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Results of this test:

Crumpler Muffin Top Half Photo

Crumpler Muffin Top Half Photo

without final score

"Some of the funniest marketing meets some of the best bags in the photo world. Crumpler bags are made to last, and are available in an array of different colours. Yellow padding helps you find small accessories."

   
Day Tour 230

Hama Daytour 230

without final score

"The Daytour 230 is quite a tall bag, and for that you get deep compartments both for your camera gear and whatever else you decide to bring along. High quality materials and a stylish design make it a very good choice." more ... (2 reviews & 49 opinions)

   
Owl 272DL

Kata Owl 272-DL

without final score

"Pricey, perhaps, but what you get from a Kata bag is very high quality and some really close attention to detail. It's a bit of a Tardis when it comes to squeezing gear into it, and you can also carry a laptop and a tripod with it." more ... (1 review & 2 opinions)

   
Rover AW 2

Lowepro Rover AW II

without final score

"A brilliant all-round bag. Lots of space in the top compartment means that carrying lunch, batteries, reflectors and a large pack of chocolate eclairs is no problem at all. AW stands for 'all weather', so it comes with a rain cover." more ... (2 reviews & 6 opinions)

   
Vanguard BIIN 59

Vanguard BIIN 59

without final score

"A really smart lightweight bag here. Comfy straps for smaller bodies are worth a note, as is the main divider between the two parts of the bag, which is adjustable up and down depending on where you need more space." more ... (1 review & 1 opinion)

   
Katoomba 150R

Hama Katoomba 150

without final score

"Pull this beauty up over your shoulder and get access to your gear straight away through the access point on top. It has just one strap, and you can get it in left and right side variants. Well padded to ensure comfort." more ... (2 reviews & 3 opinions)

   
DW493

Kata DW-493

without final score

"Perfect for lighter kits, the DW-493 is what used to be called a 'bum bag', but 'waist pack' is a bit more becoming. It has a versatile set of pockets and comes complete with a rain cover. A true go-anywhere, do-anything kind of bag." more ... (1 review & 1 opinion)

   
Stile Agile V Sling

Manfrotto Stile Agile V

without final score

"In the words of Manfrotto themselves, the Stile Agile V offers you 'quick draw' by virtue of the single-strap sling arrangement. It holds quite a lot of kit, and has a certain Italian style that is unusual but good to see in a backpack." more ... (2 reviews & 4 opinions)

   
5546 Adventure 6

Tamrac Adventure 6

without final score

"As adaptable as a Swiss army knife, you can swap a few buckles around and wear this either as a traditional backpack, or a sling bag with left- and right-shoulder options. Genius if you ask us! It's a very worthy bag." more ... (2 reviews & 6 opinions)

   
UPRise 34 Shoulder Bag

Vanguard UP-Rise 34

without final score

"This option has openings in both the front and the back, to help you get at your gear no matter what angle you're working at. It also features a unique one-zip expansion system that gives you much more space if you need it." more ... (1 review & 3 opinions)

   
Bumblebee DL-210

Kata Bumblebee-210 DL

without final score

"A really lovely bag with plenty of added-value features like yellow padding so your dark accessories are always visible, and an extremely supportive harness system. Takes laptops up to 15.4 inches." more ... (5 reviews & 7 opinions)

   
Compu Day Photo 250

Lowepro CompuDay Photo 250

without final score

"Made with traditional Lowepro expertise and high quality materials, the 250 is a top choice for people with laptops up to 15.6 inches. Your camera sits in an inventive 'pouch' on the side of the bag for quicker access." more ... (1 review & 138 opinions)

   
Manfrotto Stile Veloce V

Manfrotto Stile Veloce V

without final score

"Designed to be a perfect all-round bag, there's a fast-access panel on the top, so you can grab your camera quickly - even if it has a long zoom lens attached. It also fits in a 15.4-inch laptop or 17-inch Macbook." more ... (2 reviews & 4 opinions)

   
5549 Adventure9

Tamrac 5549 Adventure 9

without final score

"Extremely useful features like a 'pop-off pocket' to keep power cords organised mark this out as a tempting choice. It can carry laptops of up to 15.5 inches, or 17 inches for Macbooks. Lots of padding will protect your gear well." more ... (2 reviews & 5 opinions)

   
Street Walker Hard Drive

Think Tank Photo Streetwalker HardDrive

without final score

"Sized for a 15-inch laptop or 17-inch Macbook, the Streetwalker Hard Drive is a serious piece of kit. Think Tank Photo designs its bags to be as quick to use as possible, and this one is very much in that mould." more ... (1 review & 10 opinions)

   
Track Pack 190 II

Hama Trackpack 190 II

without final score

"At street prices this has to be the best value backpack on sale today. It's a good size, too - you'll fit your camera and a few lenses in without a hitch, as well as accessories in the dedicated pockets. Really impressive value here." more ... (1 review & 50 opinions)

   
Jessops Trek 2 Rucksack

Jessops Trek 2 Rucksack

without final score

"The Trek 2 Rucksack is actually a daypack, but it's a top value one. With plenty of space for things other than camera gear, literally on top of a compartment that fits a DSLR and several lenses, it could be all you need."

   
Fast pack 100

Lowepro Fastpack 100

without final score

"The whole idea of the Fastpack is to allow you to get to your gear - fast. Side access points let you do just that, and at this price it's an eye-catching entry point into a brand known for top-notch bags. Well made, great value." more ... (1 review & 71 opinions)

   
Tamrac Travel Pack 71

Tamrac Travel Pack 71

without final score

"This compact bag is small on the outside but it still manages to fit a DSLR with a lens attached, two extra lenses and a healthy bundle of accessories on the inside. You can customise it with extra straps and pouches." more ... (1 review & 5 opinions)

   
Vanguard BIIN 37

Vanguard BIIN 37

without final score

"The 37 is all about doing a proper job of organising your gear into a smaller space. Lots of pockets, access points and handy touches that make life easier make it one well worth considering if you don't need lots of space." more ... (1 review & 7 opinions)