15 Best Camera Bags of 2015


The Digital Photographer exists in many forms. From the adventure photographer scaling cliff walls to get the shot, such as Jimmy Chin, to tender moments captured by wedding photographers like award-winning Raman El Atiaoui, or being on location for a client as Emily Nathan’s career has taken her, the digital explorer is in search of breathtaking shots no matter what the genre. How they get their photogear to the location is as personal as their choice of camera, lens and photographic style.

What’s interesting about the most popular camera bags in 2015 is that they are predominately designed for women, or for the every day photographer, who is looking for a bag to carry a couple of lenses & wants their gear to blend in with the crowd.

Continually in pursuit of the shot, the photographer needs the best camera bag to carry their gear in style. In 2015 on Digital Camera Bag HQ the top 15 Most Popular Camera Bags readers viewed will certainly help with that… so if you are looking for the best camera bag, look no further!

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15 Best Camera Bags for Photographers in 2015



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Compagnon Bags launched their line with a leather camera messenger bag and moved quickly to expand with the addition of a ruck style camera backpack, a duffel, a waxed canvas version of their iconic camera messenger. Compagnon has an arsenal of digital camera bag options to satisfy most everyone’s camera carry preference. Learn more about Compagnon Bags in our review here.

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14) Kelly Moore Collins Camera Bag

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Kelly Moore’s Collins Camera Bag is your new IT bag. This fold-over dslr tote combines canvas and leather with a little urban bohemian flair. Perfect for the street photographer who wants to carry her dslr discreetly. This bag doesn’t look like the typical camera bag, and by removing the camera insert it quickly converts into an every day carry cross body tote.

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gouache waxed holga camera bag, 15 Most Popular Camera Bags of 2015

Perfect for a mirrorless camera, the Holga bag from Gouache is just the right size for walking around town. The Holga bag is a perfect small camera bag for the minimalist photographer. Gouache’s line of waxed canvas bags, accessories, and leather goods gives the photographer handsome options for carrying a dslr or smaller camera. Learn more about Gouache camera bags and other dslr accessories here.


12) Pompidoo

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The idea of making something different than a black, boring rucksack is the brain child of Irina Kuzmina, the creator of POMPIDOO dslr handbags. Struggling to combine her haute couture with a traditional camera bag, Irina decided to create something of her own. It is actually her profession that helped inspire the Pompidoo brand. Made in Latvia and sold around the world, discover the POMPIDOO brand in an in-depth interview here on DCBHQ, and shop their bags at www.pompidoo.com or on Amazon.

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11) Epiphanie Florence Satchel

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With the satchel from Epiphanie you get everything you want in a handbag while adding in the convenience of carrying your dslr and some lenses. Epiphanie has captured the essence of a women’s satchel perfectly in this dslr camera bag for women. Made from genuine leather and includes removable and adjustable pads to customize the interior. If you want to go hands-free there is a convenient removable shoulder strap which turns you camera bag into a cross body.

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ona capri leather womens camera tote

What ONA does best is mix style, class and functionality into their dslr bags. With the Italian Leather Capri you will be able to carry your dslr in luxury. ONA has incorporated the features you need to keep your dslr safe and also provided enough strap drop to carry this bag over your shoulder. When you are ready for a night out without your camera, this luxury dslr bag converts easily to a city tote by removing the padded inserts. Find the right ONA dslr bag or strap for you here.

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light weight womens camera bag

Light weight and functional, the Kelly Moore Ponder Tote is the perfect addition to your camera bag arsenal. This cute dslr tote maintains the same class and sophistication of ONA and Epiphanie, but the Ponder Tote is sporty and fun with the addition of nylon body fabrics. The front pockets are super functional and with the faux leather materials they are a nice visual contrast to the body fabric. Kelly Moore has built this women’s camera tote with a removable padded dslr basket so you can turn this bag into an every day carry tote in a flash. Want this in pink? Kelly Moore has your need for color covered. Learn more about Kelly Moore bags here.

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8) Filson Harvey Messenger

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4 Filson Photography bags makes 2015’s list of most popular camera bags on DCBHQ. Quality and Craftsmanship are the hallmarks of great design. Couple this with the photographic genius of David Alan Harvey and Steve McCurry and you get an astounding line of camera bags for timeless photographers. Filson camera bags are some of the best camera bags on the market. Made from resilient fabrics – intended to deter the elements – and created by intelligent design intended to deter theft, the Filson Harvey Messenger bag is a discreet photography bag for the guy (or lady) who wants to walk around in crowded areas without calling attention to his bag’s photography contents. Learn more about the Harvey Messenger.


7) Filson McCurry Tote


The Filson McCurry Tote features lightweight rugged shoulder straps, padded handgrips, and multiple pockets for your gear. A removable padded divider makes this tote a convertible so you can carry your camera or use it as an everyday bag. The tote is water and abrasion-resistant. Learn more about Filson Photography Bags here.



6) Filson Photographer’s Backpack

filson photographers backpack The Filson Photographer’s Backpack is a sturdy carry-all with room for anything you could need over a day of shooting. Constructed out of a lightweight but durable coated cotton cloth, and with wool lined shoulder pads, the Photographer’s Backpack is as strong as it is classy. With easy access through a hidden top zipper, as well as a seven slot interior divider, your photography equipment will stay as safe as possible. Oh yeah, did we mention the dividers are modular? This is a great piece of equipment almost guaranteed to outlast you, not the other way around. Learn more about Filson Photography Bags here.


5) Filson Harvey Backpack

filson harvey backpack, canvas dslr backpack The #1 Filson bag viewed on DCBHQ in 2015 is the Harvey Backpack. The Filson Harvey camera backpack is lightweight, durable, and water resistant bag. It has a resilient construction, using a lightweight coated cotton canvas. As far as storage space goes, you should be able to fit one camera and four lenses between the interior storage and the exterior pockets, along with a laptop. All in all it’s a great all-purpose photography travel backpack. The Filson Harvey dslr camera and laptop backpack should stand up well to any normal wear and tear you could put it through, and as it gets roughed up it should develop that look which is distinct to durable and well-used pieces of gear.



canvas camera messenger Next up are 3 popular and inexpensive canvas messenger bags which are more affordable for the average photographer. The Peacechaos® dslr messenger is a laid-back carry all for your camera and lenses. Made from high density pure cotton rinsed canvas and Crazy Horse leather this bag has retro-grunge styling. Wear this bag in SoCal or Upstate and you’ll be more chill than anyone around you with a dslr in hand. Learn more about PeaceChaos Messenger DSLR bags here.

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canvas camera bags The Kattee Canvas Camera Messenger is designed for DSLR cameras like Sony, Canon, Nikon,  or Olympus. It’s also a great solution for those using analog cameras. It doesn’t discriminate or prefer film over digital. The styling is classic and the hits of leather give it a handsome appeal. Padded dividers allow for customization to meet your specific needs. Soft liner protects electronics from any damage and additional pockets designed for memory cards, business cards, and more give you tons of options with your every day carry items. This canvas dslr camera messenger bag is perfect for the subtle photographer. Learn more about the Kattee line of bags here.

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zylc camera bag, 15 Most Popular Camera Bags of 2015The ZLYC is a retro urban style camera bag made from high density canvas and genuine leather. It is simple and rugged yet has an urban appeal. Designed with form and function in mind. The ZLYC canvas messenger camera bag features one large pocket and foam wrapped pads to store and protect your Canon, Nikon, Leica or other DSLR camera. 4 small pockets organize your dslr camera accessories. Snap closures on the front flap make it easy to access on the move.

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1) Bestek Canvas DSLR Messenger Bag

bestek canvas dslr messenger The Bestek Canvas Waterproof Digital Camera Bag combines the best of fashion and function at a great price point. This is by far one of the most popular camera bags available at a uniquely affordable price point. Constructed out of durable water-repellent canvas fabric, the Bestek Canvas Camera bag protects your equipment from light rain – perfect for the traveling or street photographer. With the look and feel of a conventional canvas messenger your camera gear is safe inside a bag which has a discreet street vibe yet provides all the safety and security of a padded camera bag.

The Bestek digital camera bag can carry up to 1 DSLR, 1 or 2 lenses & Flash Unit. It allows for instant access to your DSLR and accessories including an additional Ipad tablet compartment for storage.  At under $40.00, this is by far the best camera bag deal on the 2015 Top 15 list. This fully loaded messenger is a quality purchase you will get great use out of for many years. Check out the Bestek Waterproof DSLR Messenger Bag review and see what the hype is about.

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