Every Photographer Ever: Camera Bags

Somehow, every three months, a new bag manufacturer figures out a way to bend the laws of physics to make a smaller bag that holds even more gear.ย 

"It holds so much!" is the answer I hear from every photographer when I ask them why they like their new bag so much. You would think that by now, photographers would stop falling for this marketing hype but it appears that as a whole, we are more excited about camera bags than ever before.ย 

Every time another trendy bag is released I ask Patrick, "Why do photographers get excited about every new camera bag when they are all the same?" We could never figure it out.ย 

For the past two years, we've been talking about making a spoof video about these "magical bags" and every photographer's delusional love for his or her personal bag but we never got around to it. Our pledge to make 30 videos in 30 days inspired us to film it yesterday. Enjoy.

Oh and if you're looking for a really awesome camera backpack, this one holds so much!

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Alex Cooke's picture

You're giving Mary Poppins a run for her money with that bag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AivZSC9J3Rs

She should put that bag on Kickstarter

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Chris Kennedy's picture

I wouldn't say "every photographer ever" though

As a location/studio photographer I've been using the same pelican case for over 10 years. Just another case to add to the others on my cart when I'm on a shoot. Since I don't need portability for the most part ;)

Dustin Francis's picture

Genuinely very well done and spot on IMO.

michael buehrle's picture

awesome video guys. only thing that was missing was the iPhone pocket. keep it up.

Guilty as charged. My Tamrac Evolution 8 zippers broke, so rather than send It back for the third time, I bought the Everyday Messenger by Peak Design.

Then I bought the Everyday Backpack 30L, by Peak Design...

I'm just really glad they make great bags, but lol this is me.

It gets worse when you get older.

Stas F's picture

You just spent the whole night trying to figure that goddam thing out? ))

I recently bought a Sony RX100V and I thought I would count the number of items under the menu. It came out to 146. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Robert Nurse's picture

And then comes the update.

I miss the days when you bought an electronic product and there were no firmware/software updates. Things actually had to work out of the box. Today most electronic products are filled with bugs and frustrating experiences. You too Apple!! ๐Ÿ˜ก

Liam Doran's picture

Ha that was awesome...the tears of joy had me rolling. For me though there are really only a few bag options. I need to carry strange things like ski crampons, climbing skins, shovel, avalanche probe, extra layers, food water and other crap. Its the Clik Elite Contrejour 40 2.0 for me.

Robert Nurse's picture

LOL! That was funny!

Just watched the video; the one Rayovac battery was my favorite part. ๐Ÿ˜

Great and funny video. I'm impressed.

The funniest part to me is that everything in that bag was not planted, it has been in there for like 8 years.

The gum is probably still good. Get Patrick to try a piece.

Patrick Hall's picture

This is the bag I took to Ireland...I think I tried some of that gum....it turned to powder


Randy Nicholson's picture

Love it! Fun times at FStoppers...

There is no perfect bag, but there are perfect bags for different purposes.

I'll shoot events with this: https://fstoppers.com/originals/fstoppers-reviews-incase-dslr-pro-one-ca... - small, 2 cameras, 2 lenses, 2 flashes, 1 battery pack, 1 FlashDisc. If needed - laptop can be added.

For weddings - it will be mentioned in video Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Backpack

For flying somewhere with a lot of non-fragile gear it will be 2.3 KG (which adds me 2-3 KG of usable weight compared to heavier cases) Samsonite Lite Shock - https://www.samsonite.co.uk/lite-shock-spinner-69cm/62765.html

Andrzej Muzaj's picture

To be honest, when I buy a bag (or a backpack in my case), I try to forget about this traumatizing experience ASAP. I'm very picky and I have very specific expectations from my gear bags so it's almost virtually impossible to find something, that would fit my needs. Currently I own two backpacks - one I consider my "city" backpack (not so comfy to carry for long hours, but with laptop compartment) and my "outdoor" backpack - very comfy, but little smaller and with no laptop compartment (although, I might be able to push it there somewhere). And I hope I won't need to go through the HELL of finding new one again anytime soon. Anyway, thanks for that video - the "one tear man" got me there for a second. ;)

Does the bag have loops for storing film rolls?

Rex Larsen's picture

Very funny, especially the last line about Sony. I'm inspired to find the perfect bag to hold my bags.

Dennis Qualls's picture

Lee & Patrick - itโ€™s good to see an article from The Godfatherโ€™s of Fstoppers more often.

Bruno Domingues's picture

Ok that was very funny ๐Ÿ˜

Thanks. Just saved me from buying the bag in the ad just below the video. I want one of those bags. It holds so much more. Great video.

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