I’m in need of a new camera bag and would like your help finding one! As a not-so-good, avid amateur photographer, I like to lug my camera and related gear with me. I’ve been through a number of backpack style camera bags from a couple different manufacturers, and most have failed me. I’m getting tired of always having to replace them, whether via warranty or new purchase. So… can you help me find a new camera bag?
My current bag is this Case Logic bag. I’m on my second one already, and it’s developing a tear near the zipper for the main compartment. The first one’s zipper failed. Before this bag, I had a Lower Pro, which also had a zipper failure, a strange layout (sling), and zero shoulder padding. I do have a Ape Case that was gifted to me a while back too, but it’s too small to take traveling. It can really only hold the camera with it’s standard lens and a couple of accessories, nothing more.
A couple of bags that have gotten my attention are the Peak Design Messenger 15…
And the Pacsafe Camsafe Z25.
Why these two? Well, I use a Pacsafe neck strap and find it pretty comfortable, and pouch for light duty shooting. Plus Pacsafe bags all have security features, like steel cable in the straps, wire mesh throughout, interlocking zippers, etc. They’re supposed to be a lot more difficult to steal from.
The Peak Design Messenger, on the other hand, is a stylish bag that fits quite a bit of stuff, is flexible, seems durable, and is even water resistant… Without having to use an external cover!
Problem is, both of these bags have mixed reviews, and both are rather expensive. The Peak Design is $250, while the Pacsafe is around $230-$240. Funds are limited, so $250 is a bit much, though I don’t mind spending that much if the bag will last long. Oh, and the bag must be able to fit my laptop (15″ MacBook Pro) and must be able to fit beneath the seat in front of my when flying. Durability, easy of use, comfort, and water resistance without pulling out are also important to me, too.
So what do you guys think? Can you guys help me find a new camera bag? What do you use, and how is it?