Digital Photo

camera bags compared:

Shoulder bags for your camera gear

What was tested? Six shoulder camera bags were reviewed and rated on design & build, capacity, ease of use, and value for money. Overall ratings of 2 x "best in its class", 3 x "good performance" and1 x "average" were awarded. Trial subscription: , Go to magazine

Results of this test:

Kata DC-445
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Kata DC-445

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

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

The Kata DC-445 has been very well constructed and has great padding and ample and well utilised compartment space. For a bag this size, Digital Photo say it fits a lot of kit inside, and it is a superb buy for £55. The compact size of the bag means it can be taken virtually anywhere, and the strap feels comfortable.

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Lowepro Stealth Reporter D200 AW
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Lowepro Stealth Reporter D200 AW

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

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

Digital Photo thought the Stealth Reporter D200 AW from Lowepro was nicely designed and well made. It's very well padded, there's lots of room in the main compartment, and reviewers appreciated extras such as the in-built rain cover, press-top, and separate card wallet. It was just pipped to the post in terms of price by the group winner.

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Crumpler Muffin Top 7500
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Crumpler Muffin Top 7500

"good performance" (4 out of 5 stars)

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

The amount of equipment you'll be able to fit into the main compartment will be limited, but according to Digital Photo, using the modern-looking Crumpler Muffin Top 7500 is quick, build quality is solid, and the padding is excellent.

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Domke F-6 Little Bit Smaller
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Domke F-6 Little Bit Smaller

"good performance" (4 out of 5 stars)

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

Although the stitching was of great quality, Digital Photo felt that the padding protection on offer from Domke's F-6 Little Bit Smaller was limited, and they thought the internal compartments could've been more flexible. It's quite expensive too.

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Pro8
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Tamrac Pro 8

"good performance" (4 out of 5 stars)

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

With a little time taken to re-arrange the internal dividers, the Tamrac Pro 8 can offer a decent amout of room, and other accessories can fit into the ample, large pockets. Compared to other bags in the Digital Photo test, it is not the best designed and access could be better.

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NG2475
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National Geographic NG 2475

"average results" (3 out of 5 stars)

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

Given the overall available volume of the National Geographic Earth Explorer NG2475, cramming all of your kit in can be a bit of a squeeze. Digital Photo approved of the general construction quality, but not the padding, which could have been better, and say therefore that it doesn't deliver.

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