Face it, you were wrong.
You thought carrying all that camera gear, extra lenses, tripod, and water inside a single strap messenger bag would work out just fine. But no, you were wrong.
Nothing quite dampens the excitement of being outside and photographing a new place, like an aching back from carrying all your gear on a several mile hike.
For outdoor and landscape photography, a solid DSLR camera backpack that distributes the weight across both shoulders and waist is a must. And there are plenty of options out there, from the sleek and stylish to the comfort priority traditional.
If you’re an explorer and “good-enough” simply doesn’t cut it, then it might be time to upgrade. That is why we have rounded up 7 of the best DSLR camera backpack options to secure all your gear on your next outdoor photo adventure.
Our Top Pick: The Lowepro Whistler BP 450 AW
The Lowepro Whistler BP 450 AW made the top of our list for a number of reasons.
This bag is a backcountry champion. It’s original idea was created by professional photographers while in the wilderness of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. Therefore it blends the needs to being able to cary both: camera gear, and functional outdoor gear.
It is able to carry several cameras, lenses, large amounts of batteries and other accessories, extra jackets, food, water, skies, and snowshoes. Best of all, you can wear it comfortably and have quick access to everything you need.
It is definitely a large bag, and is meant primarily for the photographer who wants to feel comfortable carrying around lots of gear. But if that’s you, then this bag will do the trick.
A favorite feature, is that you can attach heavy gear like skies, or a pro tripod to the side of the pack, but still have total access to the main compartment.
All in all, a really solid, workhorse backcountry photo bag, even with the steep price tag of $389.95.
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The Everyday Backpack by Peak Design is one of the most expertly-engineered bags I have ever encountered. Literally every single element has been thought through for efficiency, maximum capacity, and accessibility. It has hidden pockets, smart dividers for your camera and lenses, easy access zippers, and multiple configurations depending on your gear.
An additional crucial feature for anyone using these bags in the outdoors, is that the bag is made with weatherproof materials and sealed zippers, ensuring that your gear stays dry from the elements. The bag comes in two sizes, 20L and 30L. The smaller one is plenty large for most camera owners, and even has room for a 15 inch laptop or tablet. The larger one is for those who have multiple camera bodies and want to take additional gear for longer excursions.
What this bag doesn’t have that I wish it did: more secure waist straps to distribute the weight for longer treks. It does have a basic waist strap, which (impressively) tucks away in hidden compartments on the side, but this is definitely something that I noticed.
Starting at $259, this bag definitely doesn’t come cheap. However you really get what you pay for in this DSLR backpack which promises to hold its form and quality for years to come.