Here is my selection of the best lightweight camera bags for the Sony A7III, A7II A7RII, A7SII or A9 (and also a6500, a6300 or a6000 since they share a similar form factor).
I have created this list since I recently upgraded my camera to a Sony A7III and wanted to share my findings with you.
So what to consider when buying a new bag for your camera? Different bags might be useful for various activities, e.g. you might take a different camera bag with you when you go hiking than when you would go on a kayaking trip or just walk around in the city.
With the Lowepro Nova Sport 7L in Northern Norway.
|USA GEAR DuraNeoprene DSLR FlexARMOR Sleeve Case||100 grams / 0.22 lbs|
|Aquapac Waterproof SLR Camera Case||216 grams / 0.47 lbs|
|Ortlieb Camera Bag Aqua Zoom||340 grams / 0.75 lbs|
|Thule Covert Camera Backpack||400 grams / 0.88 lbs|
|Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW Camera Bag||500 grams / 1.1 lbs|
|Thule Aspect DSLR/ILC Shoulder Bag||550 grams / 1.2 lbs|
|ONA The Bowery Camera Bag||635 grams / 1.4 lbs|
|Ortlieb Soft Shot Waterproof Camera Bag||781 grams / 1.72 lbs|
|Thule Covert Camera Messenger Bag - Small||880 grams / 1.94 lbs|
|Pelican 1200 Case||1305 grams / 2.87 lbs|
|Photo Sport BP 300 AW II||1500 grams / 3.3 lbs|
|Gitzo Adventury 30L camera backpack for DSLR||2050 grams / 4.5 lbs|
Lowepro Photo Sport 300 AW II
Dimensions: 10.63 x 9.45 x 22.05 in
The Lowepro Photo Sport 300 AW II is not the lightest selection in this list but I wanted to add a backpack option as well in case you are planning to carry more gear with you. The Lowepro Photo Sport 300 AW II is especially suitable if you are an active outdoor person e.g. hiking, biking, climbing or snowboarding.
This backpack comes with a toploading compartmentto where you can store items for a day trip. Moreover, you can also pack a 2-liter Camelbak or Platypus reservoir into th backpack.
To protect your gear from the elements such as rain or snow you can cover the backpack with an built-in All Weather AW Cover.
There are also multiple attachment points allow you to secure extra gear to the pack (e.g. a tripod or trekking pole).
S-ZONE Camera Insert Bag
Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 4 inches
The S-Zone camera insert bag is a great option if you have already a backpack and just need something to protect your camera gear.
It’s not expensive and you can combine it with any other bag. It’s also listed as a Amazon’s Choice product. I have the Thule Upslope backpack for my winter day trips where the S-ZONE camera insert bag could fit perfectly.
Aquapac Waterproof SLR Camera Case
Weight: 216 grams / 0.47 lbs
Dimensions: 3.94 x 9.84 x 17.72 inches
The Aquapac Waterproof SLR Camera Case is 100% waterproof to IPX8 and can be submerged to 5m for 30 mins.
The Aquacase case also features an optically-clear acrylic lens for clear pictures.
The case will also float on the water with your camera in it, but Aquapac mentions that you should test the case with your camera before you take the case into the field.
Gitzo Adventury 30L DSLR Camera Backpack
Weight: 2050 grams / 4.5 lbs
Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 14 inches / 23 x 16 x 38 cm
The Gitzo Adventury 30L DSLR camera bag is the Red Dot Award winner 2019 and is probably a good choice if you are looking for a premium outdoor backpack for outdoor activities as it has been designed for bird, wildlife, nature and landscape photographers in mind. Beside a DSLR you can also pack a 70-200 mm lens into the backpack as well as another camera body and up to 4 lenses. Moreover, you can also carry a 13” laptop or a iPad Pro 9 inch into the backpack. There are also spots to attach additional accessories to the backpack. The backpack is water repellent and comes with a rain cover.
Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW Camera Bag
Weight: 500 grams / 1.1 lbs
Dimensions: 7.48 x 6.89 x 9.84 inches
The Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW is a camera bag with a removable camera insert.
It is available in red and gray and can also store a tablet. The Nova Sport 7L also comes with an all weather cover, so it’s perfect for hiking trips.
However, if you plan to go kayaking or packrafting, then it might be a better idea to store the Nova Sport in a dry sack.
ONA The Bowery Camera Bag
Weight: 635 grams / 1.4 lbs
Dimensions: 10 X 6 X 4 inches
The ONA Bowery Camera Bag has been handcrafted with premium waxed canvas and full-grain leather details. The camera can store one camera and one small lens.
Ortlieb Camera Bag Aqua Zoom
Weight: 340 grams / 0.75 lbs
Dimensions: 9.4 x 4.3 x 5.9 inches
The Ortlieb Camera Bag Aqua Zoom is dust and splash proof, but you should not submerge it under water.
Ortlieb Soft Shot Waterproof Camera Bag
Weight: 781 grams / 1.72 lbs
Dimensions: 21 X 27.5 X 15.5 inches
The Ortlieb Soft Shot Waterproof Camera Bag is a great bag if you plan to go on an adventure of if the weather is uncertain. The bag has a volume of 9.7 l.
Pelican 1200 Case
Weight: 1305 grams / 2.87 lbs
Dimensions: 9.25 x 7.12 x 4.12 inches
The Pelican 1200 case is a bit heavier than the other bags and cases, but it protects your camera not only from moisture but also from bumps.
The company claims that you can submerge the case 1 m for 30 minutes. The case also comes with foam which you can customize the case. The case has an atmospheric purge valve and a neoprene o-ring seal.
Thule Aspect DSLR/ILC Shoulder Bag
Weight: 550 grams / 1.2 lbs
Dimensions: 10.2 x 5.5 x 10.6 inches
Thule Aspect DSLR/ILC Shoulder Bag offers space for a mirrorless camera, one lens, and accessories. There are also side mesh pockets to store a small tripod or a water bottle.
There is a front-folding lid to access gear quickly, and smaller items can be organized there as well. A padded shoulder strap makes this camera bag comfortable to carry.
Thule Covert Camera Backpack
Weight: 400 grams / 0.88 lbs
Dimensions: 22 x 17.7 x 7.9 inches
The Thule Convert Camera Backpack offers space for a DSLR and an attached wide angle lens as well as two additional lenses and a flash.
The bag can also store a 15 inch MacBook and an iPad. The bag features a removable pod system. The fabric is water-repellent.
Thule Covert Camera Messenger Bag - Small
Weight: 880 grams / 1.94 lbs
Dimensions: 9.4 X 16.9 X 6.3 inches
The Thule Covert Camera Messenger Bag comes with a removable camera pod system and an iPad pocket. There is room for a compact DSLR and two lenses or a flash.
Best camera bags for hiking and backpacking
When I plan to go hiking or backpacking, I would like to have a camera bag where I can easily access my camera.
My camera bag should also be water resistant or waterproof if I don’t have space to carry my camera in my backpack in case the weather turns bad.
My personal choice for hiking trips is the Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW
Best camera bags for packrafting and kayaking
For packrafting and kayaking, I would like to have a camera bag which is completely waterproof.
Best camera bags for urban exploration and traveling
When I take my camera to the city, I prefer to have a camera bag which looks a bit more stylish and has more pockets. I would probably pick the Thule Aspect DSLR/ILC Shoulder Bag or the ONA The Bowery Camera Bag
From my point of view there is no best camera bag which fits every situation but having the right camera gear for different activities is essential to protect your equipment and also to enjoy photography with your Sony A7III, A9 or a6500 more.And if you have some time ...
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