Canon Shoulder Bags
(Best Shoulder Bag For Canon Cameras)

Canon shoulder bags. The most widely known gadget bags for Canon DSLR cameras and camcorders. They're easy to pick up, sling onto your shoulder and have easy, quick top entry to all of your gear and accessories.

There are some any to choose from that you are sure to find one that fits all of your gear. They usually have small, changeable compartments within the main bag compartment and the nicer ones have side pockets for extra gadget storage.

Canon Deluxe 100-EG Shoulder Bag
Canon 10-EG Shoulder Bag
Canon 1-EG Shoulder Bag
Canon 200-DG Camera Shoulder Bag
Canon 100-DG Camera Shoulder Bag
Canon Shoulder Bag 800-SR

I don't have sales figures comparing these gadgets with sling bags, belt bags and backpack-style camera bags, but they seem to be the most popular format to carry and protect your valuable camera and accessories.

Advantages of the Canon Camera Shoulder Bags

Here are the 4 biggest advantages of using a shoulder type of camera bag.


The shoulder bag style has padded walls as well as padded dividers to prevent damage to your cameras and accessories from outside the bag as well as from banging around the inside.

Some of the backpacks camera bags don't have adequate padding on the outside. Because of their more vertical main compartment design, there is more possibility of items jostling about if the compartments are adjusted appropriately.

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Most of the Canon Shoulder Bags will hold two camera bodies if they are not attached to the lenses.  This type of bag holds significantly more than a holster or belt bag.  The shoulder bags that have outside packets add extra capacity and convenience.

3. Easy to Carry

You can use the handle for short distances or the shoulder straps for longer and heavier loads. The wider the strap then the more the load is spread out and more comfortable.  Also important is if there is any padding on the straps to soften the load.


The top-loading design is the simplest and quickest way to access you cameras and accessories.  If you set the shoulder straps right, you can even access things while the bag is hanging from your shoulder.

Traditional backpack camera bags require you to take them off your back, set them down and open before getting to your gadgets.


A less well know direction to go is a non-tradition, unique camera bag.  You may want to add a little style or perhaps you'd like to disguise your camera gadget bag to reduce the possibility of theft.

Unique and designer camera bags is a topic for a whole new article.

Disadvantages of Shoulder Bags

Shoulder bags in general, including Canon camera shoulder bags aren't perfect and there are some photographers who don't use them. it's all about your own preferences and the type of photographic situations your're in.

1. Comfort

Particularly with larger shoulder bags, when they're fully loaded they can be heavy and even the well padded strap may start to be uncomfortable pressing down on the shoulder.


Although tripods are less popular than they used to be, many photographers (like me) like to carry along a tripod. Shoulder bags are not the best design for attaching a tripod, unless it's a compact model.


Shoulder bags are not the most secure when it comes to keeping your Canon camera gear immobile. There are some models of camera shoulder bags that come with an additional strap that goes around your waist or attaches to your belt for added security.

I hope this post helped you with a few thoughts on Canon camera shoulder bags. For further reading on additional bag advice, see one of the posts listed below.

Have a blast. Shoot a Canon!

Author Bruce Lovelace
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