Canon Camera Backpacks

So you're investigating Canon camera backpacks. This post will help you choose the best one. It will give you the ins and outs of the different formats, the features and benefits, the advantages and disadvantages of Canon backpacks.

First, let's take a quick look at a comparison of the 3 main categories of options for transporting your Canon gear during your photo excursions. There are backpacks, shoulder bags, and sling bags.

Canon camera backpack vs shoulder bagEach format of Canon camera bags has advantages

To make it confusing, there's a bit of overlapping.  Just like a crossover is with automobiles, there are camera backpacks that can resemble sling bags in function. There are also shoulder bags that can be used as a sling bag to access your equipment without setting you gear down.


Canon Backpacks

One of the biggest advantages to using a backpack to carry your gear is that the weight of your Canon gear is equally distributed across your shoulders and back. If you have a model that include a waist strap that weight is also shared by your hips, making backpacks the most comfortable way to carry your equipment.

Canon Camera BackpackCanon Backpack

Backpacks that are specifically designed for photographers have much better padding that a traditional backpack does and protecting your Canon gear is important when you're on the go.

The strap-onto-your back camera backpacks come with a variety of features. Backpacks come in a huge array of sizes, so you know you can easily find the backpack that fits just right."

They are very different than the typical shoulder camera bags that dominated the way photographers used to carry their equipment, accessories, gadgets and related photography equipment for many years.

Innovations in design and features have been inspired by changes in lifestyle as well as the changes in photography that transpired when film was replaced by digital.

Backpack camera bags are for the active photographer like you who needs to carry a significant amount of cameras, lenses, accessories and other gadgets in a comfortable way while protecting all of your equipment.


Canon shoulder bags

Traditional Canon

Before looking at specific backpacks, it would be good for you to make sure that a backpack is the right style of camera bag you wish to use. Shoulder bags are the best bag when you want easy access to all of your lenses, flashes, camera bodies, and all other accessories, at once.

Shoulder bags are versatile on how you wear them. You can sling them over either shoulder, over your head diagonally, or even  behind your neck with your equipment dangling in front of you.

When I do location portrait photography, the standard shoulder bag has always a more logical choice for me. Shoulder bags are good for carrying your equipment for short distances and setting your gear down on a table, on the floor or grass when you're shooting outside.



CANON Sling backpack camera bags

Sling bags are a type of backpack with only one strap and some are designed specifically to rotate around for easy equipment access without removing from your shoulder. Here's  video to help you see how you would use one of these backpacks for your Canon gear.



Canon Sling BagCanon Sling Backpack


The backpack in the video above is the Altura Photo Camera Sling Backpack Bag.

This gives you easy access to all of your camera bodies, lenses, Canon Speedlites, and other accessories without setting your pack down on the ground.

Unless you have a need to proudly boast that you are a Canon shooter, or perhaps you work for Canon, there is simply is not need to buy a genuine camera backpack that's made by Canon. There are literally thousands of alternatives.



Best Features to Look For With Your Backpack

The two biggest areas of complaints you will hear about camera bags in general are centered around their 1) size and 2) the durability of the straps and zippers. Make sure the backpack you get has earned good marks on the quality of the straps and zippers. You don't want to get a bag that puts your camera gear in jeopardy. 

Sling Camera BackpackThis camera backpack is a medium-sized sling bag

You can get backpacks in a variety of sizes and that is something important for you to pay attention to also. Usually, you know what you are going to store in them ahead of time and you can get a good idea on what will fit by carefully reading the dimensions and the descriptions of each bag.

Full-sized backpacks hold a lot more camera gear than the majority of shoulder and sling bags but there are exceptions. Straps should be high quality themselves and stitched securely into the structure of the bag.

camera bag zipperYKK, the Japanese zipper maker, makes
about half of all zippers made on the planet.

Zippers are often overlooked as an important aspect of the backpacks utility.  I purchased a Lowepro shoulder bag many years ago and two of the zippers went bad on me.  

Part of the breakdown was the quality of zipper used and part of the cause was me overloading the compartment which put a lot of stress on the zipper. YKK zippers have a reputation as being the best in the world for your Canon camera backpack.


Best Place to get your Canon Camera Backpack

It would be foolish of me to attempt to tell you the very best place to shop for the best camera backpack for you. There are too many variables.  

On-line shopping is growing by leaps and bounds and it is likely that you are probably comfortable with doing at least some shopping online.

You have at your disposal a free library of review information available, far more than you could access in a lifetime, just on camera bags alone, on the internet.  

I am an affiliate of Amazon which means I get a little thank you from Amazon when I help someone like you find the right equipment.  

More importantly to you though, no matter where you shop, is how good a research tool Amazon is for you.

You can read the reviews that other buyers have written, both positive and negative.

I do a simple numerical computation that helps me come up with a real number to help me compare any camera equipment or accessory I buy.

You can add the number of 4 and 5-star reviews and divide them by the total number of reviews given for that product.


What's a good result you should look for?

Anything in the mid 90% range is exceptional, for a Canon camera backpack or anything else for that matter. Usually buyers of a product are more likely to take the time to write a review when they are unhappy with a purchase.  

When you have a very high customer approval rating, it is a real good sign that a large majority of consumers were happy with their purchase.


Backpack Return Policy

Camera bags and backpacks are almost like buying clothing for some people. You have to try it on and see how it feels. maybe you're like me and you like to shop while sitting in the comfort of your own home.

If you don't have a large camera store near you with a large variety to choose from, make sure your online source has a good return policy.  This gives you the opportunity to buy it, try, and return it if you don't like it. Good luck in your research on Canon camera backpacks.

Have a blast by shooting your Canon!


Author Bruce Lovelace
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Bruce Lovelace is the publisher of Canon Camera Geek. Read more about him on the About Page. He also publishes how to articles and camera gear reviews at the Photography Tips website.

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