3 Things to Consider When Buying a Camera Bag

When it comes to buying photography gear, cameras and lenses get all the attention – and rightfully so.After all, you can’t exactly take pictures without those two elements!But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other important pieces of kit, too.From tripods to filters, camera remotes to camera bags, filling out your photography kit involves a lot of decision making.In this article, I’d like to offer up a few pointers for buying the right camera bag for you.To illustrate each point, I’ll be using Holdfast bags as examples. As you’ll see, these bags are impeccably made, beautifully designed, and have tons of user-friendly features, too.

How Much Gear Do You Need to Carry?

This can be a tricky question, because there is often the inclination to buy a giant bag, thinking that at some point you’ll have enough gear to fill it up.And though it’s important to think ahead and consider what your kit will look like in a couple of years, at the same time, you might not want to carry a big camera bag around if all you have is a mirrorless camera and a lens or two.That’s why the Holdfast Roamographer is a great choice because there are two different size options.Shown above is the Roamographer small, an ideal bag for rangefinder or mirrorless camera systems.The vintage aesthetics of the bag give it a fantastic look, and with modern-day features, it helps you keep your gear safe and organized as well.

This can be a tricky question, because there is often the inclination to buy a giant bag, thinking that at some point you’ll have enough gear to fill it up.And though it’s important to think ahead and consider what your kit will look like in a couple of years, at the same time, you might not want to carry a big camera bag around if all you have is a mirrorless camera and a lens or two.That’s why the Holdfast Roamographer is a great choice because there are two different size options.Shown above is the Roamographer small, an ideal bag for rangefinder or mirrorless camera systems.The vintage aesthetics of the bag give it a fantastic look, and with modern-day features, it helps you keep your gear safe and organized as well.

How Do You Want to Carry Your Gear?

There are plenty of options when it comes to the way you carry your camera bag.You can carry it via a single shoulder strap or the bag’s handles, like with the Holdfast Roamographer.If you’re more of an adventurer, you might consider a system that provides additional stability for carrying the load while spreading the weight out over a greater portion of your body. A camera backpack is a perfect choice here…Holdfast’s Sightseer Backpack (shown above) is made of waxed canvas, American bison leather or bridle leather, and features an Aztec flannel fleece lining.The canvas is waterproof, and with waterproof zippers, you know that your gear will be safe from the elements.

In other words, outside, it’s both durable and good-looking, and inside, it provides a soft, padded compartment for carrying all your gear.

Do You Want Function or Form?

With a lot of camera bags, you have to choose between something that’s functional or something that looks good.But with Holdfast, you get the best of both worlds.No matter which bag you choose, Holdfast has dedicated themselves to ensure it’ll work for you, not against you, and look good while doing it, too.

With durable exterior materials that help the bag stand up to the test of time, soft interior compartments that cradle your expensive gear and ensure it’s safe, and carrying options from shoulder straps to handles to backpacks to dual strap systems, you have plenty of features that make the bag an integral component of your workflow.When I started in photography, I had a litany of terrible camera bags that didn’t function well, weren’t comfortable to carry, and fell apart.I just didn’t think that a quality camera bag was that big of a deal.