other inside your bag as they can by being bumped against a rock or tree.
In addition to ensuring that your bag is carefully padded, you're going to want to make sure that the stitching is solid and will last for many years of hard usage.
Shooting on location after hiking several miles can really wear a bag down quickly, so reinforced stitching and strong fabrics are an absolute necessity for protecting your gear.
Once you're satisfied that your chosen camera bag will protect your gear, it's time to look at what gear you're going to actually be carrying.
Not all camera bags have the same carrying capacity, so take stock of the kind of gear that you typically bring on an outdoor shoot and plan from there.
Some photographers are happy with just a single DSLR body and a couple of lenses, while others prefer to bring two bodies and four or five different lenses, so choose the size that matches your style the best.
Since a lot of landscape photography involves a tripod, check to make sure that your chosen bag offers some way of carrying your tripod.
You'll also want to make sure that you have small zippered or velcro-sealed pockets with easy access for additional memory cards, batteries and other small bits of gear that can easily get lost at the bottom of a larger compartment.
Many bags will also offer additional compartments for gear that isn't strictly for your camera, such as a laptop or tablet pocket, water bottle pocket and other little bonus features that are nice to have.
Just remember that it's possible to leave some areas of a large bag empty, while overfilling a small bag does not work.
Stuffing a bag that doesn't have enough room for your gear will cause problems almost immediately and might even damage your equipment or put the bag under too much pressure.
Not every shoot calls for the same gear, and this makes it very useful to have the ability to rearrange the internal compartments of your camera bag.
If you decide to shoot a distant mountain range with a couple of different telephotos on one shoot and then opt for a series of wide angle sunrise shots the next day, a bag with easily reconfigurable internal dividers will protect both sets of gear equally well.
Regularly shooting out of doors means that no matter how well you plan, you're eventually going to get caught in a rainstorm or some other kind of unpleasant weather.
Even though most professional camera gear has its own weather sealing, your camera bag will be the first line of defense against rain, snow, dust and other environmental issues.
Most camera bags have some degree of weather resistance in the fabrics they choose, but it's hard to effectively weather seal a zipper.
Some camera bags come with a fold-out rain cover that is stored on the bottom of the bag until needed, and this can save your valuable gear during a sudden and unexpected weather event.
Last but definitely not least is the question of comfort.
No matter how much gear you take with you, it can get quite heavy by the end of an all-day shoot, and you don't want to have to call it quits early just because your camera bag is too uncomfortable.
Some of the larger camera bags also offer additional support straps around the hips similar to those found on large camping backpacks, which can be very useful for longer hikes.
Look for a bag that has wide, well-padded straps that can be adjusted to match your body size.
At the same time, some additional padding between your gear and your spine will be much appreciated after a day of walking, as DSLR camera bodies can sometimes be uncomfortably pointed!
After carefully checking these 5 camera bags with in mind the use a landscape photographer would do of a camera bag, the best camera bag for us is The Great Explorer by Altura Photo.
It offers the right combination of protection, portability and thoughtful additional design touches that take it from a great bag to the perfect bag.
The fact that it can be taken anywhere in the world for on-location shoots thanks to its TSA carry-on approval is icing on the cake - after all, who would want to check their camera bag on a flight?
You never know what kind of scene you'll run into when you're out photographing in the wild, so the ability to carry a huge range of gear is a major bonus.
There's nothing worse than stumbling onto an amazing scene and suddenly realizing that you had to compromise with the gear that could fit in the bag.
Additionally, the comfortable shoulder straps and convenient hip straps make carrying all that extra gear simple and easy, allowing you to focus on spotting your next photographic masterpiece.
We hope this review provided you value in your search for a Camera Bag. In you enjoyed it, please leave a comment below.
We will be happy to hear your comments and suggestions and if you have tried any other bag as well.
Hi, I am Luca, founder and editor in chief at photographyambition.com. I am crazy about photography and I always have a camera with me. When I am not busy with my day job, enjoying my family or taking photos, I am on Photography Ambition to share what I have learnt so far.
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