The long, hot summer months are beginning to arrive and the promises of cooler fall temperatures are starting to tease us. for landscape photographers, that means nature hikes with our camera gear are just around the corner, and one thing we all need for trips like this are camera bags.
It’s easy for landscape photographers to think about the cameras, tripods, filters, and lenses they’ll use to capture the beauty of the world around them. However, one item that always gets overlooked is the simple but essential camera bag.
It’s crucial to have the right camera bag to carry your gear where you need it. Pick the wrong camera bag to take with you on your excursion, and you’ll be uncomfortable, and your kit might not be well protected. Choosing the right camera bag that can fit your frame, protect you from strain, and protect your gear is far more important than most photographers recognize.
In this roundup, we’ll take a look at four camera bags that landscape photographers swear by. These camera bags have proven themselves. The bags are spacious, durable and comfortable. They can carry everything from cameras to lenses and tents to hydration solutions. The best part is that they are also priced right. So, let’s take a look at four camera bags landscape photographers should check out ahead of hiking season this fall.
PGYTECH OneMo 25L Backpack — A Hybrid Bag for Modern Creators
The OneMo from PGYTECH is a very versatile camera bag, ideal for landscape photographers who like to go out at dawn and return home at dusk. In addition to being incredibly comfortable, thanks to its padding and its system of straps, this bag can hold a lot of material, and it protects it well. In our full review, we said:
“There’s room for just about anything you can imagine, we packed everything we needed for a day trip. Totaling over 17 pounds, the padded back, shoulder straps, and chest straps made it comfortable to wear.
On this particular trip, Julie took her camera, lenses, drone, filters, batteries and more. There was even room to spare, thanks to the expandable zippers. If you’re looking for a water-resistant camera bag for day hikes that won’t break the bank, check out the OneMo 25L from PGYTECH. It’s a steal at under $200.
Tenba Solstice 24L — All Day Comfort for Landscape Photographers
The Tenba Solstice has been one of my favorite camera bags for years now, and despite heavy use, my copy of the bag still looks like new. This camera bag can carry everything landscape photographers need while being extremely comfortable to carry. You can fit two DSLR/mirrorless camera bodies, up to seven lenses, plus accessories in this bag. There’s even space for a 13-inch laptop or tablet. There are tripod and water bottle storage pockets and spacious front and top pockets. The bag also repels rain well.
However, it’s the shoulder straps and padding that make this bag shine. Thick padded shoulder straps make it easy to carry gear to your destination. Waist and chest straps add even more comfort and help distribute the weight of your gear. One party trick I like is that you can rotate the bag around your waist to access the back without removing the bag. It’s genius. If you’re a landscape photographer who likes to be prepared for all situations, this camera bag, which costs less than $200, might be for you.
Lowepro Photosport Pro 55L — For adventurous landscape photographers
The Lowepro PhotoSport Pro 55L is a bag for landscape photographers who enjoy multi-day hikes in nature. The bag is strong enough to survive the backcountry while being soft and supportive in all the right places. Here’s what we said about it in our full review:
“The build quality is fantastic. The accessory strap system makes the bag very versatile and the adjustable harness system and lumbar support make it a very comfortable bag.
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The bag is incredibly comfortable and can be tailored to fit almost any torso size. Additionally, the bag can hold multiple cameras, lenses, a tent, sleeping bag, hydration bladder, clothing, and rations. The Lowepro PhotoSport Pro 55L might be a bit pricey at just under $500, but if you need a camera/multifunction bag that can carry it all on your next landscape photography adventure and does none compromise, take a look.
WANDRD FERNWEH 50L — For hardcore landscape photographers
The WANDRD FERNWEH is a camera bag you take with you when you know the trek to your shooting location is getting serious. The FERNWEH has a dedicated waterproof compartment that can hold a hydration bladder, which is very convenient. The FERNWEH also has a tough, waterproof coating and isn’t afraid to get dirty. I put mine through the hell, and it held up without breaking a sweat.
The main compartment has four entry points, making it easy to access your gear. The FERNWEH also works with one of the WANDRD Camera Cubes. This means you can easily hot swap your kit between WANDRD bags. The FERNWEH is incredibly comfortable. You can adapt this camera bag thanks to the adjustable shoulder straps. There are also chest and waist straps for added support. At under $400, the FERNWEH is a no-brainer for landscape photographers who live on the edge. Find out more about it in our full review.