There’s no such a thing as the perfect camera bag. I once spent two hours inside a B&H trying to fit all my camera gear into over 20 bags and still wasn’t satisfied. Everyone’s needs are just too different; what works for me might not work for you.
That doesn’t mean you won’t find something you really like, even if it isn’t perfect. It will just take a little while. We camera enthusiasts on the WIRED Gear team have tested over 30 bags to help narrow your search down. We pushed our gear into suspenders, messenger bags, backpacks, and cubes, even went bagless, all looking for a convenient way to carry everything while keeping it protected and light. These are our favorite choices.
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WIRED reviewers Scott Gilbertson and Jess Gray both tested bags and contributed to this guide.