I own quite a few camera bags now and I have soon discovered they are like tripods; one size does not fit all. This article is primarily for people with Sony mirrorless alpha cameras, those models are as follows: Sony a7, Sony a7s, Sony a7r, Sony a7II, Sony a7sII, Sony a7rII, Sony a7III, Sony a7rIII and the Sony a9. However, it will no doubt be fine for people with a Canon EOS R, Nikon Z6 or a Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera.
Long hikes / camera bags used in combination with larger bags
I have a Sony a7rII, and I use all of these bags with it. The Lowepro toploader zoom 50 AW II gets used if I want to bring my camera and something as large as my Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G master lens. The strap detaches and you can clip it onto the shoulder straps of a larger backpack; this is extremely useful for longer hikes. Possible negatives? There’s not much. It’s pretty epic. My complaint as with all bags of this type is that they don’t do a good job at protecting against moisture. It has a little cover you can pull over and it offers more protection than the competition, but it’s not perfect. I put my camera inside a cuben fibre bag when it is really rainy.
The Lowepro toploader zoom 45 AW II is considerably smaller than the Lowepro toploader zoom 50 AW II. I use this when I want to take my Sony a7rII and something like a Zeiss Loxia 50mm. Negatives? The same as above–it could be sealed better. It’s the same style of bag.
The Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L Backpack is great for a day hike. You can fit a bit of food in there, lots of lenses and whatnot. The Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30 L is better, in my opinion, but it is considerably more expensive.
Street Photography & Day Hikes
- Crumpler Muli 7500
The Crumpler Muli 7500 is also good for day hikes. It’s a shoulder strap type bag, so it might not be quite what you want but it makes it a lot easier to grab your camera and lenses, for street photography. The negatives are that it’s not as good if you’re climbing mountains and whatnot. For street photography, I’d say it’s great. It doesn’t scream camera bag either.
- Vanguard Supreme 46D Hard Case if you want to fly and take it as carry on
- Vanguard Supreme 53D Hard Case if you’re not concerned about using it as carry on luggage
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