The winter may be drawing to a close now but that doesn’t stop many people using their action cameras for a range of different sports. In fact, the end of the cold weather opens up a whole host of different activities and with that, a whole host of new opportunities to capture videos and images.
I was recently contacted by a photographer who was enquiring about a certain type of bag which would be perfect for his nature photography. Upon asking about his needs he went about describing what was important for him and for his photography. Once we delved a little bit deeper into the needs and requirements, I quickly realised he was looking for a bag with plenty of room, padding and support for his camera and most importantly – quick access!
So Christmas is over and January is almost done as well and that means that you might be willing to invest some of your hard-earned money into a new camera backpack.
Why choose a backpack?
Backpacks are a cool and unique way of carrying your camera gear as it allows you to carry around more. More cameras, more lenses, more accessories just more of everything that you could possibly want to take with you whilst you’re taking photographs. The majority of backpacks from different manufacturers all come with internal padding and dividers which allow you to store your gear separately. What’s the purpose of this? well, carrying our backpack around could lead to your stuff knocking against each other whilst in transit. Have dividers helps you keep your items separated and as a result prevents them from hitting against each other and stops scratches and dirt forming.
Another useful feature of dividers is that it allows you to store your stuff separately which, in turn, makes it easier to take out and remove your gears without having to rummage through the bag or remove every item until you find the one you want. Most dividers are made of padded material which gives your items a soft cushion and helps to absorb any damage from knocks and drops and ensures that your item is well protection against knocks, drops and impacts.
A backpack is also perfect for outdoor photographers as it means that you can carry your accessories around whilst keeping your arms and hands free. This allows you to comfortably carry your camera around so you won’t miss a photo opportunity when it presents itself.
What’s the difference between a backpack and a messenger?
Messenger bags are another useful accessory which allow you to carry your gear around with you. Usually featuring a single shoulder strap, they are more designed to offer ease-of-use and quick access to your camera. Often smaller than backpacks, messengers are designed for people that want access to their camera and accessories quickly and allow you to swing the bag around to your front so you can access your gear without having to take the bag off your shoulder.
The fact they’re smaller also means that you can’t carry as much gear than with a full-sized backpack so you have to plan for the day ahead when it comes to deciding what you want to take with you. For example, you might only need to take a camera, a lens and a flash kit with you and in times like these a camera messenger is perfect. However, if you think that your day might require multiple lens or perhaps multiple cameras then choosing the bigger option might be the sensible one.
What other types of camera bags are available?
One of the more popular style of bags is a sling backpack which is designed to bridge the gap between messenger and backpack. The best way to describe most slings is like a backpack but with a single, cross-body strap. This is designed so that you can easily swing the bag around to your front to give you quick access to your gear. Some sling bags feature separate compartments which are secured shut by a zipper so you can access your camera and lens without having to rummage through the rest of your accessories to get to them. Similar to the messenger, they’re designed for speed and ease-of-use allowing you to remove your camera within seconds.
Another viable option is a backpack camera bag insert. These are small padded dividers which are designed to fit comfortably inside any standard backpack and convert it into the perfect camera holding carrier. The feature comfortable padding which gives shock and drop protection to your camera whilst allowing you to carry the essentials by storing them separately inside their own compartment.
The only other thing to take into consideration is style, but with many leading backpack manufacturers such as Ape Case, Lowepro and Crumpler, you’ll definitely be able to find something which not only suits your style but also matches your needs perfectly.
Lets face it, carrying a camera around with you can be a burden. Either you carry it by hand and end up losing the feeling in your fingers from gripping onto the camera for a length of time, or you leave it inside a bag and run the possibility of losing a photo op because you took too long to remove it from it’s hiding place.
What we need is someone to invent some kind of strap which allows us to easily carry the camera upon our person whilst ensuring that it’s always within easy reach so we don’t have to miss the perfect picture moment when it presents itself.
We often see a lot of different camera backpacks manufacturers offering bags with very similar specs to each other but all claiming to be the best. Most photographers will tell you that you need to search around and find the perfect camera bag to suit your needs – and that’s true – but how do you differentiate from multiple bags all offering the same thing?
Here at LoveCases have every confidence that you will be delighted with your purchase, but what happens if you buy a Christmas present early and for whatever reason it turns out on Christmas Day that you need to return it?
Well don’t worry! You can organise your Christmas shopping with us a bit earlier this year with the secure knowledge that we are offering an Extended Returns Policy.
If you make your Christmas purchase between 1st November and 31st December 2014 and you need to return an item, all you need to do is complete an online returns form before the 31st January 2015 and send the goods back to us.
So it’s September again and that can mean only one thing – No! not the kids going back to school but another Apple event and that can mean only one thing – a new iPhone!
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