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I own a Sony a7 III, 24mm GM and 100-400 GM lenses and was looking for the best camera bag where I could fit in at least my camera and my 24mm lens or preferably all my lenses (here you can see some of my pictures).
Basically, I ended up with the Lowepro GearUp XL camera case as all my gear fits into it and with 400 grams it’s also one of the lightest solutions and I can carry the case either as a separate bag or place it into different backpacks. Moreover, it’s also quite inexpensive compared to a dedicated camera backpack.
In the past, I have also used to the Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW II Camera bag to fit in my new Sony 100-400mm GM lens for my Sony a7 III. I also bought an additional Lowepro lens case for my Sony 24mm 1.4 which I can attach to the Toploader Pro 75 AW II.
Weight comparison table
|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|
|LowePro GearUp Creator Box XL||400 grams / 0.88 lbs|
|Thule Covert Camera Backpack||400 grams / 0.88 lbs|
|Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW Camera Bag||500 grams / 1.1 lbs|
|ONA The Bowery Camera Bag||635 grams / 1.4 lbs|
|Lowepro Toploader 75 AW II||870 grams / 1.9 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|
|Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L||1500 grams / 3.4 lbs|
|Gitzo Adventury 30L camera backpack for DSLR||2050 grams / 4.5 lbs|
Here is my video about the Lowepro GearUp XL:
Lowepro GearUp Creator Box XL
Dimensons: 8.2 x 11 in
The Lowepro GearUp Creator Box XL is the latest case that I am using. I was looking for a solution that is light, fits all my gear, and can be placed into any backpack. It’s also possible to use it as an own camera back as well by attaching a carrying strap to it. I also found that this bag is one of the lightest options available and the front pocket is great to carry my Rode Wireless Go Transmitter.
You can get the Lowepro GearUp Creator Box XL on Amazon.
Lowepro Toploader 75 AW II
Dimensions: 7.48 x 7.80 x 10.63 in
The Lowepro Toploader 75 AW II is my favorite camera bag if I take my Sony 100-400mm lens with me. It has a small footprint and the camera gets easy in and out which is important to me when I need to take pictures on a hiking trip. I have also attached the Lowepro Lens Case 9x13cm for my Sony 24mm 1.4 to it.
You can get the Lowepro Toploader 75 AW II on Amazon.
Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L V2
Dimensions: 20” H x 13” W x 7.75” D
If you need to carry more with you and want to look fashionable then the Peak Design Everyday Backpack could be a solution. I have not tested this bag by myself but I have a camera strap from Peak Design which looks cool too.
You can get the Peak Design Everyday Backpack V2 on Amazon.
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 top-loading compartment where you can store items for a day trip. You can also pack a 2-liter Camelbak or Platypus reservoir into the backpack.
To protect your gear from the elements such as rain or snow you can cover the backpack with a built-in All Weather AW Cover.
There are also multiple attachment points that allow you to secure extra gear to the pack (e.g. a tripod or trekking pole).
You can get the Lowepro Photo Sport 300 AW II on Amazon.
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 an 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.
You can get the S-ZONE Camera Insert Bag on Amazon.
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.
You can get the Aquapac Waterproof SLR Camera Case on Amazon.
Gitzo Adventury 30L DSLR Camera Backpack
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 they have designed it for the bird, wildlife, nature, and landscape photographers in mind. Besides a DSLR you can also pack a 70-200 mm lens into the backpack and another camera body and up to 4 lenses. You can also carry a 13″ laptop or an 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.
You can get the Gitzo Adventury 30L DSLR Camera Backpack on Amazon.
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.
You can get the Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW Camera Bag on Amazon.
ONA The Bowery Camera Bag
Weight: 635 grams / 1.4 lbs
Dimensions: 10 X 6 X 4 inches
The ONA Bowery Camera Bag is handcrafted with premium waxed canvas and full-grain leather details. The camera can store one camera and one small lens.
You can get the ONA The Bowery Camera Bag on Amazon.
Ortlieb Soft Shot Waterproof Camera Bag
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 underwater.
You can get the Ortlieb Camera Bag Aqua Zoom on Amazon.
Pelican 1200 Case
Weight: 1305 grams / 2.87 lbs
Dimensions: 9.25 x 7.12 x 4.12 inches
The Pelican 1200 case is 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.
You can get the Pelican 1200 Case on Amazon.
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 and 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.
You can get the Thule Covert Camera Backpack Amazon.
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.
You can get the Thule Covert Camera Messenger Bag on Amazon.
You can find a list of my camera gear here.