Something that may seem basic and we tend to ignore is the fact of where do we carry our photographic kit; and I do not mean just a camera and some lenses, but to picture us in the situation in which we must undertake a long journey, and thus we need to carry multiple lenses, memory cards, laptop and even a secondary camera.
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We can say that aesthetic is perhaps the factor that first going to decant our choices between a backpack or another; however, when it comes to backpacks for photographers, you will not find a so pronounced variety of styles as it can be in other types of backpacks.
In my opinion, and listing them in order of importance, the factors that should be considered are as follows
Let’s be honest: nobody is going to use a bag or a backpack that you find it uncomfortable. I have a beautiful Samsonite portfolio that I bought less than a year ago – My idea?: have something fancy looking to attend college with my laptop. Unfortunately did not take into account the weight of the laptop + charger combo (even though I talk about a 15.6-inch model), so the “fancy” portfolio is kept in a corner of my closet, waiting for me to decide to get a lighter laptop.
This small “anecdote” automatically applies to us as photographers, since it must not exist anything more annoying than to know that you have to walk a considerable distance, probably in ups and downs, loading a lot of equipment for the photo shoot (landscape photographers can get a clear idea of what I speak…).
Consider getting a backpack that is easy to load; If the mountaineer style backpacks don’t appeal to you, then don’t get one. You’re thinking about buying a bag that, without a doubt, will be expensive, so the “wearability” factor is going to be key to the time to invest money in it.
Perhaps today there are almost no backpacks for photographers that are not waterproof, however, some beautiful vintage style backpacks surely does not comply with this premise.
Although waterproof backpacks will not protect you from a big rainstorm, they will, at least, give you time to you and your equipment to seek shelter without compromising the integrity of both cameras as lens or whatever it is that you are carrying with you.
Another point, perhaps obvious, but the resistance goes far beyond the weight that we decide to charge us. Aspects such as zips, pockets and straps are issues to consider, and especially if in case of any possible breakage of something as common as a zip, we can get change it easily (although certainly not getting one of the same quality as the original zip).
So, and considering all the above, what if we make a top 11 of the best backpacks for photographers?
As you can see, the different options that we see here are adapted to different lifestyles as photographers. The personal choice of each one will have to take into account the factors previously mentioned at the beginning of the guide (resistance, ergonomics and being waterproof), as well as also the economic factor, aesthetics and the capacity of the backpack itself
I hope this guide will give you a helping hand for choosing your next backpack and see you next time!
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