Camera bags come in all shapes and sizes to fit a variety of photography equipment. Besides making it easy to carry all your photography gear, a good camera bag will protect your equipment from getting knocked around and damaged by dust or moisture.
There are two basic types of camera bags: those designed for compact point-and-shoot cameras, and those designed for larger SLR cameras and lenses.
These cases can be small enough to hold just a camera. Others are large enough to hold a camera and accessories such as film or a cell phone.
Some of these bags can be used for compact video equipment. Other styles are designed for active, backcountry use. All are constructed with rugged nylon or polyester and padded with closed-cell foam. Most have adjustable internal dividers that can accommodate a range of camera sizes.
Many serious photographers use two or three bags to carry and organize lenses, film and camera bodies.
If you'll be spending a lot of time around water, consider getting a waterproof bag to protect your gear in addition to a camera bag. You can choose from a simple three-roll closure waterproof dry bag or a hard-shelled waterproof box.
By T.D. Wood
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Last updated: 08/03/2012
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