Packing Your Camera

Time passes and cameras change, only the size and weight of the bag that carries a photographer doesn’t change.

Today the variety of bags, backpacks and cases for photographic equipment is very high. Let us try to pay attention to specific details that may help you to choose the optimum pack for carrying your photo equipment and keeping it safe.

For many years there were cases that were attached to the camera with a tripod screw, and only thing that could be opened was lens and controls. For many cameras there were no alternatives to carry them in a case on the neck as belt attachment lugs on the camera were not provided.

During those years, in fact, the only alternative securing the camera were trunks. Most of them were made of genuine leather, had removable dividers inside that allowed carrying one or two cameras and a few lenses.

Most of them had a cap with a lock. Large trunks always had a carrying handle and a shoulder strap. The strap was also relatively thin and greatly stuck into the shoulder. Later in 1990s a special lining appeared worn on the strap and it increased the pressure area on the shoulder.

In 1990s a huge number of photo backpacks emerged. They had a distinctive feature to protect the photo equipment by polyurethane cloth with Velcro. As a result, it was a soft frame backpack with configurable internal capacity. Besides, those photo backpacks were equipped with an additional strap and the photographer could carry the bag over the shoulder. Today we have similar bags.

As for the belts, a lot of backpacks have them. But their functions differ. Some of them fix the backpack only on the back. It’s inconvenient when you want to take something.

Hanging backpack hampers movements and can lead to a fall. Another type of belts is solid and allows not only fixing the backpack but distributing some weight from the shoulders to the belt. Most of common backpacks are equipped with a fast unbuckle.

The problem with a backpack when you can’t take it down is solved by the special design that allows you to move the backpack from back to belly, get out the camera, take a picture, put it back again and move it on the previous place. However, there are photo backpacks with two straps which can be unfastened one after another. Moreover, they can be fastened both in parallel that is convenient and crosswise. In the last case you’d better unfasten one of the straps and move the bag from back to belly. Unfortunately, the length of the strap is different and you have to not only move the bag but adjust the strap too.

To protect your camera against weather conditions most photo backpacks are equipped with kapron covers stretched over them. Also there are waterproof bags. They are more expensive and reliable.

It is noteworthy that you can find waist photo bags. They usually have a slide backwards cover allowing you to get the camera safely and using it together with a photo backpack. The necessary things you must have at hand you put in the waist bag but the other you carry on the back.

Learning all the information above, you will be able to choose the right bag for your camera and give the opportunity to enjoy your colorful photographs.

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