Digital Photo

camera bags compared:

Photo backpacks for your camera kit

What was tested? Six photo backpacks were reviewed and rated on design & build, capacity, comfort and value for money. Trial subscription: , Go to magazine

Results of this test:

Lowepro Pro Runner 300 AW
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Lowepro Pro Runner 300 AW

"best in its class" (5 out of 5 stars) – Gold Award

Value for money: "best in its class" (5 out of 5 stars)

The Pro Runner has replaced the Mini Trekker AW and is the second largest in the selection. The front of the bag has a big pocket divided inside for accessories and the main compartment is neat with well organized dividers. The test gear used by Digital Photo was easily contain with room for a 70-200mm f/4 telephoto and a 50mm prime. There is no denying its sturdiness. more ... (2 reviews & 61 opinions)

   
5585 Expedition 5x
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Tamrac Expedition 5x

"best in its class" (5 out of 5 stars) – Silver Award

Value for money: "best in its class" (5 out of 5 stars)

Inside of the bag is deep enough to contain a D-SLR that has a battery grip fitted and Digital Photo had no trouble with the kit they used, and managed to fit in a 70-200mm f/4 telephoto zoom. The comfort held up with the aid of the elasticated sternum and waist strap. Fixtures on the side and on the straps allow you to fasten modular additions making the bag bigger. more ... (2 reviews & 7 opinions)

   
Vanguard UP-rise 46
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Vanguard UP-rise 46

"best in its class" (5 out of 5 stars) – Silver Award

Value for money: "best in its class" (5 out of 5 stars)

To reinforce steadfastness while on the go, there are sternum and waist straps. With ample amounts of ventilated cushioning on the lumbar pad and straps, the Vanguard stayed comfortable on the shoulders for a long amount of time. Digital Photo attest that Vanguard's stable build left not much to criticise about the bag and it is a super value for the price at £80.

   
Bumblebee DL-210
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Kata Bumblebee-210 DL

"good performance" (4 out of 5 stars)

Value for money: "average results" (3 out of 5 stars)

The DL-210 has kept its trademark bright yellow interior, making it easier to find equipment in low lit situations and has an effective spacious interior that housed all of Digital Photo's test gear with no problem. This pack has fine constructed and fully padded shoulder straps and is of sound material quality with a weather cover for extreme weather conditions. more ... (5 reviews & 7 opinions)

   
Street Walker
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Think Tank Photo Streetwalker

"good performance" (4 out of 5 stars)

Value for money: "good performance" (4 out of 5 stars)

The Think Tank is slim and appears to have limitations in what it can hold, but that isn't the case. Inside the deepest point measures 16.5cm which afforded room for a telephoto zoom to be upright without the lens hood. In fact there was a lot of extra room left once Digital Photo packed their test kit, they squeezed in another telephoto zoom, a 50mm and a spare D-SLR body. more ... (3 reviews)

   
Crumpler Pony Box
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Crumpler Pony Box

"average results" (3 out of 5 stars)

Value for money: "average results" (3 out of 5 stars)

The Crumpler Pony Box has maintained a first-class level of stitching, used material that can stand the test of time and when on the go a sternum strap that gives additional strength. Digital Photo notes, that while having ample internal pockets for accessories and room for a 12in laptop, they were a bit let down with not enough alloted space for carrying lenses. more ... (1 review & 1 opinion)