Best camera bags

Best Camera Bags for Landscape Photography

Best choices under 100$

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.

What to Look for in a Camera Bag

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 Gear

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.

Carrying Capacity

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.

Organizational Options

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.

Weather Protection

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.

Comfort

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!

The Camera Bags

G-graphy Camera Backpack

G-graphy Camera Backpack

This camera bag checks off all the important boxes for camera bag features.

It comes complete with good impact protection padding both internally and externally, as well as well-padded shoulder straps.

The internal compartments can be reworked to fit a range of camera body and lens choices, as well as having a convenient external tripod holder and built-in rain cover.

While the G-graphy Camera Backpack is a decent camera bag, there a few drawbacks that might not make it our bag of choice.

The internal surfaces are made of a slightly plastic-coated material that makes for easier cleaning than most bags, but might not be as soft on your gear as you might like.

Additionally, some users noted that the zippers and stitching are not as rugged as they could be, so you'll have to careful when out on a hike.

If fashion is at all important to you, however, the bag is available in your choice of a range of colors!

Amazon Basics Backpack

Amazon Basics Backpack

The Amazon Basics Backpack is a hallmark of the Amazon Basics line - it offers a simple yet effective solution to the question of how to store all your gear.

Like our other top camera bags, it has all our favorite features like adjustable internal padded compartments, a rain cover and a tripod holder.

The tripod holder is definitely not designed for a full-sized tripod so keep that in mind when planning your gear choices.

The bag also has fairly large carrying capacity, with room for two semi-professional DSLR bodies (or one large professional body) and several lenses.

This camera bag really shines in the way it handles additional accessories such as extra memory cards, batteries and other small bits of gear.

There are several clear pockets on the inside that allow you to keep track of all the easily-lost small objects floating around in every gear bag.

There are also plenty of places to attach additional equipment on the exterior surfaces.

On the downside, while this bag features additional hip straps for supporting heavier equipment loads, some users pointed out the straps that they have chosen to include aren't particularly comfortable for heavy use.

They are effective at securing the bag tightly to your back, but they aren't designed to allow your hips to carry any of the bag's weight.

Overall this camera bag does the job pretty well for ​beginners or intermediate photographers who are not on the field often and do not reach often remote locations with a very expensive gear in the bag.

The Great Explorer

Altura The Great Explorer

Aside from having a great name, this camera bag is well-suited for photographers who really enjoy spending a lot of time on location.

It covers all the essential requirements of a camera bag while still maintaining compliance with TSA carry-on baggage regulations.

This makes it the perfect camera bag for photographers who travel long distances in search of the perfect shot.

A full set of internal customisation options allow you to carry a range of gear choices, including two DSLR camera bodies and as many as six lenses, depending on the types you choose.

Fortunately, The Great Explorer features solid, well-padded shoulder and hip straps to help evenly distribute the weight of all that gear for easy carrying even over rough terrain.

It also features a moulded backpiece for extra breathability, which you'll quickly grow to appreciate if you ever hike during warm weather.

When it comes to downsides to this bag, it's actually hard to find fault with it - perhaps because it was actually designed by photographers who understood what makes a good bag.

The only real concern is that it may be too large for photographers of a smaller stature, since it is the largest of the bags we reviewed at a size of 13 x 18.

Case Logic SLRC-206

Case Logic SLRC-206

This bag is a fairly unique one on this list, because it uses a specially patented system to protect your camera body.

It will hold a single DSLR camera body and an attached lens of up to 9.8" in length, which covers most lenses.

It does offer a number of storage compartments for additional items such as your laptop and other smaller accessories, making this a great bag for photographers who want to do a lot of on-site review as part of their workflow.

The truly unique feature of this camera bag is the way that it protects your camera.

Case Logic has developed a specialized neoprene hammock system that suspends your camera gear much the way that a car's suspension works.

This provides additional protection against impacts and the stress caused by hiking over rough terrain.

The only downside to this bag is found in the support straps.

The shoulder straps are fairly narrow and not as well padded as some of the other bags we've looked at here, and there are no hip straps to help carry the added weight of your laptop.

Acuvar DSLR Camera Backpack

Acuvar DSLR Camera Backpack

Last but not least is the Acuvar DSLR Camera Backpack, a good all-around choice that is almost as effective as The Great Explorer.

It has a large storage compartment with room for two DSLR bodies and 3 or 4 lenses, and thick padding between the customisable inner sections to prevent your gear from banging around inside.

Interestingly, this bag is the only one that has a rain cover that is actually detachable.

Most are actually attached to the bottom of the bag to prevent them from getting lost or blowing away in high winds, but the fact that this one is detachable could turn it into a useful tool for other situations.

It packs a great deal of equipment but be mindful of the a small size, just 11.5" x 15.6". Depending on your gear and how many camera and lenses you want to carry with you, it may be a great choice or not.

Our Choice

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.

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About the Author Luca

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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