What is the Best Camera Shoulder Bag?
There are a couple of styles to consider when deciding what the best camera shoulder bag is for you. Your decision is also dependent on how much camera equipment you want to transport in your shoulder bag.
Why choose a camera shoulder bag?
But why a camera shoulder bag in the first place? Why not a standard camera backpack? Camera shoulder bags have a number of advantages over their bigger backpack type cousins:
Smaller and lighter
Camera shoulder bags are smaller and lighter than a full-on backpack. When you don’t need to take a lot of equipment with you shoulder bags are a good option. A typical shoulder bag or cross body camera bag will accommodate a single camera body and a couple of lenses, usually more than enough for an impromptu session in the city or to accompany you on a short hike.
Shoulder bags can be quickly ‘swung around’ from your side or back to your front allowing you to open them up and take out your camera without taking the bag off your back at all. Great for those impromptu shots when the right moment strikes.
What types of camera shoulder bags are there?
There are a few different types of camera shoulder bags, the most popular ones being:
Cross body camera bag
A cross body shoulder bag has the strap sitting as the name suggests across the front of your body
Sling camera bag
A sling style camera bag is essentially the same as a cross body type bag but much smaller, almost like a slightly larger fanny pack type bag but rather than being worn around the waist it’s worn over the shoulder
A less common type of shoulder bag is a camera hand bag. This is essentially a more traditional handbag style bag but usually has extra padding and may have configurable inserts to allow you to store your camera equipment in the bag safely.
What should I carry in my camera shoulder bag?
You’ll be amazed at what you can fit inside a camera shoulder bag. More than what you would think. As an example the Langly Cross Body Camera Bag fits the following:
- 1 body
- 2 lenses
- Room for a 15” laptop
- Water bottle
- Personal items like wallet, beanie, etc