How to Choose the Right Camera Bag

For the most part, selecting the right camera case for you will depend on numerous factors. It very well may be that you actually require more than one camera case. It often turns out that the more you get into photography and your skills subsequently develop, the more space you require as the sheer quantity of your camera equipment grows!

To arrive at the best decision you should figure out what kind of photographer you are, the amount of equipment that you have, and what special requirements you may have.

Discover what type of photographer are you?
Before deciding on your ideal and most sought-after case, decide on what type of photographer you are.

· Is photography a hobby or are you a professional photographer?

· Do you have just one camera and a couple of lenses or do you have a lot of additional equipment?

· Do you take photographs in extreme weather conditions?

· Do you travel a lot with your camera?


What size of camera case?

Once you’ve made the choice and decided what kind of photographer you are, gather all your equipment together and consider what size your camera case should be. Carefully place everything out on a bed or table and this should help in giving you an idea of the size of camera case you will need. Your collection should include all cables, memory cards, chargers and batteries as well.

If you are considering having various cases for different occasions, consider what you would put together in the first camera case, and then what you would have in the second. It may be that one small and one larger case will answer your needs.

What is it that you want from your camera case?
Camera cases have different pros and cons, so you need to choose what the most important factors are for you.

· Does it need to be waterproof?

· Should it be shock proof?

· Should it be insulated?

· Should it be lockable?

· Does the interior need to be well padded?

· Should it be easy to carry?

· Should it fall into the cabin luggage size requirements set out by the major airlines?

· Should it be robust enough to survive rough handling during travel?

· Should it be versatile, allowing for different equipment to be carried at different times?

· Should it be dust proof?


Types of camera case

Once you’ve figured out what it is exactly that you want from your case and how large it should be, it’s then time to make the decision on what type of case you want. These are the main types of camera case:

Shoulder bags
Generally carried across one shoulder, these will afford you the ability to easily access your camera. They may also have external pockets for storing smaller items such as batteries and lenses.They will not protect your camera from hard knocks.

Backpacks can carry more than a shoulder bag, some designs allowing for a tripod to also be added. They do tend to make the camera less accessible in a hurry, but will allow you to carry more. For the most part, they will not protect your camera from hard knocks.

Hard cases
These can span from the size of a medium-sized suitcase to the size of briefcase. They are generally made from either aluminium or hard plastic (such as Peli cases) and can be fitted with internal foam padding or padded dividers. They can usually also be fitted with wheels and handles.

Rolling cases
These too are made from hard plastic (such as Peli Cases) and can be fitted and equipped with internal foam padding or padded dividers. They are usually used by professional photographers and camera crews where a lot of heavy equipment needs to be transported. They can be fitted with wheels and handles.

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